• Welcome to ScubaBoard

  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

Which Dive OP for Kona Manta Dive?

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by DougieG, May 4, 2019.

  1. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Great White

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North Carolina
    We used Kona Honu divers.
    No issues.

    I have heard the others are good as well - but I have not used.
    grantwiscour likes this.
  2. grantwiscour

    grantwiscour Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii
    Kona Honu is the only op that provides 100 cf tanks, on request.
  3. jonhall

    jonhall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    I've been with Jack's in the past. Was just wondering if the OP tried something else on their own.
  4. GilbyTwins

    GilbyTwins Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Wilder, ID
    Nobody has mentioned Blue Wilderness out of Waikoloa Beach Village. They do the Mauna Kea Manta night dive as well as snorkel. Two mantas last night. 3 total divers so it's not the mass of bodies scurrying for a spot to sit. 45 minutes at about 19 feet. The mantas were still hanging around but they called it then. We've been diving with Blue Wilderness for the past 9 years for all of our diving and can't recommend them enough. Ask for Kevin as your guide if you can get him, he's the best around at finding critters and a really great guy all around
    jonhall likes this.
  5. peterak

    peterak Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Big Island, HI
    Agree regarding Blue Wilderness—great outfit and less crowded diving than at the clusterf**k down in Kona.

    Another consideration is that the northern Mauna Kea Resort site used by BW can have mantas when the Kona site does not. Jack's Diving Locker posts the number of mantas spotted each night, and their calendar shows zero mantas for nearly half the nights this past July. (This number applies to any of the outfits going to the site off the Kona Airport—it's a small site and if any outfit sees mantas they pretty much all will.) In contrast, Blue Wilderness saw mantas on all but one night of that month. (They don't post, but will give you an honest report if you call them.) Not suggesting that this is a universal trend, just that it pays to check where the mantas are showing up prior to booking your dive.

Share This Page