Premium Advanced 2 Tank Long Range Charter




Premium Advanced 2 Tank Long Range Charter

Duration 7 Hours

$239 Certified Divers Ages 15+



Join us on our new boat, the Honu Lele!

This speedy 33′ World Cat can zip us far down the coast quickly and comfortably, getting you to special dive sites in style. On this 2 tank charter, we’ll spend the morning and early afternoon diving in South Kona’s incredible lava tubes, lush reefs, and a chance to view bigger pelagic animals such as whales, dolphins, or big fish on the ride down the coast. Or, venture North to experience unique reef structures and critter hideouts, or even drift around Kaiwi Point. Between your dives, enjoy a full lunch with views of the Kona coast.

Dive Requirements
You should have 25 logged dives and been diving within the last 6 months
You should have good buoyancy control and air consumption (at least 60 minutes on an 80cf tank)
You must be in good health and have NO heart conditions
You must be able to converse in English
Should be comfortable backrolling off the boat if necessary
Must dive with a computer

Times
Offered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
What to know
Bring your certification card! No proof of certification means no diving.
Must be over 15 years of age
Must have 25 dives or more and been diving within the past 6 months
Must have excellent air consumption and buoyancy
Includes
Tanks & Weights
Boxed Lunch
Snacks & Drinks

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I check in?

For your convenience certified divers and snorkelers can meet directly at our boat in the marina. Electronic waivers must be signed prior to your arrival at the boat.

 

Where do I board the boat?

Honokohau Marina, slip #32.5, Kona's Small Boat Harbor. You are provided directions in the confirmation email. Or in Google Maps "Kona Honu Divers Boat Dock"

 

 

What items should I bring on the boat?

It is recommended to bring a hat, sunglasses, towel, and a sweatshirt or jacket. Please bring reef safe sunscreen only. Please check your sunscreen for "benzones", if your sunscreen contains any benzones it is harmful to our reefs. Do NOT use it if you are getting in the ocean. We use, sell, and recommend Stream2Sea.

 

 

Can I bring my own snorkel gear?

Absolutely, you may bring your own gear.

We also provide all the sanitized gear you will need.

Regardless of whether guests choose our gear or bring their own, we encourage first time snorkelers or guests who want a refresher to attend our “Snorkeling 101” class where we share valuable tips to enhance the fun! “Snorkeling 101” is offered on the vessel by our highly trained crew right before snorkeling begins.

 

When/Whyt should I hire a private guide?

If you need extra attention then what is typically given in a dive group, if you are feeling anxious or nervous, have trouble clearing your ears and need extra time to descend, need to work on buoyancy skills, want to do a gear familiarization for new equipment, working on achieving better air consumption, are uncomfortable in a dive group, or just want to go at your own pace.


You have a 10-11-year-old Junior Open Water Diver
When you hold the PADI Scuba Diver certification – this means only 2 of the 4 dives for open water diver has been completed
When you have equalization issues and need extra time to descend
When you are a new diver and aren’t quite ready to be in a dive group
When you are anxious or nervous, or just want more personalized one on one attention
When you want to creep along and photograph your favorite critters
When you have a group of more than six divers and want to all dive together

 

 

 

Do you provide shuttle service?

Divers, students, and snorkelers must provide their own transportation to our shop and to the harbor, which is only 10 minutes north of our shop.

 

 

 

We are staying in Waikoloa or North Kahala how far away is you shop from our resort?

If there is no traffic 45-50 minutes is the typical drive time, but alas, we do have traffic (I know, it is hard to believe!) so make sure you give yourself extra drive time. You don’t want to miss the boat!

 

 

Can I do an introductory dive to see Manta Rays?

You must have your open water certification before you can participate in the manta ray night dive. Although, you can always join us as a snorkeler on the manta charter which is equally as amazing.

 

 

 

I am thinking about getting certified. Is there a way to try it before I enroll in the class?

Absolutely! Our introductory Discover Scuba Diving course is designed for those that have never dove and wish to try it out before they commit to a class.

 

 

 

How old do my kids need to be to get certified?

Our shop standard minimum age for certification is 12 years of age.

 

 

 

Can I join my family on their training dives?

We need to harbor a classroom atmosphere and limit outside distractions so you are unable to join in on the training dives, but you are welcome to join the other certified divers on the charter and tour the reef led by the dive guide.

 

 

 

Do I need to be a really good swimmer to get certified?

We do not provide hotel pick-ups. Our vessel departs from down-town Kailua Kona, at the north end of Alii Drive, from the Kailua Pier. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are options for transportation if you’re staying outside of walking distance.

 

 

What equipment do I need to provide for my certification?

You will need to provide your personal equipment which is a mask, snorkel, and fins. We offer a student discount for this equipment. We would be happy to fit you for quality equipment. Having an ill-fitting mask makes performing the tasks during your certification class more challenging. We will provide BCD, regulator, and wetsuit for the duration of the class.

 

I am a certified diver but I lost or forgot my dive card.

If you are a PADI certified diver you may obtain an e-card immediately from the PADI website. If you are a certified diver with SSI, SDI, or NAUI you can verify your certification by going to their respective websites and either print it out or taking a screenshot with your phone.

 

What is the best time to see Manta Rays?

Our manta rays are not seasonal, they are here all year-round. We see them over 85% of the time. Please remember while they are extremely reliable they are still wild creatures and we cannot guarantee their presence. See our Manta count page for an updated calendar of sightings

 

Do I need dive insurance?

Yes! Every diver should have dive insurance. Regular health insurance does not cover any scuba diving related incidents. We highly recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network).

 




marcdog4 wrote a review Mar 2021
The long range day trip with Captain Andy and Guide Sandy was amazing. The team was on time, professional and very safe. All covid protocols were followed.

The Kona Hele is a very stable and fast power catamaran with plenty of space for 6 divers. The lunch provided was individually prepared and packed by a local deli. It was friggin' delicious!!

As a professional guide on another island this is my new spot and go to team when I need a vacation. We spent time watching resting pods of dolphin on the surface and even saw a juvenile albatross hanging out by the deep water buouy. Underwater we say mantas, 4 types of Nudi Branchs and eggs, snowflake and margin eels, blue goat fish and all the usual suspects to include a couple of octopus.

Thanks again Andy and Sandy for a great day. I will be back.