We joined the Kona Honu dive trip on a night dive with the manta rays. Everyone in the shop was very professional, and the dive guides on our boat were as well. The night we took our trip was fairly rough and the dive staff was somewhat uncertain about whether or not we would be able to do the dive, but we forged ahead. The boat ride to the dive site was very rough, not for the faint of heart at all...there were times when the waves were 15ft high. Our group included 12 divers, and we were 4. Our family is all fairly new to diving and this was our first night dive. Our inexperience may play a part in my review. Half our group did not make it to the dive site from the boat, including 3 of my 4 family members, one of whom was the videographer for our group. Our teen son was the only one of us who got there. The surge was so strong below the surface that we were getting pulled around and there was so much churn that it was very difficult to get our bearings, much less maintain any neutral buoyancy. For beginner divers, this was not a good situation. We ended up on the boat, and the light from our flashlights was enough to draw in some manta rays, who were swooping all over the surface of the water within two feet of the boat, so we were still entertained. Our son had an amazing experience on the bottom, where a huge group of divers from many different dive outlets sat in a circle with a large spotlight in the middle of it and the manta rays swarmed all around them. My advice to anyone taking this trip is that you have more than just a few dives under your belt because if you don't have very much experience, the guides who are with you will not be able to hand hold you and you may find that it's more than you can handle if the weather isn't cooperating. For more experienced divers, this is an amazing trip and well worth the money.
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