I have always wondered since young if Hawaii "the Big Island" was not the best Island to truly experience the last "real Hawaii". And after visiting I can now say my theory was correct. I could remark on many aspects of this still developing land but I would just like to comment a little on its under sea world and the most organized "vehicle" I used to experience that "still blue" part of the Earth "Jacks diving Locker."
First of all, on entering Jacks I was really taken back by their fine store. I mean they didn't just have a shop but a very well stocked retail outlet with a hugh and diverse selection of equipment. I mean it made some of the best dive shops I've gone into look meager. It was not "well let me know what you want and we'll order it for you" but they have most of everything you would need right there on their most beloved shelves. I mean everything from drops to put in your ears to dry them out, to foul weather gear, to your favorite dive mask at regular prices. I was really surprised. It made me feel I had walked into a place that was really into "diving." And as time went on, or should I say dives went on, I realized "Jacks" and its people go beyond diving services. But enough about the store let me talk a little about diving Kona Hawaii with Jacks.
Next, sure enough on the first boat dive to a section of reef called "Golden Arches" my dream of Hawaii Island was confirmed. The water was blue, you know that, when you look down into it and see the bottom through that most wonder bright blue color. This whole side of the Island which Jacks dives is like that and every dive during the 5 days I dove was one great dive after another. I mean really out standing dives; blue water, 1 hour plus dives, reefs that are still healthy, and sea life that is not that shy. To give you an example of the health of the reef, and perhaps I should not mention it, but on our second dive on my first day, Sven, our dive guide spotted a 12' to 16" tiger shark on hitting the bottom. That wasn't even 100 yards out of the marina we left. Now if your wondering about the crews and the dive boats themselves that was also a special treat. Let me go on and explain.
Last, Jacks has at least 4 great boats and a large amount of great personnel. The boats are mostly aluminum, fast, with places to move around, and with a nice lunch. The service and people are extremely friendly and the guides very well seasoned in the area. They always ask where you've been so they take you to a different site amongst the 60 moored places they can visit on just their classic morning dives.
On closing, I would like to express my thanks to all the folks that made my dive trip to Hawaii Island a dream come true; Jim and Alyson, Laura, Sven, Eric, and all the crew. The dives were exceptional and the sea life abundant and healthy. If I got on some nerves because I wanted to set up my own gear, or that I still use a film camera, I apologize.
With best and deepest regards, God Bless All the fine folks at Jacks.
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