Tisha Velmonte and Clayton Kramer, San Francisco, CA
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We have received very favorable unsolicited reviews in "The Travelin' Diver's Chapbook" from Undercurrent. Many divers find us in the popular book "Big Island Revealed", as well as the New York Times and the LA Times newspapers. We also get lots of positive feedback directly from our customers. Here are just a few of our guests comments:
"Aloha Glenn Maggie & Crew, We had the most wonderful time on the big island this year, you and your crew were a direct result of our remarkable vacation. Glenn I don’t think it is the fact that you have an awesome dive shop or that you have the best boat in Kona, I believe that your success runs much deeper than that. We feel it’s the way you treat your customers and your commitment to excellence. The way you put family above all else definitely shows and carries over into your day-to-day operation. We will absolutely recommend to all our diving buddies here in California that you guys are the people to dive with on the big island. We had moderate success with the shore dives and will be doing nothing but boat dives with your crew next year. Speaking of your crew, what a bunch of talented, EXTREMELY well mannered and helpful individuals The Manta Ray dive was the most exhilarating and awesome spectacle of nature I have ever witnessed. You guys are truly the best and we will see ya next year. Aloha and Mahalo my friend."
"Aloha, Glenn and Maggie & The Crew of Kona Honu Divers, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the fantastic experience that I had with you and your dive crew. I will never forget the hospitality and the feeling of being at home, that you and your crew extended to not only me, but to everyone on the boat. Rich, Thank you for the sights you pointed out to us while on our dives, each dive was an exhilarating experience, which will never be forgotten. I will think back, on the long cold winter days of the awesome sights that are waiting for me when I get back to the island. The Manta Dive was the icing on the already fantastic vacation. I will be recommending that anyone that visits the island to come visit you and I promise they will leave with the most incredible experience of their lives, as I did. Thanks Again for the memories and I look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Mahalo."
"Greetings Kona Honu! Just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks to all of you for making my 2 days of diving such a pleasurable experience. Rich did a great job completing my open water dives, and the following day I had two really fun dives with Dennis – my first as a ‘certified’ diver! I must tell you that I dived one other day with one of your competing dive shops in Kona. One that is supposedly one of the best operators in the world, and I can say that they can’t hold a candle to you guys. They were disorganized, not friendly and your boat puts theirs to shame as well! Thanks again – I’ll be back!"
"Last Saturday we went on the Manta Ray dive with 3 other people. Scott, Bo, & Capt. John led the group. We saw Manta Rays and appreciated your fine boat. But, what we are really writing about is to commend both the designated captain and divemasters on our trip. These guys really did an excellent job. We've been diving for 20 years - all with Carribean (sp) operators. YOUR GUYS ARE THE BEST WE HAVE EVER BEEN WITH - helpful, watchful, thoughtful. THANKS FOR A GREAT EXPERIENCE."
"Hi Glenn & Maggie: Thank you for one of the greatest moments ever, our manta trip with you. Your crew is very professional and confidence-inspiring , a Great group you have there. Thanks for the trip. Hope to see you next year, and hope you see some friends of ours. We brought home some of your brochures to pass around."
"Mahalo to you, KONA HONU DIVERS . As always, your crew was friendly, helpful, enthusiastic, and respectful of the ocean, all of which makes diving with you guys a great experience. I hope next time we can do more of it."
"Hi Glen & Maggie, I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoyed the experience of diving with Kona Honu Divers.All diving is good, but some is special, and that’s the feeling our group had with your “family”. Frank, John, Debbie, Richard and Dennis made all our dives unique and interesting and your boat is the best in Kona. The manta dive is an experience that simply cannot be described. No wonder it’s in the “top 10” worldwide. Thank you for helping make our trip to the Big Island one we will never forget."
"Dear Glenn and Maggie, Thanks for making my November dive trip such a memorable experience. These are my best pictures of the 13 Mantas we saw. Please add them to your web site if you desire. The experience was indescribable. I will definitely do this dive again next time I am in Kona and you are the only company I will go with. I am recommending you to all my friends."
"Glenn, Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful two days of diving I did with you and your outstanding crew. Of all the boats I have dove from, on three different islands in Hawaii, yours is without a doubt the nicest. Lots of room to gear up, clean, and smooth running. I would not hesitate to recommend your dive operation to any on my friends or students. Looking forward to diving with you again."
"Maggie, Glenn & crew. My husband, son and myself had a great time with your crew. We were all very impressed with your dive masters, they made the trip enjoyable and knowledgeable. I appreciated how comfortable Frank made me feel on my dives and just how great he took care of all of us. My husband and my son enjoyed the manta dive and would do it all again. We are planning on coming back to the island (looks like the last week of May) and will be bringing our daughter and her friend and we will definitely be booking our dives with you. In fact, because Chris and Kevin raved on how great the night dive was I am planning on participating next time. We have been spreading your company's name around to other divers we work with letting them know how well you take care of your divers along with how great the equipment is. This summer you should hear from a few of them. Thanks for the great dive memories."
"Just got back to a cold Washington DC after a great week in Hawaii. The two dive trips with you guys was just amazing, the best in my 20 years of scuba. Not only because of the superb diving conditions and the large amount of fish and animals. But also because of a great team. Unusually friendly and helpful and fun to be around. Highly recommended to join these guys. I just have to come back soon. Thanks to all of you."
"I had a fantastic time with Kona Honu Divers. It was my first diving experience EVER, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience - one of the highlights of my trip. I had one on one theoretical AND practical instruction. My instructor was very patient and understanding with me - endlessly going over concepts with me and making sure I was comfortable for the duration of the two dives. The scenery was spectacular, the people were fantastic, and I look forward to diving with them (I am psyched enough to get my certification!) when I return! Thanks for a wonderful time Kona Honu Divers!"
"Glenn, we are now home in Tokyo with wonderful memories of diving in Kona. We had an outstanding time thanks to the professionalism and kindness of you, Frank and John. The Honu One is a spectacular dive boat that made the experience even more grand. We saw so many endemic Hawaiian fish and sea life thanks to your expert guiding. I am only bummed that I couldn't dive the last day. But, the boys had a great time and said I missed "the best" dive. I don't know ... the manta ray dive was pretty special (despite the urchin encounter). Our underwater pictures are being developed now, and we can't wait to see how they turn out. I have already referred a couple friends to Kona Honu Divers. Be sure that if/when we return to Kona, we'll be in touch. Have a very happy new year and we hope your business continues to prosper. Please give our best regards to everyone"
"Glenn, Frank and Crew, Thank you for the incredible experience you afforded me on the 24th. What a Hanukah present! After telling you that although I was PADI certified, I had very little diving experience, you kept a watchful eye over me as I "tested" some things that we all learn in theory. The overall experience was amazing; from seeing an Octopus to hearing Humpback Whales singing, to seeing them on our way back to the harbor. You guys are all GREAT and gave me memories that I'll never forget. Mahalo."
"Hi Glenn. I just wanted to drop a line to thank you and your excellent staff for providing an absolutely top notch diving experience for our family. Your new boat is beautiful but, more importantly, your extra effort to make every dive hassle-free, enjoyable and eduational really made our week in Kona special. I can't wait to get back. See you then, Randy"
"My name is Matt Gower and I dove with you last November the weekend before Thanksgiving. I just wanted to thank you for the best dives of my life, and the best picture of my life. If it was not for you (Glenn) holding on to my arm dragging me closer to the shark I would have never taken that shot. My own dive instructor could not believe that I got that close. Anyway thanks again and I will definitely use Konahonudivers again."
"This is a little note to say thanx for the great dives when I was in Kona in mid-January. I appreciate the good dives that I had and the nice way in which I was treated by all the Kona Honu crew. My trip to Kona and the dives with you guys are especially good memories now that I am back on the mainland where it was zero degrees cold the other night! A couple of the fond memories that I recall from my dives with Kona Honu Divers are: Frank's very knowledgeable briefings before each dive (I appreciate very much the local history and culture of the island that he wove into his briefings), John's (taller John) pleasing personality and willingness to help in any way, John's (Captain) assistance in completing the dives, Melissa's desire to make the one dive I had with her as pleasurable as it could be, and how could I ever forget the "Welcome to a Hawaiian Snowstorm" dive that I did with you, Glenn. I did not get to meet or talk with Maggie (I hope her oral surgery and recovery went OK) but maybe I will later. And, Yes, the Honu One is the Cadillac of dive boats. Your advertising is not all hype, it's the truth. I am saving up to make the trip next year. Heck, there are so many dive spots on Kona that it will take several trips to see even half of them."
"Thank you for showing me a great time and my husband thanks you for taking good care of me too. Maggie, thanks for your caring and sharing personality. It was you that convinced me I had the right boat to book my dives with. And Glenn, many thanks to you and your crew. The close attention to detail, abundant helpfulness and friendly atmosphere made my diving experience the best I ever enjoyed. Though a little hesitant to return for the Manta Ray night dive, I am so glad I did! I will never forget the awesomeness of it all. I'm glad Jim, the videographer, filmed the dive. Now I can share it with those who were not as lucky as I. I will be back with gear in hand ready for more of your hospitality. Thanks to all of you, and of course my husband too, I had the best vacation ever."
"Maggie,You and Glenn have a top notch dive operation. I have dove with many dive companies over the years and I honestly would have to rate your operation as #1. The boat, the crew, the dive briefings, the dive sites selected for the comfort of the divers, the snacks and last but not least the care and attention that both you and Glenn pay to your customers. The other divers I spoke with have similar opinions. I hope to dive with you one more time before we have to depart on Tuesday. If the weather does not cooperate and I don't get to see you again, thanks for everything, and I look forward to diving with you in the future."
"I was so impressed by your services and our diving experience that I wanted to express my appreciation to you and your staff for an incredible opportunity that we will never forget. Even though I was very reluctant to enter the water ( since my prior diving experiences were from entering from the shore rather than a boat), I felt comfortable and confident in your ability to help me relax and enjoy the diving experience. This was also a highlight of my son's visit to Kona and all other activities on the island were dwarfed in comparison by this exciting experience. I will be certain to contact you in the future when we visit the island of Hawaii again. We wish you much success in your business venture."
"Aloha Glenn and Crew, Thanks for the note and the great photo! We miss you all so much and thank you for really MAKING our vacation. Thanks for reintroducing me to diving and allowing Lindsay and Chris to get the best introduction I have ever heard of. There were photos waiting for us when we got home that Martina took with the octopus and the three of us diving (never thought I would ever see that). Great memories, greater people. God bless all of you and may your business prosper greatly."
"Hi Glenn, This is John of John and Martha from last week. Thanks so much for the excellent diving and instruction for Martha. If I can ever serve as a reference for someone who is considering being your client, it would be my pleasure. I'll tell my local dive shop about the great experience we had with you. Best wishes and success."
"Aloha Maggie: Thanks for the nice note. I really enjoyed diving with Kona Honu Divers. I did three two tank dives and every dive was GREAT. Glenn, yourself and the crew were very helpful in making my diving experience with Kona Honu Divers a very pleasant one. Please express my appreciation to Glenn and his crew. Happy holidays from my wife Eileen and I. Mahalo."
"...Back home and trying to get back in the routine. We have already shown the video to a bunch of people. One of the highlights of our trip was the evening we spent diving with you and your crew. Your professionalism and friendly spirit was most appreciated. Take care and when you get ready to come pick up that second boat let me know. We will do supper, my treat!"
".... Thanks again for everything! Ryan and I had a blast diving. Kona was everything we expected and we will be back. I am so glad Ryan shares such a great enthusiasm for diving as I do with no parental pressure from me at all. He truly had a fantastic time and keeps talking about it to everyone. Now he wants to get computers for our gear. We are awaiting our underwater pictures to be developed. A lot of my friends want to know more about our trip, especially the Manta dive.…I’ll send them your way since a lot of us dive. Ryan is already trying to plan our next diving trip to Kona. We also want to do some diving on Maui. Again, thank you. You’ve got a great operation and know how to do things right. Also, please forward my thanks to Jim too; he did a great job on the dive and with the video. I’ll forward some of the underwater digital pictures to you if any are truly worth seeing"
"Glen, my wife, Rita Rae and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves with you, one of the most enjoyable dive days we have had. Especially with the whale shark! Thank you for your personal touches in showing us things we would have overlooked on our own. Most assuredly, we will contact you on our next visit. Your boat is wonderful."
"We are now back in cold and rainy Olympia. Had a wonderful time with you on the dives. We are eagerly awaiting the DVD of all the dives; our pictures came out pretty good. It was best to have done the Manta Dive last; we can't see how diving could have been any better than that. We found the whole operation, from the boat and its set up to the crew with their help, knowledge, and support, and the food to have been "first rate". We won't hesitate to recommend Kona Honu Divers to anybody looking for great dives in Hawaii."
"I was one of the cruise ship musicians who snorkelled with you this past November (you may recall Aki's constant longing for his Hungarian girlfriend). I'm writing to say thanks for the much needed memory. You see, I am now home in Newfoundland, the most easterly point in North America. We are closing in on a record for winter snowfall....we're almost at 20 feet total snowfall ALREADY. I NEED to think of our lovely day together in Kona to get through
it. It was truly one of the best and most memorable days of my life. I wish you continued success. Should I find myself in Kona again, expect a call!!"
"Thank you so much for the wonderful time. That was the best snorkeling I have ever done. When I return to Hawaii, my wife and I will be back out to see you. Wonderful customer service!"
"Just wanted to say that I had a great time diving with Kona Honu Divers and if I ever do come back to Hawaii I'll be sure to look you up."
"I still can't believe what Ellie and I got to see with you on the diving boat. Whales, dolphins, and Manta Rays in one day. Can't wait to return to Hawaii and dive with you guys again."
"I just wanted to drop you a note to express what a wonderful diving experience my daughter and I had this March. It truly seemed we where the only divers on the boat by the way we were catered to. Every ascpect of the trip was great! (Jessie is still talking about the Manta-ray!) From the boat to the excellent briefing no one else comes close to you and your crew."
"Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you to say thank you for such a great experience diving Kona. I've dived many places around the world, and I gotta tell you, the diving in Kona was beautiful, that's for sure, but what made the whole experience magnificient was Glenn's attitude, his personal attention to each diver, and his knowledge and teaching ability while underwater was the best I've ever experienced. And your boat (and Dennis too) was impecable -- top notch. I will always recommend your dive operation above all others! Congratulations on a job done well, and done right!"
"Aloha! We really did enjoy diving and snorkeling with you guys. We have been snorkeling and diving in a lot of places but you guys were absolutely the nicest, most helpful folks we have spent time with! Thanks for a wonderful experience."
"We so enjoyed our trip with you and your gracious hospitality. Our trip to Hawaii was truly a wonderful experience. I have passed on to many of my friends the wonderful experience we had aboard your boat."
"Thank you for the excellent week of diving! Your crew was very knowledgeable, courteous, pleasant, and made my trip very enjoyable! Your boat is spacious, fast, and clean. When I'm in Kona, I'm looking forward to diving with you again."
"Thanks! We had a wonderful time and will definitely be referring all my friends to your company when they head out to Kona...I'll be there same time next year, so I'm sure we'll be planning another trip."
"Hello and a BIG thank you to the entire crew on the Kona Honu. My daughter
and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for the wonderful memories you helped us create. Christina hasn't stopped talking about how kind and patient her scuba instructor was and I can't stop talking about our wonderful Manatray Night Dive. It was the highlight of our vacation. Thank you again, you guys were the best!"
"I so much wanted to email you before now - trying to "calm down" and write coherently. But the first thing that came to my mind while thinking about the manta ray trip Sarah and I took with you was " Ohmigawd, ohmigawd, ohmigawd" which pretty much was all I could say while in the water. Sarah and I were so unbelievably fortunate to have this mother-daughter trip after her college graduation. And to have such a phenomenal experience as we had with your crew and the manta dive was icing on the cake. It was unbelievable. We both still shake our heads when describing it people - we're so glad we did this.... you and crew did a great job of allaying our fears.... I was extremely pleased with the professionalism of you and your crew...it was obvious you love what you do and want others to enjoy themselves safely. THANK YOU!"
"Just wanted to give you and your staff a big MAHALO! I had a great time diving with you guys. You have a beautiful boat, great customer service, and a customer for life."
"Glenn I had a great time diving with your company. It was my first dive and you guys made me feel very comfortable. Your boat, crew, and service was outstanding. When I come back to the Big Island I will definately look you up!"
"Thanks for the certification for Advanced Open Water. Em and I enjoyed our diving experience with your team, equipment and your boat! You have put other dive operators we have used to shame. Thanks to FRANK, JOHN, PORTER WATSON, AND the boat CAPTAIN for their expertise and assistance. What were our greatest experiences? ... had to be the montrously huge Manta Ray that hovered over Em and me, swooping down on us over and over again. WOW. and the excitement and fascination we enjoyed as we held an octopus. and watched the Conc munch down on a sea urchin. Awesome. We had a great time and felt like we got good instruction in the courses we selected for our AdvOpenWater. Thanks, Porter, for doing TWO video dives with me!"
"The pictures keep reminding me about the wonderful time in the Big Island. For a new diver like me, you and your crew have created a friendly atmosphere which makes the 4-day learning period a real enjoyable one. Your extra effort in making the diving course as flexible as possible is much appreciated. As a matter of fact, you have demonstrated great professionalism and friendliness at the same time."
"Thanks for the remarkable time. I still can't believe the incredible diving and great time I had with you and your crew. In 5 days of diving I saw sharks, dolphins, turtles, octopus, turkey fish, eels, and more fish than I could possibly remember. ...That's not to mention the MANTAs...oh my gosh!!! We watched Porter's video of the night dive and I'm still impressed...they were remarkable. Nothing like a little "Manta Moose" to end the day. I'd like to thank the guys I dived with during the trip, John, Porter, Frank, and Ron on the night dive. All you guys were great. It was a lot of fun doing the swim throughs and having someone who could tell me what it was I was seeing. I don't see many of those critters up here in the Northwest."
"Just wanted to drop you a line to tell you how much Cathy and I appreciated the excellent dive experience that you provided at Kona Honu Divers. ... It was both very fun, and very educational at the same time. In our opinion, there was no better way we could've spent 3 days in Kona, than to spend them with y'all !!! We enjoyed the first six dives associated with certification training so much, that we decided to come back for a 7th and 8th dive, including another round doing the amazing Manta-Ray night dive extravaganza!!! Truly one of our top 5 best times doing anything.........ever!! We would like to especially thank yourself, Maggy, Frankie, and Dennis for making us feel welcome, and for being so friendly and attentive in taking care of our needs."
"Marty, Sara, and I would like to thank you and your great staff for a terrific diving experience on our vacation. All resorts have dive boats, though not as good as your new boat. All resorts have dive sites, though not always as spectacular as yours. And, all resorts have crews that operate the boats and this is what, in our minds, puts you way above all dive resorts. The crew of Capt. John, blonde John, Porter and Roy were fantastic and made all of our dives a truly memorable experience. (Who could ever forget a Manta Ray night dive like that?)The crew was very knowledgeable of the area, dive sites, and marine life, as well as being very personable and friendly and made us feel as if we were long time friends and not just some more tourist divers. To say that we had a great time would be a gross understatement!!All or our best, and thanks again for a great time."
"Thanks again for a great experience on our dives in Big Island. It was really the highlight of our vacation!"
"I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful time I had diving in Kona With you and the crew of the Kona Honu One. It seemed so fitting that I should get my Advanced Open Water through Kona Honu Divers this year after you opened the door of diving for me with my intro dive with you last year. The cap stone of this years dive was most certainly the Night Manta Dive. Even through I had read about this dive and talked to those that had made the dive nothing and I mean nothing can prepare you for this dive it was an awesome even surreal experience no wonder its rated as one of the ten top dives in the world. And crew the Kona Honu One made it all the more enjoyable by taking all the work out of the dive so that we could concentrate on the dive itself. I hope to see you again next year."
"We had a wonderful time with you guys- Thanks for all the hard work and the awesome service. I already recommended you to my sister, Gail Barranda- who should be in touch with you shortly to book her dives.We hope to return to the Big Island soon."
"Hello Glenn, Sorry we missed you last week when we were in Kona diving. As you probably heard, the conditions were challenging. We were on the trip where Frank was injured by the eel. But I just wanted to say that your organization is wonderful. John Haut was great not only on the phone but on the boat where he was handling students. We were very impressed by how you handle "full" boats with 18 divers. I don't know why other dive operations don't stagger the entries like you do! It makes wonderful sense. We've spent time in Kona before (my mother lives there) but when we come back, we are certain to contact you again for more diving adventures. Please say hello to your crew for us. Happy New Year. All the best,"
Just wanted to share a short video I took diving with Manta Rays in Kona, Hawaii, on honeymoon a couple of weeks ago. We were pretty lucky - 50 minutes of continuous feeding-frenzy all around us, 16 named manta rays ID-ed (our DM knew 180 by their markings, wrote the names on his slate, and showed us them in his photo directory when we got back on the boat).