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Address: 69-1647 Puako Beach Dr, Suite 301, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743-9774
Phone Number:
+1 808-990-8374
Today
08:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Great experience! Richard is the best.

Richard took my son out scuba diving while my daughter and I snorkeled from the shore. We had communicated with him by e-mail prior to the trip. He was excellent to deal with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
traveler45876
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Santa Fe, NM

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Santa Fe, NM
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Richard took my son out scuba diving while my daughter and I snorkeled from the shore. We had communicated with him by e-mail prior to the trip. He was excellent to deal with and knew the best areas to dive from shore. After the trip, he e-mailed photos that he had taken of us diving with his professional camera---- an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

I had an excellent time diving with Richard! The vibe was very low key, relaxing, yet professional. It was a true VIP experience with all gear provided onsite and ready to go. I appreciated Richard's thoughtfulness around ensuring that my dive partner and I felt like we were on vacation. It was so convenient to put on our gear and... More 

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East Windsor, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

Absolutely awesome shore dives with Richard. I was recently on a 3 week trip to the Big Island, and spent most days underwater exploring various sites on the west coast. When my buddy left for the mainland on the 3rd week, I got in touch with Richard for one day of guided touring - hoping to spot and photograph some... More 

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1 Thank Iristyle
Brisbane
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

The dive sites - awesome Hawaiian lava structures with plenty of caves and swim throughs. Plenty of micro fauna and an abundance of turtles and reef fish. The guide - Richard was a really nice bloke who clearly enjoys his diving. His local knowledge and ability to tailor the dive based on my preferences was impressive. The service - picked... More 

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Thank chevbne
Mammoth Lakes, California
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

My husband and I have a 2 year old, so we took turns doing the shore dive at Puako Bay. Richard has incredible local knowledge and showed us multiple caves, swim throughs and tons of sea creatures - including lots of sea turtles. We could've explored this awesome underwater paradise all day. And the best part? We had it ALL... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

We did a two tank shore dive with Richard off Puako. He picked us up at our house and drove to the dive site. He has new, very good equipment, that we really appreciated. More importantly Richard did a great job of explaining the entry and route and what we would see. He definitely customized the dive to our desires... More 

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1 Thank Paul S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2015

I am an infrequent diver, and it probably was more than 5 years since my last dive. I communicated this to Richard, and he responded just like I hoped he would. We did a quick review of how to set up the tanks and regulator, underwater communications, and safety features of the equipment. He carefully described each dive, what we... More 

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Oakland, California
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2015

We were lucky enough to find Richard perusing through Scuba Board's forum. We wanted to avoid joining a cattle boat or paying the exorbitant prices the dive shops charge for private guides. Richard fills that niche perfectly and you basically pay the same price for him as a private guide as you would to join a dive with one of... More 

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Pullman, Washington
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

To be honest, we arranged our Kona trip at the last minute. At the advice of my admin at work, we stayed at Puako. There wasn't much available for our budget range -- it was either a condo development in Waikaloa, or above the Puako General Store with Richard and Laura Brown. The Waikaloa condo was bigger, and obviously more... More 

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ca
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Since it has been awhile since I have dove Puako, I had Richard guide me for a shore dive. He was very knowledgable about the area and the perfect guide for my photography. He was very conscious of my safety. It was such a great experience diving with him!

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