We are often asked where we like to go on vacation. One favourite destination is the Big Island of Hawaii. We like to rent a house in Puako, about 45 min north of Kona. It is a residential area, lots of vacation rentals but quiet and low key. There is nice shore diving and snorkelling there from the many public beach accesses. Watch where you step, sea turtles are everywhere! A few minutes up the road is Kohala Divers http://www.kohaladivers.com. We get air fills from them and we have been out on their boat as well. We have found them to be organized, safety conscious, friendly and enthusiastic about their own diving. We also enjoyed diving out of Kona with Pacific Rim Divers http://www.pacificrimdivers.com. Patrice, one of the owners, has great marine ID and critter spotting abilities.