Originally Posted by diverdad
I also saw this whilst I was over on the big island.
Haven't been there for a few years, but I remember seeing several larg(ish) RIB's while I was there.
From what I recall: a humongous black-and-yellow-tubed (8m?) fiberglass RIB at Keauhou, a couple of 6 to 7 meter RIB's used for "adventure" rides (not sure where they launched out of), and another couple of large aluminum RIB's out of Honokohau harbor.
Probably more, but they didn't register in my long-term memory.
FWIW, I get bored with the diving in Hawaii pretty quickly: They have 3 type of coral, and they're all beige. Aside from the fish and the occasional sponge, the diving is rather monochromatic... Warm clear water, though, which is a nice change (my home diving is usually 50 or so degrees F, and averages about 20 feet of vis.)