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Dive Review of AAA Diving/Ohana Waikiki West in
Hawaii/Oahu

AAA Diving/Ohana Waikiki West, Jun, 2005,

by J. Ray Behnke, UT, USA . Report 1816.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving all over Caribbean, Hawaii, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 70 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Left cameras home due to limit of diving.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is advertised as the least expensive diving on Oahu. IT IS and that says a lot regarding Hawaii diving. My dive buddy wife and I took our 2 children and daughter's husband for a week in Hawaii. they had never been before and our daughter and husband were newly certified but were unable to dive due to her being in a serious acident shortly before leaving. So my wife and I just planned one day diving and the rest of the week we would spend doing other things with the kids. AAA has a very beautiful, emaculate, fully equiped boat. We were the only two aboard but he took us out anyway. He has great electronics aboard and told us that the underwater terrain in this one location would be inducive for pelagics. We got down and immediately saw a couple of shark in profile. I thought, "Very nice reef sharks!" A few minutes later, I saw two more who were turned towards me some and I wondered what the shadow was on their heads. "HAMMERHEADS!" On of the things on my "to see" list that I hadn't chalked off. We were ion a school of about 15 twelve to fifteen footers. What a thrill! Can't remember much of what else we saw except 3 huge puffers and some typical colorful Hawaiian fish. The owner said he'd been on 6000+ dives and never saw a hammerhead. He jumped into the water and they had departed so he still hasn't seen them. But he did see two of the largest lobsters he'd ever seen. He has other dive shops trying to coax the location out of him but he won't divulge. Hotel was fine, nothing fancy, but in a great location a block and a half from Waikiki Beach and in the middle of all kinds of entertainment, shopping, restaurants, etc. We had a great trip!
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