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Dive Review of AAA Diving/Doubletree Alana Waikiki in

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Wood, PA, USA
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Report Number 2279
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Maui, Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
75   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression, back with 500 PSI  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
It's always difficult choosing a dive operator when you're going to visit a
new and unfamiliar dive destination. When I found out I had the opportunity
to visit Oahu, I did my homework and chose AAA Diving based on a good
review in the 2006 Chapbook, an informative website, and quickly responsive
email. I was not disappointed in my choice. AAA picks up and delivers from
Waikiki hotels. I came down to the lobby for my 7 AM pick up on the 1st day
and Alex, the operation's owner, was waiting for me in the van. The on time
pick up continued for the remaining 3 days of my diving, a rare treat. The
boat, Elysium, is a newer, custom 38 foot dive boat. We dove with no more
that 8 divers, the boat could easily support more. It has a nice cabin area
for protection from sun and wind and very easy exit and reentry. AAA does
not sell commercial boat seats to other operators, a practice unfamiliar to
me that appears to be very common on the island (details on website). I
never felt the trips were rushed to make schedule. Departure and return
times were flexible depending on the passengers and surface intervals were
leisurely. AAA supplies dive computers at no additional charge to customers
without them. Divemasters accompany the group on every dive but are not
overly controlling and they give experienced divers appropriate leeway
after skills are demonstrated while they take care of less experienced
divers. During my stay, I dove with Alex, Chris (Captain for most of the
time), and Kirsten. All knew the dive sites and sea life very well. Dives
were allowed to individual no decompression limits and back on board with
500 PSI. Cylinders were 80 cu ft aluminum and were always appropriately
filled. I dove the AM 2 tank dive on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and
dove the 3 tank dive on Sunday. We dove many of the best and well known
local dives including the wrecks of the Sea Tiger, YO-257 and San Pedro and
The Ledge, 100 Foot Hole, Kewalo Pipe, Turtle Canyons, Runway Reef and
Nautilus Reef. My expectations of diving off Oahu were not very high but my
actual experience was substantially better. The visibility was very good
and sea life much more prolific and varied than I expected. There were
turtles on literally every dive and many moray eels, several unfamiliar to
me from my Caribbean diving. Hawaiian reef fish were innumerable including
butterflyfish, wrasse, grouper, parrotfish, triggerfish, and puffer.
Individual sites almost always held surprises such as eagle rays, octopi,
white tip sharks, leaf scorpionfish, amberjacks, scribbled filefish or
incredible turtle cleaning stations. Several passes by the Atlantis
submarine while we were on the YO-357 made for an interesting diversion;
the passengers appeared quite entertained by the scuba divers. I had a very
good time diving off Oahu, if lucky enough to return, I'll certainly be
looking up my new friends at AAA Diving.
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