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Dive Review of AAA Diving in

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Pruitt, CA, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 3425
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mexico and California Pacific Coasts, Caribbean Sea, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemasters ( All PADI Instructors) let people dive according to their
computer demands.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The rinse tank was stolen form the boat the night before, but AAA allowed
the cameras unlimited access to the fresh water shower to rinse.  Gear was
handled carefully and passed to the diver after entry and quickly moved
away from the stern upon entry by the crew.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
On Oahu there seems to be a dive retail shop near every hotel, however a
trip to the docks only finds six dive boats.  AAA Diving (and its unique
Brit transplant owner, Alex Mason) is a totally professional service that
does not charter thru the dive shops.  You call and arrange directly,  and
while the boat could hold 18 divers, he considers it full at 12.  AAA does
not offer a cheap dive trip, but gives the divers what they want including
long runs to the sea mounts or the signature wreck dives. His unending
British humor is sarcastic, witty, and makes surface intervals equivalent
to London Standup. His staff is as good as it gets with only certified
instructors as divemasters so divers get on the spot lessons and advise on
how to improve their skills.  We did four dives on a weekday leaving at
7:30 am  for two tanks, a lunch break at the docks , and two tank afternoon
dives leaving from Keehi. The only problem was that Alex does not accept
credit cards, so an afternoon run to the ATM was necessary to pay the bill.
 The boat is almost new, CG certified and all emergency gear and oxygen
were in first class condition. Entry and exits are off the swim platform at
the rear. While Hawaii may not have the color and fish of the Caribbean,
Alex and his team found dragon eels, giant morays and turtles to put on an
Oahu show for us.
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