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Dive Review of AAA Diving/Ala Moana Hotel in

February, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Wood, PA, USA
Contributor   (16 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3870
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Key Largo & Jupiter FL, Bonaire, San Diego,
Maui/Lanai/Molokini, Cozumel, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated camera rinse tank
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
   Two years ago I visited Oahu and chose to dive with AAA Diving (see my
February, 2006 review). When the opportunity for a return trip came up, I
did not hesitate to make my dive reservations with Alex Mason and AAA
Diving. The website is top-notch and very informative, email communication
is quick and accurate, and Alex is readily available by telephone. Recent
improvements include the acceptance of credit cards for payment and a
secure reservation system on the website. I was picked up at my hotel
within minutes of the promised 7 AM each morning in a nice van, new since
my last visit.
   The AAA dive boat, Elysium, is in very good shape and makes for
comfortable, uncrowded diving. Divemasters accompany the group on all dives
but treat experienced divers appropriately. I dove with 3 divemasters
during my stay, Jason, Grant, and Chris. All were considerate, communicated
well, knew the dive sites, and pointed things out when possible. They
ensured the safety of the divers in their charge. The dives and surface
intervals were flexible and leisurely, maximizing the dive experience for
all involved.
   The wrecks of the Sea Tiger and YO-257 both had numerous swim throughs
that made for enjoyable exploration. The Sea Tiger, in particular, allows
for multiple dives with new and interesting findings each time. Nautilus
Reef, 100 Foot Hole, and Turtle Canyon were teeming with sea life. The fish
and other sea life of Hawaii are a particular treat for those of us who
spend most of our time in the Caribbean. Some of the highlights included
more turtles than I could count, Whitetip Reef Sharks, moray eels (Viper,
Yellow Margin, Whitemouth, Stout), Leaf Scorpionfish, Amberjacks, Tiger
Cowries, nudibranchs (including a beautiful pair of Imperial Nudibranchs),
and Hawaiian reef fish all around including butterflyfish, wrasse, and
triggerfish. The huge schools of Bluestripe Snapper on the Sea Tiger were
   Again, I enjoyed my diving off Oahu much more than expected, largely due
to the friendliness and service of AAA Diving. I would certainly welcome
the opportunity to return again.
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