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Dive Review of Aarons/Royal Hawaiian in

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by William Boswell, MD, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 2350
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
71   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
When we dove the Corsair 110 feet, our time was restricted.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Hawaii is not diver friendly.  No place to clean your gear or hang it up at
the hotels or condos.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
2 stars    
Diving on Ohau was uneventful.  Which magazine rated Ohau one of the top
ten (what a joke)?  The dive shop (Aarons) was the worst we've ever
encountered.  They had six resort (discover) divers.  The medical releases
were handed out on the way to the dock, no pool or shallow water time only
a 45 min breifing at the dock.  Then, the dive masters wanted to do the
Corsair site 110 feet!  Two of my children hadn't been diving in a year.  I
told them we wanted to do a shallower dive, which we did (Angler 55 feet). 
Two of the six discover divers never made it off the boat, two went in the
water and immediately got back on the boat the other two, one of which had
done a resort dive before did go down to 35 feet for 20 minuets.  None of
the six resort divers did the second dive.  On day two we had two newly
certified divers as well as experienced divers and this day we did the
Corsair (110 feet).  One of the newbies never made it off the boat
(equipment) and the other panicked at 105 feet (I could hear her scream at
105 feet).  When I turned around one of the divemasters was in hot pursuit
because this woman was going to the surface.  When we got back on the boat
everyone was ok except for some seasickness.  Although we have our own
equipment, I've seen better rental equipment in third world countries.  I'm
not sure how this establishment received a PADI 5 Star rating.  Aarons
doesn't own any boats, they charter the boats so that it's easier to dive
different sides of the island.  Captain Johns Diving was the boat we were
on these two days; John and his girlfriend should get out of the dive boat
business.  There was no interest in safety only the fact that the platform
had been recently painted and not scratching it.     
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