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Dive Review of Alex's Aquatic Adventures/Hilton Hawaiian Village in

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Wood, PA, USA
Contributor   (16 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4753
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Key Largo & Jupiter, Maui, Bonaire, Cozumel, San Diego,
Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
   I have dived with Alex Mason three times now. The first time, in 2006,
and the second, in 2008, was while Alex was owner/operator of AAA Scuba and
was diving off Elysium. Both of these excellent experiences were detailed
in prior Undercurrent reviews. Alex is now the owner of Alex's Aquatic
Adventures and he contracts boat seats as many operators on Oahu do.
   Due to my previous experiences, I did not hesitate to contact Alex to
arrange my diving for a return trip to Oahu. I requested 12 dives over the
3 days I had free, including some sites I had not previously had the
opportunity to dive. Alex came through perfectly with a flawless 3 days of
diving. The service and convenience were exemplary. Alex picked me up from
the designated area at the Hilton on time each of the 3 days. He supplies
hot coffee, water and juice, towels, jackets, and, best of all, hot face
towels after each dive. Boy, does that feel good after an hour in cool
   For the first 2 days, we dived off the Enzo and did Sea Tiger, Turtle
Canyon, Kewalo Arch & Pipe, YO-257/San Pedro, and Nautilus Reef. The
third day was out of Hawaii Kai on the Nori-Z and we did Corsair, Spitting
Caves, and Angler's Reef. Alex does a great job of allowing divers to dive
their own profile consistent with skill and experience. He successfully
advocated for hour dives on all shallower sites despite the fact that all
other groups dived shorter profiles, many of them with inexperienced and/or
discover divers.
   As usual, the sea life was prolific and included Whitetip Reef Sharks,
numerous Frogfish, Leaf Scorpions, countless turtles, many Morays
(Whitemouth, Tiger, Stout, Zebra), Eagle Rays, octopi, nudibranchs, and
many, many gorgeous Hawaiian reef fish.
   Overall, I got in over 10 hours of fantastic bottom time in my 3 days of
diving. The 5mm wetsuit turned out to be a good choice given the average
water temperature of 74 degrees, several degrees cooler that previous
visits. For the third time in four years, I had a great time diving with
Alex Mason. I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Oahu and diving
with Alex's Aquatic Adventures.
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