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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Stayed in condo in Kapaa in
Hawaii/Kauai / Niihau

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Appel, tx, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4450
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Grand Caymen, Little Caymen, Belize, Costa Rica, Florida Keys,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130'max depth, stay within computer limits (no decompression diving)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Although many dive reports say Hawaii diving is just so-so, I found our
diving with Bubbles below to be outstanding! The owner, Linda, shows an
enthusiasm for diving, and learning about underwater species that is
inspiring and refreshing! Her divemasters and boat captains-Joe, Seth, and
Earl share the same enthusiasm! We did 8 dives in 3 days with Bubbles
Below. Although the first day was just so-so visibility 40-60' on the south
side of the island, The visibility and amount of underwater life on the
north side and at Niihau on the 2nd and 3rd day made the entire trip very
worthwhile. I have never seen so many green sea turtles, and very big ones
that would swim right up to you. The 2nd day trip they call
"Oceanarium". It combines a lengthy site-seeing trip with 3 dives
on the North shore of Kauai. Underwater views of Tangs, Moorish idols, and
many species of angelfish and butterfly fish, some of which are only found
in and around Kauai. At the end of the trip, we found that we had seen
almost all of the species in the fish identification book that we looked
at. The trip kept two photographers busy with their macro lenses taking
photos of colorful flatworms, crabs, and eggs of gobies on wire coral.
Linda was amazing as she pointed out things we never would have seen
without her showing us. In between dives, we ran across two separate pods
of spinner dolphins. We watched in amazement as the newborns jumped into
the air while doing several quick rotations. There were at least 100
spinner dolphins in one of the pods. Its easy to know why they call them
spinner dolphins. The 3rd day was a 17 mile trip to the island of Niihau.
Although the return trip had 8-10 foot swells, my memories of diving with
the monk seals and their antics outweighed the workout and slight nausea of
the return. By the way, I learned that one of the divers on our trip posts
his photos on the web.   Click on Hawaii photos and you will
see what I saw!
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