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

Bubbles Below/Stayed in condo in Kapaa, Aug, 2008,

by Jeff Appel, tx, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4450.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130'max depth, stay within computer limits (no decompression diving)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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. Seashots.com Click on Hawaii photos and you will see what I saw!
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