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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Radisson Kauai Beach Resort in

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Ed Gross, TX, US
Report Number 977
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Saba, Cozumel, Bonaire, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within visual contact of dive group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No rinse tank for cameras, but fresh water hose had ample supply of warm
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Awesome diving.  Niihau world class site.  Spectacular volcanic formations.
 Towards the west side of Niihau, at Niihau Arches, there are some large
volcanic rifts that form a large "stadium" - 3 sides enclosed by
large, slanted, perfectly flat stone walls.  As we entered the stadium,
there were 12 to 15 large gray reef sharks, all of which were curious about
our presence.    The monk seals are friendly and playful.

The boat ride back from Niihau is everything they claim it to be.  Its a
tough ride back, but worth the effort if your bones can stand it.  Not for
the weak of heart or back.

Even better than Niihau were all the large turtles at Shawna's Shelf (sp?).
 Over 40 table sized turtles at various cleaning stations.  One large
turtle was sitting in a slight depression as we swam up. After the turtle
when to the surface to breathe, I measured the depression - it was over 5
feet across, and the turtle was slight bigger than the depression!!!.  Also
saw two large white tips (> 5 ft), a reef scorpion fish, and > 1 ft
bright blue frog fish on various dives at Kauai.  

Radisson was a nice place, good for our family.  At the time, the 2nd room
was free, so the kids had their own room to stay in.  Only bad thing about
the Radisson was it was on the east side of the island, and all diving
leaves from Port Arthur on the west side - usually about a 30 to 45 minute

Boat was well equipped, especially for the open ocean crossing to Niihau. 
Comfortably handles 8 divers, unfortunately, sometimes we were dealing with
> 10 divers, which made things a bit crowded.  The dive guides were
among the best we've had, and I liked their "everyone in and let's
meet at the bottom" approach, especially when things were crowded. 
All the dive masters we had were extremely knowledgeable about the local
fauna and flora.
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