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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Gillin Beach House in

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Pamela Arms, PA, USA
Report Number 1298
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, North Carolina, Hawaiian Islands, Central America
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on board with 300 psi/general range of preferred depth given  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
NO specific camera area on the boat, though the Crew was very accomodating
with your camera in/out of the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
We did the Napali Coast dive day - which is a long boat ride up the coast,
but quite beautiful..The trip up is against the wave action on the coast -
so you will get SOAKED!  Our first dive was on Makena Crack and was pretty
good - but fairly silted up.

In between we did a long run up the coast into the Queen's Chamber - it was
extremely neat to go into this lava rock formation, which is like an above
water blue hole.  The water was extraordinarily blue and the view of the
NaPali coast was to die for!! Bring your camera housing for the ride up -
and to take pictures.

The second dive was between the Crack and the Chamber - we saw several
sharks, but none terribly interested in us.

It is about an 1.5 hour ride back to Port Allen - a beautiful and
non-touristy way to see the NaPali coast and the beaches and waterfalls
along it...this is the part of the coast past Polihale that you cannot hike

Bubbles Below were consisently good in their food and service.  They have
added a dedicated bubble watcher (Shauna, the daughter of the owner, who
has been diving most of her life) in addition to the captain and
divemaster...  This redundency is important and was a key upgrade, as I had
been nearly lost at sea two years back on the backside of Lihua Rock in

Also as an update, there have been replacements in staff, due to responses
to poor customer service..This happened in late spring - so if you
experienced less than pleasant captain service - expect to be happily
surprised on your return trip.
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