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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Gillin Beach House in
Hawaii/Kauai

Bubbles Below/Gillin Beach House, Jun, 2004,

by Pamela Arms, PA, USA . Report 1298.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, North Carolina, Hawaiian Islands, Central America
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on board with 300 psi/general range of preferred depth given
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 into!

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 Niihau..

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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