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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/NA in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John Andrews, Texas, USA
Report Number 3163
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Central Texas lakes and rivers, Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
1   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
It was guided, so we were asked to stay within view of our underwater
guide. Other than that we were welcome to explore freely.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dive operators were fairly accomodating, although we felt a little rushed
at times.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We went on 4 dives with Bubbles Below. The first two were daytime dives.
Our guide was Linda. She was very thorough about checking our documents and
equipment to make sure everything was in working order. She laid out each
dive for us clearly. Linda was super-knowledgeable about the marine life in
the area. We asked to see sharks, eels and turtles and she made sure we saw
them. We also saw many varieties of surgeonfish, triggers, tangs,
butterflyfish, damselfish, etc, etc.

My youngest daughter is not yet certified so she stayed topside with Capt.
Earl. He kept a close eye on her and helped her spot turtles and other
marine life on the surface. She enjoyed her time on the boat as much as

The crew was efficient and safety conscious. The boat was nicely setup for
diving and large enough to comfortably accommodate the passengers. Bubbles
Below doesn't take out more than 8 divers on any one trip. We wanted to
dive Niihau. Bubbles Below had enough divers to fill the boat, but decided
against the trip due to weather conditions and a stronger current in the
area than is normal.

Our 3rd and 4th dives were night dives. Because of traffic we were about 30
minutes late, but we called in and the crew held the boat for us. I can't
begin to describe how much we appreciated that! We were on a different
vessel this time...twin-hulled. Once again there was lots of room and the
boat was well-organized. 

We saw plenty of marine life, whales, and a monk seal. Turtles were all
over the place once again. There were many, many different species of fish
in and around the corals. Lobsters were in abundance as well. 

The crew was great about helping with our gear and making sure our diving
needs were met. Bubbles Below is a family run operation. These guys focus
on dive trips only, and don't have a store front. I'll be going out with
them again on a return trip to Kauai this summer.
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