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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/NA in
Hawaii/Kauai

Bubbles Below/NA, Jan, 2007,

by John Andrews, Texas, USA . Report 3163.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 72 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 1 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Dive operators were fairly accomodating, although we felt a little rushed at times.

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

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

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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