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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Nilhi Kai in
Hawaii/Kauai

Bubbles Below/Nilhi Kai, Jan, 2008,

by Craig Condron, Wa., U.S.A. (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3841.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Tahiti, Cook Is. Tonga, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, Christmas Is. Mexico East amd West, All the Cribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 71 to 73 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Notify Divemaster at 1,000 psi, 750 ascend, 3-minute safety stop, Stay with the group(some current). Divers sent up according to air supply.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Bubbles Below goes beyond, diving. At the dock at Port Allen there is an equipment check and a complete boat briefing before leaving the dock. Then on the way to the dive site, Linda (owner) or Joe (divemaster) explain the formation of the islands, the seascape, fish and critter I.D. and how all these thing interact. Next after an inspection of the site and the okay is given, the dive briefing starts. They cover water entry, descent, fish and critters we'll see, ascent, safety stop and boat entry.
They take their time showing divers the little things. We saw Pom-Pom Crabs (1/2"-3/4"), Marbled Humpback Shrimp, Harliqin Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, Redstriped Pipefish, oh yes Turtles, Mantas, Spotted Knifejaw Fish and more.
After Captain Earl or Captain Peter get everyone safely into the boat and equipmeent changed out, then it is time for Joe and Linda to shine. You would think they came up from their 1st dive. All smiles "Did you see the Pom-Pom Crab, Did you see this and that." And the fish I.D. books come out. Their joy for diving is in their smiles. The surface interval are spent looking for whales dophins, etc. Another briefing,another great dive. 27 total while on Kauai for 6 weeks.
During the Holidays my children and grandchildern were given Discover Scuba classes as Christmas presents. Daughter 37 (Son alredy Certified) and Grandchildren (11,11,14,14,15) took the class and Linda was wonderful with these kids. Then on their two dives they saw Turtles, Sharks, Scorpionfish, Cleaner Shrimp and the Whales singing in the background. Their hooked.
A freind (60) from Canada visited after the holidays and also took Discover Scuba. Heather (Bubbles Below instructor) was so comforting that she signed up for Open Water Cert. and in 3 days was diving with us.
Bubbles Below team love what the do and pass on those waves to their customers, young and old. YOU GOT TO LOVE THEM.
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