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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Private Condo in

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Scott George, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3996
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Honduras, Belize, Fiji, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Start ascent with 700 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
     Kauai (and Hawaii, in general) is not the best destination for a
dedicated dive vacation, but is excellent for other activities with family.
 So, on our recent vacation I took one day to do a morning two tank dive
with Bubbles Below.  
     I found Bubbles Below to be a very good operation.  They normally run
with no more than six divers but on my trip there was only the divemaster,
another diver and me.  Apparently, another couple had canceled the day
prior.  Not very profitable for them, I imagine, so I appreciated that they
didn't cancel.  The divemaster, Heather, was very good.  It is apparent
they put a lot of emphasis on their divemasters being knowledgeable about
the local critters (an important trait for Hawaii diving because so many of
the fish are indigenous to the islands).  Heather knew the fish well and
was adept at pointing out the interesting ones.  Our first dive was was at
around 75-80 feet and featured some nice swimthroughs, a few sharks, and a
juvenile frogfish.  The second site was around 45 feet and featured quite a
few interesting critters, including a wire coral shrimp, and a turtle
cleaning station with at least a dozen large turtles.
    As I mentioned, I don't consider Kauai to be the best choice for a
dedicated dive trip, but if you are in Kauai it is certainly worth a few
days of diving.  There wasn't much in the way of coral and the fish life is
not as abundant as other places I have been, but many of the fish are
indigenous and there are many, many turtles.  It was too early in the
season to make the crossing to Niihau (the channel is too rough to cross in
winter), but it sounds like that may be the best diving in the state.  I
would definitely dive again with Bubbles Below if we return to Kauai.  I
would love to try their trip to Niihau if we are there during the summer.
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