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Dive Review of Bubbles Below in
Hawaii/Kauai

Bubbles Below, Sep, 2008,

by Danny & Doreen Scott, HI, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4757.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 4 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 N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Linda, the owner of Bubbles Below, is a very warm and friendly gal who took good care of everyone on the boat.

We took her boat to Ni'ihau, "The Forbidden Island" of Hawaii (so named because it's forbidden to step foot on the island BUT you can dive next to it!)

We wanted to dive with Monk Seals, who reside around Ni'ihau. Linda and her crew knew exactly where to take us, and on our first dive, we were able to get very close to several very-large Monk Seals. These seals pur like cats underwater, and their sounds are very loud and pleasant. One seal was asleep underwater on its back, a fabulous sight!

The divemaster also knew exactly where to take us to see yellow anthias, one of our favorite fish. The crew were fun, upbeat, and made the experience even more wonderful.

Lunch was a wonderful gourmet pizza and fabulous salad. Linda kept the pizza warm by carrying it on the boat's engine -- clever!

The ride back from Ni'ihau to Kuaui is best described as "challenging." It was over an hour of extremely rough chop -- and we're highly experienced with rough boat crossings. Not recommended for those prone to sea-sickness, that's for sure! Nearly everyone on the boat was lying down to avoid being bounced around. It was a real endurance test, and makes us think-twice before returning to Ni'ihau . . .

We'd definitely return to Bubbles Below for diving around Kuaui, and we'd love to dive with them in Ni'ihau again . . .if only there were a more comfortable way to return back to Kuaui.
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