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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/NA in

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jill Rain, WA, USA
Report Number 54
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, Baja, Canada
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Bubbles below is a class operation - rates are pricy but you get a discount
after several days with them, and they have no trouble filling their boat.
Book ahead, esp. Niihau. Usuallu 8 divers max on the 35' high speed boat. 
Dive as a group, but not in tight formation; no buddies assigned which I
appreciated as a single diver.  Divers go up as individual air supply
lasts. DM stays until last diver ascends.  Over my week of diving I saw no
other dive groups above or below water. Most days dive south shore : 10 min
- 1 hr away, depends on variable currents.  2-tank dives, plenty of snacks
on board. Mornings are better than afternoons for viz though the night
dives are worth doing. Some of these local sites are good enough to dive
more than once. Dive masters, including Linda (BB owner), very informative
and enthusiatic about creatures and their natural history.  Algal reef with
some hard coral. Abundant reef fish (esp. surgeonfish, butterfly fish,
triggerfish -Linda will explain why these), eels, lobster , lots of turtles
and sharks (mostly white-tip, one hammerhead).  John P. Hoover fish and
creature books are best.  Twice weekly trips to Niihau - these get
cancelled about 30% of the time due to rough seas in open channel but if
so, they usually go around to Na Pali coast instead, with excellent diving
and terrific views from the boat.  Niihau ($250 - 3 tanks) is remote - an
all day trip with dramatic underwater topography, big pelagics, monk seals,
and lush reef communities, incl. lionfish, tiger cowries, black coral. 
Some strong currents.  Snorkel with dolphins during surface interval. No
dive shop - bring all your own gear or arrange for rental ahead.  You will
need to rent a car to get down to Port Allen marina and around Kauai in
general.  I stayed at a B&B recommended by BB in nearby Kalaheo; if you
stay on the north shore it's a 1- 1 1/2 hr drive to the dock.  2-tank dive
days get you back in time to go snorkeling or hanging out at one of the
many excellent beaches.
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