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Dive Review of Bubbles Below, in

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Mark A. Magers, CA, US
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Report Number 6751
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
GBR,Dominica,Cozumel,Hawaii,Cayman,Turks,BVI,USVI,Cabo Pulmo,Saba,La Paz,
Bonaire, Curacao,Cuba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi or 1 hour dive time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
no table or rinse tank in this boat for cameras (I am not a photographer)
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Had not been diving off Kauai in over a decade. The variety of fish was
good, and we saw some cool things I don't see every dive, like a frogfish,
a purple leaf scorpion fish, a good-sized octopus, 5 different kinds of

The good - the divemaster and captain were knowledgeable and good, and were
keen for us to enjoy the dives. The aforementioned cool fish, and the
divemaster's ability to spot them was very good (the frogfish was almost
invisible, in a bunch of cup coral, on the underside of an arch).

The less-than-satisfied part - we signed up for the 3-tank
"adventure" dive, billed on the website as a "when you've
seen Sheraton Caverns enough..." alternative (their words, not mine).
Yet dive #2 was...Sheraton Caverns. All dives were up and down the Poipu
side of the island, between Port Allen (where boat leaves from) to Poipu,
in spite of amazingly calm weather after several days of near-record wind
and surf on the usually calm Poipu side (the surfers said the First Break
off Poipu was as good as they had ever seen it). Dive day was calm, water
clear, currents minimal. It did not feel like an adventure at all. The back
side of Klein Curacao in an inflatable boat, that is an adventure.

The boat was small, and kind of dirty, though the engine (where they heated
the pizza for lunch) was spotless, and I would prefer that to the other way
around. Apparently someone had stolen some equipment off the boat recently,
so I think it was not as well equipped as it usually is?

The cost for 2 of us for 3 dives each, with Nitrox on 2 (not sure why we
did not get nitrox on the first dive), was $500. That is a ton of money for
what we got.

So net - service and attitude was very good, some of the fish we saw were
very cool, boat was so so, and the value and adventure was not there for
us. Next time will just wait until we can get to Niihau and Lehua. Did that
in 1999 and it was awesome.

This was not a liveaboard though the website form will not let me change

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Subscriber's Comments

By Robert Halem in CA, US at Nov 03, 2012 01:04 EST  
I have done the three tank adventure dive when the weather permitted access
to the Napili coast.  That was one of the best dives I have ever done.  One
thing about Bubbles Below, they are VERY conservative about the weather.  I
can understand why they would stay on the leeward side of the island if
there was any question.  I have had them cancel dives the night before
based on the forecast and then have perfect calm weather in the morning.
By Jill Rain in WA, US at Nov 04, 2012 11:00 EST  
I did a 3 tank dive with them to Nihau island an hour's bumpy drive sw of
Kauai, which is also weather dependent. It was a fantastic set of dives,
and the staff is very competent. Marginal getting there, with the swells,
but really good diving once there. Sorry the weather was bad for you. Too
bad you weren't able to cancel once you knew you couldn't go.
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