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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Kauai in

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Dixon, TX, USA
Report Number 522
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, other than standard for group diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Bubbles below was recommended by a dive operator on another island. They
were recommended for moderate to advanced divers. Once we went on the trip,
we discovered that the range was from beginner (first dive after cert.) to
advanced. The shore facilities were none( a van in the parking lot). The
boat was adequate for the total of 8 divers, anthough there were no real
areas for photo setup. We did have a glitch in that 3 of the tanks were
discovered to be underfilled before we got underway. The first dive was
adequate, no really outstanding discoveries or visuals. The divemaster and
boat captain were competent and friendly. Our major disappointment was the
second dive. We left the first location, sailed around for a few minutes,
then returned to the exact same location as the first dive. My wife asked
about this and was told that she was mistaken. Upon entering the water,
however, we saw the same rusted metal pipe and half of a dead lobster that
we had seen on the first dive. The divemaster then said that our first dive
was "House of Turtles, east" and this was "House of Turtles,
west". To us, it was the same spot. Alltogether the dives were safe
and uneventful, also unremarkable. The attempt to fool us about the secont
location was disappointing, especially coming rom a highly recommended (and
expensive ) operation.
Also, after returning, we heard from some friends we made on this trip
about the dive they made the next day that could have had a fatal outcome.
An inexperienced diver (3rd post-cert dive) was left in a cavern with less
than 500 PSI by the same divemaster so that he could go look for the rope.
THis diver and his buddy did an emergency ascent on their own resulting in
O psi at the surface for both. They reported the divemaster to be
uninterested and unconcerned.
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