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Dive Review of Captain Bruce's Extreme Comfort Diving in

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Downing Bethune, Oregon, USA
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Report Number 4937
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Pacific Northwest, Mexico, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Descend as a group, ascend when air is low or when the DM calls the dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
We just returned from a 10-day vacation in Honolulu, where we were
housesitting for a Hawaiian family while they were vacationing on Molokai. 
It was our first stay on Oahu, and I managed to balance some top-side
sightseeng with nineteen dives, the first six with Captain Bruce and the
remainder with Gabe Scotti, a local instructor/dive master, whom I'll
review in a following report.

This is a well-run operation that does daily 2-tank morning dives out of
Waianae, which is about half way up the west side of the island.  We were
staying on the east side of Honolulu, making for about an hour commute each
way on the H-1.  If you're staying in Wakkiki and are without a car,
they'll pick you up and drop you off.

Allen was our divemaster all three days.  Great guy.  Very easy-going on
the boat, hard-working under it.  Asks for an "ok" and your PSI
at appropriate intervals but otherwise lets you swim around and see the
sights while he searches for critters.  Kristi was our boat captain the
first two days.  She has a no nonsense manner about her that some may find
a bit intimidating at first, but she's a real sweetheart once you get to
know her.  Suzette, the owner, was our boat captain the third day.  She's
hilarious.  In sum, they did a very good job taking care of their clients,
making sure everyone was safe and having a good time.

Lately, there have been reader reports of reduced fish population in
Hawaii, and based on what I saw I'd have to agree.  Not a lot of fish life
out there but we certainly saw our share of wrecks, lava flow, turtles,
octopus and the like.

The late-July water was consistently in the 79-81 degree range, so I was
able to get by with my 2mm shorty with no problems.  Everyone else was
wearing 3mm full wetsuits, and some of them were also wearing hoods.  No
one complained about being too hot or cold.  But be sure to bring plenty of
sunscreen as the sun beats down in force starting around 10 o'clock.  The
surface currents were consistent enough that lines were always used for
descending and ascending.
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