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Dive Review of Captain Bruce's Extreme Comfort Diving in
Hawaii/Oahu

Captain Bruce's Extreme Comfort Diving, Jul, 2009,

by Downing Bethune, Oregon, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4937.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Pacific Northwest, Mexico, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
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
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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