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Dive Review of Captain Bruce's/Hilton Hawaiian Village in
Hawaii/Oahu West Shore

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bob & Janie Williams, TX, USA
Report Number 2254
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Key West, Key Largo, Bonaire, Maui - Hawaii, Cabo
San Lucas, Cancun, Nassau, Freeport - Bahamas, Southern Bahamas - Nekton
Pilot, Turneffe Island - Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
73   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow dive master and surface when he did. Depth limit.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Not much worth photographing except turtles. Did see nearby spinner
dolphins and distant whales (2) from boat but not in the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
1 stars    
Rented gear.  Since Captain Bruce's picks you up at your hotel (in Waikiki)
and drives hour to West Coast bay at Waianae, your gear is on board with no
chance to try it on. No computers. BCs way too big, allowing tank to move
all over, constantly jerking at regulator. Dive briefing practically
non-existent; didn't even name the dive site. Told who the dive masters
were but no instructions to stay with the group. We've been diving in Maui,
on Molokai, so didn't expect much in the way of coral or tropical fish,
though hoped to see some pelagics. Hawaii coral is either dead, destroyed,
or struggling for existence -- though we only did two dives. First dive 80
feet to remnants of plane mostly torn apart. Moderate tropicals. Dive
master dug a poor octopus out from under the plane wing and handed it
around to be petted, terrifying the poor thing. On the second dive, 40 - 20
feet, did see two turtles up close. Fish life limited. Because BC was so
big, wife had trouble getting air out for proper bouyancy. I stopped to
help and we quickly solved the problem. Meanwhile, dive master and group
disappeared. We searched but couldn't find them. After ten minutes, he
returned but only my wife saw him. She turned to signal me and he was gone
again. We couldn't see him. We eventually surfaced and swam to the ship
where we heard the divemaster was angry and making rude comments about us.
He never came to see if he could help when we had trouble, never asked
about remaining air, and disappeared without being sure we were following.
We were never instructed to surface if we lost the divemaster and we
weren't in trouble. Very rude and unprofessional.
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