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Dive Review of Dive Oahu/Doubletree Hotel in

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Henry Ziller, CO, U.S.A.
Sr. Contributor   (23 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2203
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Pohnpei, Bahamas, Dominica, Curacao, Tobago, Belize, Cozumel, Cayman Brac
& Little Cayman, Florida, and Lake Powell.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
A seprate rinse tank was provided, and although there was no table for
working on cameras, there were extras seats where work could be done. One
hour developing is available all over although there is an extra charge.
Repairs and purchase of equipment is readily available in Honolulu.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
This was a combination business and pleasure trip so I was staying at a
non-dive hotel, but most dive operators will pick you up at any of the
hotels in the area. There is parking near the dive boat in fact within 30
feet if you want to pay for parking, (Under $10) or within a quarter mile
to park free. The dive operation is located at Kewalo Basin Harbor near Ala
Moana Park in Waikiki. They picked me up at 7:30 and I was dropped off
around 12:30. The shop has new equipment to purchase, or you can rent, and
is well equipped. The boat can hold 28 passengers and two crew. It is a 38'
Custom Cat with a 14' beam, which makes it extremely, stable. She is
equipped with twin 400 hp water jets for power, hot showers, twin dive
ladders, and underwater sound system. All of the safety equipment you would
hope for is on this boat including oxygen, first aid kit, GPS, radio, life
preservers, etc. The boat does take on other dive operation divers and
their dive masters, but there were less then 10 people on the boat. Fresh
fruit and water or sodas are available for surface interval.  The first
dive is normally either the YO 257 wreck or the San Pedro wreck and Turtle
Cove for the second dive.  We were lucky enough to visit both wrecks on one
dive since there was very little current.  There are usually turtles on
every dive as well as eagle rays and lots of fish.  We saw octopus on every
dive including the wrecks. For some reason the dive masters like to catch
the octopus and play with them. I don't approve of this practice, but that
is not going to stop them. In 2003 we were fortunate to see a whale shark
off the west coast of Oahu and unfortunately the dive master thought it
would be cool to ride it and it left so some of the divers did not get to
see it. The boat rides are usually less than 15 minutes.  Diving is rather
expensive in Hawaii compared to other places I've been.  Two tank morning
dive is $99, and seems to be the same at all the dive operators I checked
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