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Dive Review of Kaimana Divers/Queen Kapioloni Hotel in
Hawaii/Oahu-South Shore

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Carlson, WA, USA
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Report Number 3290
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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  
4 stars  
Shore diving site had bathrooms and showers as well as shade. Boats all had
rinse tanks for camera stuff.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Kaimana Divers, Queen Kapioloni, January 2007. Tom
Carlson (, Tacoma, Washington. Experience, 0-35 dives,
Water 77 degrees F, Viz 60-100 ft, calm, surge.

This was our first trip to Hawaii and we were lucky enough to connect with
Gabe Scottie of Kaimana Divers. Gabe runs his own dive business and offers
a personal touch not often found with other dive operators. He picked us up
promptly at our hotel ever day and got us into some wonderful Hawaiian
diving. The first day we did buoyancy and skills checks in a pool then did
a two-tank shore dive, the next two days with him were boat dives. He knows
all the boat operators and got us onto and off the boats with ease. We dove
the SW, S and SE portions of Oahu with Gabe. We received a thorough
briefing on each site we were to dive. Our first dive with Gabe was a
two-tank shore dive at Kahe Point Beach Park (Electric Beach). There is
shade, bathroom, and shower available. This is a really good shore dive
site. This site is located next to an electric plant. There is a sandy
entry point next to the concrete wall of the plant and an easy surface swim
out to about 15 feet deep to drop down onto the coral encrusted pipe that
discharges warm cooling water from the power plant across the street, and
attract a large variety of life. Corals and a plethora of sea life
encompass this site with a max depth of about 35 feet. The Scuba diving was
fantastic and we heard the sounds of the Spinner Dolphins singing the whole
time we were doing scuba dives. Snowflake Moray Eel, green sea turtles,
Spotted Eagle Ray, White Tip Reef Shark, Trigger Fish, Blue Line Snapper,
Sgt Major, Moorish Idols, Yellow Tangs, Convict Tangs, Black Durgan,
Porcupine Puffers, Trumpet Fish, and Pencil Urchins to name a few! 

The second day we did a two-tank boat dive off the Kahala Kai, a 40ft
catamaran at Nautilis Reef and then off to Kewalo Pipe. Nautilus Reef is a
series of finger reefs formed in a spiral shape in about 30-40 feet of
water. Good viz, about 80-100 feet and many tropicals including several
different types of Moray Eels and Lizard Fish. Max depth 55ft, saw abundant
sea life at both sites. It was shallow so we had long bottom times at two
wonderful dive sites.

The third dive session with Gabe was on a smaller boat out of Hawaii Kai
(SE) on a 30ft boat, the Honey II. We dove Anglers Reef and Koko Craters.
Max depth of 47ft. At Anglers Reef we saw more Green turtles, Triggerfish,
Elegant Coris, Yellow Margin and White Mouth Morays, Striped Belly Puffer,
Octopus and many other tropicals. Second dive was at Koko Craters which is
named for the large Volcanic Crater Kokohead, which overlooks the entire
Maunalua Bay area. This was an awesome second dive of the day. This is a
shallow reef dive that contains a series of small crater shaped reefs at
about 35 feet deep, thus providing ample dive time. There are large
resident green sea turtles at this site, Slipper Lobster, as well as many
schools of fish, eels. Another really fun dive site with good viz.

After our dives each day with Gabe we would return to the shop and it was
time to get the logbooks out and start identifying the creatures we saw.
You may never see some of these organisms anywhere else in the world as 25%
or the species are endemic (only found in the Hawaiian islands). Gabe is an
excellent instructor and has such a positive attitude he is always a
pleasure to be around and to dive with.

We are going back next January and will dive with Gabe Scottie and Kaimana
Divers again.
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