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Dive Review of Kaimana Divers in

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Downing Bethune, Oregon, USA
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Report Number 4938
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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  
Plan the dive and dive the plan  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is my second report from our 10-day 19-dive housesitting vacation in
Honolulu.  The first report covered my experience with Captain Bruce's
Extreme Comfort Diving, with whom I did my first six dives while waiting
for Gabe Scotti of Kaimana Divers to return from his vacation on the
mainland.  This report will cover my remaining 13-dive experience with

I found him through another scuba board, where he enjoys a well-deserved
solid reputation as a dive master and instructor.  He runs a one-person
show at Kaimana, which I liked because there was never a middleman to
confuse communications.  I booked with him about two months in advance of
the trip, which gave me complete flexibility in choosing when and where to
dive since I was the first booking.  This was important to me because I was
interested in variety, looking to do boat diving, shore diving, wreck
diving and night diving at various sites around the island.  Once we
settled on the schedule and price, Gabe took care of the rest and made all
the arrangements.  All I had to do was show up and dive.

I don't know that I can say enough good things about Gabe without sounding
like a paid advertisement.  He was completely professional, competent and
meticulous plus a lot of fun just to kick it with.  He even took care of my
gear until the end of the last dive and gave me the occasional ride when

We did some pretty serious diving over a four-day period, starting with a
wreck dive off Waikkiki and ending with a shore dive off the North Shore. 
I loved every minute of it.

I highly recommend Gabe if you're planning to do some diving around Oahu.

As per my other report, the lack of reef fish around the island is
alarming--with the exception of the North Shore where the numbers were
pretty good.  Whatever the cause(s), something needs to be done about it
right away.  

The water temperature in late July was a consistent 79 to 81 degrees.  I
dived in my 2mm shorty with no problems.  There were a few other people in
shorties but most were in 3mm full wetsuits, some with hoods.  A couple
from Phoenix dived the night dive with us, and they were both really cold
after the second dive, although I should note that was the one night it had
rained and the air temperature had dipped into the high 70's.  Viz was
almost always outstanding at 100+ feet and never less than 60 feet.
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