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Dive Review of Ocean Concepts Hawaii/Ala Moana in

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6093
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
California, western Mexico, Fiji, S. Australia, New Guinea, Bonaire,
Bahamas, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Galapagos, Mexican Caribbean, Honduras,
Belize, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and depth were specified.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat had dedicated camera tub. Could rent simple digital underwater camera
(no strobe) but I brought my own. As usual, if you shoot film, you must
develop it elsewhere.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
Operation previously got good report in "Undercurrent". They pick
you up at your hotel, even if you are in downtown Honolulu (miles away from
dock near west end of Oahu). You fill out forms and rent any needed gear at
shop. They transport heavy gear on and off  boat for you. They also change
tanks for you between dives. Boat has marine head, oxygen and a tag system
to make sure everyone gets back on board. They provide fresh pineapple,
sandwiches, water and yummy cookies. Dive briefings are brief but adequate.
They set target time and depth: good idea considering inexperience of many
divers. You'd be wise to wear suit and hood. Some divers got chilly, wind
blows aboard boat. First dive was to sunken Navy landing craft at 99 feet
and less. Some coral, tropical fish and collector urchins aboard but most
exciting residents were huge green turtle and four frogfish--photographer's
delight! Next dive was to  "mini-wall" and series of holes,
swim-throughs and shallow reef. Scattered coral, not a well- structured
reef but scant bleaching and no crown-of-thorns starfish. Lots of small
creatures, another turtle, school of reef squid. Lots of opportunities for
close-up shots of small and colorful fish, harlequin shrimp, nudibranch,
pencil urchin, starfishes and much more. Not a "high adventure"
dive, no big critters except turtles, visibility varied with location but
if you'd like some relaxing  diving after a conference downtown,give these
folks a try. 
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