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Dive Review of Ocean Concepts Scuba in

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Gerald Canning, Nevada, United States
Report Number 601
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Broad Carribbean, Lake Tahoe, Cozumel, Roatan, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Be back on board with 500# -- though I never saw anyone actually check to
verify that we were complying with this restriction.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat had a dedicated rinse tank for dive cameras.  Dive masters would
hand you your camera in the water and take it back before you got back
aboard and they would put it in the rinse barrel.  This was not an
overnight operation so there were no camera facilities.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
I had the occasion to be in Honolulu for other reasons.  I had very low
expectations of diving in Oahu and couldn't find any information on island
operators -- but I had two days I could dive and didn't want to miss the 80
degree water.

Ocean Concepts Scuba was a delight.  They included complementary round trip
transportation from Waikaki to their operation on the West Shore in the
price.  They picked us up on time, were very courtious and friendly, and
saved us from having to figure out how to get to their operation which was
45 minutes away and required going through Honolulu.

The dive operation was a pleasant surprise.  Both the shore safety briefing
and the boat orientation and dive site briefings were well done and
professional.  Their rental equipment was new ScubaPro regulators, BC's,
full foot split fins and UWATEC dive computers in the console.  Everything
was set up on the boat at your assigned seat.  Tank fills were consistently
in the 3400psi range.  Dive sites were a relatively short distance from the

Diving was in small groups (3-5 divers) grouped after reviewing your prior
dive history.  The typical dive was lead by a divemaster (one per group)
who handled the first 2/3 of the tour to find you the small critters and
point out the highlights of the site.  The remainder of the dive was on
your own -- leaving you with instructions to be back on board with 500 psi.
 You could burn out your air -- on both of the shallower second dives, I
logged more than an hour of bottom time.

There were great sandwiches between dives and fresh fruit (including
pineapple) after the dives.  The boat crew and divemasters were top notch
professionals who went out of their way to be helpful.

I had low expectations for the diving.  It wasn'tt great but it was better
than I expected.  We didn't have the hard and soft corals of the Caribbean,
but we did have an amazing diversity of Hawaiian fish life.  Some of the
fish that were new to me included various triggerfish, a tiger moray,
saddled goatfish, a bird wrasse, ketail needlefish, Moorish Idol,
Orangspine Unicornfish and a Peacock razorfish.  There was a wide selection
of other fish varieties on the dive.

I wouldn't go to Oahu just for the diving.  However, if you have to be
there for other reasons, I can strongly recommend Ocean Concepts Scuba as a
diving operation who will show you the best of Oahu diving.
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