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Dive Review of SeaSport Divers - Poipu/n/a in

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Marta Arensberg, WA, United States
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Report Number 4679
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Kona, Cayman Islands, Palau, Fiji, Belize, PNG.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, back onboard with 500+ lbs, stay with group on drift dives.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
SeaSport Divers, February 2009
Diving was excellent.  I booked with SeaSport Divers in Poipu.  Friendly
faces greeted me the morning I arrived for my first of 5 trips out with
them this February. Several of the dive masters, and the boat captain
remembered me from Feb 2008.  DM Adriana asked me if I needed a wetsuit, I
told her no, Ive got my 3mm.  She said the winter water temp (low 70s)
was cooler this year then last, and that I would probably get chilly.  I
took her up on the offer of a 5mm loaner, which was in like new shape, and
was happy I did.  After all divers were checked in, we took a five minute
drive to Kukuiula Bay Boat Harbor, during which Adriana gave us a short
briefing about how our morning would progress.  Arriving at the dock, we
were warmly greeted by Capt Andrew, and watched while he and Adriana
transferred tanks and dive gear for all six divers, from the van to the
dive deck of the boat.  The 48 ft Anela Kai is the largest dive boat on the
island of Kauai.  Very diver friendly, with a spacious and well laid out
dive deck, half covered  half not, and an upper fly bridge, it is
extremely clean and organized, which makes for efficient diving for up to
18 divers for south shore morning and afternoon trips.  This morning, with
only 6 divers onboard, it was like having our own private dive charter. 
Safety is of high importance to SeaSport, and on each trip the captain and
dive masters gave us detailed information on emergency boat procedures, and
detailed boat diving procedures before leaving the dock.  Safety is my
number one concern, so I appreciated their thoroughness.  On the way to our
first dive site, Adriana briefed us on the underwater topography of the
Hawaiian Islands, likely fish and critter ID, the expected current  as our
first dive would be a drift, water entry, descent, ascent, safety stop, and
boat entry after the drift.  First up was a great drift from Turtle Bluffs
west to General Store.  As we neared 80 ft, an eagle ray did a fly by
directly below us.  Nice start for a dive that also included sightings of
yellow trumpet fish, pyramid butterfly fish, banded angle fish, pink tail
trigger fish, large green sea turtles getting attended by cleaner wrasse,
white tip reef sharks, morays, a variety of nudibranchs, and black tree
coral.  Visibility was easily 60 ft.  Adriana deployed her safety sausage
while we ended our drift, and as each diver completed the safety stop and
surfaced, Capt Andrew was there to get everyone back up the two stern
ladders and onboard safely.  On the Anela Kai for our surface interval, we
enjoyed bottled water and sodas, cookies and assorted granola bars, and
ripe bananas that Capt Andrew brought from a tree in his yard  nice touch.
  Next up was a whale show that was pretty spectacular because of the view
from the fly bridge.  Several sightings of blows, fins and backs, and a
breaching, all in the distance, entertained us.  There is plenty of room
for moving into the sheltered, but open area on the main deck to avoid the
sun or wind.  Nice amenities are a large camera table, separate rinse tanks
for camera equipment and facemasks, and hot water showers on the back dive
deck.  Our second dive of the morning was the famous Sheraton Caverns,
which is in the 30  65 ft range.  Three lava tubes are the resting place
for several large green sea turtles.  A white tip reef shark was in
residence this day too. We saw two spotted morays, a whitemouth moray,
sergeant majors guarding their purple eggs, and a large porcupine fish. 
Sighting highlights for me were the baby octopus and the lobster that the
DM pointed out.  As we were about to start our ascent, a lone manta ray
made his way toward our group  wow!  We could hear the humpbacks singing
the entire dive  a bonus.  A short cruise back to the harbor and the crew
thanked each of us personally for choosing to dive with SeaSport.  Capt
Andrew, Capt Ryan, and DMs Brownie and Adriana are a pleasure to dive
with.  It is apparent that they love the ocean and genuinely enjoy sharing
Kauai history and underwater adventures with the divers.  Each trip was
highlighted by some particular find  spiny lobsters, leaf scorpian fish,
white ghost shrimp, lizardfish, guardian crab, and the list goes on.  Back
at the shop, SeaSport has a very nice outdoor gear rinse tank and plenty of
hanging pegs  an especially nice touch for those divers who bring all of
their own gear.  The rental shop has reasonable pricing on everything you
need if you didnt bring your personal gear.  Included in the trip cost
($125), for the south shore dives are 2 tanks, computer, weights, safety
sausage, wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins.  Nitrox is an extra $20. 
SeaSport Divers also has a great website with ALL
the information, and online reservations ability.  The retail sales
personnel at the Poipu shop are friendly and attentive.  SeaSport stocks
everything from fish ID books and underwater DVDs to a huge assortment of
dive, snorkel and beach gear.  After trying out their loaner 5mm wetsuit
(thanks Adriana), Roxanne, Micheal and Darrell were happy to answer my
numerous inquiries about sizing and cost, and when I finally placed my
order, they made sure to have it arrive before my departure from Kauai. 
Other services include onehour photo, dive video from your dive trip, shore
dives, and PADI dive instruction and certification. 
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