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Dive Review of Seasport Divers/Kuhio Shores Condo in

February, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Marta J Arensberg, WA, US
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Report Number 5389
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Kona, Cayman Islands, Palau, Fiji, Belize, PNG, Ni'ihau
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
74   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, stay with guide  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
This is the fourth year in a row that I've done all my dive trips on Kauai
with SeaSport Divers in Koloa. They have a great dive shop, with all the
gear and accessories you might need for diving, snorkeling and beach attire
too. The professional staff remembers me from year to year, and always
greets me by name when I come in the shop or when I am going out diving
with them. It's nice that they keep my information in their computer, so I
don't need to repeat it all each time I go diving with them.

I always sign up for the morning dive boat, which includes two tanks, and
is for intermediate to advanced divers. Nitrox is additional. You can rent
gear, or bring your own. They don't charge extra for use of a wetsuit,
tanks, weights or weight belt, which is nice. Upon return from the dive,
there are lots of peg hooks to hang your personal gear on after a rinse in
their huge clean water rinse tank out back of the shop. I let mine drip,
while watching the video (available for purchase) that the divemaster shot
during our two dives. Morning dives start at 7:30 am at the shop check-in,
and return to the shop by 12:30 pm, so it's a 5 hour morning. Bring your
bathing suit, a towel, a fleece jacket (for the surface interval), flip
flop shoes, and a waterproof bag to keep them in. And an underwater camera
if you have one.

The ride to the Kukuiula small boat harbor is a short 5 mins. After the
crew loads all tanks and gear, divers are invited onboard the Anela Kai, a
48 ft vessel, for safety briefings on both boat diving and on boat safety
and emergency proceedures. On the way to the first dive site, a dive
briefing is given on that site in particular. Tanks are filled to 3,000
lbs, which gives a normal diver a good 60 minute dive, with plenty of air
still in the tank at the end of the dive. If your consumption is faster,
your dive will end sooner.

The boat crew from most of my dives (5 trips) this February, were Capt
Andrew, or Capt Ryan, and Ryan, Niko, Kyle and Justin as divemasters. All
very professional, long time employees of SeaSport, which says a lot for
the companies operation. They are all enthusiastic, love the ocean and
enjoy sharing their knowledge with the divers. If there are over 7 divers,
they split the group in two, with a divemaster for each, with less
experienced divers grouped together.

Surface intervals are not wasted. The captain will look for whales, manta
rays, spinner dolphins and the like. During one surface interval, the
captain told us to don our mask, snorkel & fins, and we all snorkeled
with a pod of 50 - 60 Spinner Dolphins!!  There is always some great
creature to see. Bottled water, cookies, and granola bars are on board as
snacks. There is a camera table and fresh water rinse bucket, and hot water
hose sprayers on the back deck to rinse off the salt water or warm up
between dives. The onboard head is up in the bow.

The second dive is most often Sheraton Caverns - always a crowd pleaser. 
But not always, if several of the divers on board have already done the
Caverns several times.  Lava rock formations that divers can swim through
and glimpse Hawaiian Sea Turtles slumbering in the well lite caves. I've
done this dive over 25 times, and it's always fun, with lots of fish and
sea creatures on top of the caverns at about 35 ft. A great safety stop
there, watching the turtles come up to the surface for air.

We did several different dive sites along the south shore of Kauai,
including Tutrle Bluffs, Zac's Pocket, Brennecke's Ledge, and Shipwreck
Ledge, the last two done as drift dives.

Back on board, it's a short trip back to the harbor and the shop.  I look
forward to diving with them again next February.
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