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Dive Review of Seasport Divers/Grand Hyatt in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Don Lipmanson, CA, USA
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Report Number 4113
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Papua New Guinea, Kona, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Monterey Bay
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100' on Nitrox  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
Had the good fortune to go from Poipu to Ni'ihau on a day with variable
light winds and very calm seas, making for a lovely trip out and back on a
very decent boat. Crew set two fishing lines en route and caught a huge
yellowfin tuna, which was killed and gutted on the dive deck; not a sight
for the queasy.  Nice pod of spinner dolphins showed up on the outward leg;
a lone humpback breached a couple times in the passage between  Ni'ihau and

The diving left me somewhat cold, literally as well as figuratively, even
with a 0.5 mm. tropical wetsuit under a 3mm. rental shortie.  The first
dive (on air) took us down to 100' on a lava wall, but days of strong winds
had stirred up the bottom so much that visibility at Ni'ihau was mediocre;
ditto for a second dive.  Typical assortment of Pacific reef fish and HI
endemics, nothing particularly large.  Highlight of those dives was a group
of about five white-tipped reef sharks plus a solitary gray shark.

Visibility was much better just of the tiny island of Lehua, where a fairly
strong surface current made swimming to the forward descent line something
of a challenge.  The dive involved stunning swim-throughs beneath lava
arches and tubes, where some nudibranchs and other macro objects shared the
stage with the usual assortment of fish.  

Overall, I can't really recommend the Ni'ihau trip, given the cost (about
$330 for three dives) and the lack of corals that add so much beauty to
most warm-water diving.  Also, the divemasters seemed less focused than
most operations on finding and calling attention to unusual objects, and
one (Zack) rather rudely moved divers aside so he could stretch out on the
return trip.  On the plus side, Seasport's store staff is excellent, the
dive briefing was good, and the boat was not overcrowded.

Concerning resorts, the Hyatt is sensational (albeit expensive) in terms of
decor, restaurants and service, particularly after four nights backpacking
on the Kalalau trail.

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