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Dive Review of Waikiki Divers in

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Roger Cole, NV, United States
Report Number 3072
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Channel Islands, CA; Catalina Island, CA; Kauai, HI; Niihau Island, HI; La
Jolla, CA.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
72   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with DM.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I was picked up at my hotel and taken to the shop where we gathered our
gear. When the group finally straggled in we vanned to the dock and
offloaded our gear. Had to wait while one of the DMs "taught" a
group of first timers about boat diving, gear and procedures.

The boat was way too small for the number of divers.  With fins and tanks
on my feet were under the fins of the diver across from me. The exhaust
fumes constantly boiled back into the boat and the only way to breathe was
to stand up and face into the wind.

The first site was about 35 to 40 feet for 40 minutes with several sea
turtles, pipefish, coral heads and schooling fish.  DM I had made us stay
real close to him for some reason. I couldn't figure why because all  of
are well experienced. The other DM had the new divers.

Second dive was similar. We anchored off a reef teeming with sea turtles
and schooling fish. Some interesting coral formations, too. Some of us held
a sea turtle while the DM removed a fishhook from its mouth. 

Quite a surge and current on both dives so the air went faster than normal.
It contributed to less vis than one would expect.

I booked this trip through the concierge at the hotel. He recommended them
because he's working on his cert with them, Not knowing any operators in
the area I took his word for it. Had I known, I would have booked
elsewhere. With the tight quarters on the boat, exhaust fumes and seeming
lack of organization of the entire trip I was quite disappointed.

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