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Dive Review of Waikiki Diving in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Lyn Greenhill, CA, USA
Report Number 3159
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
California, Baja, Carribean, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally enforced time limits - i. e., first one out of air means everyone
comes up.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Although there are some interesting things to photograph, you're on your
own for any support.  No buckets or tables for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
Oahu diving is mostly geared to the "intro to scuba" people,
based on my 6 dive trips there.  They are not used to experienced people
with good air consumption, I routinely surfaced with 1500 psi.   There are
3 main areas for diving at Oahu - west side, Waikiki, and Maunalua Bay. 
The west side has only a few good sites and is a long way from Waikiki -
over an hour drive.  If you must go there dive with Ocean Concepts. 
Waikiki has some interesting spots, some prepared wrecks and a few nice
reefs.  Maunalua Bay has the most spots and some are very good.  My
personal favorites are Fantasy Reef, the Corsair, and Sea Cave.  The North
shore is diveable only in summer, and then from the shore.  Most of the
operators don't have their own boats so charter space from a few boat
captains.  This is fine if you like mixed crowds.  The previous dive
company I went with (who is now out of business) used this approach and I
had no problem with it.  Waikiki Diving has their own boat which is 27'
long and can hold a maximum of 10 divers, which they launch from Maunalua
Bay.  If the wind is blowing (which is pretty much a given in Hawaii),
you're in for a wild ride if they go to the outer sites.  They didn't have
a camera bucket except on 1 of the 4 trips I went with them, and they also
didn't provide any water after diving (a real oversight in my opinion). 
They did try to accomodate our preferences for sites, depending on the
wind.  They also will pick you up at your hotel, and then take you to their
shop to fill out paperwork, pick up any gear you might need, and then drive
you to the boat.  If you have your own stuff, this is a real waste of time,
so sleep in and just meet them at the boat.  On two of the trips they used
63 cubic foot tanks on the second dives, which were shallow, in order to
cut bottom time.  This is really tacky in my opinion.  To summarize, if you
are a serious diver, avoid Oahu and go to Maui or Kona.  If you are forced
to dive Oahu, Waikiki Diving is OK, but certainly not great.
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