I just returned from a fantastic 8 day trip to Hawaii. The final island stop on
the trip was Oahu. I too tried to book diving with AAA Diving. However, after speaking with Alex, heard about the "change in management". Alex explained that he would no longer be taking out divers with AAA Diving.
Based on recommendations, I choose to dive with Diamond Head Divers while in Waikiki. Boy was that a bad decision. Everything from the moment I stepped foot on the dock had me completely underwhelmed with this dive operation.
Firstly, the crew seemed to be inconvenienced taking divers out. Upon arriving
at the boat, we were made to feel as if we were a burden to the crew. No
introductions were made and no instructions regarding the boat/gear/procedures
Secondly, when I inquired to the boat captain as to where we would be diving, I
received a half-hearted "Dunno" response. When I suggested making a wreck dive,
like the YO-257, the sarcastic, but completely serious, comment "You're gonna
make me go there?" took me by surprise. Needless to say, I felt that I was
putting out the crew by suggesting a dive site. (We ultimately did end up
diving there due to a lack of other suggestions.)
Finally, I was specifically bothered by the fact that the DM tried a few times
to have me take a 63 cu ft tank in lieu of a 80 cu ft for the first dive (our
deep dive!). At first, I joked with the DM that they were passing off a 'pony
tank' charging me the same price as a 80 cu ft tank. But he tried two more
times to have me take this tank. Refusing to take the tank, the DM commented
that he'll have to take the tank. I personally took offense to the fact that
they thought because I'm a smaller female diver that they could try to pass
this tank off on me.
The dive site briefings were anything but informative. In fact, I had no idea
that there was another wreck about 50 yards away from the YO-257 until the DM
decided to guide us over there about 5 minutes before the end of the dive! Back
on the boat, I asked the DM and boat captain about marine life I had seen on
the dive. The DM was clueless and the boat captain seemed totally uninterested
almost bothered by my questions.
After the first dive, my dive buddy and I agreed we'd find another dive op for
our other diving days as soon as we hit dry land. We choose to dive with Aqua
Zone in lieu of Diamond Head Divers.
I'm not a dive novice nor am I a 1000+ seasoned dive professional but I've been
on my fair share of dive boats and dive trips. This, by far, was the most
underwhelming experience I've had on any of my dive excursions. They were
unhelpful, lacked knowledge about dive sites and marine life and generally
seemed disinterested in diving.
Needless to say, I would NOT recommend this dive op.