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Dive Review of AAA - Alex's Aquatic Adventures in
Hawaii

AAA - Alex's Aquatic Adventures, May, 2009,

by Wellington Lee, DC, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4791.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Sipadan, Cocos, Bahamas, Cozumel, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 74 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Told to stay close to DM. Allowed to dive profile after he checked us out.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Fresh Water Tub on boat, though the other (Japanese) divers tossed their gloves and masks into the bucket. Captain/DMs did not indicate otherwise.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Alex has lower than average rates and provides better than average service. He picks up and drops off from your Waikiki hotel, provides all rental gear, snacks, towels and hot coffee all for less than any other op in the area. Rental gear was in good shape.

He was honest concerning the reef (not the best) and sites (wrecks=good) and communicated about the sites and asked us where we wanted to go. On the boat he was very good at briefing the sites and clear about the dive plans.

Dove Reef 30ft. "Turtle Canyons" and
the Wreck 100ft. "YO-257". Saw many turtles on both sites (8+ turtles). One Large eagle ray. Many large Frogfish on the wreck. Wreck was pretty, with excellent vis and simple/safe penetrations.

Alex used to run his own boat, but now works on a shared one with other operations.

He led our group independent of the other groups (others less experienced and less capable) and allowed us to dive within our abilities, with reasonable upfront caution and warnings (stay close, mind your air on the deep dives).

Fun guy, great service, great price.


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