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Dive Review of AAA Diving/Doubletree Alana Waikiki in
Hawaii/Oahu

AAA Diving/Doubletree Alana Waikiki, Feb, 2006,

by Craig Wood, PA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2279.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Maui, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression, back with 500 PSI
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments It's always difficult choosing a dive operator when you're going to visit a new and unfamiliar dive destination. When I found out I had the opportunity to visit Oahu, I did my homework and chose AAA Diving based on a good review in the 2006 Chapbook, an informative website, and quickly responsive email. I was not disappointed in my choice. AAA picks up and delivers from Waikiki hotels. I came down to the lobby for my 7 AM pick up on the 1st day and Alex, the operation's owner, was waiting for me in the van. The on time pick up continued for the remaining 3 days of my diving, a rare treat. The boat, Elysium, is a newer, custom 38 foot dive boat. We dove with no more that 8 divers, the boat could easily support more. It has a nice cabin area for protection from sun and wind and very easy exit and reentry. AAA does not sell commercial boat seats to other operators, a practice unfamiliar to me that appears to be very common on the island (details on website). I never felt the trips were rushed to make schedule. Departure and return times were flexible depending on the passengers and surface intervals were leisurely. AAA supplies dive computers at no additional charge to customers without them. Divemasters accompany the group on every dive but are not overly controlling and they give experienced divers appropriate leeway after skills are demonstrated while they take care of less experienced divers. During my stay, I dove with Alex, Chris (Captain for most of the time), and Kirsten. All knew the dive sites and sea life very well. Dives were allowed to individual no decompression limits and back on board with 500 PSI. Cylinders were 80 cu ft aluminum and were always appropriately filled. I dove the AM 2 tank dive on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and dove the 3 tank dive on Sunday. We dove many of the best and well known local dives including the wrecks of the Sea Tiger, YO-257 and San Pedro and The Ledge, 100 Foot Hole, Kewalo Pipe, Turtle Canyons, Runway Reef and Nautilus Reef. My expectations of diving off Oahu were not very high but my actual experience was substantially better. The visibility was very good and sea life much more prolific and varied than I expected. There were turtles on literally every dive and many moray eels, several unfamiliar to me from my Caribbean diving. Hawaiian reef fish were innumerable including butterflyfish, wrasse, grouper, parrotfish, triggerfish, and puffer. Individual sites almost always held surprises such as eagle rays, octopi, white tip sharks, leaf scorpionfish, amberjacks, scribbled filefish or incredible turtle cleaning stations. Several passes by the Atlantis submarine while we were on the YO-357 made for an interesting diversion; the passengers appeared quite entertained by the scuba divers. I had a very good time diving off Oahu, if lucky enough to return, I'll certainly be looking up my new friends at AAA Diving.
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