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Dive Review of AAA Diving in

AAA Diving, Jul, 2007,

by Paul Pruitt, CA, United States ( 2 reports). Report 3425.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments On Oahu there seems to be a dive retail shop near every hotel, however a trip to the docks only finds six dive boats. AAA Diving (and its unique Brit transplant owner, Alex Mason) is a totally professional service that does not charter thru the dive shops. You call and arrange directly, and while the boat could hold 18 divers, he considers it full at 12. AAA does not offer a cheap dive trip, but gives the divers what they want including long runs to the sea mounts or the signature wreck dives. His unending British humor is sarcastic, witty, and makes surface intervals equivalent to London Standup. His staff is as good as it gets with only certified instructors as divemasters so divers get on the spot lessons and advise on how to improve their skills. We did four dives on a weekday leaving at 7:30 am for two tanks, a lunch break at the docks , and two tank afternoon dives leaving from Keehi. The only problem was that Alex does not accept credit cards, so an afternoon run to the ATM was necessary to pay the bill. The boat is almost new, CG certified and all emergency gear and oxygen were in first class condition. Entry and exits are off the swim platform at the rear. While Hawaii may not have the color and fish of the Caribbean, Alex and his team found dragon eels, giant morays and turtles to put on an Oahu show for us.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mexico and California Pacific Coasts, Caribbean Sea, Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 73-79°F / 23-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemasters ( All PADI Instructors) let people dive according to their computer demands.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The rinse tank was stolen form the boat the night before, but AAA allowed the cameras unlimited access to the fresh water shower to rinse. Gear was handled carefully and passed to the diver after entry and quickly moved away from the stern upon entry by the crew.
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