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Dive Review of Bubbles Below, in
Hawaii/Kauai

Bubbles Below,, Feb, 2011,

by Eric Steckel, UT, US ( 2 reports). Report 5923.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Dominica, Belize, Bonaire, Vancouver Island, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 74 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Start ascent at 700 psi until your competency was established, then 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The best part of diving in Kauai during the month of February was the dive operation. Linda Marsh, a dive master and owner of Bubbles Below is professional, cordial, and an excellent guide under water and above water(in the boat) giving pre-dive information about the wild life you will encounter when below. Her knowledge is vast and makes the diving that much more interesting. The opportunity to see whales "up close" exists, but only if you happen to be in the right spot at the right time. Bubbles Below will make an effort to put you in that place at the right time. Schools of Spinner dolphin surrounded the boat at times. Plenty of turtles and many of the fish you see are endemic to Hawaii - there just aren't as many in both variety and quantity as you would find diving the Carribean. Unfortunately the coral is sparse and not many variety. There are few sponges and flora, so it is pretty colorless except for the fish. My advice is to make your trip to Kauai more than just a dive trip because there is superb hiking and drive-to vistas with dramatic beaches. The topography is spectacular. Take advantage of the island's offerings and it will be a great trip.

I rated the large pelagics low because I did not encounter any except for a few white tipped sharks in 6 boat dives, although I have been told they are there in large numbers. Again you have to be in the right spot at the right time. You will see many spouting and breaching whales from a distance and if you happen to be in their swimming trajectory, they will get very close.
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