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Dive Review of Bubbles Below, in
Hawaii/Kauai and Niihau

Bubbles Below,: "Kauai and Niihau Diving", Jul, 2014,

by Zygmunt F. Dembek, CT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8002.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Have dove on and off with this dive operation for ~20 years. Only have great things to say about Bubbles Below (BB). Linda Marsh has run a first-class eco-friendly dive operation for some time. The new BB dive shop caters to all - with a 10% discount to current dive customers.

Dove both "Hale O Honu" (Hawaiian for the "House of Turtles" - or else it's named after the Irish O'Honu tribe :-) and "Happy Talk" dive sites for familiarization dives off of Kauai. Both dive sites had plenty of turtles. Many types of moray eels at Hale, along with Hawaiian lobster.

Took 2 day-long boat trips to Niihau with BB. Both trips reminded me of the world-class diving that's waiting for divers there. Did "Vertical Awareness", "Niihau Arches", and "Pyramid Point" dive sites (all sites dove twice). Huge schools of endemic fish, resident sandbar sharks, and monk seal appearances make this location sparkle! Niihau never disappoints, and I even got in a "first" at "Vertical Awareness" with seeing a "juvie" (~9 foot long) tiger shark. Schools of spinner dolphins near/around boat between dives and during crossing. Good chow (including pizza warmed on the boat's engines) provided during day-long Niihau trip by BB crew.

My only wish is to live in Kauai and dive with BB every week!
Websites Bubbles Below,   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean, Cocos, Fiji, Galapagos, most of the Hawaiian Islands.
Closest Airport Lihue Getting There Many flights returning from LIH to the mainland (with East Coast connections) often leave late in the afternoon or evening. Consider this or fly to HNL for your flight connections back to the mainland.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents, no currents
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits, dive with group. Skill levels assessed by DM.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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