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Dive Review of Bubbles Below/Kuhio Shores Condos in

Bubbles Below/Kuhio Shores Condos, Aug, 2004,

by Steven C Williams, CO, United States . Report 1370.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Niihau is truly a magnificent place to dive. Few soft corals, but the hard corals, vast numbers of endemic species and critters, schools of fish, clarity of the water and underwater structure make up for it. Bubbles Below is a boat dive operation only, with no shop or shore facilities. The staff is great. The vessel, Kaimanu, has no accomodations for photographers and room for only 6 divers to sit comfortably. Technically speaking, there is a "head" on board; a porta-potty in the tiny forward cabin -- but no one uses it except in the most dire need as there is no privacy or ventilation and the boat briefing includes encouragement to pee/poop in the sea. The boat ride over to Niihau is OK and takes about an hour and 45 minutes. But the return trip is brutal due to the wind kicking up in the afternoons and can take 2-3 hours or more. If you want to go to Niihau, I recommend you book with Sea Sport Divers instead as their vessel, Anela Kai, is a Pro48 that makes the trip to Niihau MUCH more enjoyable.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computer required, if you do not have one they will give you one. Stay within sight of the divemaster. Dive your own profile. Inform divemaster when you are at 1500 psi. Begin ascent at 500-700 psi. Saftey stop recommended.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No accomodations for photographers on the vessel.
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