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Dive Review of Captain Bruce's/Hilton Hawaiian Village in
Hawaii/Oahu West Shore

Captain Bruce's/Hilton Hawaiian Village, Jan, 2006,

by Bob & Janie Williams, TX, USA . Report 2254.

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 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Rented gear. Since Captain Bruce's picks you up at your hotel (in Waikiki) and drives hour to West Coast bay at Waianae, your gear is on board with no chance to try it on. No computers. BCs way too big, allowing tank to move all over, constantly jerking at regulator. Dive briefing practically non-existent; didn't even name the dive site. Told who the dive masters were but no instructions to stay with the group. We've been diving in Maui, on Molokai, so didn't expect much in the way of coral or tropical fish, though hoped to see some pelagics. Hawaii coral is either dead, destroyed, or struggling for existence -- though we only did two dives. First dive 80 feet to remnants of plane mostly torn apart. Moderate tropicals. Dive master dug a poor octopus out from under the plane wing and handed it around to be petted, terrifying the poor thing. On the second dive, 40 - 20 feet, did see two turtles up close. Fish life limited. Because BC was so big, wife had trouble getting air out for proper bouyancy. I stopped to help and we quickly solved the problem. Meanwhile, dive master and group disappeared. We searched but couldn't find them. After ten minutes, he returned but only my wife saw him. She turned to signal me and he was gone again. We couldn't see him. We eventually surfaced and swam to the ship where we heard the divemaster was angry and making rude comments about us. He never came to see if he could help when we had trouble, never asked about remaining air, and disappeared without being sure we were following. We were never instructed to surface if we lost the divemaster and we weren't in trouble. Very rude and unprofessional.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Key West, Key Largo, Bonaire, Maui - Hawaii, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Nassau, Freeport - Bahamas, Southern Bahamas - Nekton Pilot, Turneffe Island - Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 73-74°F / 23-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow dive master and surface when he did. Depth limit.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Not much worth photographing except turtles. Did see nearby spinner dolphins and distant whales (2) from boat but not in the water.
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