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Dive Review of Dive Oahu/Doubletree Hotel in
Hawaii/Oahu

Dive Oahu/Doubletree Hotel, Oct, 2005,

by Henry Ziller, CO, U.S.A. (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 26 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 2203.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Pohnpei, Bahamas, Dominica, Curacao, Tobago, Belize, Cozumel, Cayman Brac & Little Cayman, Florida, and Lake Powell.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A seprate rinse tank was provided, and although there was no table for working on cameras, there were extras seats where work could be done. One hour developing is available all over although there is an extra charge. Repairs and purchase of equipment is readily available in Honolulu.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was a combination business and pleasure trip so I was staying at a non-dive hotel, but most dive operators will pick you up at any of the hotels in the area. There is parking near the dive boat in fact within 30 feet if you want to pay for parking, (Under $10) or within a quarter mile to park free. The dive operation is located at Kewalo Basin Harbor near Ala Moana Park in Waikiki. They picked me up at 7:30 and I was dropped off around 12:30. The shop has new equipment to purchase, or you can rent, and is well equipped. The boat can hold 28 passengers and two crew. It is a 38' Custom Cat with a 14' beam, which makes it extremely, stable. She is equipped with twin 400 hp water jets for power, hot showers, twin dive ladders, and underwater sound system. All of the safety equipment you would hope for is on this boat including oxygen, first aid kit, GPS, radio, life preservers, etc. The boat does take on other dive operation divers and their dive masters, but there were less then 10 people on the boat. Fresh fruit and water or sodas are available for surface interval. The first dive is normally either the YO 257 wreck or the San Pedro wreck and Turtle Cove for the second dive. We were lucky enough to visit both wrecks on one dive since there was very little current. There are usually turtles on every dive as well as eagle rays and lots of fish. We saw octopus on every dive including the wrecks. For some reason the dive masters like to catch the octopus and play with them. I don't approve of this practice, but that is not going to stop them. In 2003 we were fortunate to see a whale shark off the west coast of Oahu and unfortunately the dive master thought it would be cool to ride it and it left so some of the divers did not get to see it. The boat rides are usually less than 15 minutes. Diving is rather expensive in Hawaii compared to other places I've been. Two tank morning dive is $99, and seems to be the same at all the dive operators I checked out.
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