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Dive Review of Hawaii Nautical, Oahu/Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club in
Hawaii

Hawaii Nautical, Oahu/Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club: "Hawaii Nautical on Oahu is a great dive operator", Nov, 2016,

by Gil Zeimer, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 9401.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments In November, 2016, I did a two-tank dive with Hawaii Nautical, three years after my first trip with them. They're still a high-quality operation, from the on-time pick-up at my resort (Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club) at 8:15 am to the great service on the boat to the prompt delivery of the divers back to the resorts on Oahu's West Side.

There were 12 of us on their van in the morning. Of those, 8 were dropped off at the Waianae Harbor's first stop to go snorkeling with turtles; the other 4 were dropped off at another part of the same wharf and boarded the Sea Dreams II dive boat that was very spacious, had plenty of shade and even offered a marine head. There were 4 more divers who went with the second divemaster but the boat can comfortably seat and accommodate 12 divers.

This was the first dive operator I've ever chartered that had my name and # of lbs of weight labeled above my two fresh tanks as I walked onto the boat. That's really white glove service.

We started with a deeper dive of about 80 feet to see the Landing Craft Utility Wreck, which lies upside down in 85' of water on a sandy bottom, with a large field of artificial reef Z-blocks surrounding the wreck. This dive lets you see lots of tropical fish, a few white tip reef sharks perusing the holds, a few green sea turtles, and tons of colorful fish. One of my dive buddies saw a green moray eel, but I didn't know about that until I saw her photos.

I was having some trouble clearing my ears and both divemasters came up to 15' where I hung from the rope to check on my condition. My ears eventually cleared and I joined them on the wreck.

We later took a shallower dive of 40 feet where we saw even more colorful and endemic reef fish, as well as sea turtles, a rare yellow frogfish, and swam through and below lots of coral archways.

Air temp was 85, water temp was a very temperate 80 on the surface and 76 below for mid-November, vis varied from 80 - 100 depending on currents and winds.

Mahalo, Captain Mike and your terrific divemasters: Thea and Warren!
Websites Hawaii Nautical, Oahu   Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Australia, Caribbean, California, Mexico, Hawaii, Micronesia
Closest Airport HNL Getting There Honolulu International Airport is easy to get to from any major city on the Pacific Rim

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Turn around with 1500 lbs of air; start going up at 1000. They watched out for the divers but let us do our own things.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They had two huge barrels of fresh water on board. One was for cleaning masks; the other was reserved solely for UWP gear. Two of my dive buddies had cameras, so they were happy to have the bucket for their photography equipment.
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