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Dive Review of Kaimana Divers in

Kaimana Divers, Jul, 2009,

by Downing Bethune, Oregon, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 4938.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is my second report from our 10-day 19-dive housesitting vacation in Honolulu. The first report covered my experience with Captain Bruce's Extreme Comfort Diving, with whom I did my first six dives while waiting for Gabe Scotti of Kaimana Divers to return from his vacation on the mainland. This report will cover my remaining 13-dive experience with Gabe.

I found him through another scuba board, where he enjoys a well-deserved solid reputation as a dive master and instructor. He runs a one-person show at Kaimana, which I liked because there was never a middleman to confuse communications. I booked with him about two months in advance of the trip, which gave me complete flexibility in choosing when and where to dive since I was the first booking. This was important to me because I was interested in variety, looking to do boat diving, shore diving, wreck diving and night diving at various sites around the island. Once we settled on the schedule and price, Gabe took care of the rest and made all the arrangements. All I had to do was show up and dive.

I don't know that I can say enough good things about Gabe without sounding like a paid advertisement. He was completely professional, competent and meticulous plus a lot of fun just to kick it with. He even took care of my gear until the end of the last dive and gave me the occasional ride when needed.

We did some pretty serious diving over a four-day period, starting with a wreck dive off Waikkiki and ending with a shore dive off the North Shore. I loved every minute of it.

I highly recommend Gabe if you're planning to do some diving around Oahu.

As per my other report, the lack of reef fish around the island is alarming--with the exception of the North Shore where the numbers were pretty good. Whatever the cause(s), something needs to be done about it right away.

The water temperature in late July was a consistent 79 to 81 degrees. I dived in my 2mm shorty with no problems. There were a few other people in shorties but most were in 3mm full wetsuits, some with hoods. A couple from Phoenix dived the night dive with us, and they were both really cold after the second dive, although I should note that was the one night it had rained and the air temperature had dipped into the high 70's. Viz was almost always outstanding at 100+ feet and never less than 60 feet.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Pacific Northwest, Mexico, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Plan the dive and dive the plan
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

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