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Dive Review of Kaimana Divers/Marriott's Ko 'Olina Beach club in

Kaimana Divers/Marriott's Ko 'Olina Beach club, Apr, 2013,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 49 reports with 21 Helpful votes). Report 6941.

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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 N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Gabe Scotti runs the show and provides custom-tailored dive weeks, depending on your requests. He uses boat charters, so he can get you diving anywhere on the island and with other divers of similar experience. I requested the "advanced diver" package, which included 5 2-tank dive days, 2 days on the west side out of Wainae (deep wreck and reef dives), one day off Hawaii Kai (Corsair airplace wreck and reef dive) and two days out of Honolulu. Unfortunately, I got bad congestion in my right ear tube starting on day 3, but Gabe graciously refunded my prorated payment for cancelling day 5 after returning from the day 4 charters. DMs are knowledgeable and safety minded. Did the Mahi wreck off Wainae two days in a row because a majority of us on the boat wanted to do it again. Heard whales "singing" on day 1. Both days we saw squadrons of spotted eagle rays; about a dozen on day 1 and two squadrons of 12-15 each on day 2. They swam around the wreck the entire dive. Awesome! Also were in the middle of a large school of spinner dolphins on day 2 during the surface interval. The corsair airplane was interesting, and the dive was led by Gabe, who knew that a large green moray eel inhabited the cockpit and and large brown frogfish on the tail. Saw both. Surprisingly, didn't seen any sharks this week! The San Pedro & YO wrecks were day 4; lots of fish, and we had the Atlantis submarine watching us and the fish. I've done most of my Hawaiian diving on Kauai, and only once before off Oahu, so it was interesting to dive wrecks and compare the types of fish seen more or less frequently on the two islands. I'd recommend Kaimana Divers if you really want to have variety in your Oahu diving, and not be limited to one boat from one harbor. Didn't do a shore dive on the North Shore due to high swells. Definitely recommend a 5mm wetsuit this time of the year. I had all my own gear, but you can rent anything you need. Also, a computer is a must if you're going to do deep dives; the wrecks were at 90-110 feet, and N2 was the limiting time factor, not remaining air.
Websites Kaimana Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Palau, Lake Tahoe, other Hawaiian islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 73-75°F / 23-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Not to exceed recreational limits; watch no-deco time, especially on deep dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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