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Dive Review of Ocean Concepts Hawaii/Ala Moana in

Ocean Concepts Hawaii/Ala Moana, Jun, 2011,

by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 6093.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Operation previously got good report in "Undercurrent". They pick you up at your hotel, even if you are in downtown Honolulu (miles away from dock near west end of Oahu). You fill out forms and rent any needed gear at shop. They transport heavy gear on and off boat for you. They also change tanks for you between dives. Boat has marine head, oxygen and a tag system to make sure everyone gets back on board. They provide fresh pineapple, sandwiches, water and yummy cookies. Dive briefings are brief but adequate. They set target time and depth: good idea considering inexperience of many divers. You'd be wise to wear suit and hood. Some divers got chilly, wind blows aboard boat. First dive was to sunken Navy landing craft at 99 feet and less. Some coral, tropical fish and collector urchins aboard but most exciting residents were huge green turtle and four frogfish--photographer's delight! Next dive was to "mini-wall" and series of holes, swim-throughs and shallow reef. Scattered coral, not a well- structured reef but scant bleaching and no crown-of-thorns starfish. Lots of small creatures, another turtle, school of reef squid. Lots of opportunities for close-up shots of small and colorful fish, harlequin shrimp, nudibranch, pencil urchin, starfishes and much more. Not a "high adventure" dive, no big critters except turtles, visibility varied with location but if you'd like some relaxing diving after a conference downtown,give these folks a try.
Websites Ocean Concepts Hawaii   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, western Mexico, Fiji, S. Australia, New Guinea, Bonaire, Bahamas, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Galapagos, Mexican Caribbean, Honduras, Belize, Palau, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-90 Ft/ 12-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time and depth were specified.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat had dedicated camera tub. Could rent simple digital underwater camera (no strobe) but I brought my own. As usual, if you shoot film, you must develop it elsewhere.
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