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Seasport Divers/Kaha Lani (condo): "Monk seals off Ni'ihau with Seasport Divers", Jul, 2018,

by Marcia Pedersen, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 10346 has 4 Helpful votes.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments MONK SEALS at Lehua Rock just off Niíihau were the highlight of the trip! Great shark encounters too. The topography of Lehua Rock was awesome with fun swim throughs and caves to peak in. Would have liked smaller groups though. Itís a bumpy over two-hour ride each way, but the three dives are worth it. Our first trip was canceled due to wind, but we were lucky enough to catch the second one (only offered twice each week).

We also did local boat dives with Seasport on their biggest boat. We dove Nitrox; big 100 tanks for those who pushed for them. Hot shower and snacks every trip. Dry area and camera table with camera rinse. The crew was friendly, attentive, and genuinely seemed like they enjoyed the trips. I appreciated being asked if they could change out my tanks. Captains Andrew and Greg did a great job. Dive briefings were brief but good covering safety and critters.

During the week, we saw juvenile and adult frogfish, puffers, eels, lots of turtles, flatworms, nudibranch, trevally chasing bait balls, spotted eagle rays, some small critters endemic to Hawaii, typical reef fish, and dolphins on the surface.

My review ratings donít reflect the difference between the Kauai dives and the Niíihau dives. The local vis and colors were okayónot much different than Hawaii and Maui, but not as good as Molokai. The vis was easily 100 feet at Niíihau; more sharks and more schools of reef fish too. The monk seals were beautiful to watch above and below water; they came within about 20 feet.

Temp was great; I wore a 2 mm shorty, but I could have dove without it. Check-in was at the shop each day with a short van ride to the boat. The shop has a lot of gear and clothes. We had our own gear; but the rental gear looked good, and the wetsuits looked fairly new. Rinse tank at the shop for gear.

I would dive with Seaport again especially for Lehua Rock. I would love to see them develop an overnight so we could explore around Niíihau and spend more time at Lehua Rock.
Websites Seasport Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island, Hawaii, Thailand, Australia, Mexico, Honduras, Bonaire, Dominica, Turkey, Caymans, Bimini
Closest Airport Lihue Getting There Seattle to Lihue direct

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Had a divemaster, but they didn't control our every move. Recommended depths, did air checks, and pointed out good stuff.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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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