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Dive Review of Seasport Divers in
Hawaii

Seasport Divers: "Octopus harassment", Mar, 2015,

by Don Gensler, OR, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8184 has 3 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 N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My teen boy and I dove Seasport one day only in Kauai late March, 2015. They're located in Kapaa (equipt and reservations only) and at the dive center in Poipu. They were clean, friendly, professional, well-organized. Did a ScubaPro fin repair free when a clip broke pre-dive.

Boat was large so despite 12+ divers (w 2 DMs) everything went smoothly on board and in the haul-out. Squally, overcast, gusty, chill air temps (didn't record air) and a brrr 72* water temp, both dives. They had a hot water hose to fill your wetsuit after the dive. Jeez I loved that touch!

My DM was Mat. He allowed us to breathe our own air; after the first dive and his comfort in my air consumption, he only monitored our diving, did not continually inspect for psi. Poor vis due to overcast and some turbidity and not much to see....but Mat did locate some macro for us. Rubbly prairies @ +/-60'.

What got me hot was watching Mat w/ a free-swimming small octopus accompanied by several divers. When the oct. jetted to a crevice Mat repeatedly and deliberately fingered the crack until it inked.

Topside at both of the shops I challenged this practice but was informed: It's legal in Hawaii, the mgmt knows about it, divers approve.

I don't approve.

I used to raise cattle. Every minute that a cow is not feeding (chased by dogs, ATVs, etc) is a minute that it isn't producing milk or gaining weight for butcher. An octopus uses metabolic energy to produce ink. Each inking depletes some reserves which can limit its reproductive potential, necessary metabolic needs, ink production for predator defense.

I'm not a PETA guy; I raised and butchered livestock for half my life. But these are not livestock. The shallow glory of an inking does nothing towards education of my fellow divers....and hardly rises to a signal event in our diving experience. It was worthless to us....and potentially debilitating to the octopus.
Websites Seasport Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Bonaire, Bali, Wakatobi, Dominica, Saba, Cozumel, St Marten
Closest Airport Lihue Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 72-°F / 22-°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50- Ft/ 15- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A 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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Subscriber's Comments

By Craig A Woodin PA, US at Apr 20, 2015 04:44 EST  
Octopus handling seems pretty common in Hawaii, my comments have been met with similar, unacceptable, replies.
By Robert Halemin CA, US at Apr 20, 2015 13:13 EST  
I have had similar experiences diving Kona. If you want a dive trip on Kauai that is very environmentally focused, try Bubbles Below. Great people and a real respect for the wildlife.
By Craig A Woodin PA, US at Apr 21, 2015 02:11 EST  
Most of my experience has been on Maui and Oahu, seems like this behavior is widespread. It appears guides feel compelled to entertain guests by harassing sea life. Besides making our individual comments, perhaps a mention of this trip report and comments could be included in a future issue of Undercurrent.
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