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Dive Review of octopus reef in
Hawaii/kihei, maui

octopus reef, Sep, 2003,

by pat delaplane, c, usa . Report 711.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I got solo certified by
Rene Umberger
Octopus Reef - Dive Training & Tours
(808) 875-0183

I was diving on a liveboard last fall and the Captain mentioned something about diving with a buddy unless you were "Solo Certified." This really got my attention and I started asking questions and pursuing this advanced traiing. What I learned is that only SSI offers it and Rene of Octopus Reef is the only person in Hawaii who offers it. The only other place in the USA I found was an operation in Orlando Florida. I did this Solo Certification for several reason. The main one being that it gives me credibility for what I have been doing all along for several years. Now my mother and friends dont have to worry about me and any a dive boat captain doesnt need to worry if I am down there alone finishing a roll of film after my buddy surfaces.

Rene is an excellent instructor. The course included 2 mornings of discussion and diving and reading a book on Solo Diving, before we got together. We discussed the pros and cons of Solo Diving, safety, alternate air sources, review of the basic skills, liability. The in water skills included grabbing and using the alternate air source along with navigaion and other basic skills like getting out of and into your gear in the water and out of air ascent.

Rene was a great source of lots of information. She had an outline of all the areas she wanted to cover which included many articles written on Solo Diving in the Publications. Rene is very up to date on diving and I would recommend her for any level of instruction.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Anaman Sea, Belize, Hondural, Venezuela, Cayman, Palau, Indonesia,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 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 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 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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