Erik and staff are totally worth 5 stars! I just went on a dive this past week and WOW...it was amazing!
The guys will you pick you up in Waikiki (or you can meet at Fisherman's Wharf) and you'll head over to Kewalo Basin. From there you'll board their boat with other divers of various levels, but you'll never be lost. Erik has you organized, putting your stuff away (and since we were beginner's) and walking through the breathing techniques. He didn't just tell us what to do, we actually practiced and *ALL* his tips came in handy when I was 30 ft below.
Once we got out to the site, it was quick - in the gear and out into the water. Erik told us that when we first went down, to just take it easy, give it two minutes, and relax and breathe. I needed it!
I didn't realize how nervous I was and at first, I was like, "What am I doing?!" but I gave it two minutes, relaxed and breathed and I was A-Ok. We went down a rope and before you knew it, I was in turtle heaven. I mean, come on...this was CRAZY! Turtles the size of me! I couldn't believe all the things I was seeing. Octopus, eels, tons of fishes, turtles, gorgeous reefs, caves...amazing.
Then we headed back up and made our way to the second site. The boat ride made me queasy and I found myself feeding the fishes my lunch - Erik didn't even miss a beat. He was so calm, I calmed down. He had me jump in the water, wash off, get into my gear and get back out.
When you have an instructor show confidence, is completely easy-going and can even handle queasy passengers - you're in good hands!
The second dive was even deeper and I had to really work to get down. I followed all their techniques and even when the group was going faster than me, Erik just hung back and made sure I was okay before moving on. I never felt rushed and I didn't feel like I was the slow wheel...even though I totally was.
In total, we (my husband and I) paid $114.00 for two dives and equipment. We enjoyed every second of it and got some great pictures! For $20 more they'll send you the pictures they take. We took them up on their offer and it was worth it! Our store brought camera didn't compare to their camera.
Best deal, awesome instructors and an amazing experience - guaranteed!
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