We recently did a 2 tank dive with Living Ocean, and the experience was fantastic from start to finish. My husband booked the trip in advance and Dave gave us detailed info/directions via email and also confirmed by phone the day before.
Since we had our own car, we met Dave at the marina in Waikiki at 7 am. Apparently, Living Ocean and other small dive companies charter a shared cataraman. There were other people on the boat, but we stayed in our separate small groups once underwater. The vessel had all the basics - platform for giant stride entry, shaded cabin area, snacks/water provided between dives, and a crew to help you get on and off the boat.
My husband and I were the only divers with Living Ocean on the day we went, so we essentially got a private guided dive. I have my AOW but tend to only dive a couple times a year on vacation, so I like being in small groups. Dave was a very nice divemaster, providing a thorough briefing before the dives and he is very laidback and patient. I was really cold after our first deep dive and he gave me his own towel to help me warm up and provided a thicker wetsuit to change into.
Our first dive was a deep wreck, the Sea Tiger. This was nice because the captain drops you right over the wreck and you don't waste any oxygen getting to the site. Right away we saw several sea turtles. Our second dive was Horseshoe Reef, a shallower reef dive. Enjoyed the colorful fish at both sites. We were back at the marina around 10:30 am.
Although a smaller/newer outfit, Living Ocean was safe, professional, and friendly. Dave also shared some underwater photography tips and took lots of photos of us diving, which he emailed us afterwards.
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