Two years ago we did a "resort dive" in the lagoon with Howea. This inspired us to get an open water qualification and come back. Howea are one of 2 PADI dive operators on LHI (sheds are side by side), but Howea are the longest established. Brian's approach is relaxed, but professional. His hire gear is in good shape.
Brian took us out to a great dive site at the Admiralty Islands, ideal for us relatively novice divers but offering a lot to the more experienced diver who was also on the trip - 18m in an area with lots of coral and fish. Lots of "pretties" to keep me interested. On the day there was minimal current and 25m visibility. Our divemaster for the trip was a young guy by the name of Billy, who was excellent - very helpful.
The trip out past Malabar was interesting as well, with lots of seabirds around the cliffs. We were a little lucky with the sea - the next day the sea was rougher and we were told they went to a location closer to the lagoon.
A great dive with a capable operator.
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