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Dive Review of B&B Scuba - Kihei/Westin Maui in

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Martin Raffauf, CA, USA
Report Number 1481
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Palau, Solomons, Australia, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Diving on Maui is very dependent on conditions. Must dive early in the day
as the winds pick up past noon, and conditions get rough, so most all
diving is done 6am - 11am. B&B Scuba a good operation. First boat to
leave every day for Molokini. Molokini superb - viz  150 feet +, saw
Mantas, sharks, turtles and lots of fish.  Actually watched a grey reef
shark chase and try and bite the tail off of a Mid size Manta Ray - Manta
got away.  B& B operation very good, nice , smooth, all gear is handled
for you once on boat. Good experienced guides who know the sites and fish
life there. Second dive is usually along south Maui coast, we did Puulani -
excellent, more mantas, many large turtles, a few more sharks, and lots of
critters. Viz on this close in dive about 80 feet on our day. B& B has
a dive shop in Kihei, also very good for tank rentals and recommendations
for shore dives. Maui Shore diving quite good if you follow the 6-11 am
rule. viz, depending on conditions usually 60 feet or so. Dove Makena
Landing and Old Airport Kaanapali.  South side sites seem to have better
and easier conditions than West Maui sites. There is some good snorkeling
on north side - Black Rock and off the Hyatt Beach is a turtle cleaning
station - saw some 25 turtles there on one snorkel.
   Stayed at the Westin - typical large hotel, rooms small in need of some
refurbishing. They were painting the exterior while we were there. Food at
hotels over priced and nothing special. Plenty of better restaurants around
that are cheaper. Pacificos in Lahina is a good bet. In general the south
side of the Island (Kihei/ Wailea) is less crowded and has better dive
sites. Lanai diving is also good, but longer boat trip over. Maui boat
diving is expensive, B&B is about the cheapest at $109 per person per
trip, although that includes all gear and wetsuits if needed. Most of the
other operators are more. I talked to one couple who paid $165 each for a
trip to Lanai. Shore diving however is cheap - we figured our expense at
B&B for shore rental came out to $9.50 per dive, and that included the
dive flag float (required by Hawaii law or $50 fine).
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