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Dive Review of Dive Makai in
Hawaii/Big Island

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Judd, OR, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4551
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally followed dive leader, but could wander.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Dive Makai was a good outfit.  Dives generally are timed at about 45
minutes, but you can linger longer if you have the desire and the air. 
Briefings were helpful.  Good liquid and munchies on the boat.  Divemasters
took their time and pointed out lots of sights.  If you are doing a number
of days, you leave your BC, reg & fins on the boat.  The only (minor)
complaint would be that one day there were 11 divers/snorkelers on the
boat, which was a couple too many.  They also have a modified "no
pee" rule: If you must, take off your wetsuit in the water to wash it
before you come back on the boat.  Seemd a bit anal to me (pun intended),
but no big deal.
Visibility was consistently good.  Good quantity and variety of small
tropicals, especially butterfly fish.  Quite a few nudis and colorful
worms.  The boat was closely approached by groups of dolphins more than
once, although we never saw them when we were submerged.  The coral isn't
exciting, but the lava flows make for interesting subsurface topography. 
The night manta dive is worth doing.  It's hardly a wilderness adventure,
with a large group of people sitting on the bottom and floating with
snorkels on top, but the mantas seem to enjoy the game, including bumping
the audience.
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