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Dive Review of Dive Makai in
Hawaii/Big Island

Dive Makai, Nov, 2008,

by Michael Judd, OR, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4551.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally followed dive leader, but could wander.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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