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Dive Review of Dive Makai/Outrigger Keauhou Beach in

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Schoeneck, CA, USA
Report Number 2742
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Mexico, California, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 ft recreational diving limit only; air, be back on the boat with 300
psi (steel low pressure tanks), diving as long as you want or can
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
dedicated, protected rinse bucket.  good handling of cameras when getting
in and out of the water
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Dive Makai seems to have smoothly transitioned from the prior ownership to
Mike and Kimberly (the new owners).  Crew was outstanding, both on top and
in the water.  Probably the best dive briefings I've ever had, with not
only a focus on what we might see and should be looking for (complete with
fish book or custom pics), but also discussion of what fish behaviors to
look for.  

Underwater, Mike, Todd, Mark and Lydia had great eyes to find the
interesting stuff and took time out when the bigger animals (like a squad
of spotted eagle rays, some manta rays and a pod of dolphins) came to see
us.  During a dive with Lydia, we found both a blue stripped butterfly fish
(rare and found only in Hawaii) and a white margin eel.  Mike did a great
job of getting people back to the boat that had modest air consumption
skills and then took us on a second tour of the dive for another 30 minutes
plus.    Overall, we were able to stay underwater for an average of over 70
minutes a dive, even though we often had hit 80-110 feet.  For those
without great air consumption skills, the crew was quite willing to help
teach some techniques.

Each day out of the harbor, the crew would ask what we wanted to see and
generally delivered, including a Harlequin Shrimp, leaf scorpion fish,
dragon wrasse and a frogfish.  Overall in 3 days of diving, we counted 16
species of butterfly fish and 10 types of eels.  We saw 20+ spinner dolphin
while diving, a school of over 100 Heller's baracuda, 7 manta rays, 6 eagle
rays, and more nudibranchs than I could count, including the largest
Spanish Dancer I've ever seen (10-12 inches).

The only downside is that the boat does not have a head on board, so you
get to jump in the ocean or step down the ladder when nature calls.

Tom, who does the reservations, was quick to respond and very, very
helpful both before we got to Hawaii and on island.  

We dove with the previous owners, Lisa and Kendra, and as I mentioned, Mike
has done a great job to keep up the traditions of Dive Makai.  He's also
added regular Manta Dives to the schedule, which was great (last time we
had to drag our equipment and go with Jack's to do the mantas).  

Overall, a great dive trip with a great bunch of people. 
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