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Dive Review of Ed Robinson/Makena Surf in
Hawaii/Maui

Ed Robinson/Makena Surf, Jun, 2010,

by Mark Rizzo, TX, US ( 2 reports). Report 5538.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Galapagos, Red Sea, Grand and Little Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, Bay Islands, Florida Keys, Flower Gardens, Bonaire, Curacao, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Common sense (at least keep in distant site of other diver's bubbles), 130' on air, appropriate depth for Nitrox FO2. Dive your computer's bottom time ... stay out of deco.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good macro, usually one big pelagic of some sort per dive. Not a lot of breathtaking corals ... no surprise for Hawaii.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Ed Robinson runs a solid operation; they do a great job accommodating more experienced divers. 4 to 6 people on his boat while we dove.

You could dive on your own, or follow around great dive masters like Joe, who were just critter finding machines.

That said, as an avid diver, I would always dive a couple of days if I were in Maui, but probably wouldn't come to Maui specifically to dive. We saw a couple of white tip sharks on the back side of Molikini. Dove the WWII Hellfire wreck ... pretty cool way to spend a 1/2 tank. Saw an eagle ray, LAYING IN THE SAND AT A CLEANING STATION! (not a Stingray, an EAGLE RAY!) ... have never seen that before. At the same dive site, there were two of the largest sea turtles just lounging on the bottom ... maybe 4' long. Cool little critters like Hawaiian Lion Fish, leaf scorpin fish, nudibranchs, and harlequin shrimp.

Ed Robinson does a good job diving some less visited sites, accommodating advanced divers while maintaining reasonable and sensible boundaries. I'd certainly recommend his operation.
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