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

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Rizzo, TX, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5538
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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