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Dive Review of Ed Robinson/Kihei Shores in

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Roger D Roth, OH, US
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Report Number 6508
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Red Sea, Caribbean, Cayman, Belize,
Honduras, and much more.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
73   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Computers and safe diving practices  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Since Ed Robinson is an UWP, there's a good fresh water rinse bucket on his
boats whenever necessary for UWP's.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
Since I visited in February again because of whale migration season, I knew
the weather would be variable, which it was.  Some days were chilly and
windy, causing the seas to be rough.  This may limit possible dive sites to
visit since rough seas will stir up the bottom, severely decreasing
visibility.  Ed Robinson's crew will always ask everyone on board where
they want to dive, however, they may also use their experience and
knowledge to suggest the fact that certain divesites might not be good due
to the conditions.  When this is the case, many times it's decided to visit
Molokini crater where a leeward side can be chosen to dive.  Some newer
divers may think constantly going to Molokini Crater is boring, however
they usually don't realize that there are numerous sites and ways to dive
Molokini, all of which can be exciting.

Newer divers also may not realize that visiting the same site many times
will allow a familiarity to sink in, and divers can then begin to
concentrate on smaller subjects to find as well as re-visiting the subjects
they know will be close to the same place each time they are visited.

This last trip with Ed was as delightful as any other I've done, and on
Wednesdays, Ed can usually be counted on to join the experienced group for
his "Adventure X" trip, where the group has less rules and more
flexibility in their dive profiles, following the "bubble rule,"
which is do your own thing but make sure you can see someone else's
bubbles.  This is super for UW photographers and videographers!  One can
choose to try to find their own subjects or follow the knowledgeable and
experienced guides, most of which have worked with Ed for many years, and
even decades.

On this trip, the whales could be heard in the water on every dive and
between dives there were almost always whales nearby to watch and
photograph from the surface.  One diver who surfaced early was even
fortunate enough to see a whale underwater near the diveboat!

I filmed over a dozen different species of nudibranchs including the
Spanish Dancer and also its respective egg cases, plenty of frogfish, most
of the species of butterflyfish found in Hawaii including a rarer dark
longnose butterflyfish, and the somewhat rarer Bandit Angelfish. There were
also more than 8 different species of eels including garden eels and the
colorful dragon eel, and some eels were found out swimming during the day. 
There were a few octopus, sponge and coral crabs, 4' barracuda, and plenty
of turtles!  Some of the divesites have great concentrations of schools of
blue-striped snappers, pyramid butterflyfish, moorish idols, chubs, and
many more.  Many coral heads had great concentrations of humbug damsels.

There were wreck dives like St. Anthony's wreck where turtles can almost be
guaranteed, the Tank and Landing Craft, and the Helldiver plane.  Some
divesites had some nice caverns and swim throughs.  The wall dives were
spectacular with nice stands of black coral and plenty of nooks and
crannies to find squirrelfish schools, and numerous spiny and slipper

I'll be back.  Thanks Ed and staff!
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