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Dive Review of Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures/Renaissance Wailea in

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Yeomans, AZ, USA
Report Number 1767
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Kauai, Kona, Bahamas, Roatan, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula,
Jamaica, San Carlos, Mexico and San Diego.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Ed's divemasters were very good about providing depth and psi limits, and
also repeatedly told divers to make sure to do safety stops.  They were
really good about letting you safety stop as long as desired, for those
divers that wanted to ensure an extra safety margin.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
One of Ed's boats had a separate rinse bucket for cameras, but the other
one just had a couple of tubs (with no fresh water) underneath the place
where divers sat.  Not optimal on this bucketless boat, but manageable. 
Ed's staff was very careful with equipment, espcially cameras, and were
good about handing them down to you at the start of a dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
I had a great experience with Ed Robinson's diving trips and crew. 
Everyone was very personable and knowledgeable.  Briefings were given about
both the site and the critters for every single dive.  The captains (Will,
Mark and Bill) were great about finding locations with lots of stuff to
look at, and were careful to only lead dives in water conditions that were
manageable by the divers on board.  We did a number of very interesting
drift dives.  They managed to show me every critter I could possibly come
up, with the sole exceptions of mantas and whale sharks (both difficult
requests, so not their fault).  Saw lots of white tip reef sharks, a grey
reef shark, a couple of spotted eagle rays, and lots of turtles.  Also, saw
frog fish, tons of eels (of many species), some rare fish such as flame
angelfish, etc.  I dove with them for six days (a Lanai trip, two three day
adventure dives, and three days of two tank boat dives).  I would not
hesitate to dive with them again, and in fact, am planning to go back in
the next year or so.  Special kudos for the divemasters (Dave, Will, Kim)
and other crew (Jim, Tiffany, and sorry if I'm forgetting anyone) who made
the trip enjoyable.  Special thanks to Dave for all the personalized
attention he gave to my diving, as well as for letting me dive my own

Renaissance Wailea is nice, and the service is good, but kind of pricey
with respect to food and drinks.  Lots of places in Kihei were much more
reasonably priced (e.g., LuLu's, Bada Bing).  Sunsets are nice from Sea
Watch Restaurant, or Capische Restaurant (but pricey as well).  Fireworks
at Wailea are pretty small townish, and don't last long.  
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