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Dive Review of Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures/None in
Hawaii/Molokini Crater, Maui

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Lanny Oden, AZ, USA
Report Number 2751
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cancun, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; St. Lucia, BVI; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico;
Catalina Island, California; San Carlos, Mexico; Broken Bow, Oklahoma;
Various lakes and rivers in Arizona
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits were set for each dive depending on the number of dives and
dive site.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water tanks available for camera gear.  Changed between each dive and
always clean.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our first boat dive of the trip.  We booked the dive with Maui
Diving Scuba Center in Lahaina.  They made arrangements for us to dive with
Ed Robinson's Scuba Adventures.  

I was a bit concerned that we were being turfed off to another dive
company.  Since Maui Scuba had no boats and worked more like a travel
agency, we had no choice on such short notice, so we went ahead and booked
the trip the day before the dive.  Before leaving home, I had read a bit
about Ed Robinson's on the Internet.  Seemed okay, but I had no real first
hand referrals for Ed Robinson's.  This was going to be a crapshoot.  I was
just hoping I wouldn't roll snake eyes...

We were to meet the boat and crew at 0630 at the boat ramp in Kehei.  About
25 miles from where we were staying in Puamana.
We arrived shortly after 0600 and waited for something to happen.  There
were two boats in the water, but neither of them was from Ed Robinson's. 
So we waited.  Shortly later a couple of more boats were pulled into the
large parking lot.  Neither was from Ed Robinson's.  About 0620 or so, here
come two big aluminum 32' dive boats each pulled by a big ol' 3/4 ton Ford
pickup truck.  Each boat had Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures printed along
the hull.  One was named Sea Diver the other, Sea Spirit.  Finally I knew
we were in the right place.
Once the crew was settled in and making checks on the trailered boat, I
walked over to introduce myself and verify our dive.
I met the skipper of Sea Spirit, which actually was our assigned dive boat.
 His name was Ken.  He asked me to bring over the two other divers in my
party.  After checking C-cards, he had us fill out the usual paperwork,
checked us in and we were introduced to our dive master, Bill Finch.  They
then took our dive gear aboard and set it up for us.

Bagels, cream cheese, coffee and juice were available for divers and crew
to enjoy while the check-ins were completed for each diver.

Each Dive boat would take no more than 12 divers, with two dive masters
taking no more than six divers.  I was glad of that.  At least they weren't
running a "cattle boat" operation.  The Skipper and crew went out
of their way to get to know each diver by name and were each very friendly
and made us feel as though we were old friends.

Once underway, Bill came to each diver in his charge and got to know each
of us a little better.  He asked me what it was I wanted to see while
diving and what sort of dive I wanted to do.  With that information, he
then decided on what would be the best dive site to best fulfill all the
needs of his divers.  He made a very good decision.  (Every one of his
divers was happy about each of the two dives they had completed.)

On board drinking water and juice was available for anyone who wanted it. 
In between dives, large muffins and freshly sliced pineapple was available.
 (It was the sweetest, juiciest and softest pineapple I had ever tasted!)

Once at our dive site, Bill briefed us on the dive parameters and told us
what we might see in the area.  He went over hand signals and gave us final
instructions before entering the water.

Bill kept constant watch on all of the divers in his charge and was always
aware of where each diver was and of their comfort during the dive.

This turned out to be a really nice dive and truly a first class dive boat
operation.  I have nothing but praise for Ed Robinson's and the crew he has
working with him!

I booked a three-tank dive with them when I got back to our beach house. On
that dive, David Reader was our dive master and he was no less concerned
about my diving safety and enjoyment than Bill was two days before.  He
too, was an excellent guide and dive master! 

On the three tank dives, sandwich ingredients were available after the
second dive.  They had turkey, ham, roast beef and several types of sliced
cheeses, lettuce tomatoes, and whatever kind condiment you wanted, with
which to make a sandwich on your choice of bun or bread.  Water and
different types of sodas were also available.

I plan on returning to Maui for more diving in the future.  When I do, it
will be with Ed Robinson's Scuba Adventures.  I would highly recommend them
to anyone I know making the same trip!
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