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Dive Review of Ed Robinsons/Extended Horizons/Not Applicable in
Hawaii/Maui

Ed Robinsons/Extended Horizons/Not Applicable, Oct, 2004,

by Don Hoft, MA, usa . Report 1451.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Most of Caribbean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Several Pacific Dest'ns
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions see below
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Both operations were day boats. They had a only a seperate rinse bucket (relly all that you would expect).

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My (non-diver) wife and I spent several weeks in Maui. Even though I didn't expect exceptional diving I took my equipment and dove with two different operations. I was pleasantly surprised. Not great but some fun opportunities. Coral, mostly hard, and fish life I found generally healthy and interesting. Dove Lana'i, Molokini Crater, and one dive on Maui (all boat dives).
Extended Horizons launch their boat from Mala pier in Lehaina. This was most convenient for me since I was staying in Lehaina/Kaanapoli. They take 12 max, we were 6 and I would not have been excited about 6 more, it would be a tight fit. Boat was good however as was the crew. We were to dive Lana'i. However, due to unusual (?) weather with winds from the south (usually N.E.) the seas were turbulent causing poor viz. at the best sites so we dove secondary sites. Okay but nothing too exciting. On the way out we were surrounded by countless spinner dolphins-always fun to be with. Not as much soft coral in Hawaii, some black coral at depth, the hard coral was healthy/colorful/nice, fish coloring is very pretty. Seas were so rough we did 2nd dive (day 1) at Mala pier-wrecked in a storm. Interesting-loaded with green turtles. One friendly, fairly large Octopus sitting on a rock waiting to be photographed. I had left my camara behind (I get a dope slap). Second day we shot for the Cathedrals- viz was very bad at both sites so we did two drift dives which were good, but not exceptional. Interesting seeing colors and fish endemic to Hawaii.
I shifted to Ed Robinsons dive after that and dove with them at Molokini. They do a 3-tank dive several days a week (leaves 7am from Kihi) to the wall on the backside of Molokini Crater. Experienced divers only since depths to 130 feet and currents are common. These were lots of fun. The 1st dive is to 130ft (+/-), the 2nd a little shallower, and the 3rd on the ends of the crater in 30-60 ft. The first 2 are drift dives from a "live" boat (but currents were pretty mild most of the time), and the last dive from a moored boat on the end of the crater. Viz was excellent at approx 100 ft on the wall, less on the reef. Lots of sea life on all dives: loads of butterfly fish in all colors, moorish idols, etc.etc. Sharks-mostly white and black tip on most dives, one interesting shark sighting was a group of maybe 12 or more young sharks-maybe 2-3 ft off in the distance clustered in one area. Various moray Eels and interesting small things-nudibranchs, longnosed hawkfish, leaf scorpian, etc. On one of the reef dives we spied a manta in the distance swimming parallel to us-it went by-but in about 10 minutes swims back slowly directly over us-this one I did get several shots of. It was a mid-sized manta-maybe 10-12 ft wing span. The boat and crew (which changed vs days of the week) were excellent-real pros.. They were fun in and out of water. Serve a light breakfast and lunch (sandwiches) between dives. A good experience.
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