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

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Don Hoft, MA, usa
Report Number 1451
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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

sunny, windy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
see below  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
   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
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