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Dive Review of Ed Robinsons/Westin in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Hilary, WA, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, USVI, BVI, Belize, Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives on Maui are guided dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat had a large dry table for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
We only had 4 dive days on Maui during this trip, and because we don't like
to shore dive much, we decided to book two 3-tank Adventure charters with
Ed Robinsons.  They advertise that the first of the 3 dives takes you to
Molokini and Shark Condos, which is a 130' dive.  On our first charter, we
didn't go to Shark Condos, which was fine with us since we hadn't been
diving in a couple of months and it was nice to have a few warm up dives
prior to pushing the recreational dive limits.

We arrived at the Kihei boat ramp prior to the 6:30am meet time, and were
immediately greeted by the crew.  They checked us in, took our gear, and
proceeded to set it up for us on the boat.  There was coffee, juice, and
bagels to munch on prior to launching the boat, and we visited with other
divers on our boat.  This was the same procedure for both of our charters
and it worked very well.

Once the boat was launched, we had a short briefing about the boat as we
took off for our first site.  Our first dive was at a site called "The
Apartments" off the south coast.  This dive was a rather square
profile, 110' for 25 minutes.  We saw a couple of amazing frog fish,
including a white one that we got fabulous pictures of. We had an SI of
1:14 where we were served muffins and coffee.  Second site was Ene Nue at
Molokini, and there was very little current or waves, which was great. 
Profile was 87 feet for 40 minutes where we saw many grey and white tip
sharks, octopus, and lots of eels.  SI for 1:08 where we had sandwiches,
juice, and soda served. Our final dive profile was 60 feet for 45 minutes
on the Backwall of Molokini where we also saw quite a few sharks.  On all 3
dives, the whale songs were loud and we continually scanned the blue water
hoping to see one.

Our second 3-tank Adventure charter had the same procedures as the first. 
Our sites were different though, which was great.  The first site was Shark
Condo at Molokini with a profile of 130 feet for 40 minutes.  Obviously we
pushed the no-deco limit on that dive, and quite a bit of time was spent
much shallower than 130 feet, but it was really neat to see cruising sharks
and ones hanging out under the ledge that gives the site it's name.  After
a 1:17 SI and muffins, the boat moved to the backwall only to find it too
rough to dive.  We then moved to "Reefs End" where we did an 84'
dive for 55 minutes (again, spending most of our time shallower than that).
 After sandwiches and a 1:14 SI, we went to St. Anthony's wreck (at my
request), and did a 70' dive for 40 minutes.  On that dive we saw a very
rare redstriped pipefish inside the wreck, and a beautiful (?) frogfish
hanging out on the deck.  There were 3 turtles sleeping on the wreck, and
we enjoyed seeing hordes of butterfly fish and trumpet fish in the tires
surrounding the wreck.

All of our dives (except The Apartments) were live boat dives, and
definitely would have been very challenging a few times for beginner
divers.  We didn't have any inexperienced divers on our boat, though on one
charter it was quite bizarre to watch one woman do 75% of her dive in the
vertical position!!

We'll definitely book with Ed Robinsons again when we're back on Maui later
this year.  They run a first class operation with DM's who know their sites
and their marine animals.  The briefings were always excellent and the
information on the sea life first class.
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