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Dive Review of Ed Robinson's/Ritz Carlton Kapalua in
Hawaii/Maui

Ed Robinson's/Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Dec, 2005,

by Jack Kelly, MI, USA . Report 2804.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over Carribean, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Terminate dive at 800 to 1000 lbs; hit boat with no less than 500.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boats. Due to setup on boat ramp, no shore UWP facilities, rinse tanks, etc. Crew is very accommodating for photographers

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I chose Ed Robinson's almost entirely due to reading reviews in the Chapbook and I really owe a lot to the Chapbook because Robinson's was arguably the best dive operation I have been with! The boats were more than adequate but what really sets them apart is the quality and personalities of the dive crews. Most have been with the operator for many years; indeed most of the divers I was with knew all of the crew members. You meet the boats, which are trailered to the Kihei boat ramp near Wailea, EARLY (between 6 and 6:30 AM). They have Kona coffee and muffins for you at the dock where you check in and the crew loads and sets up your equipment on the boat. The boat is then put into the water where you board it from a dock by the boat ramp. On the four dives I did with them, they had between 7 and 11 or 12 divers; two DM's in the water with you. DM's asked what you wanted to see and usually found it for you. They let you dive pretty much your own profile, but would occasionally check your air level just to make sure you were OK. We dove extended bottom times, basically to our computer or air limits. Did not dive nitrox, though you could arrange for it, if desired, through another dive shop. During surface intervals, they had coffee, fruit, drinks and big cookies and muffins for everybody. During the three-tabnk dive trips, they provided make your own deli sandwiches (good) and all the trimmings in addition to the fruit, muffins, etc. Lanai trip was long and rough. Saw schools of spinner dolphins jumping and spinning in the wake which was very cool. Cathedrals was a great dive and you see some fish species that are found only in Lanai. Corals in Mauai are not what you're there for! Nothing like Caribbean varieties or plentitude. But the fish life is awesome. Many varieties (something in excess of 25 or 30%) such as Vampire morays, bandit fish, etc. that occur only in Hawaii. Turtles were not plentiful, but this is unusual. White tip reefs lounging on the bottom were numerous. Dolphins playing on the bottom with us were incredible. But, again, in addition to the great diving, the Robinson staff really made it fun, comfortable and probably the main reason I want to get back there as soon as possible!
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