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

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Kelly, MI, USA
Report Number 2804
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over Carribean, Florida Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Terminate dive at 800 to 1000 lbs; hit boat with no less than 500.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
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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