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Dive Review of Extended Horizons/Mana Kai Maui in

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Paul and Donna Lima, TN, US
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Report Number 2321
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Caymans, Roatan, Florida Keys, Hawaii (Big Island)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
71   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay above dive leader, return to boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
dedicated fresh water container for cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Returned after 4 years to find this operation continues to excel. Went out
with Captain Erik, Maren and Chris for two trips. The boat is well designed
and comfortable and there is always plenty of good food for the surface
intervals. The crew was friendly and informative, using large magnetic
slates to identify creatures viewed during the dive. The first trip was to
Lanai where we dove First Cathedral and Fish Rock, both great dives. We
were able to be the first into the lava tube/dome at First Cathedral and
experience the beauty in pristine conditions. We were shown a different
exit where you can be propelled out by the surge if you time it correctly.
Nice addition to the dive. They have also added two new dives, both well
worthwhile. The first is the wreck of the Carthaginian sunk off Lahaina in
December 2005. This used to be a whaling museum docked in the harbor for
many years and still has the name prominently displayed on the bow and
stern. Makes for great photos. It was sunk by Atlantis submarine company
who give sub tours of the wreck and we had the good fortune to be on the
ship when the sub came by. Interesting to experience how quietly such a
large craft appeared next to us. Since they have right of way we had been
instructed to remain on the wreck itself while it was in the vicinity. The
ship sits at about 90 feet and could be clearly seen from the surface. No
current made it a pleasure to dive. The second new dive is usually done as
a shore dive with scooters but Erik agreed to take us to a manta ray
cleaning area. We spent a lot of time swimming around and I began to wonder
about the mantas appearing at all. Suddenly first one, then two, then
three, then four mantas swam into the area and were tended to by a variety
of fish removing parasites from their skin. Having done the manta ray night
dive in Kona several times I knew they would come to feed on plankton that
lights attract, but I never imagined I could watch them in broad daylight
being cleaned. It was a magical experience. It was also nice to start a
dive in daylight. Mala boat ramp in Lahaina is a 45 minute drive from Kihei
where we were staying which means a very early start to get there by 6am
for the usual Maui launch time (due to trade winds picking up by noon which
whip up the ocean in a hurry). Much more convenient for those staying in
West Maui but well worth the trip for those in South Maui. 

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