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Dive Review of Extended Horizons in
Hawaii/Maui

Extended Horizons, Jul, 2007,

by Ken Teleis, OH, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4053.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Roatan, Florida Keys, North Carolina, Lake Erie, Niagara River, Ohio Quarries
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were led by a guide and we were required to stay with the guide. However, they did ensure plenty of bottom time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket for cameras on the boat. Crew always willing to hand in cameras once you are in the water. DM happy to provide photo tips and offered good photo opportunities.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my third time diving with this dive operator. They trailer in their boat every day and leave from the Lahaina boat ramp. I did two days of diving with them on this trip - one alone and the next day with my newly certified 12 year old daughter. I had the same captain and DM both days. This operator caters to all varieties of divers from beginner to instructor and makes everyone feel at home. They divide up divers with computers from divers without so as not to limit bottom time for those who have computers. When you check in with them in the parking lot they take your gear onto the boat and assemble it for you. The boat, when full, can be a little crowded, but not uncomfortable. They have a comfortable marine head on board.
They honored my request for a specific dive site (First Cathedral) and since I was taking photos the DM allowed me to go in first before the rest of the group had a chance to kick up the bottom.
It appeared that I was the most experienced passenger on the boat both days and they went out of their way to maximize my bottom time - first in and last out of the water.
The second day with my daughter, they had the 63cf tanks ready for her and provided as much assistance as we wanted on the boat but since I am instructor they were hands-off in the water since she was under my supervisor. This was my daughter's first boat dive and she got a little sea sick between dives and didn't quite make it to the side to take care of her business. The crew didnt seem to mind and made her comfortable. Again on that day they let me take her into the Cathedral to get photos before the rest of the group came in. We got to see the rare Reticulated Butterfly fish on our second dive which really thrilled my daughter.
Between dives, the DM was happy to debrief and pull out fish ID books to make sure you knew all the fish life you saw. Our DM (Scotty) had over 7000 dives and knew the area very well.
Both DMs on the boat had a lot of interaction with the guests and made a definite effort to come around and chat with everyone between and after dives. The captain on this trip was a marine biologist and also very knowledgeable about the area.
The crew provides some food in between dives - mainly bagels and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Also fresh fruit and plenty of choices of fruit drinks and sodas.

The crew changes out tanks between dives and rinses out everyones gear on the way back to the dock.

Boat diving on Maui is not cheap and Extended Horizons seems to charge the going rate. They do offer discounts for multiple days of diving. They also offer guided shore dives and night dives, but I did not do those dives with them so cannot offer an opinion. If you want to go to Lanai, they are about the quickest ride there as their boat is pretty fast and they go right across the channel to Lanai.
As an instructor diving with these folks, I felt they treated me like royalty. Although they had some brand new divers on the boat, I did not feel hindered or limited in my dives because of them. In fact, the new divers were with a different DM so I never even encountered that group on the dive.
Even though the boat was full on both days I was with them, I didnt feel it was over crowded.
They sell some nice tee shirts right from the boat and have several varieties to choose from.
They do have a tip jar which was in plain view, but I don't remember any solicitation for a tip. I was happy to tip these folks and tipped the DM directly and was thanked sincerely.
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