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Dive Review of Extended Horizons in

July, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Ken Teleis, OH, USA (2 reports)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Florida Keys, North Carolina, Lake Erie, Niagara River, Ohio
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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
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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