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Dive Review of Kapalua Dive Company/Ritz Carlton Maui in

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Beth and Steve Welch, IL, USA
Report Number 938
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Also dove with B & B divers while on Maui (submitted in a separate
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Kapalua Dive Company operates from the Ritz Carlton as well as Kapalua Bay
Resort. They are a small but excellent service oriented operation that
specializes in shore diving and diving from kayaks. My wife dove with them
4 times and I dove with them twice. The operation is smooth and worry free.
If you are at the Ritz you can take the shuttle to Kapalua Bay Hotel where
you dive from their beach front. Owner Kevin McAfee is friendly,
personable, and wants you to enjoy yourself. We did. The diving is low key
and fun. You load your gear onto the kayaks for the kayak dive and paddle
two coves over to a mooring. While paddling over, a whale breached about 50
yards from us, then swam under us and surfaced again about another 50 yards
behind us. Not a bad start. Once moored, we donned our gear and dove in
shallow reef of 10 to 15 feet, and swam out to an area of about 40 feet.
Lots of tropical fish, several turtles including some very large ones, and
found an overhang with a resident white tip. Enjoyable, but season divers
might want more. We appreciate the nudibranchs, small stuff, and even the
resident tropicals. If you want big animals or colorful corals, this is not
for you. If you enjoy low-key mellow diving with lost of fish and great
volcanic rock formations, you will enjoy this diving. We heard singing
whales on most of the dives, which is an experience in and of itself. Kevin
and his staff are very professional, safetly minded, and want you to enjoy
the dives. We did, and would gladly do these dives anytime. About the Ritz:
we would not normally stay at this level of hotel but I was there for a
meeting. The facilities and service are first rate. However, the Ritz is at
the northwest tip of the island and is prone to strong winds and occasional
drizzle. We found that only a few miles south at Kapalua Bay and Lahaina it
is sunnier and warmer, ditto for Kihei and Wailea. However, the north end
of the island is beautiful and much less traveled. It's a choice depending
on your preference. Hard to complain about Maui at all but if you are a
sun-worshipper you may want to be on the southern end of island at this
time of year. We enjoyed our time and the Ritz Carlton resort. Great
diving, but the volcanic seabed means not as much coral, so you have to
keep your eyes out for critters. Kapalua Dive Company is a great outfit for
shore and kayak diving.  We also did a whale watch cruise with Pacific
Whale Foundation and saw whales, spinner dolphins and turtles. Snorkeling
off the boat was fun too. Can't wait to go back!
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