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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Extended Horizons/B&B, and Eldorado Hotel in

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Donald Hoft, Mass, USA
Report Number 1647
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Pacific, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
74   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100ft max, 500 psi return, no decompression diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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  
Dive boats at both operations had camara tanks, and were careful 
handling camara
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
See my Nov/04 report-a compliment to comments here. I've struggled with
Extended Horizons on both trips: really nice people who work hard but
schedule is irregular, when boat is full it's really tight, and on average
I have not found Lanai diving (there destination) as consistent and good as
other places. This latter point could be just coincidence.

Early in this trip I shifted to Lahaina Divers (in Lahaina marina),
convenient for those staying in Lahaina & Kaanapoli area. Two really
good boats even with a full house (24 divers, but mostly less). Loads of
room. Staff is excellent, they have 1 D.M. to 8 divers and seem to keep
like experience levels together. They dive all the destinations-Lanai,
Molokini Crater and Maui and do 2 nite dives/week. Crew really want to help
you have the best experiences possible. I dove with them every few days for
the month long stay and was very pleased

Best diving was on Molokini Crater. The backside (south) is considered
"advanced" due to currents and depth but is really good diving
and in my experience is okay for most divers except beginners. Inside
(north), on the Crater ends are also good and not to busy. Lots of boats at
the crater with snorklers/divers but they are in closer so you are not
overrun. On the backside you see plenty of sharks, plenty of the tropicals
(many endemic), octapus etc etc.. Also interesting on the wall were it's
features, overhangs, etc.. On inside it's more variable, shallower but
interesting (spotted a manta here last fall).

Whales have migrated here for the winter and often kept us serenaded during
our dives, also we never made the boat trip out without spotting several
whales along the way. Fun stuff. Lanai diving didn't treat us too good on
either trip, but it's worth another try.

Water was cold; most were in more than 3mm. At my age I require more than
most and was in a 3mm shorty over a full 3mm. D.M.'s were mostly in 7mm,
not surprising being in the water consistently. Last fall I dove with Ed
Robinsons out of Kihai-3 tank backside dives on Molokini were great, as was
crew/boats. It's just a long haul from Lahaina.

Overall a good experience with pretty good diving. Maui also offers plenty
of topside attractions.
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