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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Serenade of the Seas, RC in

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Liz Morini, MA, USA
Report Number 1447
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Australia, Belize, Bahamas, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Curacao,
Honduras, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    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
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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 $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Dove with Lahaina Divers for a 2-tank afternoon dive, an excellent
operation. This was my first time in Hawaii and I was hoping to see
turtles.  I was not disappointed.

We were cruising Hawaii on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas, so we
had limited time on each island. We dove the previous day with Jack's
Diving Locker in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Wasn't too impressed with
the staff at Jack's. They seemed a little bored with their jobs. In
comparison, the Lahaina Divers crew were more enthusiastic and pleasant.
Also, they served excellent post-dive cookies.

Mala Pier was our first dive site, a 3-5 minute boat ride out of Lahaina
harbor. Within the first 5 minutes of the 1st dive, we saw a white tipped
shark, a large green turtle and a spotted devil ray. We had to buck a
strong current while descending but once we reached the pier and leveled
off at about 40-45 feet, the current wasn't much of an issue. Not too many
fish but it was interesting cruising around the sunken pilings and looking
into crevasses. Saw a few more turtles, large and small.  Depth was
restricted due to the shallowness of the dive site.  

Our 2nd dive was Jodo Temple, a short distance from the first dive site. We
saw at least 20 turtles, mostly green turtles but a few Hawksbills as well.
Most of the turtles were resting in the sand between coral heads; others
were swimming freely. I swear the largest one was at least 5 feet long but
by the time I saw him, I was already at my safety stop and he was 30 feet
below me. He was lying in the sand underneath the boat and looked enormous.

Would love to return to Maui and would definitely recommend Lahaina Divers.


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