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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Marriott Ocean Club in

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Hilary Snitker, WA, USA
Report Number 1886
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Florida Keys, USVI, BVI, Maui
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and depth limits, to a point.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boats had a large camera tank and camera table.  Unfortunately, the
camera table was also used for lunch, so between dives it was not
available.  Before and after diving, there was ample space if you needed
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
We did our AOW with Lahaina Divers on our recent 11 day trip to Maui.  We
also dove 3 additional charters and shore dove 2 days.  We were very
pleased with the personnel at Lahaina Divers and had excellent service the
entire week, including when my husband's regulator started leaking.  They
adjusted the regulator in the shop the same day and did not charge us for
the service.  

The sites:  

"Turtle Reef" (max 40') consisted of 2 close to shore dives;
Black Ball and Mala Wharf.  Both were excellent dives with lots of healthy
fish and coral.  Mala Wharf is one of our favorite shallow dives with the
swim throughs and interesting wreckage of the old wharf.

Molokini Crater (max 65') was an excellent dive to see scads of tropical
fish, healthy coral, white tip reef sharks, and in one case, a Manta Ray. 
It's a great place to just cruise slowly around the reef watching for all
the tiny critters that inhabit the coral.

Lanai (max 75') was probably our favorite dive site as we did it 3 charters
there!  We went to Cathedral 1 and 2, as well as a few reef sites.  The
Cathedrals are magnificent in their beauty and there was so much marine
life that we could have easily spent everyday diving there.

Molokini backwall (max 80') was a dive that I can't really say much about. 
The day we dove there were 4 knot currents and 6' swells.  The backwall is
a drift dive, but the current was too swift to classify that as
"drifting".  We wound up only doing 1 tank on the backwall
instead of 2 since a few divers on our boat were uncomfortable with the
current.  It was amazing to stop at 80' and literally see nothing but blue
surrounding us.  The bottom is at over 400', so we stopped at 80' and
worked our way up the wall from there.  Our second tank was in Molokini
Crater, which is always a relaxing dive.

Black Rock (max 35') was a shore dive.  We rented tanks from the Sheraton
as that was more convenient than lugging our own.  Fabulous dive for us
that day.  We enjoyed an hour of bottom time on the AL64's, saw 3 turtles,
and had an amazing encounter with 2 Spotted Eagle Rays.  When we saw them
we literally hit the sand and watched.  They slowly made their way over to
us and one settled on the bottom looking at us not 10' away.  Suffice it to
say the camera couldn't take pictures fast enough!  The amount of marine
life on this dive was staggering, including an octopus that we tried to
coax out of his hole without success.

Kapalua Bay (max 25') was also a shore dive and very disappointing.  For
the most part the reef was covered with algae and there wasn't much marine
life.  We dove for over 40 minutes and quit with almost 2000psi in our
tanks since there was nothing to enjoy about this dive.

Lahaina Divers boats are large.  They have Newton 46s which are set up
specifically for diving.  They are wide and powerful and get you to the
dive sites quickly and comfortably.  Because of their size, they are great
for people like me who have sea sickness concerns.  They will carry a
maximum of 24 divers, though we only had one charter (Turtle Reef) that
carried this many.  Typically our charters only had 15-20 divers, with one
only having 12, and the excellent layout of the boats never made us feel
crowded.  Divers may enjoy sitting on the bow, in the very large dive area,
or on the upper deck near the captain.  Between dives they served
chips/salsa and submarine sandwiches, in addition to lemonade and water.

They do provide AL72s, which is plenty of air considering they have to
limit bottom time due to a shortened SI.  SIs were typically 45 minutes,
and although they said the dive profiles were 30-35 minutes, we were able
to push that to 40-45 minutes on every dive we did.  They allow computer
divers extra leeway, which was nice.  They also provided AL100s to 2 divers
on one of our charters who were sucking through their 72s in 20 minutes. 

I've read people complaining that Lahaina Divers short fill their tanks. 
On not one charter did we dive with a tank with less than 2900psi, and
typically they were between 3000-3100. The one tank I had that was 2800,
they immediately switched out for one with 3000 for me.

We have a timeshare at the Marriott Ocean Club in Kaanapali and love it. 
Cannot say enough good about the rooms, the grounds, and the pool.  Because
we're in Kaanapali, we have chosen to dive with operators in that area, and
will continue to dive with Lahaina Divers as long as we receive the type of
service we have gotten the last 2 years.
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