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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Westin in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Hilary, WA, USA
Report Number 2376
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, USVI, BVI, Belize, Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives on Maui are guided.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
We did 2 Lanai charters with Lahaina Divers on our short trip to Maui. 
Because of their recent rains in Hawaii (40+ straight days), nobody had
taken a charter to Lanai in more than 3 weeks, and were extremely lucky to
be on the first charter to Lanai since before the rain.

We dive with Lahaina Divers to Lanai whenever we're on Maui.  They have big
46' Newton dive boats that are extremely roomy, wide, and provide a very
comfortable crossing to Lanai (which can be rough).  They do take upwards
of 22 divers, but we've never been on a morning charter with them where
they've had more than 18, which was the case this trip as well.  Our first
charter had 15 divers and our second had 18, but 2 consisted of an
instructor and student from another dive operator.  Dive groups were
limited to 6-7 divers, and since we're repeat customers and most of the
DM's know us well, we're pretty much left alone to do our own thing as long
as we don't go into deco.  

One of the complaints I've heard/read a lot about Lahaina Divers is that
they have short SI's and AL72's.  SI's are typically 45 minutes, with
profiles being limited to around 60 feet for 30-35 minutes.  Although I've
seen other divers burn through tanks in less than 25 minutes, I've never
even come close, so the smaller tanks don't bother me.  They also give some
latitude to divers with computers, with our dives being no less than 45
minutes each.

The dive sites we visited were 2nd Cathedral (twice), Monolith, and No
Name.  Our first charter out to Lanai had visibility down to 20' in some
areas with a lot of silt in the water at 2nd Cathedral.  Monolith was a
clearer dive and we enjoyed snooping in the cracks and crevices looking for
critter, which we found in abundance.  There was quite a bit of silt on the
corals, which provided us with a "grey/brown" color for most of
the dives.

Our second charter out to Lanai 2 days later showed us much better
conditions.  2nd Cathedral was clear with over 60' viz, and we were treated
to excellent viewing of the hanging black coral inside the cave.  No Name
also had good viz, though we could really see quite a bit of silt still on
the corals.  It was already clearing off, so we had good color, though
we've seen it far better in the past.

During the SI's, we had very yummy sandwiches, chips and salsa, and all the
lemonaide you could drink.  After the second dive, they brought out warm
cookies that we enjoyed on the way back to Lahaina.

We will continue to dive with Lahaina Divers to Lanai when we're on Maui,
as we enjoy the big boats and the DM's.  It's definitely an excellent
charter operation for beginner divers and vacation divers as they are very
concientious of the divers in their dive groups and do an excellent job
supervising them.  As repeat divers with them, we get more freedom to dive
our own profiles, which we definitely appreciate and take advantage of.
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