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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Marriott Ocean Club in
Hawaii/Maui

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Hilary, WA, USA (7 reports)
Report Number 3155

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Reporter
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Florida Keys, Bahamas, USVI, BVI, Belize

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
74   to 76    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 200    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limits were set for each dive  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
We have been diving with Lahaina Divers for several years. Although we only
use them for our Lanai trips, due to their large, comfortable boats and the
easy crossing from Lahaina, we were very disappointed on this trip and
likely will not use them again.

We have always known that they run fairly strict depth and time limits due
to their charter schedule and short SIs, however we have never felt as
restricted as we did on this trip.  We did two charters with them, and
although the first one was fine, we heard some complaints from other divers
and our second charter echoed those complaints.  

Our DM on our second charter treated us as if we were newbie divers, even
though he was well aware of our history with Lahaina Divers and our
experience level. It appeared that most of the divers on that charter were
rather new and we were two of a small handfull of divers who had our own
gear. The DM asked us for our tank pressure not 10 minutes into the dive
and seemed shocked when we had over 2200psi, but didn't ask again until the
end of the "tour".  We were hurried along through the Cathedrals
with very little time to look for small critters and take pictures.  30
minutes into each dive, we found ourselves under the boat and spent the
rest of our dives there...which turned out to be the best part of our
dives.  

It was very clear that the DMs who have been around for awhile offer more
personalized service and listen to their client's needs, while the newer
people seem to follow a routine instead.  They hurry you along the dive
route, don't find or point out any interesting critters (and I found a lot
that the DM blew past), and are uncomfortable giving much latitude to
experienced divers.  It was very disappointing.  :(
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