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

Lahaina Divers/Marriott Ocean Club, Dec, 2006,

by Hilary, WA, USA . Report 3155.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Florida Keys, Bahamas, USVI, BVI, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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