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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Marriott Maui Ocean Club in

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Lynda Durfee, VA, USA
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Report Number 5266
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Aruba, Bahamas, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Lake Tahoe
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
74   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No DECO diving.  If you have plenty of air left, your buddy can go to the
safety stop and you can stay with DM. I was last up on most every dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Tank for cameras, but no segregated camera shelf.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I chose Lahaina Divers because I wanted to dive the other islands (Lanai
and Molokai) and few operators go there. Uses Nekton boats (most divers we
had were 23, but most dives were 11-15).  Divers divided into groups with
separate DMs.  Enter water by giant stride off swim deck; return by two
ladders, fins off, climb ladder and return to your seat on bench.  Crew
changes out tanks.  Sandwiches, chips, cookies, water provided and included
in cost of dives. Multi-dive packages; I booked 30 days in advance and made
12 dives for the 20% discount. Set schedule for which islands they dive
each day, but sites chosen based on conditions and diver preference.  Boat
rides are 45-60 minutes; a bit rough at this time of year. Crew friendly,
experienced and helpful in solving equipment problems. Meet at shop, crew
transports your gear to dock, but you will need to walk about 4 blocks to
dock. Gear storage overnight for whatever will fit in your dive bag on fit
on their shelves for customer gear.  No rinse tanks onboard, but rinse tank
available back at shop.  Except for first day (around 2800-2900 PSI), tank
fills 3000 PSI plus.  Day of diving the Molokini backwall was super, but
for experienced divers only. Afternoon dives may include snorkelers (I did
only the morning dives except a 4-tank day including the Carthiginian
wreck).  I rate the fish a 3 as compared to top Caribbean dives, but Hawaii
has lots to offer other than diving, especially if you have non-diving
companions.  The lava formations make the diving worthwhile, especially the
1st & 2nd Cathedrals off Lanai.  Go to Molokai to see hammerhead
sharks, but there is no guarantee (we saw 2 or 3 on each of two dives;
sometimes there can be dozens). I plan to dive with them next September,
but may use a different outfit out of Kihei to do southern sites.
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