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

Lahaina Divers/Marriott Maui Ocean Club, Nov, 2009,

by Lynda Durfee, VA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 40 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 5266.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 74 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 Tank for cameras, but no segregated camera shelf.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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