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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Maui Kaanapali Villas in

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Robertson <BR>Fantasea E, CA, US
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Report Number 5586
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
75   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated fresh water rinse buckets on board for UW cameras only -  no
items that don't take photos or video underwater. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
I just read the comments by Nick Phelps about his Maui experience in the
June 2010 issue of Undercurrent and needed to add in my 2 cents.  I was on
Maui in May and, like Nick, stayed at the Maui Kaanapali Villas and dove
with Lahaina Divers.  My experience with Lahaina Divers was similar to
Nicks; a very well-run dive op that caters to divers of every ability. 
For local dives, experienced divers were paired together and those less
experienced were in a separate group.  We never had a group of more than 5
divers.  For advanced dives like Molokai or back wall Molokini, LD made
sure to advertise it as an advanced dive, no beginners.  Molokai was my
first ever sighting of hammerheads in the water; six on the first dive, 8
on the second dive.  Very cool.

However, my experience at Maui Kaanapali Villas was much different than
what Nick reports.  Maybe its just about perspective.  

Dont tell anyone, but MKV it is one of the best-kept secrets on Maui.  The
Villas are a 15 minute drive from LD in Lahaina.  Close to the action,
but not in the middle of everything.  MKV is a short 10 minute walk north
of Black Rock and consists of a 6-story condo-hotel surrounded by several 2
story buildings of privately owned, individually decorated condos.  The
grounds are beautifully landscaped in the Hawaiian style right on the
beach.  True, the hotel and some of the condos are managed by Aston
Properties, but some of the owners themselves or companies like Kaanapali
Beach Properties, Inc. rent out other condos.  We stayed in #293
overlooking the pool with an ocean view.  Gorgeous.  Our room was spacious
and modern, having recently been renovated by the owners 2 years ago. 
True, there was construction going on in the main hotel lobby and it's bad
that Nick wasnt informed, but for us, it was a minor inconvenience.  

The best part of the secret is that MKV property fronts one of the best
diving and snorkeling sites on the island.  We saw dolphins, turtles and a
myriad of reef fish, including octopus.  Next door is Airport Beach a
public beach park with free parking, clean restrooms, fresh water showers
and a gorgeous reef for shore diving.   The 5-day package with Lahaina
Divers includes free tanks and weights for shore diving.  Score!  
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