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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Marriott's Maui Ocean Club in

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
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Report Number 6391
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bahamas, St. Kitts, Maarten, Eustasius, Saba, Curacao, Caicos,
Cozumel, all of Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Palau, Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco; not beyond 130 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated camera bucket, strickly enforced and mentioned in briefings.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
One of the boats goes in drydock for two weeks in early December, so the
remaining boat can be close to full (20-22 divers). If you plan to dive in
December, be sure to reserve at least 3-4 weeks before you arrive.  I knew
this from last year and planned ahead.  From another diver's report a few
weeks earlier, the conditions at Lanai and Molokini are excellent.  I also
dove Molokai, but didn't see hammerheads on either dive.  Did the full
range of dive trips, including the Molokini backwall.  This is the 3rd trip
(six dives) on the wall, and I was rewarded with sightings of three pelagic
manta rays, making my 400th dive truly memorable!  Every trip had 19-22
divers, but they were divided into three groups by ability, and it was
amazing how well the operation (especially entries and exits) were handled.
Dive guides truly enjoy their jobs and it shows.  The water was choppy and
it was overcast most and very windy most of the first 10 days, so it was
nice to have covered space in the boat to huddle.  Nice comfortable, clean
head, as well!  I did the twilight(Carthaginian wreck)/night (Mala wharf)
dive this year, and would rate it just "OK", but Josie did find
three frogfish on the wreck, which made it worth it.  Not much this time at
Mala wharf, especially compared to a night dive I did at Black Rock from
the shore with another operator.  If you want to go to the other islands
and also don't want to drive 1 hour from Kaanapali to the Kihei operators,
go with Lahaina Divers.  I washed out my gear at the shop after every trip
and was able to store it there overnight, so I wasn't hauling wet gear back
and forth to the resort.  I bought the photos CD from one of the Lanai
trips ($60) and it was well worth it. Whale season begins Dec 15, and we
had a few sightings.  They can accomodate snorkers on some trips. 
Relatively new divers should be OK on most trips, but LD requirers prior
dives with them before you can do Molokai or the Molokini back wall, since
they require good air consumption, buoyancy, and you may bob around for
awhile awaiting pickup; safety sausage required for these dives.
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