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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Westin Maui in
Hawaii/Molikini Crater - Maui

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Swan, CA, USA
Report Number 2364
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Big Island of Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
45   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth 65' with 35 minute time limits for both dives due to a short
interval of 45 minutes.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Had large bucket for cameras, the table was used for lunch.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I got lucky on this trip.  The rain stopped and the waves were almost
non-existent for our two dives.  Not much to see, but just felt lucky to be
alive after making 3 beginner mistakes on my 2 dives.

Lahaina is a large, quick in and out operation.  Two large, full boats went
out at 6:30 am.  Groups of five went out with each dive master.  No one was
paired.  On each dive the dive master surfaced early with the first diver
low on air, and paired us up just before he left.  

On the first dive four of us waited on the bottom as the dive master went
back up with someone having trouble equalizing.  At the end of the first
dive my instant partner and I swam ahead not knowing where we were and
surfaced as we ran low on air.  

For beginners I would recommend a company that could give you more
individual support.  Advanced divers would want a company that would let
them dive their own profiles.  Lahaina is a good choice for those traveling
with snorkelers, as they have a dedicated snorkel leader that instructs and
leads the group.  Lahaina is also one of the few (if not only) companies
leaving from West Maui, so is a good choice for someone staying there not
withing to drive to South Maui.
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