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

Lahaina Divers/Westin Maui, Mar, 2006,

by Rick Swan, CA, USA . Report 2364.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Big Island of Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 73 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 45 to 65 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth 65' with 35 minute time limits for both dives due to a short interval of 45 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales >2
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Had large bucket for cameras, the table was used for lunch.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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