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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Sands of Kahana in

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Joel Horie, UT, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Key Largo, St Croix, San Nicolas, CA, Abacos, Kauai, Oahu,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deeper than dive master, but dive master stayed down until last divers
were ready to return. Buddy pairs could return separately after checking
with guide.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Dove two morning dives, the Molokini inside and Lanai drift. Mid October.
Good shop, people and boat. First ocean dives in a few years for the wife
and I. A Hawaii vacation with a few days of diving. If doing a morning
dive, plentiful free parking in city lot, one block NW up Luakini St. Ask
shop for parking advice if you're doing and afternoon dive. Check in at
shop and drop your gear bag. They drive your bag to the harbor and load it
on the boat. Pleasant 10 min stroll to boat through downtown Lahaina. Boats
are water side of the Banyan Tree Park.  They have free coffee and snacks
upstairs at the shop, but Badass Coffee is on the way on Front St.
Tuesday morning, boat Dauntless with Capt. Dan. Good briefs by Dan and DM
Levi. I think about 16 divers, but not crowded. Nice sunny seating on the
upper bridge deck. Nutbreads/pastries for boarding snacks. Tanks were Steel
72s, but they had some Alum 80s for those that wanted them.  I was comfy in
a 3mm long sleeve top. They did a good job of separating divers by
experience. We were in the first group(experienced) and were in the water
15 minutes after they called "15 minutes". We were in the water,
just as the first "snorkel" boats approached their moorings.
Enenue/80' rock dive site. Great vis, went to 120' to see some white tip
reef sharks. Had option to wait at 80', but everyone went to see sharks(3
or 4 resting under a ledge). Came back up to the 80' rock. Lobsters,
morays, tropicals, school of jacks(a few Blacks and rest Great Crevalle?)
off in the open water. I probably would have just hung out at 80' rock, if
I did it again. More sea life. Buddy pairs could return on their own.  Levi
stayed down until the last divers were ready to return. Nice lunch of
sandwiches, chips, fresh sliced fruit. Bring your own drinks if you want
other than water. Second dive was Reefs End. More of the same.

Thursday Lanai drift. Capt Jarret on Dominion, with Levi and Jenna DMs.
Good briefs and enthusiastic DMs again. Boat had same nice setup as
Dauntless. Only 8 divers.  Mid channel between Maui and Lanai spotted two
Mantas and a golden cow nose ray. The cow nose was following the Mantas.
They hung around the boat for ten minutes looping and rolling.  Jarret was
going to let us in the water, but they took off.  They returned for just a
few more loops and then went on their way. First dive was on the west side,
south of Barge Harbor. Big sheer cliffs on the shore. Average was 50' depth
with no current. Lava ridges with small swim throughs. Lots of tropicals,
nudibranchs, morays, lobsters, a big trumpet fish. Second dive was on the
south side, Emerald City. It was right off the cliffs of the Four Seasons
Manele Bay resort. Diving was similar to the first site.  No real current
to deal with, but it's a drift dive because their are no moorings. 
Mandatory dive computer(insurance requirement?), though we never went deep,
and safety sausage.  We had a scenic ride to the dive sites, good crew and
group of divers. Light breezes, calm seas.  Our Lanai dive was good, but
with the Mantas and the overall experience, it was a great day on the

Rental gear stays on the boat. They'll take your gear bag back to the shop
if you want. Rinse barrels available at the shop.

If you're staying on west shore Maui, Lahaina Divers is a great vacation
boat diving option. If we go back, I'll try to get on a Molokini outside
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