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Dive Review of MAUI DIVERS in
Hawaii/MAUI

December, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by KEVIN ELMAN, CO, USA
Report Number 1489
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Jamaica, Bonaire, Roatan, Mexico (all over), Costa Rica, Galapagos, Hawaii,
Florida, California, Vancouver, every mud hole in Colorado, New Mexico and
Wyoming
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 160    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Great care was taken with new or inexperinced divers, while the more
experinced divers were allowed more freedom.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
The snack table was also the photo table. The staff was very good about
handling the equipment. Rinse buckets were designated for photography.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Good: Divemaster (Ryan) outstanding diver and did agreat job of pointing
out differnet things. Boat was clean and staff seemed very concerned about
safety and that everyone was having a good time.

Bad: The wind Sucked! Huge waves (6 - 8 feet) made even a seasoned vet like
me a little anxious....it was a washing machine. Due to the wave action our
Molokini back wall dive was cancelled (we dove the crater itself and I was
just as happy) and our night/dusk dive was cancelled. Sometimes knowing
which shop to show up at is confusing. I hated (loathed) having to fill out
the waiver everyday, when it clearly had a date range line (i.e. Dec 1 -
Dec 7), this is over kill!
Hawaii diving can cause sticker shock, and is a little pricey.

Things to know before you leave home: Bring your own snacks, they tend to
be a little skimpy and the days can be long (a thermos of soup would be
great). Dress in layers, I bring an Uzi dive gear wind breaker and I'm glad
I did. Take a dive light on every dive, there's plenty to see in the lava
formations, if your looking.

Overall: Maui divers did a good job, I could want better topside
communication with the shops and maybe better photo arrangements.
Boat staff exceptional and handled the crazy weather well.
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