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Dive Review of Maui Dive Shop/Hyatt Regency Maui in

January, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Schmieder, TX, United States
Report Number 3200
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Yucatan, Belize, Virgin Islands, Little Cayman,California (Channel
Islands and Monterey), Australia and New Zealand.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The pre-dive briefs specified depths and duration, but as long as you had
more than 800 lbs air, you were allowed to continue diving.  At 800 lbs.
you were expected to do your safety stop at 15 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
A willingness to hand your camera to you after the giant stride entry and a
rinse bucket for after dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Never having been to Hawaii before, my wife and I were fortunate to have
won a trip and lodging at the Hyatt Regency Maui in Kaanapoli.  Since this
was new territory for me, I read all the reviews available, both in the
Chapbook and websites online, and had decided to book two or three 2-tank
dives with either Ed Robinson or Dive Maui after our arrival and a
first-hand lay of the land. 

On our first full day we were strolling along Whalers Village to buy gifts
for our home folks when, turning a corner, I came face to face with the
northern branch of Maui Dive Shop.  It felt as if providence had led me to
their portal and so I entered, somewhat entranced, to inquire what dive
trips were offered or available.  With an embarrassing lack of
self-restraint, my credit card was quickly out and I had signed up for a
next day 2-tank trip to the Cathedrals on Lanai and, the day after that,
another 2-tanker to Molokini Island, a semi-submerged volcanic crater.

Because late morning and afternoon trade winds tend to increase choppiness,
the dive groups for these trips assemble dockside at Wailea Harbor by 6:30
am, which is just before dawn local time.  Coming from the U.S. central
time zone proved to be advantageous and with our 4-hour difference in
relative times the early start was enjoyable.  As night turned into day we
were well on our way toward the Cathedrals on Lanai, which is 25 miles or
about a 2 ½ hour boat ride away.   Maui Dive Shops boat is equipped
for up to 24 divers but, amazingly, there were only 6 divers and 4
crewmembers on board.  When I asked about the lack of passengers, the crew
advised me that I was just past the peak tourist season when theyre
typically packed to capacity and, otherwise, theyll run even if there is
only one diver booked.  Apparently, this is their time to enjoy the wonder
of diving, as well.  With just 6 divers we were allowed the leeway to dive
and explore according to the pre-determined depth limits and our available
air as long as we had more than their minimum 800 lbs. PSI air in the tank
before ascending to a safety stop at 15 feet.

The crew was exceedingly friendly, helpful and performed all the
first/second stage, tank and BCD connections.  Additionally, the dives were
guided with enthusiasm and an inclination to show a Hawaiian newcomer
everything.  From what I observed of Hawaiian diving it does not have
Caribbean-esque coral formationsthey tend to be shorter and more tightly
grouped, almost Cauliflower-like in texture, but diving here does have
plenty of volcanic formations and an abundance of fish.  And so, on the
next day I fell in love with Molokini, which is a shorter boat ride of
about 10 miles and where I could actually hear distant whale song while
underwater and in the midst of a host of colorful fish.  

I did not dive on the third day so that I would be able to safely drive to
the top of Haleakala, Mauis dormant volcano, on day four.  At 10,023 feet
in elevation it was necessary to follow post-dive altitude protocol, but
well worth the view.  And on day five I was signed up for another boat ride
to Molokini with Maui Dive Shop.  And yes, Id do it all over again.  Well
definitely go back to Hawaii and, hopefully, explore more of the islands.
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