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Dive Review of Maui Dive Shop in
Hawaii/Maui

Maui Dive Shop, Jun, 2007,

by fioan rattray, on, canada (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports). Report 3516.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 79 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions back with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Maui Dive Shop has several locations on the island. I wasn't able to get in with Mike Severns, my first choice, but did get the last spot on the advertised "two-tank Molokini crater" dive for the next day with MDS. I was under the impression that both dives would be on the crater: my bad. The first dive was on the crater, the second was 5 caves. Ask questions next time when booking.

There were maybe 20 divers on the Kama Kai, which departed from Maalaea Harbour, not nearly as close as the Kehei Boat Ramp. I knew this, and the ride out was a long one. There was a 20 minute delay as the boat needed its head pumped out; again, no biggie but if the departure time is stated as 6 am, it does seem like forever to wait near the pumper truck while it does its job.

Divers were sorted into three groups. I'm not sure how this process was achieved, some had 20 dives or less in my group. Each group had a divemaster, and how the system worked was head up when you reach 800PSI. Hoovers went up first, and those with better lungs or SAC rates stayed longer with the divemaster. As I was diving without a buddy, I wondered how this would work, but it went off just fine, and it did accommodate all levels of experience.

Molokini crater was fun, we went down to a sand chute that launched out into nothing at the drop off. Laid in the sand at 88 feet looking at garden eels for a bit. The divemaster found a frogfish to add to my must see list. Also a baby whitetip shark. But why do Hawaiian divemasters insist on writing Aloha on sea cucumbers, then holding them up for all to see?? :-) One by one the other divers went up, till only one other and myself gamely dived on with the divemaster. Lots more to see with less other divers around!

The second dive at 5 caves included a brief detour into a lava bubble cave that had air in it. Saw a zebra stripe moray fighting? mating? with another moray towards the end of the dive. Lots of turtles. Water and cookies provided on boat.
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