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Dive Review of Maui Dive Shop in

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by fioan rattray, on, canada
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Report Number 3516
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
back with 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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

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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