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Dive Review of Maui Diving Scuba Center/Valley Isle Resort Condos in
Hawaii/Maui

Maui Diving Scuba Center/Valley Isle Resort Condos, Jul, 2010,

by Nancy L Collins, NM, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5672.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire; Maui, Hawaii; Salt Cay, Turks & Caicos; Guanaja, Honduras; Bimini, Bahamas; Exuma, Bahamas; San Salvador, Bahamas; Andros, Bahamas; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas surge, no currents
Water Temp 78 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow dive guide due to nature of dives (underwater scooter and night dive).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No setup to speak of, dives were made from shore.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Maui Scuba Diving personnel were very accommodating, from dealing with the owner, Bia, down to her shop staff and the dive guides. We did three dives with Maui Scuba Diving two day dives and one night dive. The first dive was at Mala Pier in Lahaina. This is a pier that was collapsed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. While the formations from the pier were interesting, fish life was sorely lacking. Coral growth didnt look real good, either. We did see one small turtle on this dive. One thing that my buddy and I didnt approve of was the dive instructor handling the marine life. He pulled an octopus from its den and handed it to all the other divers in the group. We declined the experience. He also then found a frogfish which he disturbed from its resting place and made it move so the divers could see it. I would much prefer to find the marine life in their habitats, rather than agitate them by handling them unnecessarily.

Our second day dive was using underwater scooters to ride out to a manta ray feeding station off the coast south of Lahaina. The dive guide was very helpful with me as the scooters are quite heavy and I was unable to handle it and the rocky entry at the shore. We used the scooters at the surface for quite a distance, then submerged to about 50 feet. No mantas in sight, unfortunately. Visibility at depth was great, but closer in to shore it was very murky and difficult to keep the group in sight. Fish life on this dive was sparse as well.

Our night dive was at Black Rock, Kaanapali. I have visited this site before, in 1993, both on a day dive and a night dive. This is an excellent night diving venue. We saw a conger eel freely swimming, a Spanish Dancer nudibranch, a decorator crab out walking on the sandy bottom, and at least 15 HUGE turtles that were at least 5 long and 4 across their shells at the widest point. This was by far the highlight dive of the three we did. I had problems with my dive computer before the night dive, so the dive guide supplied me with a regulator at no extra charge.

I would dive with Maui Scuba Diving again they are a great outfit, with customer service being a priority for them.
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