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

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Nancy L Collins, NM, US
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Report Number 5672
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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

sunny, dry  
surge, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow dive guide due to nature of dives (underwater scooter and night
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No setup to speak of, dives were made from shore.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
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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