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Dive Review of Maui Dreams Dive Co./N/A in

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Laszlo Ilyes, OH, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Little Cayman, Cozumel, Bonaire, Curaçao, Guanaja, Puerto Vallarta,
Lake Erie
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We went shore diving on our own. Therefore, no restrictions were enforced
on us.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Several public beaches easily accessible to shore diving, have public
freshwater showers so that you can rinse your camera gear. The hotels
themselves are poorly equipped for UWPs. Beware of local spearfisherman in
shallower depths (common on the weekends at public beach entries); they'll
follow you around at the surface and then move in and kill the bigger stuff
after they see your flash go off. If you want turtles, you've come to the
right place. On every dive we saw 1 - 6 Green Sea Turtles. And the coloful
butterfly fish are great too!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
We love shore diving on our own, and have done so on many occasions in
Bonaire, Curaçao, Puerto Vallarta, and Maui. 

We have found that if you are staying on the SW coast of Maui and you like
shore diving, there are several places that you can access by car.
"Maui Dreams Dive Co." in the coastal town of Kihei offers tanks
for as low as $3 each depending on the number of dives you do. They also
have very economical equipment rentals. (Quite refreshing in the otherwise
expensive Maui tourist scene). They drew us maps of the sites we planned to
visit and were helpful, friendly, professional, and priced very

In general, plan to dive early in morning. The day almost always starts out
calm, but the surge picks up as the wind increases throughout the day.
Visibility can also decline significantly after the wind gets moving.

As for dive sites here are our picks:

1. Ulua Beach (in Wailea): Public Parking, freshwater showers, easy sandy
shore entry, and generally calm conditions make this a great choice for a
dive. Snorkelling is popular in the 5-20' depth range. A deeper reef at
about 30' is home to many fine butterfly fish, wrasse, puffers, and morays.
The outermost reef at 40' is home to large sea trutles, triggerfish,
butterfly fish, and an occasional eagle ray. Visibility deteriorates after
noon so try to get there before 8AM. The parking lot can also fill up if
you wait too long.

2. La Perouse Bay (South Makena): Be ready to haul your stuff! There is a
100 yard walk from the public parking, over a worn path of lava stones and
sand, to a pebbly beach entry. The hike generally keeps most of the folks
away, so you'll often find yourself virtually alone here. The bay is fairly
well protected from surf (especially on the northwestern side). The bay is
inside a marine reserve, with stiff penalties for fishing with hook or
spear. The fish seem to know it and are the most approachable here if you
like UWP. The healthy reef levels out to a 45' sandy bottom about 150 yd.
offshore. Depending on your luck, this is where wild dolphins are
occasionally sighted. Sorry, no showers when you get out. Bring some extra
tap water in bottles if you need to rinse your camera gear.

3. Turtle Town / The 5 graves (Just N. of Makena Landing): There is a rocky
entry about 60ft. from the road as you pass five graves (so the name).
Surge can sometimes be difficult depending on the direction of the waves
and conditions so be aware. Swim out on the surface and out along the rocky
point (to your left). Descend when you are in about 25' of water. There are
numerous caves in the coral, often containing turtles and large fish. We
are told that white tip reef sharks sleep in the caves as well but we
didn't see any. There are many tame lemon butterly and racoon butterfly
fish used to divers because of the many snorkeling boat excursions
sponsored by island tour operators. Unfortunatley, I think the fish get
fed, based on their behavior. There are occasional mullet, large schools of
Mu Fish (porgies), pufferfish, colorful wrasse, triggerfish, and of course
many large sea turtles to make this dive site memorable.

If you want to dive from boats, ask the good folks at Maui Dreams and
they'll be happy to recommend a some operators that leave from the Kihei
boat ramp daily. We didn't do any boat diving so we can't report on it.
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