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Dive Review of Mauna Lani Sea Adventures in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Drumstas, MA, USA
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Report Number 4876
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Mexico, New England
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay in general vacinity of guide and back to boat with 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Small craft with no setup for U/W photographers
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
 I changed Dive operators mid vacation and what a great choice. Mauna Lani
Sea Adventures are located in the resort of the same name and are friendly
dedicated divers who cannot do enough to make sure that your dive
experience is the best.I had called on short notice for a dive for two of
us and were told  by Steve (operations manager)to be there the next
morning. First dive was to the 15th hole where we encountered 3 Mantas
lounging around for close to our total dive ,which by the way was in excess
of one hour as were each subsequent dives. We also encountered an octopus
and turtles. The briefings were concise and the post dive debriefing was a
nice touch to explain what you just saw. Gary and Frankie provide all the
details of what should be at a site and what was there. We observed
nudibranchs, a lizard fish with a yellow frog fish in its mouth, white tip
sharks, big puffer fish, file fish, eels and  a general healthy reef
system. We dove with Gary, Steve and Frankie over the next week and had a
fantastic time. I cannot say enough about the general sense of them wanting
us to be satisfied divers. We stayed at Kolea in the Waikoloa Beach Resort
and thought the accommodations were stunning. (check VRBO for rentals). So
we had 6 days of great diving with Mauna Lani and returned to the Mantas
more than once for those extra photos. These guys are a small operation and
return to the dock between dives and serve up fresh towels, animal cookies,
tea and coffee along with water. Kudos to Steve ,Gary and Frankie.
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