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Dive Review of Mauna Lani Sea Adventures in
Hawaii

Mauna Lani Sea Adventures, May, 2009,

by Michael Drumstas, MA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4876.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Mexico, New England
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions stay in general vacinity of guide and back to boat with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Small craft with no setup for U/W photographers

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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