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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving/Renaissance Wailea in

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Susan Fuhs, CA, USA
Report Number 1891
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Baja, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Fiji, Caribbean, Mayan
Riviera, Egypt
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
safe limits of air and computer - Mike Severns Diving is great at letting
you stay down as long as your air lasts (dive profile permitting)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
I got a chance to dive once more with Mike Severns Diving, which is always
a pleasure.  I was on their Friday three-dive day, out of Kihei, on the
island of Maui, which turned into a trip to Lanai instead because the water
and winds were calm and folks on the boat wanted to go.  The crossing
(including the trip home!) was much calmer than I have experienced in the
past - almost a pleasure...

Diving off Lanai is wonderful, because there are not many (any?) local dive
boats, and few boats make the crossing from Maui, which is often also
limited by weather.  As a result, sea life and corals are in great shape. 
On our trip we saw a wonderful mix of intervertebrates and fish, ranging
from tiny wire coral gobies and shrimp living commensually in sea urchins
to an uncommon sailfin tang to a triton shell hidden away in a crevice
growing an new section of its shell.  Other highlights were some longfin
anthias and some large lobster.  We also got to see pods and pods (schools
and schools?) of spinner dolphin, which was a treat.

Mike Severns Diving has a bunch of folks who are trained biologists or
naturalists as crew and they give the best dive briefings (and post-dive
discussions) I have found anywhere - no exceptions.  

Although Undercurrent is really for diving, I also want to put in a
description of a really nice snorkel trip that can be done out of Maui.  We
have a 10-year old son, and for the last few years our diving has been
somewhat limited to what we can do with him along snorkeling (i.e. not
much), and an occasional day like my Lanai trip when one of us goes diving
on our own.  Other Undercurrent readers may have the same restrictions, and
might be interested in this.  We asked Mike Severns Diving to recommend a
"NOT-party-boat" snorkel trip to Molokini and they came up with
Seafire Charters.  This was a GREAT snorkel trip - they didn't babysit you
unless you needed it, and we all three got a chance to snorkel out over the
crater rim at Molokini, as well as snorkel a couple of places off the shore
of Maui to see turtles.  All in all, it was almost as good as diving, and I
would snorkel again with Seafire in an instant, at least until our son gets
old enough (and mature enough) to dive...
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