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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving/None in

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Shawn Nelson, MN, USA
Report Number 2094
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Roatan, Dominica, Grand Turk, Lake Superior, Iron Ore Mines in
Minnesota, Various Minnesota lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Just that you surface when your buddy does - if you have one.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No rinse tank but a fresh water bucket and shower. Also a carpeted area set
aside for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Wow, what a class act.

Since this isn't part of a dive resort, many divers just dive one day to
check out what Maui has to offer. Because of this, this crew went out of
their way immediately to get to know you and what you want to see on your
dives. They definitely want you to have a great and safe time. We are
always looking for things about an operation that we like and dislike and
without a doubt we couldn't find a notable fault with Mike Severns Diving!

Their boat "Pilikai" (embrace the sea) is a 38ft Munson and can
comfortably handle two groups of six although the most we saw during our 3
days of boat dives were groups of 4 or 5. The boat just reentered the water
the day before we arrived as it had been out of commission for about a
month for a new paint job inside and out which looks great. While there is
no rinse tank other than a bucket, they do have a fresh water shower hooked
up on the back of the boat for rinsing off gear. There is no table for
cameras but they have a carpeted area where they are kept safe. They
provide you with a seemingly endless supply of fresh cookies, caramel
rolls, fruit, water, pop and on the 3 tank dive day they provided excellent
sandwiches as well.

Owner Pauline Fiene lead a dive group one of the days and she was awesome!
The camaraderie of her crew is spectacular and they are really there to
make sure you have a great time. They take the time to get to know you and
they really love to dive. Their briefings are incredibly thorough -
complete with pictures of what you should look out for and expect to see.
Andy has been with them the longest (7 years) and is a master at finding
the critters. On one dive he spotted 6 octopi that certainly would have
gone unnoticed. 25% if the sea life is endemic to Hawaii and these guys are
very proud to show them off. It really impressed us when the remaining crew
(those tending to the boat during our guided dives) went diving during our
surface intervals - something we have never seen before. They also go out
of their way to comfort and help divers who are new or rusty.

They let you dive your own profile only requiring you to surface when your
buddy does - if you have one.

We also went shore diving with some equipment rented from Maui Dreams Dive
Company in Kihei where the diving and the dive shop exceeded our already
high expectations.
Andy took us on a night shore dive with another couple to "5 Caves, 5
Graves" and we had an awesome dive.

We were warned not to leave any valuable items in your car in sight but
that didn't stop theives from breaking in and stealing from our trunk while
on a dive.

We were very pleasantly surprised at how good the diving here was since we
hadn't had high expectations. We went on 10 dives to different locations
and enjoyed them all. We would highly recommend diving in Maui with Mike
Severns Diving. Shawn and Jackie Nelson
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