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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving/None in
Hawaii/Maui

Mike Severns Diving/None, Nov, 2004,

by Shawn Nelson, MN, USA . Report 2094.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Just that you surface when your buddy does - if you have one.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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