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Dive Review of Mike Severns/Private House Rental in

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Rich Orman, CO, USA
Report Number 1541
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
British Virgin Islands, Belize, South Carolina, Azores, New Mexico,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
75   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits, told to stay with dive master, surface at 750 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Used Mike Severns for three two tank dives in Jan 2005.  They are a first
class Maui dive operation, with excellent customer service, a good boat,
and very good dives.  There were no negatives about the trips.  The boat
holds 12 divers, which were divided up into equal groups with one dive
master each.  One of the dives each day was inside Molikini
"crater," with the other dives either being on the back side of
Molokini, or at sites within a mile of the Maui coastline.  I saw sea
turtles and white tipped reef sharks on almost every dive, along with great
spongues and some coral.  There are a great many fish on the dive sites. 
We saw a great many humpback whales on the surface, and heard them in the
water (which was a unique scuba experience for me).  A group with another
dive master saw False killer whales, which is apparently pretty rare for
Maui divers.  Check in for the boat is 6:15 a.m. at the Kihei boat ramp, to
take advantage of the calm conditions early in the morning.  You can plan
on getting back anywhere from 11:30 to 12:30.  The divemasters were very
accomadating, asking every diver what they wanted to see, and where they
wanted to go, before making a decision.  They were great at finding hard to
see sealife, and helping you with the equipment.  They also had great food
onboard, including huge cookies, muffins, crackers, fruit, bottled water,
soft drinks, coffee, and hot chocolate.  You don't need to wake up extra
early to get coffee and breakfast, as they provide it for you.  All in all,
a first rate operation that I would highly recommend.
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