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Dive Review of Mike Severns/Marriott Renaissance Wailea Beach in
Hawaii/Maui

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Ron Wade, IL, USA
Report Number 3246
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Curacao, Florida Keys, Cabo San Lucas
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
72   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Head toward mooring line at 1000psi, head up toward safety stop at 700psi. 
Follow time limits if using their computers.  They let you dive the limits
on your own computer if you supplied your own.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Seperate rinse tank and camera storage area that was clearly marked off. 
Divemasters went out of their way to point out unique small criters and
also did their best to let photographers get the pics first before others
took a look and stirred up the sand.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was our first trip to Maui and we picked Mike Severns based on other
positive reviews on Undercurrent.org.  They were a great dive operation. 
Very thorough briefings by divemasters who had a minimum of 6 years
experience diving Maui.  Provided warm cinnamon rolls, cookies, trail mix,
goldfish, pretzels, bagels, coffee, hot chocolate, water, soda and juice. 
Quite a spread.  Very focused on safety - well equipped boat with EPIRB,
oxygen and first aid kit.  Took max of 12 divers, split into two groups of
6, each with their own divemaster.  Kept buddies together, but didn't force
singles to buddy up.  Saw lots of great indiginous sea-life, 15+ sea
turtles on one dive, could also hear the humpback whales singing during the
dives.  No preset dive site schedule - crew polled the divers and took
requests.  Molokini crater was a very interesting site - we got there early
and beat the other dive and snorkel boats.  Boat leaves from Kihei boat
launch at 6:30am - convenient to Wailea and Kihei resorts.  Top notch dive
operation - would go out of our way to dive with them in the future.
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