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Dive Review of Octopus Reef in
Hawaii/Maui

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Anne Dignam, NY, United States
Report Number 2847
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Panama, Grand Cayman, Nassau, Grand Turk, Saba, St.John, St. Croix,
Bahamas, Roatan, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Everyone was able to dive to their experience level, return
with 500psi  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
[None]Rene Umberger of Octopus Reef provides a unique service to anyone who
wishes to dive in Maui. She took care of booking us on the best dive boats
with a small group(4-5) and she became our private dive guide.  She picked
the places, found and identified the fish, and gave us the benefit of her
vast experience (over 9000 dives) diving in Maui.  Without her eyes we
would have missed much that Maui diving has to offer. We saw sharks, manta
rays, dolphins, small critters, turles galore, and every variety of Pacific
fish (some very rare)found in the Hawaian waters. If you want to shore dive
she will make entry, exit and clean up a breeze.  She much to offer to the
very experienced diver or the beginner. Rene also will provide nitrox tanks
and personal service if you want to get your nitrox c-card.  We found
Octopus Reef in the 2005 Chapbook and and were very glad we chose to dive
with her rather than all of the dive operators that were listed.  She also
recommended a very nice condominium complex (Maui Kamaole) to rent from
which was directly across the street from the Kihei boat ramp.  If you want
to dive in Maui it is definitely better to be in the Kihei, Wailea area,
rather than Lahaina.  Less hastle dealing with the traffic at peak time and
the areas that we could access gave us ample and varied fish to see. If you
are a diver going to Hawaii using Octopus Reef is a must. You will leave
feeling that you have had the best dive vacation of your
life.(www.octopusreef.com) 
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