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Dive Review of Octopus Reef/Kapalua in

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Neil and Leslie Campbell, AZ, USA
Report Number 733
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
St. Kitts, Nevis, Big Island Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Octopus Reef was, simply put, fantastic. We could not have asked for
anything else of Rene. Rene started by asking each of the 3 of us about our
diving experience and about any unique issues or concerns we may have had.
We had our 15yr. old with us who was new to diving. Rene stayed in tune
with each of us throughout the dives to ensure that everything was going
fine. Prior to each of our 6 dives with her, she did an extensive briefing,
even going so far as to show us pictures of fish we were likely to see.
Then, throughout the dives, she wrote on her slate the names of the various
fish we were viewing. Upon completion of the dive, she would get out her
books and review unique fish that we saw that she had not anticipated. She
even gave our 15 yr. old a copy of John Randall's Shorefish of Hawaii. It
never left his side during our entire trip. Rene's genuine enthusiasm and
extensive knowledge made all 6 dives extremely fun and educational. Rene
did not turn the dives into reef races but rather, her relaxed pace ensured
that we looked in nooks and crannys and found things that many others would
have simply passed by without seeing. Among the sea life that she showed us
were over a dozen sharks, a pair of rare Harlequin shrimp, an Orbicular
velvet fish ( aka, butt fish, very rare), several cleaner stations, Octopus
and many nudibranchs.
Rene was very knowledgeable about her choices of dive sites and conditions
and ensured that we saw a wide variety of fish and coral. 
We cannot say enough nice things about Rene. She made the entire experience
very comfortable, relaxed and everything was very much customized to our
wishes, desires and needs. We would heartily recommend Rene to anyone
diving on Maui. 
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