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Dive Review of Octopus Reef in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Stephenson & Avis Durgan, WA, USA
Report Number 747
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii (Maui, Kaua'i), French Polynesia (Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Octopus Reef is better termed a dive training and guide service than a
dive operation  it is as personalized a dive experience as it is
possible to have.  After doing Nitrox certification with Lynn (they train
at all levels), we dove with her for two days and with Rene for one  the
two of us with one of them on custom shore-dive tours, for a price thats
equivalent to what youd pay for a seat on a cattle boat.  Both Lynn and
Rene are extremely knowledgeable about the marine life, enthusiastic about
diving and the wonders of the ocean, and dedicated to making sure that you
see and enjoy as much as possible.  The dives are geared completely to your
desires and skill level, with extensive pre-dive briefings, lots of
underwater communication to fill you in on what youre seeing, and even
post-dive debriefings, all with no rushing.  Since youre not going as part
of a larger group, you always dive your own profile.  [One note: Snacks are
just that  snacks.  If you need more than a granola bar and juice between
dives, bring it yourself.  We pick dive operations for diving, not the
food]  The magical dives we had with them featured a pair of spotted eagle
rays feeding together, turtles being cleaned of algae at cleaning stations,
and more frogfish than one has a right to expect.  We will definitely
return to Maui to dive with them again, not just for the tours and the dive
knowledge to be gained from them, but because after only three days of
diving they seemed like old friends.  Our subscription to Undercurrent was
worth it if the only thing that ever came of it was finding Octopus Reef. 
Anyone going to Maui owes it to themselves to contact them: [ link].

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