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Dive Review of Pro Divers/Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea in
Hawaii/Maui, Wailea

Pro Divers/Fairmont Kea Lani, Wailea, Jul, 2012,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports). Report 6608.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea; Galapagos; Malapascua; Sipadan; Maldives; Florida, Spain; Bermuda; Bahamas; Grand Cayman; Cozumel; USVI; Curacao; St Lucia; Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas
Water Temp 25 to 25 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 60 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives led by guide. Generally guide was a bit flexible but all dives had to be close to his/her depth limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat was quite small. There was no real facility for UWP although there is a small freshwater rinse tank for cameras

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I chose Prodivers principally because they have a concession at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea, where we were staying for our Maui vacation. I also checked them out on the internet. The Fairmont operation offers shore diving from the beach at the resort. This is fine. We had an initial check dive and saw 5 large turtles, which was great. We also did a scooter dive with the resort operation which was not cheap but was great fun!

Most of our diving was with the Prodiver boat. In common with all operations in the area it leaves from the Kihei Boat ramp. Prodivers leave earlier than some - at 6am. This makes for an early start but means you get ahead of the crowd. All morning dives are two tank, with the first (each time we went out) at Molokini Crater, Maui's signature dive location. The boat takes a maximum of 6 divers, which makes it less crowded and an bit more personal. They clearly get repeat business - always a good sign but it does pay to book a bit in advance to secure a slot on the day(s) you want to dive. We went out 4 times and each time the divers on the boat were of a good experience level. Prodivers is a "full service" operation and the crew take care of everything - they put all your equipment on initially and change you over for the second dive. They offer Nitrox but there was no opportunity to analyse the mix because their analyser was broken! They generally provide 80s. I asked for 100s and they did provide one. There are only two and are owned personally by the owner of the business. One morning my tank was low on air. They offered me a full 80 instead and the problem never re-occured.

We had 5 dives out of 8 at Molokini crater; 3 of them on the back wall (which isn't always accessible). On those dives we saw grey and whitetip reef sharks. We also saw a manta ray on 2 of the dives. The second dive tends to be an in shore dive. Those sites were good too - we saw loads of turtles and eagle rays - as well as frogfish; octopus, morays and crabs. The guides (Matt mostly and Liz on one trip) were really good and very helpful. Fruit and cookies are offered after dives.
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