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

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 6608
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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
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Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
25   to 25    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 60    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
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):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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