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Dive Review of Prodiver Maui/Mana-Kai Maui in

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Tim Nugent, CA, USA
Report Number 2091
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Multiple locations for last 30 years.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
125   to 175    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Very relaxed for experienced divers, also took good care of beginners.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat crew was adept at camera handling.  Boat could use a rinse bucket,
instead of just a fresh water hose.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Prodiver Maui is an excellent 6-pack operation.  Their 34' boat leaves from
Kihei boat ramp shortly after 5:45 am 6 days/week with only 6 divers max.

First dive is always to Molokini, approximately a 15 minute ride.  We were
in the water by 6:30 each morning, and back to the docks by about 10 ~

Molokini has consistently excellent visibility, 150' or more.  The
advantage of leaving so early is to be the first boat on the island each
day.  By mid-morning, the tiny crater has 10+ boats moored there.

I was impressed by the density of the hard corals.  This is a very healthy
reef environment.  Fish populations were typical for Hawaii.

The second dive of each day became a slight let down, as it was always just
offshore of Wailea, with mediocre visibility (50'~75') and reef conditions.
 However, the second dive was geared more towards seeking a specific
target;  turtles, frog fish, etc. and was mostly successful at that. 
Surface intervals were a little short, with the tightest being just 35
minutes.  As an old timer who still has most of the tables memorized, I
find this practice uncomfortable, no matter what my computer says...  Each
dive was in excess of an hour.  The DM would send each person or team up as
their air dwindled, and had no problem staying down until we were ready to
come up.

Gary & Larry, the two owners are very nice and easy going guys.  While
every other operator I contacted insisted on having us stay with the group,
these guys were more comfortable allowing my wife & I to wander off on
our own.
The boat driver was very attentive and was always ready for a quick
pick-up. I would not hesitate to dive with them again.  Utilizing an aerial
photo, showing all reefs, sand patches and cuts, I had the best and most
useful dive briefing I have ever had.  Once underwater, I felt as if I
already knew my way around from the photos.

Prodiver Maui was recommended as the premier dive operation on Maui by the
incredible book Maui Revealed.  This travel book also found us our condo;
Mana Kai-Maui, which is located less than a one minute drive from the boat

Mana Kai-Maui is on the beach at the Kihei / Wailea townline.  Excellent
place to stay, however I learned the value of making reservations directly
through the onsite management company.  We inadvertently booked through an
off-site property mgmt company, and incurred a few hassles: had to drive 3
miles to a local mall to check in & out, could not use front desk
support for beach towels, had no daily maid service, etc.  Next time, we
will book through the correct company.

Overall a great trip to Maui.  This was our first time traveling with 2
little kids, and with some advance planning, it came off nicely.
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