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Dive Review of Prodiver Maui/Mana Kai in

February, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Lima, TN, US
Sr. Contributor   (27 reports)
Report Number 4652
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
[Florida, Caymans, Cozumel, Big Island, Belize, Roatan, Dominica, Aruba,
Bonaire, Grenada
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, no currents  
Water Temp
68   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within sight of divemaster, safety stop at 800psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No special place for cameras but fresh water rinse available
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Saw Prodiver Maui recommended in Maui Revealed guidebook which we have
found to be accurate in other areas. Great operation based on the boat, no
shore facilities. Boat rated for 16 but carries only 6 divers and they try
and match skill levels and interests when you book. Went out twice and
found them excellent. Typical 6am Maui start, in the dark and cold but
necessary due to trade winds picking up by 10 or 11am. Fleece or
sweatshirts really help. Hot and cold beverages, pastries, chips and
granola bars are available as well as fruit on skewers, handy on a rocking
boat. Marine head, freshwater shower and plenty of dry space below were a
definite plus. Detailed safety and site briefings were provided and while
they try and accomodate requests the second day the weather dictated the
dive sites due to strong North winds and heavy seas. Captain Bryan and Matt
took care of all the setting up of gear and were cheerful and relaxed. They
love to dive and it shows. Never a hint of time pressure either above the
water or below. When you hit 800 psi you went up for your safety stop but
everyone else could keep going. Matt kept an eye out on the divers but did
not require them to be close and everyone had a computer that they dove.
The second day we encountered spinner dolphin during the surface interval
and we were allowed to snorkel with them as long as we wanted. Captain
Bryan even offered to tow us closer with the boat. Matt offered to take the
camera and free dive with them and I got some great shots. We ended up
coming back over an hour late but it seemed to be no problem. If you plan
on diving with them the next day you can leave your BC and reg with them
and it is set up the next morning ready to go. A nice touch was no mention
of tipping at all.
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