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Dive Review of Prodiver/Octopus Reef in
Hawaii/Maui

Prodiver/Octopus Reef, Mar, 2009,

by Helen Malnar, FL, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5053.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Indonesia, Palau, Cocos, Galapagos, Socorros, Caribbean, Florida, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 70 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 80 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Rene, of Octopus Reef, booked Prodiver when we got a break in a week of rain and clouds and the wind allowed a rare late morning dive charter. We headed off to Molokini hoping to get two backside dives in. The weather held and we dove the back side of Molokini twice with great visibility and slow currents. Diving the backside of Molokini offers very dramatic views of canyons and sheer walls. We saw some sharks below us and a manta came to check us out for a while. The whales were serenading us for the entire two dives, but we failed to see any while diving that day.

Totally different story on the trip back to the dock. We slowed the boat when we noticed a humpback calf jumping over and over. We kept our distance but kept watch because that little guy was having so much fun. Then baby whale spotted us and headed right toward our boat. Mama whale followed quickly to head him off but they were on a direct path to us. Our captain turned off the boat motor and we just coasted there wondering where the whales would surface. As we watched them swim right under our boat we realized that it was mom, baby and two males following them. They surfaced close by and swam away and again the little one started jumping. We turned the motor on and continued our journey toward Kihei boat ramp when we noticed the whale calf heading toward us again! What a thrill! Under the boat again they swam. It took over an hour to get back to the dock that day, but what a whale watch we had! Many thanks to the great, unhurried crew on Prodiver, Gary and Matt, and to Rene Umberger, of Octopus Reef.
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