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Dive Review of Trilogy Divers/Manili Bay in

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Troop, CA, usa
Report Number 237
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Palau;Fiji;Banda;Wakatobi;Cocos;Hawaii;Malibu;Barrier Reef;Little
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divers were expected to follow dive guide; all had to descend and ascend at
roughly same time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
I didn't see any setups on the boat for photos. But no one had a camera, so
maybe I missed it. No real problem, since the dives were pretty unmemorable
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
1 stars    
Well, we didn't go to Hawaii to dive. We have generally been unimpressed
with the quality of the coral and quantity of fish in Hawaii (altho we do
like the dive op on the big Island -- dive Makai).

We went for a few days to HI to play some golf and get away from the
hassles of LA, mostly at Manili Bay on Lanai. Lanai is great, feels very
remote (not as remote as Loma Loma, but nice and  quiet). The food and
service are *****. 

Once there, we noticed a brochure for Trilogy (which boasted that Lanai was
rated as one of the top 10 dive sites of the world), and decided to take
their two-tank afternoon dive (this misses  all of the boats from Maui, who
come in the morning when the area is reportedly a zoo). We had left all of
our gear at home, so it was  all rental (Scubapro, relatively older but in
good shape, I guess). No computers available, and no dive tables, so we
just followed the leader. 

Since we never went deeper than 60 feet, and came up with about 1,000##
each time, getting bent was never an issue.

Dive one -- we were supposed to dive Cathedral 2, but the  surge was  too
great when we got there, so we did some other  dive. There were 5 divers in
the group (all mid-experienced), two dive  guides. No fish. No coral. Some
sand. Bo-ring.

Between dives, there were towels (which  we brought from our rooms) and
water. Nice people.

Dive two -- Cathedral 1. A nice lava formation, tubes and caves  with lots
of openings and light. Some surge (one hole is a suck-through which is
fun). Saw an alligator fish. Some butterfly fish. A very unhappy octopus
(our dive guide struggled to pull him  out of his hiding place). One  of
our divers dissapeared, so our dive guide went looking for him,  and  we
were urged to an early  ascent.

The cost was  about $150 pp for the two tank dive.

So, if you're tired of golfing (the golf was really good, although I did
lose a lot of balls on Manili), and the scenery at the pool is not up to 
par, diving is in the end always fun, even in places like HI and  FLA.

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