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Dive Review of Trilogy Divers/Manili Bay in
Hawaii/Lanai

Trilogy Divers/Manili Bay, Sep, 2002,

by Richard Troop, CA, usa . Report 237.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau;Fiji;Banda;Wakatobi;Cocos;Hawaii;Malibu;Barrier Reef;Little Cayman;Phuket;Portofino;
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
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
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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.

dick
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