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Dive Review of dive makai in

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by don buswell-charkow, FL, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4261
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Extensive diving in the Carribbean, Fiji, Tahiti, and the "Forbidden
Island" of Ni'ihau in the Hawaiian Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
74   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive Makai asked that people be careful and not dive beyond the sport diver
depths and those depths that were appropriate to the dive site.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
They do have a rinse bucket but no table for photographers, basically 
because the boat is too small to accomodate the divers and any kind of
separate facility for photographers
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Dive Makai gives the best dive briefings we've ever encountered.  They tell
you everything about the dive site, the fish, and the critters that you are
likely to encounter.  They do this with enthusiasm and knowledge.  They use
multiple reference sources so you will see pictures of what you are likely
to encounter.  Though the briefings are longer than those of the usual dive
operation, they are never boring and I was never anxiously waiting for them
to end.  Underwater, the dive masters are less consistent in assisting
divers in finding interesting things.  Some of them really go out of their
way to "lead" the group and use their experience to find those
things you wouldn't necessarily find on your own.  Other dive masters,
though always nearby, don't seem to be particularly interested in or
successful in finding good stuff.  Please take this as a minor criticism of
an otherwise excellent operation.
     The nighttime Manta Ray trip is not to be missed.  It is certainly an
encounter with sensory overload as up to thirty or forty divers and
snorkelers from multiple boats shine their lights up from the bottom and
down from the top to attract the plankton that attracts the Mantas.  Then
there are up to twenty or more big Mantas swooshing through this melee.  Do
yourself a favor and definitely overweight yourself.  Otherwise you may
have trouble staying firmly on the bottom as multiplr twelve foot Mantas
sail by setting up cross currents.  Being neutrally buoyant is great when
you're diving but not when you want to be able to stay stationary with
sharp urchins all around and a maelstrom of activity circling you.
I would definitely encourage you to participate in the three tank dive
Adventure Day.  They go far afield looking for pelagics and visiting the
more distant dive sites they may not be able to get to withing the
limitations of two tank dives.
This is an excellent dive operation and should be supported.
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