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Dive Review of B&B Scuba - Kihei/Westin Maui in

B&B Scuba - Kihei/Westin Maui, Dec, 2004,

by Martin Raffauf, CA, USA . Report 1481.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Diving on Maui is very dependent on conditions. Must dive early in the day as the winds pick up past noon, and conditions get rough, so most all diving is done 6am - 11am. B&B Scuba a good operation. First boat to leave every day for Molokini. Molokini superb - viz 150 feet +, saw Mantas, sharks, turtles and lots of fish. Actually watched a grey reef shark chase and try and bite the tail off of a Mid size Manta Ray - Manta got away. B& B operation very good, nice , smooth, all gear is handled for you once on boat. Good experienced guides who know the sites and fish life there. Second dive is usually along south Maui coast, we did Puulani - excellent, more mantas, many large turtles, a few more sharks, and lots of critters. Viz on this close in dive about 80 feet on our day. B& B has a dive shop in Kihei, also very good for tank rentals and recommendations for shore dives. Maui Shore diving quite good if you follow the 6-11 am rule. viz, depending on conditions usually 60 feet or so. Dove Makena Landing and Old Airport Kaanapali. South side sites seem to have better and easier conditions than West Maui sites. There is some good snorkeling on north side - Black Rock and off the Hyatt Beach is a turtle cleaning station - saw some 25 turtles there on one snorkel.
Stayed at the Westin - typical large hotel, rooms small in need of some refurbishing. They were painting the exterior while we were there. Food at hotels over priced and nothing special. Plenty of better restaurants around that are cheaper. Pacificos in Lahina is a good bet. In general the south side of the Island (Kihei/ Wailea) is less crowded and has better dive sites. Lanai diving is also good, but longer boat trip over. Maui boat diving is expensive, B&B is about the cheapest at $109 per person per trip, although that includes all gear and wetsuits if needed. Most of the other operators are more. I talked to one couple who paid $165 each for a trip to Lanai. Shore diving however is cheap - we figured our expense at B&B for shore rental came out to $9.50 per dive, and that included the dive flag float (required by Hawaii law or $50 fine).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Palau, Solomons, Australia, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 77-80°F / 25-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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