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Dive Review of Ed Robinson/Private condo in

Ed Robinson/Private condo: "Good operation for more advanced dives", Mar, 2018,

by Francis Loncar, WI, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10762 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments EDRA is one of those operations where customers come back year after year. They operate out of the Kihei boat ramp, similar to many other dive outfits. There is ample parking at the boat ramp and it is about a 10 minute drive from the south half of the tourist area. Divers meet at the boat while it is on the trailer, where your gear is setup and your personal belongings are stowed. The baot is launched and the divers board at the dock. Well organised for both launching and coming back in. It is recommended you put your wetsuit on at the landing due to rough conditions on the water. Diving is limited to mornings due to sea conditions. Generally they have 6 to 10 divers, with a max of 6 divers per DM. While they cater to divers of all experience levels, they have 4 days geared to advanced dives. The typical dive trip consists of 1 or 2 drift dives on the back side of Molokini, which has a 300 foot deep wall. Sharks and Mantas are usually sighted, with many interesting critters along the wall. The whale singing adds to the adventure of the dive. Drop off is routine, but pickups can be challenging. Depending on wave conditions the second dive of the morning will be along the coast in 20 to 50 feet. On Tuesdays they have a 3 tank dive that Ed Robinson personally attends.

The crew are all experienced and treat divers with respect. The captain looks gruff, but has an incredible memory. Each day at the start of the briefing, he would introduce the divers by name, never once missing a person. This is a concierge operation, your gear is setup before launching and is cleaned with fresh water after the trip. For multiday diving, they store your gear for you so all you need to do is show up with your dry bag. Snacks are provided, muffins, fresh fruit and a big container of goldfish.

I tried other dive ops, but ended up going on 10 trips with ERDA due to their emphasis on advanced dives.
Websites Ed Robinson   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Kauai, Cozumel, Fla Keys, Wisconsin
Closest Airport OGG Getting There Direct from US airports or through HNL

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Had to stay within sight of the divemaster due to currents, but not on a leash
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Typical of a day boat that they have a fresh water tub for the cameras, and the crew will help with the cameras when entering and exiting the water. Ed himself is an accomplished photographer, and is a great resource for tips and techniques. With good water clarity, taking pictures is easy.
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