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Dive Review of Ed Robinson/Kihei Shores in
Hawaii/Maui

Ed Robinson/Kihei Shores, Feb, 2012,

by Roger D Roth, OH, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 6508 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Red Sea, Caribbean, Cayman, Belize, Honduras, and much more.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 73 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computers and safe diving practices
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Since Ed Robinson is an UWP, there's a good fresh water rinse bucket on his boats whenever necessary for UWP's.

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 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Since I visited in February again because of whale migration season, I knew the weather would be variable, which it was. Some days were chilly and windy, causing the seas to be rough. This may limit possible dive sites to visit since rough seas will stir up the bottom, severely decreasing visibility. Ed Robinson's crew will always ask everyone on board where they want to dive, however, they may also use their experience and knowledge to suggest the fact that certain divesites might not be good due to the conditions. When this is the case, many times it's decided to visit Molokini crater where a leeward side can be chosen to dive. Some newer divers may think constantly going to Molokini Crater is boring, however they usually don't realize that there are numerous sites and ways to dive Molokini, all of which can be exciting.

Newer divers also may not realize that visiting the same site many times will allow a familiarity to sink in, and divers can then begin to concentrate on smaller subjects to find as well as re-visiting the subjects they know will be close to the same place each time they are visited.

This last trip with Ed was as delightful as any other I've done, and on Wednesdays, Ed can usually be counted on to join the experienced group for his "Adventure X" trip, where the group has less rules and more flexibility in their dive profiles, following the "bubble rule," which is do your own thing but make sure you can see someone else's bubbles. This is super for UW photographers and videographers! One can choose to try to find their own subjects or follow the knowledgeable and experienced guides, most of which have worked with Ed for many years, and even decades.

On this trip, the whales could be heard in the water on every dive and between dives there were almost always whales nearby to watch and photograph from the surface. One diver who surfaced early was even fortunate enough to see a whale underwater near the diveboat!

I filmed over a dozen different species of nudibranchs including the Spanish Dancer and also its respective egg cases, plenty of frogfish, most of the species of butterflyfish found in Hawaii including a rarer dark longnose butterflyfish, and the somewhat rarer Bandit Angelfish. There were also more than 8 different species of eels including garden eels and the colorful dragon eel, and some eels were found out swimming during the day. There were a few octopus, sponge and coral crabs, 4' barracuda, and plenty of turtles! Some of the divesites have great concentrations of schools of blue-striped snappers, pyramid butterflyfish, moorish idols, chubs, and many more. Many coral heads had great concentrations of humbug damsels.

There were wreck dives like St. Anthony's wreck where turtles can almost be guaranteed, the Tank and Landing Craft, and the Helldiver plane. Some divesites had some nice caverns and swim throughs. The wall dives were spectacular with nice stands of black coral and plenty of nooks and crannies to find squirrelfish schools, and numerous spiny and slipper lobsters.

I'll be back. Thanks Ed and staff!
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