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Dive Review of Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures/Renaissance Wailea in

Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures/Renaissance Wailea, Jul, 2005,

by Jim Yeomans, AZ, USA . Report 1767.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I had a great experience with Ed Robinson's diving trips and crew. Everyone was very personable and knowledgeable. Briefings were given about both the site and the critters for every single dive. The captains (Will, Mark and Bill) were great about finding locations with lots of stuff to look at, and were careful to only lead dives in water conditions that were manageable by the divers on board. We did a number of very interesting drift dives. They managed to show me every critter I could possibly come up, with the sole exceptions of mantas and whale sharks (both difficult requests, so not their fault). Saw lots of white tip reef sharks, a grey reef shark, a couple of spotted eagle rays, and lots of turtles. Also, saw frog fish, tons of eels (of many species), some rare fish such as flame angelfish, etc. I dove with them for six days (a Lanai trip, two three day adventure dives, and three days of two tank boat dives). I would not hesitate to dive with them again, and in fact, am planning to go back in the next year or so. Special kudos for the divemasters (Dave, Will, Kim) and other crew (Jim, Tiffany, and sorry if I'm forgetting anyone) who made the trip enjoyable. Special thanks to Dave for all the personalized attention he gave to my diving, as well as for letting me dive my own profile.

Renaissance Wailea is nice, and the service is good, but kind of pricey with respect to food and drinks. Lots of places in Kihei were much more reasonably priced (e.g., LuLu's, Bada Bing). Sunsets are nice from Sea Watch Restaurant, or Capische Restaurant (but pricey as well). Fireworks at Wailea are pretty small townish, and don't last long.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Kauai, Kona, Bahamas, Roatan, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Yucatan Peninsula, Jamaica, San Carlos, Mexico and San Diego.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 75-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80-120 Ft/ 24-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Ed's divemasters were very good about providing depth and psi limits, and also repeatedly told divers to make sure to do safety stops. They were really good about letting you safety stop as long as desired, for those divers that wanted to ensure an extra safety margin.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments One of Ed's boats had a separate rinse bucket for cameras, but the other one just had a couple of tubs (with no fresh water) underneath the place where divers sat. Not optimal on this bucketless boat, but manageable. Ed's staff was very careful with equipment, espcially cameras, and were good about handing them down to you at the start of a dive.
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