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Dive Review of Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures in

Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures, Aug, 2005,

by Jeanne & Bill Downey, PA, US . Report 3075.

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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 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments On the way to Bikini Atoll we stopped in Maui for a week, to do some diving and exploring, and to get rid of some jet lag. We dove three days with Ed Robinson’s Diving Adventures and stayed in a pleasant bungalow attached to Ed’s house consisting of a living/dining room, full kitchen, bedroom with queen-size bed, and bath. Another bedroom and bath can be utilized if needed at an additional cost. There is also an elevated deck from which the ocean and sunsets can be viewed. Also available are a grill, coolers, laundry, and covered parking, all at a very reasonable price. A two-minute walk down the street is the main office for Ed Robinson’s Diving Adventures, also where they keep their two boats and another rental chalet. Our car rental was from Maui cruisers, a local business with extremely reasonable prices and older automobiles with character that made us look like locals.

We had a ten minute drive to the dock where the boats were launched; awaiting us at 6:30am were a welcoming staff with coffee, juice, bagels, and waiver forms. Departure was 7am after everyone was pointed toward the correct boat, gear was handed up to the boat and put together by the staff; no more than 10 guests plus staff were on each 30’ or 32’ boat.

Four to six divers are grouped together with a guide; each of the three guides we dove with was competent and enthusiastic, looking for things to point out to us. Although we dove Molokini Crater four times, we never did the same dive site twice; they try to give repeat customers new dives each time. The three-tank day the water was flatter than normal so they excitedly took us to “Turtle Rock”, a site they only get to 20 times a year, an hour and a half away. Between dives on two-tank days we were offered fresh fruit and pastries, three-tank days also included do-it-yourself sandwiches. Water, lemonade, and soda were always available.

The diving is pleasant, not much coral since this is a volcanic island, but the turtle-cleaning station is pretty cool, and there are many endemic species that are not found anywhere else. We saw several kinds of eels, two giant frogfish, an eagle ray, octopus, a few sharks, and Spanish dancer eggs. Another pretty cool dive was the wreck of the Corinthian, a fairly new wreck sunk by the Atlantis sub; our captain timed our dive to coincide with the passing of the Atlantis, so we got to wave at the passengers. There was a whale shark hanging around Molikini Crater which we unfortunately didn’t see, and during the winter months listening to the whale songs underwater is a rush.

When not diving, we explored the island, doing several early morning hikes. And on our last morning on Maui we experienced our first earthquake, a 6.6 with the epicenter off the Big Island. Airports and electricity were disrupted throughout the Hawaiian Islands for several hours—it took us an extra four hours to make our way from Maui to Honolulu where we were staying overnight to catch an early morning flight to Bikini. There was no electricity in any of the hotels, including Waikiki, which were overflowing with tourists whose flights were cancelled. Luckily the electricity came back on by 1:00am and the airport was functional earlier than that. When we arrived at the Honolulu airport at 5am it looked like a refugee camp with people sleeping everywhere, and there were already long lines of travelers trying to get home. Not too many trying to get to Bikini, though, and we left on time for a fabulous week of deep wreck diving on World War II wrecks.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Worldwide
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82-0°F / 28--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera table on boat and rinse tank.
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