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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Extended Horizons/B&B, and Eldorado Hotel in
Hawaii/Maui

Lahaina Divers/Extended Horizons/B&B, and Eldorado Hotel, Mar, 2005,

by Donald Hoft, Mass, USA . Report 1647.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Pacific, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 74 to 77 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 6
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100ft max, 500 psi return, no decompression diving
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales >2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 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 Dive boats at both operations had camara tanks, and were careful
handling camara

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 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 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments
See my Nov/04 report-a compliment to comments here. I've struggled with Extended Horizons on both trips: really nice people who work hard but schedule is irregular, when boat is full it's really tight, and on average I have not found Lanai diving (there destination) as consistent and good as other places. This latter point could be just coincidence.

Early in this trip I shifted to Lahaina Divers (in Lahaina marina), convenient for those staying in Lahaina & Kaanapoli area. Two really good boats even with a full house (24 divers, but mostly less). Loads of room. Staff is excellent, they have 1 D.M. to 8 divers and seem to keep like experience levels together. They dive all the destinations-Lanai, Molokini Crater and Maui and do 2 nite dives/week. Crew really want to help you have the best experiences possible. I dove with them every few days for the month long stay and was very pleased

Best diving was on Molokini Crater. The backside (south) is considered "advanced" due to currents and depth but is really good diving and in my experience is okay for most divers except beginners. Inside (north), on the Crater ends are also good and not to busy. Lots of boats at the crater with snorklers/divers but they are in closer so you are not overrun. On the backside you see plenty of sharks, plenty of the tropicals (many endemic), octapus etc etc.. Also interesting on the wall were it's features, overhangs, etc.. On inside it's more variable, shallower but interesting (spotted a manta here last fall).

Whales have migrated here for the winter and often kept us serenaded during our dives, also we never made the boat trip out without spotting several whales along the way. Fun stuff. Lanai diving didn't treat us too good on either trip, but it's worth another try.

Water was cold; most were in more than 3mm. At my age I require more than most and was in a 3mm shorty over a full 3mm. D.M.'s were mostly in 7mm, not surprising being in the water consistently. Last fall I dove with Ed Robinsons out of Kihai-3 tank backside dives on Molokini were great, as was crew/boats. It's just a long haul from Lahaina.

Overall a good experience with pretty good diving. Maui also offers plenty of topside attractions.
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