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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers (Maui) in

Lahaina Divers (Maui), Mar, 2009,

by Dennis Jacobson, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4708.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Molokai Hammerhead Shark Dive.

This is a specialty trip for advanced divers,once a week and is a bit pricey ($199.00 per person for 2 tanks). It is worth it though, as we saw a large school and some isolated hammerhead sharks. It is an open blue water dive, and on the day we went we had 25 knot winds, 12 foot seas, and stong current. We were forewarned about all of these and have no complaints. Our one complaint is that there were divers on the trip who should not have been allowed, certainly not under the conditions we encountered, and those conditions were known days in advance. Poor divers cost us bottom time, as of necessity all divers had to descend and ascend together (open seas, boat pick up, and really challenging conditions).

I recommend this dive to compentent, advanced divers in good shape. We were led to believe there is a more thorough screening of divers then there actually was, so if you go, ask about who you will be diving with. The sharks are deep, the current can be strong, and the weakest diver in each group will set the bottom time and depth limits.

Overall, Lahaina Divers is the best operation on Maui, and my wife and I always use them for boat dives. This day trip to Molokai was no exception, but we had a weak diver on each dive, and accordingly had our time (and depth) cut way back from what it might have been.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving recent dives to Cozumel; Bahamas; Riviera Maya
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 73-76°F / 23-24°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80-125 Ft/ 24-38 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions This was the hammerhead shark trip to Molokai in high seas and strong current- all divers of necessity had to stay together in groups of 6 or less as assigned
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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