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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Marriott's Maui Beach Club in
Hawaii/Maui, Lanai

Lahaina Divers/Marriott's Maui Beach Club, Jul, 2014,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 20 Helpful votes). Report 7713.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my fifth time diving with LD in 5 years. They are the only operator that makes regular trips to Lanai, Molokai and the Molokini backwall. Lanai sites are probably the best overall as far as water clarity, topography (cathedrals) and reefs. Molokai and Molokini backwall are for advanced, experienced divers only, due to currents, need to surface as a group, etc. LD has two big, comfortable boats. Even with up to 18 divers (max is 24), it never felt crowded, since divers were divided into groups of 6, each with a DM. Since they knew me from previous visits, they let me go down with the first group, and, if on a mooring, surface with the last group, maximizing bottom time. This was possible on several sites were there was a reef at 20-30 feet near the mooring line, so I could watch other divers as they did safety stops, then complete my safety stop and swim to the stern so as not to keep everyone waiting. Lunch (sandwiches, chips, fruit) served between dives; cookies after 2nd dive. Very safety conscious, friendly, efficient; can rinse and store you gear overnight at shop (including wetsuit). Although this is a large operation, they do a good job of checking everyone in (two boats in morning), changing over tanks between dives. Superior service all around. I left my ziplock bag with logs, computer manual, etc. on boat. Didn't realize this until I went to pack that night. Sent them an email and they mailed it back to me in time for my next trip. One note, you need a safety sausage, so pack one if you have one; otherwise, you'll need to buy a cheap one at the shop. Twilight/night dive trip was nice; got sunset view and snacks, two dives for the price of a "sunset cruise" on a catamaran (minus the booze, of course). I had lots of fun on this trip looking for rarer creatures with Josie and happily pointing them out to other divers/DMS. Am going back for two weeks in Jan. 2015.
Websites Lahaina Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over Caribbean and all Hawaiian islands, Palau, Maldives, Lake Tahoe
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco; 130 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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