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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Serenade of the Seas, RC in

Lahaina Divers/Serenade of the Seas, RC, Oct, 2004,

by Liz Morini, MA, USA . Report 1447.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 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 Dove with Lahaina Divers for a 2-tank afternoon dive, an excellent operation. This was my first time in Hawaii and I was hoping to see turtles. I was not disappointed.

We were cruising Hawaii on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas, so we had limited time on each island. We dove the previous day with Jack's Diving Locker in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. Wasn't too impressed with the staff at Jack's. They seemed a little bored with their jobs. In comparison, the Lahaina Divers crew were more enthusiastic and pleasant. Also, they served excellent post-dive cookies.

Mala Pier was our first dive site, a 3-5 minute boat ride out of Lahaina harbor. Within the first 5 minutes of the 1st dive, we saw a white tipped shark, a large green turtle and a spotted devil ray. We had to buck a strong current while descending but once we reached the pier and leveled off at about 40-45 feet, the current wasn't much of an issue. Not too many fish but it was interesting cruising around the sunken pilings and looking into crevasses. Saw a few more turtles, large and small. Depth was restricted due to the shallowness of the dive site.

Our 2nd dive was Jodo Temple, a short distance from the first dive site. We saw at least 20 turtles, mostly green turtles but a few Hawksbills as well. Most of the turtles were resting in the sand between coral heads; others were swimming freely. I swear the largest one was at least 5 feet long but by the time I saw him, I was already at my safety stop and he was 30 feet below me. He was lying in the sand underneath the boat and looked enormous.

Would love to return to Maui and would definitely recommend Lahaina Divers.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Australia, Belize, Bahamas, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Curacao, Honduras, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 0-0°F / -18--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
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 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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