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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Marriott's Maui Ocean Club in
Hawaii/Maui

Lahaina Divers/Marriott's Maui Ocean Club, Dec, 2011,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 41 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6391.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bahamas, St. Kitts, Maarten, Eustasius, Saba, Curacao, Caicos, Cozumel, all of Hawaii, Lake Tahoe, Palau, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco; not beyond 130 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera bucket, strickly enforced and mentioned in briefings.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments One of the boats goes in drydock for two weeks in early December, so the remaining boat can be close to full (20-22 divers). If you plan to dive in December, be sure to reserve at least 3-4 weeks before you arrive. I knew this from last year and planned ahead. From another diver's report a few weeks earlier, the conditions at Lanai and Molokini are excellent. I also dove Molokai, but didn't see hammerheads on either dive. Did the full range of dive trips, including the Molokini backwall. This is the 3rd trip (six dives) on the wall, and I was rewarded with sightings of three pelagic manta rays, making my 400th dive truly memorable! Every trip had 19-22 divers, but they were divided into three groups by ability, and it was amazing how well the operation (especially entries and exits) were handled. Dive guides truly enjoy their jobs and it shows. The water was choppy and it was overcast most and very windy most of the first 10 days, so it was nice to have covered space in the boat to huddle. Nice comfortable, clean head, as well! I did the twilight(Carthaginian wreck)/night (Mala wharf) dive this year, and would rate it just "OK", but Josie did find three frogfish on the wreck, which made it worth it. Not much this time at Mala wharf, especially compared to a night dive I did at Black Rock from the shore with another operator. If you want to go to the other islands and also don't want to drive 1 hour from Kaanapali to the Kihei operators, go with Lahaina Divers. I washed out my gear at the shop after every trip and was able to store it there overnight, so I wasn't hauling wet gear back and forth to the resort. I bought the photos CD from one of the Lanai trips ($60) and it was well worth it. Whale season begins Dec 15, and we had a few sightings. They can accomodate snorkers on some trips. Relatively new divers should be OK on most trips, but LD requirers prior dives with them before you can do Molokai or the Molokini back wall, since they require good air consumption, buoyancy, and you may bob around for awhile awaiting pickup; safety sausage required for these dives.
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