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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/ private house rental in
Hawaii/Maui

Lahaina Divers/ private house rental, Dec, 2003,

by John Nosworthy, MD, USA . Report 864.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Just started. We completed our open water on Maui, then followed with 2 boat dives and another 4 beach dives. 13 altogether. We're hooked.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 73 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Supposedly minimum of 500 back at the boat
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 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
UW Photo Comments Only saw one serious UWP with his large flash setup. He seemed content.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments All in all a very cool first time experience shared with experienced diver friends. There was 8 total of us, 6 of which are divers. This was a reunion of sorts with some not seeing each other for 25+ years. We stayed in Kihei at a wonderful house all to ourselves and extremely reasonably priced it was, like $300/night for all of us! Not to mention the pool, pooltable, view of Molokini to the SW and the volcano to the East. I just want to share this one aspect. When we rented tanks from Maui Dive Shop for our beach dives, and also while boat diving with them off Molokini Crater, all tanks were consistently at or above 3200 psi, EVERYTIME. We're talking dozens of tanks over the course of 2 weeks. On the other hand, while boat diving with Lahaina Divers, it seemed that EVERY tank was at 2800 or LESS, several at 2750... to start with? When we initially inquired of the staff on the boat, we were immediately offered our second tank, with the promise of finding "better fills" somewhere else on the boat first chance. Didn't happen. At this same time I was also offered the explanation about "how some employee back at the fill station must have been in a hurry". Ok, missing 400 to 500 psi for us heavy breather novices...it's not the end of the world, but I can tell you I needed ALL my air in order to do the "suggested" safety stop. But here's the kicker, after the first tank was completed and we had some snacks and surface interval, just before suit up for the second tank at the conclusion of the briefing, it was announced "anyone on the boat that wishes they had a little more air was welcome to the 4 or so special all shiny new yellow aluminum tanks with MORE air in them..... for an ADDITIONAL $7.00 lousy dollars. Can you freak'en believe that? They had no takers at that time. My reaction was to immediately recalculate my intended tip to be at least $7.00 less for what I concluded was an insult to my intelligence. I think most of us filled out and turned in the suggested staff performance report in order to claim our promised 'crater poster back at the dive shop. One of our dive group pitched his bitch one last time, in a totally respectfull manner, this to the attention of the salesclerk/boat sign-up guy back at the dive shop. The reply was, "2800 psi and up is considered a full tank". Mahalo
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