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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Kanapali Shores in
Hawaii/Maui

Lahaina Divers/Kanapali Shores: "Lahaina Divers Aimed to Please", Apr, 2015,

by Frank G Postillion, AZ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8716 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We had deliberated about choosing operators further south as the boat rides were known to be long and sometimes bumpy. Since we were staying in Kanapali north of Lahaina due to prior commitments with non-diving friends, we decided to take a chance on Lahaina Divers. They were a good operation. We knew that diving some spots such as Molokini would result in getting a less than prime mooring, but under the circumstances we were pleasantly surprised at the better than average mooring. Since we were doing some topside stuff on Haleakela Crater we had to plan out our diving to do after the high altitude hiking. I would recommend that you get reservations ahead a few months if possible as certain diving spots fill up, incuding Cathedrals on Lanai and Molokini.

Even though we dealt with up to 20 divers the boat was large and fast. They separated us into groups based on experience and our group ranged from 4-6 people. This allowed us time in Cathedrals I and plenty of photography and viewing of critters. The guide were very knowledgeable and helpful and I liked that we could assemble our gear on the tanks. For less experienced divers they appeared very helpful to move them along the process.

The dive calendar specifies dive spots during the week, so planning your topside activities with the diving is essential. Cathedrals was awesome and a must dive. We did not get to do Cathedrals 2 and I hear that may even be better. Molokini was so hyped up that when I got there it was somewhat disappointing. Viz was great but the coral and amount of sea life was scarcer than I expected. However, I think it depends on the mooring you get and that is the down side for Lahaina as its boats get there late in the morning. The boats from the southern part of the island were already leaving. That being said, the dives were still above average.

In summary, Lahaina Divers is a good operation who aims to please. If you do not like traveling on water for long periods, go south.
Websites Lahaina Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cabo Pulmo, San Carlos, Puerto Penasco, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba, BVI, St. Croix, St. John St. Thomas, Cozumel, Akumal, Florida springs and Atlantic coast,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 75-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Asked to do safety stop at 700 psi and get out a 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments had your standard fresh water bucket and handed camera to you if requested
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