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Dive Review of MAUI DIVERS in
Hawaii/MAUI

MAUI DIVERS, Dec, 2003,

by KEVIN ELMAN, CO, USA . Report 1489.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Jamaica, Bonaire, Roatan, Mexico (all over), Costa Rica, Galapagos, Hawaii, Florida, California, Vancouver, every mud hole in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 160 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Great care was taken with new or inexperinced divers, while the more experinced divers were allowed more freedom.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The snack table was also the photo table. The staff was very good about handling the equipment. Rinse buckets were designated for photography.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Good: Divemaster (Ryan) outstanding diver and did agreat job of pointing out differnet things. Boat was clean and staff seemed very concerned about safety and that everyone was having a good time.

Bad: The wind Sucked! Huge waves (6 - 8 feet) made even a seasoned vet like me a little anxious....it was a washing machine. Due to the wave action our Molokini back wall dive was cancelled (we dove the crater itself and I was just as happy) and our night/dusk dive was cancelled. Sometimes knowing which shop to show up at is confusing. I hated (loathed) having to fill out the waiver everyday, when it clearly had a date range line (i.e. Dec 1 - Dec 7), this is over kill!
Hawaii diving can cause sticker shock, and is a little pricey.

Things to know before you leave home: Bring your own snacks, they tend to be a little skimpy and the days can be long (a thermos of soup would be great). Dress in layers, I bring an Uzi dive gear wind breaker and I'm glad I did. Take a dive light on every dive, there's plenty to see in the lava formations, if your looking.

Overall: Maui divers did a good job, I could want better topside communication with the shops and maybe better photo arrangements.
Boat staff exceptional and handled the crazy weather well.
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