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Dive Review of Maui Dreams Dive Co./Kihei Kai Nani condos in

Maui Dreams Dive Co./Kihei Kai Nani condos: "The end of an era.", Jul, 2022,

by Wayne Joseph, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 11992.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments After a 3 yr. hiatus from traveling and diving, we finally were able to return to Maui for a week.
Sadly, the dive tour company we have used for 35+ yrs recently sold their boat and business. Mike Severns Dive is no longer. Pauline & Andy decided to retire. As anyone who has dived with them knows, they were the best at finding all sorts of critters, fish, animal behavior, etc. Pauline was able to also know when the coral would spawn. The couple who bought the business are owners of Sting J Maui wetsuits & clothing.
Pauline referred me to Maui Dreams dive shop to take us diving. They have a 46' Newton that leaves from Maalaea Harbor daily and offer several destinations for diving. (The dive boat is run under the business name of Maui Diamond Dive Tours)
The boat is clean, well run, and has every safety feature you can think of. I didn't bring my UW camera with me, but I saw that there is a table in the middle of the deck near the stern that I think is used as a camera table when needed. My dive guide, Christine (along with her husband), is the person who purchased the Pilikai (Severn's boat) and the business. She is very personable and stated she is a marine biologist which should be useful for the transition as I know most of Severns' customers liked seeing the unique things that Pauline would find.
The weather when we were there was dry, but extremely windy starting around 11am. We went to Molokini island to dive inside the "crater" and then to the Pali coast for the second dive (good location as the seas were much calmer in this area). On both dives we saw white tip reef sharks, nudis, octopus, various fish, sergeant major guarding it's eggs, eels, etc.
My wife and I tried to snorkel as much a possible, but due to the large swells, the visibility along the coast was not too good until the end of our trip.
One of the things that set Pauline apart from most other dive tours in Maui is that she would go at a pace that made it easy to find and see things. Her clientele appreciated this. As a photographer it made for a lot of great images. I hope the new owners are able to continue this type of diving.
Websites Maui Dreams Dive Co.   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Bonaire, San Salvador Island, Fiji, St. Thomas, California, Sardinia, Hawaii
Closest Airport Kahului Getting There Took a direct flight from SFO. Plane left 1 1/2 hours late.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 77-78°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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 [None]
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Subscriber's Comments

By Javier Cantellops in HI, US at Aug 05, 2022 03:51 EST  
Aloha Wayne, My name is Javier, Owner of the now Island Style Diving. So happy you were able to dive with my wife Christina. When you return we hope you decide to give Island Style Diving and the Pilikai an opportunity to take you out once more, and show you a great time. We truly enjoy a slow pace of diving and relish finding the beauty of the underwater world. We are extremely excited and honored to be able to be a part of the Maui's gorgeous and relaxed diving. Feel free to reach out to us, and hope to see you in Paradise- Javier Cantellops
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