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Dive Review of Maui Dreams Dive Co. in

Maui Dreams Dive Co., Nov, 2013,

by Mark Kimmey, NY, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7492.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments "Maui Diamond II" is the shop boat, works out of Maalaea Harbor northwest of Kihei, easy to get there. A nice, comfortable day boat, if not the fastest thing in the water. Plenty of room for divers to move around, and even with a full roster, it wasn’t bad. The crews were great, which can really make a difference. The boat was a bit smoky at the fantail when underway, but the crew told us that she was about to go into refit for new engines that were expected to eliminate that problem.

We were diving at the start of whale season and did get some pretty good shows most times (we dove with them on four days). Humpbacks and both Spinner and Bottlenose Dolphin gave us plenty of entertainment, and the skippers were good about making sure we had plenty of time to enjoy it. Nobody complained about any delays!

Half our dives were on Molokini (front side), which is in good condition. This is a popular spot, however, so be prepared for LOTS of snorkelers. Big advantage to scuba is that you can work away from them. We also dove a couple of sites closer to shore, but these were hit and miss on visibility: recent weather had kicked up the sand and silt quite a bit and shore diving itself was pretty lousy (which is why we were on the boat in the first place).

Lots of eels and turtles, plus some critters we've never seen before. Well worth the cost and effort.

The most memorable thing about diving with the Maui Diamond II is the crew: friendly, professional, FUN. These guys knew what they were doing, were good about keeping an eye on those who needed a little more supervision, and would let you do your thing once you had demonstrated proficiency. We will definitely dive with them again.
Websites Maui Dreams Dive Co.   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving New York, Hawaii, California, Kwajalein, Florida, Grenada, Bonaire, Caymans, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Mexico, Australia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 73-78°F / 23-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions In general, they want you stay with the divemaster guide, but once they figure out you're not an idiot they let you wander around the sites on your own.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small day boat, camera rinse bucket, but no dedicated camera table, which is probably not needed, anyway.
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