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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving/Renaissance Wailea in

Mike Severns Diving/Renaissance Wailea, Aug, 2005,

by Susan Fuhs, CA, USA . Report 1891.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I got a chance to dive once more with Mike Severns Diving, which is always a pleasure. I was on their Friday three-dive day, out of Kihei, on the island of Maui, which turned into a trip to Lanai instead because the water and winds were calm and folks on the boat wanted to go. The crossing (including the trip home!) was much calmer than I have experienced in the past - almost a pleasure...

Diving off Lanai is wonderful, because there are not many (any?) local dive boats, and few boats make the crossing from Maui, which is often also limited by weather. As a result, sea life and corals are in great shape. On our trip we saw a wonderful mix of intervertebrates and fish, ranging from tiny wire coral gobies and shrimp living commensually in sea urchins to an uncommon sailfin tang to a triton shell hidden away in a crevice growing an new section of its shell. Other highlights were some longfin anthias and some large lobster. We also got to see pods and pods (schools and schools?) of spinner dolphin, which was a treat.

Mike Severns Diving has a bunch of folks who are trained biologists or naturalists as crew and they give the best dive briefings (and post-dive discussions) I have found anywhere - no exceptions.

Although Undercurrent is really for diving, I also want to put in a description of a really nice snorkel trip that can be done out of Maui. We have a 10-year old son, and for the last few years our diving has been somewhat limited to what we can do with him along snorkeling (i.e. not much), and an occasional day like my Lanai trip when one of us goes diving on our own. Other Undercurrent readers may have the same restrictions, and might be interested in this. We asked Mike Severns Diving to recommend a "NOT-party-boat" snorkel trip to Molokini and they came up with Seafire Charters. This was a GREAT snorkel trip - they didn't babysit you unless you needed it, and we all three got a chance to snorkel out over the crater rim at Molokini, as well as snorkel a couple of places off the shore of Maui to see turtles. All in all, it was almost as good as diving, and I would snorkel again with Seafire in an instant, at least until our son gets old enough (and mature enough) to dive...

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Baja, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Fiji, Caribbean, Mayan Riviera, Egypt
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 81-0°F / 27--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions safe limits of air and computer - Mike Severns Diving is great at letting you stay down as long as your air lasts (dive profile permitting)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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