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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving in
Hawaii/Maui

Mike Severns Diving, Jun, 2007,

by Chris Jones, CO, USA ( 1 report). Report 3376.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 79 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 65 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dependent upon the dive. Typical was to let the DM know when you reached 1000 psi (for planning purposes), and then start on your way up to a safety stop at 700 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 Not a dive photographer, but noted a specific set-aside area for cameras and that the crew took the time to hand down cameras from the boat after divers were in the water. Boat Captain Andy is very knowledgeable about UWP and served as a good resource for other UWP.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I consider diving with Mike Severns an education. Their guides take an extraordinary amount of time on pre-dive briefings, to tell you specifically what to look for and to explain any behaviors you might expect from the sealife. They patiently answer any and all questions, and do not try to guess if they do not know. This is all after you reach the dive site! The dives are very relaxed, with special attention focused on getting all divers (in two small groups of up to 6 each) in close to see the small critters. Similarly, there is personal follow-up after the dive to answer and questions you have or to discuss sea life you observed.

They make every attempt to accommodate requests; the dive sites for the day are not chosen in advance, but only after consultation with their customers. Note that there is a very high chance that every first dive of the day will be out at Molokini (not a bad thing!).

Pauline (the owner) takes an extraordinary amount of pride in her operation and her DMs, and it shows. All guides have extensive experience and/or backgrounds in marine biology or marine science. The attention to divers needs and customer service is outstanding. On one dive, we were dismayed by the underwater presence of one of our dive group (nicknamed the "human torpedo" or "coral smasher"). When communicating this to the crew, the boat captain suited up, and dove with just the two of us on the next dive! Experienced divers are trusted and respected; new divers are given more attention. Single, experienced divers are not forced to buddy up with another single.

I have and will continue to go out of our way to dive with Mike Severns.
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