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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving in
Hawaii/Maui

Mike Severns Diving, Dec, 2013,

by Mark Kimmey, NY, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7493.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Mike Severn’s “Pilikai” is a 38’ aluminum monohull that is fast and surprisingly smooth. She launches at Kihei Boat Ramp, and is well operated: no doubt about it, the crew is top-notch.

The boat does have a shortcoming: it’s too small for the 12 divers they consider a “full” load, something you discover once you arrive and the crew tries to get you to hand your gear up onto the boat while it’s still on the trailer in the parking lot. They want to rig your tanks for you, and it’s easy to understand why once the boat is in the water and you are allowed to board: it’s tight. A second reason is that the run out to Molokini from Kihei is short: not a lot of time for everyone to be getting in each other’s way getting equipment ready, so starting the work in the parking lot saves everyone a lot of time. This is an acceptable practice since a diver should be checking it over, anyway. However, they do make allowances for the picky ones and we were allowed to attend our own gear.

Visibility on the back side of Molokini was easily 100’-plus, and the guides (Pauline and AJ) were super about pointing out little stuff hiding back in crevices that you might otherwise miss. A second dive closer into Kihei at “St. Anthony Wreck” was a lot murkier, but that was the result of recent weather that pretty much turned most Maui shore diving to crap. This site is an artificial reef at around 50’ and includes the boat and a bunch of concrete blocks and tires. In clear water, this would be great dive.
Websites Mike Severns Diving   

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 73-79°F / 23-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Divemaster-guided, but they let buddy teams ascend as tanks were depleted.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 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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