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Dive Review of Octopus Reef in

Octopus Reef, Aug, 2006,

by Anne Dignam, NY, United States . Report 2847.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None]Rene Umberger of Octopus Reef provides a unique service to anyone who wishes to dive in Maui. She took care of booking us on the best dive boats with a small group(4-5) and she became our private dive guide. She picked the places, found and identified the fish, and gave us the benefit of her vast experience (over 9000 dives) diving in Maui. Without her eyes we would have missed much that Maui diving has to offer. We saw sharks, manta rays, dolphins, small critters, turles galore, and every variety of Pacific fish (some very rare)found in the Hawaian waters. If you want to shore dive she will make entry, exit and clean up a breeze. She much to offer to the very experienced diver or the beginner. Rene also will provide nitrox tanks and personal service if you want to get your nitrox c-card. We found Octopus Reef in the 2005 Chapbook and and were very glad we chose to dive with her rather than all of the dive operators that were listed. She also recommended a very nice condominium complex (Maui Kamaole) to rent from which was directly across the street from the Kihei boat ramp. If you want to dive in Maui it is definitely better to be in the Kihei, Wailea area, rather than Lahaina. Less hastle dealing with the traffic at peak time and the areas that we could access gave us ample and varied fish to see. If you are a diver going to Hawaii using Octopus Reef is a must. You will leave feeling that you have had the best dive vacation of your life.(

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize, Panama, Grand Cayman, Nassau, Grand Turk, Saba, St.John, St. Croix, Bahamas, Roatan, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 79-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]Everyone was able to dive to their experience level, return with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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