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Dive Review of Octopus Reef/Kapalua in
Hawaii/Maui

Octopus Reef/Kapalua, Jun, 2003,

by Neil and Leslie Campbell, AZ, USA . Report 733.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving St. Kitts, Nevis, Big Island Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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 4 stars
Comments Octopus Reef was, simply put, fantastic. We could not have asked for anything else of Rene. Rene started by asking each of the 3 of us about our diving experience and about any unique issues or concerns we may have had. We had our 15yr. old with us who was new to diving. Rene stayed in tune with each of us throughout the dives to ensure that everything was going fine. Prior to each of our 6 dives with her, she did an extensive briefing, even going so far as to show us pictures of fish we were likely to see. Then, throughout the dives, she wrote on her slate the names of the various fish we were viewing. Upon completion of the dive, she would get out her books and review unique fish that we saw that she had not anticipated. She even gave our 15 yr. old a copy of John Randall's Shorefish of Hawaii. It never left his side during our entire trip. Rene's genuine enthusiasm and extensive knowledge made all 6 dives extremely fun and educational. Rene did not turn the dives into reef races but rather, her relaxed pace ensured that we looked in nooks and crannys and found things that many others would have simply passed by without seeing. Among the sea life that she showed us were over a dozen sharks, a pair of rare Harlequin shrimp, an Orbicular velvet fish ( aka, butt fish, very rare), several cleaner stations, Octopus and many nudibranchs.
Rene was very knowledgeable about her choices of dive sites and conditions and ensured that we saw a wide variety of fish and coral.
We cannot say enough nice things about Rene. She made the entire experience very comfortable, relaxed and everything was very much customized to our wishes, desires and needs. We would heartily recommend Rene to anyone diving on Maui.
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