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Dive Review of Octopus Reef in
Hawaii/Maui

Octopus Reef, Sep, 2003,

by Jeff Stephenson & Avis Durgan, WA, USA . Report 747.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving Hawaii (Maui, Kaua'i), French Polynesia (Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Octopus Reef is better termed a dive training and guide service than a dive operation it is as personalized a dive experience as it is possible to have. After doing Nitrox certification with Lynn (they train at all levels), we dove with her for two days and with Rene for one the two of us with one of them on custom shore-dive tours, for a price thats equivalent to what youd pay for a seat on a cattle boat. Both Lynn and Rene are extremely knowledgeable about the marine life, enthusiastic about diving and the wonders of the ocean, and dedicated to making sure that you see and enjoy as much as possible. The dives are geared completely to your desires and skill level, with extensive pre-dive briefings, lots of underwater communication to fill you in on what youre seeing, and even post-dive debriefings, all with no rushing. Since youre not going as part of a larger group, you always dive your own profile. [One note: Snacks are just that snacks. If you need more than a granola bar and juice between dives, bring it yourself. We pick dive operations for diving, not the food] The magical dives we had with them featured a pair of spotted eagle rays feeding together, turtles being cleaned of algae at cleaning stations, and more frogfish than one has a right to expect. We will definitely return to Maui to dive with them again, not just for the tours and the dive knowledge to be gained from them, but because after only three days of diving they seemed like old friends. Our subscription to Undercurrent was worth it if the only thing that ever came of it was finding Octopus Reef. Anyone going to Maui owes it to themselves to contact them: [octopusreef.com.
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