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Dive Review of Prodiver Maui/Mana Kai in
Hawaii/Maui

Prodiver Maui/Mana Kai, Feb, 2009,

by Paul Lima, TN, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports). Report 4652.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Florida, Caymans, Cozumel, Big Island, Belize, Roatan, Dominica, Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 68 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within sight of divemaster, safety stop at 800psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments No special place for cameras but fresh water rinse available

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Saw Prodiver Maui recommended in Maui Revealed guidebook which we have found to be accurate in other areas. Great operation based on the boat, no shore facilities. Boat rated for 16 but carries only 6 divers and they try and match skill levels and interests when you book. Went out twice and found them excellent. Typical 6am Maui start, in the dark and cold but necessary due to trade winds picking up by 10 or 11am. Fleece or sweatshirts really help. Hot and cold beverages, pastries, chips and granola bars are available as well as fruit on skewers, handy on a rocking boat. Marine head, freshwater shower and plenty of dry space below were a definite plus. Detailed safety and site briefings were provided and while they try and accomodate requests the second day the weather dictated the dive sites due to strong North winds and heavy seas. Captain Bryan and Matt took care of all the setting up of gear and were cheerful and relaxed. They love to dive and it shows. Never a hint of time pressure either above the water or below. When you hit 800 psi you went up for your safety stop but everyone else could keep going. Matt kept an eye out on the divers but did not require them to be close and everyone had a computer that they dove. The second day we encountered spinner dolphin during the surface interval and we were allowed to snorkel with them as long as we wanted. Captain Bryan even offered to tow us closer with the boat. Matt offered to take the camera and free dive with them and I got some great shots. We ended up coming back over an hour late but it seemed to be no problem. If you plan on diving with them the next day you can leave your BC and reg with them and it is set up the next morning ready to go. A nice touch was no mention of tipping at all.
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