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Dive Shop in Maui - B&B Scuba - recommend?

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by lnicolep, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. MauiScubaSteve

    MauiScubaSteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Olowalu, Maui
    4,766
    191
    Did someone recommend going to Molokini from Lahaina :confused:
     
  2. Oside Jimc

    Oside Jimc Solo Diver

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    I can also highly recommend B&B. Nice boat, great team. I like their early departures so I get back in time to do other things with my day. Maui Diamond II is also a nice boat with a good crew, my dislike is the amount of time spent getting to/from the dive sites. Since they depart from Maalaea harbor it is a LONG boat ride, in particular in the afternoon for the long slog through the wind chop to get home, then it's not only long, it can be pretty wet and choppy.
     
  3. MauiScubaSteve

    MauiScubaSteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Olowalu, Maui
    4,766
    191
    Well, when you chose to do an afternoon trip, or even a "second trip," the list of operators to chose from is pretty short. :idk:

    There is perhaps some pretty good diving West out of Ma'alaea that South Maui boats "almost" never go to. In Feb the longer boat ride is a longer "whale watch."

    "Whale Watch" is the strongest argument for going to Molokini from Lahaina, along with usually both dives at Molokini (if you like that).

    As I said, there are good things about pretty much every excursion off Maui, at least when it's Humpback soup!.
     
  4. Al Mialkovsky

    Al Mialkovsky Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Butte Falls Oregon
    4,684
    30
    Not yet but it seems that somewhere along the way a visitor who's staying up there will say they enjoy the long boat ride :)

    Just my 2 cents Hal.
     
  5. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kihei, Maui & Vancouver, WA
    4,910
    399
    We've done Molokini with Lahaina Divers and did enjoy the trip...the first couple of times. :wink: Honestly, if you've never been to Maui (or Hawaii), it is a nice way to see the island, and during whale season, it's a great way to whale watch. Other than that, I recommend it's worth driving from Lahaina to the Kihei boat ramp in the morning instead. You'll also likely get more bottom time with a Kihei operator than with Lahaina Divers, who uses Al72 tanks.
     
  6. bobmaggi

    bobmaggi Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Michigan
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    51
    HI Tim and Al!!

    If you are going to be there in Feb., and dive with B & B, you will see us, too! They are about the only boat we dive with on Maui, except for a Lanai trip with EH, and then a night dive with someone else...! Can't wait to get away from this snow!!! :) Maggi
     
  7. lnicolep

    lnicolep Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Minnesota
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    wow, the choices...maybe we will have to do more than the 10 dives we were planning.

    I am struggling with one thing.....my husband has his AOW.....I would like mine too....when I spoke to Maui Dreams....they have more of a "class" type thing and I would not be diving with my husband at all....I have seen other operators that bring you down, do you skills and then you dive with the group.....Because we get one dive trip a year to do together, I am thinking about not doing it.....I want to dive with my husband, as a lot of the fun is sharing the dive with him. Might make sense to get that cert someday when we do a live aboard with a small group....which may be in ten years....:)

    It sounds like people have good things to say about B&B... I appreciate the input...a lot of good ideas and opinions that are making me think....now I have some decisions to make.

    From all of your comments, I am learning that the shore diving is much more common on Maui than what we saw on the big island....so that is cool...

    You mentioned the Manta Dive with Jacks on the Big Island.....that is the most amazing dive we have done...If I can figure out how to load pictures on this board, I will load the best underwater photo I have taken from that dive....Jack's is amazing and the dive was incredible!
     
  8. Oside Jimc

    Oside Jimc Solo Diver

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    Who said anything about an afternoon trip? :shakehead:
    The fact is that the MD II is so slow that since it's first dive is usually at Molokini the ride back uphill has been a drag in my experience.
     
  9. Black_3000psi

    Black_3000psi Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Honolulu,Hawaii
    569
    21
    while personally, I have been known to remove my gear on the bottom to releave myself...i am wondering how does one stop someone from peeing in their own wetsuit.
     
  10. Spg01

    Spg01 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Orange County, Ca
    714
    78
    I did two dives with Shaka Doug a few years back and had a great time. I also went out with Lahaina Divers to the cathedrals. It was ok, they had a nice dive brief and everyone was nice. Since I brought a computer they did not worry about me as much as the others. So I got some extra bottom time that the other divers didn't get. Or they could have just been low on air??? I think they used 72's instead of 80's.
     

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