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Month on Maui

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by schlackerrat, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. schlackerrat

    schlackerrat Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
    I've always wanted to go to Maui for a month.....

    I'm coming back. Just booked the condo for 34 nights!

    After the last couple two week trips over there my kids and I said as we were leaving. We need to stay longer! It takes us a week to slow down (like the locals do), and then we only had a week of relaxing dives. This time my kids and I are going to drop anchor!
  2. lonebrave

    lonebrave DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maryland
    Sounds like fun! Who did you dive with last trip? Who are you planning to dive with this trip?

    We went for a week last fall. I was happy with Mike Severns (out of Kihei) and Extended Horizons (in Lahaina). I think I'll try Lahaina Divers next trip, too.
  3. Shaka Doug

    Shaka Doug Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753, middle of the 808!
    34 nights... that's awesome!! Congrats! Do you guys Night Dive??
  4. Al Mialkovsky

    Al Mialkovsky Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Butte Falls Oregon
    We always stayed a month when we went. Guess what we said after nearly a month. A month isn't long enough.
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  5. schlackerrat

    schlackerrat Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
    I've gone twice, but my kids haven't. The 15 year old just said the other day that she want to do one on this trip.
  6. schlackerrat

    schlackerrat Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
    I like Maui Dreams Dive Co. We have all of our own gear so we just rent tanks from them, besides I really like their service. This time down there we are going out on their scooters.
  7. schlackerrat

    schlackerrat Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
    To Al,
    You put a smile on my face with your comment! I hope to say the same thing. Thanks,
  8. cshannon

    cshannon Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Branchburg, New Jersey, United States
    I'm going to be on kaanapali, Maui from Feb 10 - 24.. I've looked into the boad dives with Lahaina Divers and Maui Dive Shop.. Any suggestions?
  9. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kihei, Maui & Vancouver, WA
    cshannon, the answer isn't quite so easy. Much depends on your desires, but I'll at least get the ball rolling and give you some pros and cons at least for Lahaina Divers. I'm not a fan of Maui Dive Shop (mostly by reputation), but have no first hand experience to give you.

    Lahaina Divers: Pros: Close to Kaanapali, departs out of Lahaina, later check-in time, big 46' Newton boats, less sea sickness, excellent whale watching on the way to Molokini and Lanai, geared toward the beginning diver, good service, discounts for booking multiple charters, excellent rental gear, groupings of 6-8 divers, snacks between dives, scheduled locations so you can plan where you're diving
    Cons: Up to 24 divers on the boat, long boat rides to Molokini and Lanai, allow little independence of divers, boat is filled with Discover Scuba for afternoon charters, provide AL72 tanks

    When we used to stay up in Kaanapali, the first couple of years we dove with Lahaina Divers, then we started getting up early and drove down to Kihei. It's about a 45 minute drive, so we had to leave by 5:30 to have time to stop for coffee and be at the ramp by 6:30am. IMO that's the only disadvantage of booking a charter out of Kihei if you're staying in Kaanapali. The advantages are that you have more dive ops to choose from, the boats are smaller with fewer divers, dive groups are typically 5-6 with a DM, there are still snacks on the boat, and you will not only dive Molokini, but likely some great S. Maui sites as well.

    Personally, I think the boat ride from Lahaina to Molokini is fantastic. The views of the islands, the whale watching, and the smoothness of the big 46' Newtons makes it a very enjoyable trip. Plus I was always dry by the time I got back to Lahaina, which was nice. :wink: The reason we stopped diving with Lahaina Divers was because we outgrew them. We're independent, advanced divers and prefer to dive with an operator that is geared toward the diving we want to do, but when we were beginners, they were great. However, when we go to Lanai, we still dive with Lahaina Divers, and just did an all day 4-tanker with them on Dec. 25.

    Another option you could take if you want to dive some of the nice S. Maui sites is to book with Shaka Doug for shore diving. He starts a bit later (9am I think??) and his scuba bus has everything you could ever need for a fun day of diving. Maui Dreams also does shore diving in S. Maui, and they're excellent as well. I know there are shore diving guides up in W. Maui, I just don't know them.

    If you're thinking of grabbing a charter out of Kihei, most recommended around here are: Ed Robinson's, Mike Severns, B&B, and I'll add Makena Coast Charters.
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  10. Linedog

    Linedog Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Washington state
    DiveMaven speakes the truth. A month on Maui, I can only dream. There is so much shore diving it won't get old! My son and I hooked up with Doug and did 5 caves, all I can say is awsome. He knows the place like the back of his hand, even where to step! I would have swam right past the cave, but he guided us right to it. It's not that hard getting in, it's getting out, it all looks the same!
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