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chilly willy
12-16-2010, 07:20
Aloha folks!

Here is a quick report of my last two weeks in Maui. I did a total of 25 dives while there 13 off the boat 12 on the beach. The dive op I used for the boat dives is Maui Dreams, the boat was the Maui Diamond ll. The price is $129 for the first day, $119 for the second day, and if you dive more than twice the remaning dives are billed to you at the local's rate of $99. Maui Dreams rents tanks for $5 and weights for $3 a day. We did a variety of spots including all the spots at Molokini including the back wall twice, Red Hill, Puka Puka, Canyon Lands, Marty's Reef, Wailea Point, and the Hell Diver wreck. The Beach dives I did were at Ulua Beach (6), Five Graves, Polo Beach, and Makena Beach.

The water temps were around 76-77 degrees and vis on the shore and close in boat dives was in the 40-70 foot range with a couple of the last days between 20-30 feet due to the storm that rolled through. Molokini was the standard 100-150 foot range. Some of the critters we saw inculded a huge pod of Pilot Whales on SI at Molokini, a couple of large Hellers Barracudas, some huge Ulua, Frogfish, Leaf Scorpion, Hawaiian Lionfish, Spotted Eagle Rays, and all of the standard stuff you get in Hawaii.

The Hell Diver wreck is pretty cool, it was just discovered in Feb. at about 60 ft. in between Maalea Harbor and Kihei.

Here are a couple of pics:
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Zenagirl
12-16-2010, 20:28
Thanks for sharing!!

Chilly
12-16-2010, 20:40
Thanks for the report. Nice pictures, especially of the Helldiver - looks very much intact. Did you get some shots of the cockpit?

chilly willy
12-17-2010, 06:53
The Hell Diver is in great shape, the pilot was able to escape and survive two more "water landings" during the war. He later went on to be one of the developers of the CAT scan. There isn't much to see in the pics that were worth keeping, but here they are.

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Chilly
12-17-2010, 18:57
Thanks - I can still see the gauges on the instrument panel - Very Cool! :smiley20:

bfmorgan
12-17-2010, 19:05
Thanks - I can still see the gauges on the instrument panel - Very Cool! :smiley20:
After approximately 60 years underwater, you would expect the salt water to have caused a lot of damage. This looks like it is in excellent condition. There are a lot of good UW photographers on this fourm.

TwistedSister209
12-17-2010, 20:08
Awesome, Chilly Willy!!!
Thanks for the report.
Love your pictures!

chilly willy
12-17-2010, 20:31
Chilly, I had a couple that were too out of focus but they were inside the cockpit looking at the gauges. I had to move quickly because there was a HUGE Yellow Margin Moray that wasn't too happy about my presence.

TS, you're going to have to go tropical.:icon_cheesygrin:

scubajane
12-17-2010, 21:24
ahhhh Maui!! we dove there a couple of years ago.... sigh..... we dove with Maui dreams several times we went on a scooter dive with them super cool. scooter between my knees flying like superwoman!!!! awesome!!!! I'm glad you had so much fun!!! I can't wait to go back!!