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GONEHAWKN
07-29-2007, 11:51
just back from 8 days in Maui. specifically the Kaanapali area. myself and one of my dive buddies were able to get in 8 dives over 8 days(keep in mind our other halves were with us and they are not divers and we did notwant to push our luck) 3 of those dives were with Ed Robinson's Dive operation. i was very happy with them and their service. they also were able to put us on some nice sites with LOTS of critters to be seen. we first did the back wall of the Molikini Crater. that was cool just to say i did it. but i really enjoyed the shallower dives that we did next. we did "85' Pinnacles" which was cool and then moved onto Wailea point. between both of the last 2 dives we able to see an Eagle Ray, Frog Fish, Cleaner shrimp and bunch of other cool stuff that escapes me at the moment. if i get some time i will post up some pics.

Bill

GONEHAWKN
07-29-2007, 15:56
here are some pics from my trip. i know these should be in the gallery but i do not know how to get the photo's from PhotoBucket to post. so i will try here.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/GONEHAWKN/P7160152.jpg

GONEHAWKN
07-29-2007, 15:57
looks like this will work. thats a Frog fish i found. next is a Star fish of sorts. i am sure someone will know what kind it is.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/GONEHAWKN/P7150086.jpg

GONEHAWKN
07-29-2007, 15:58
this next photo is of some cleaner shrimp.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/GONEHAWKN/P7160155.jpg

GONEHAWKN
07-29-2007, 16:20
here is a pic of a Marbled shrimp and a Red-banded shrimp


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/GONEHAWKN/P7160165.jpg

GONEHAWKN
07-29-2007, 16:21
this next pic is of a Leaf Scorpion fish

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/GONEHAWKN/P7160159.jpg

GONEHAWKN
07-29-2007, 16:22
and one more of a White-mouth Moray

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/GONEHAWKN/P7190257.jpg

GONEHAWKN
07-29-2007, 16:22
i have more, but will save them for later........

Bill

Ruminari
07-30-2007, 20:16
Ed Robinson's a great dive op. I would definitely recommend them. My wife and I dove with them 3 years ago and had a great time. My wife and I still get our laughs everytime we see a trigger (Their Muffinfish). Did you by chance hit up any shore diving? Old Airport is a great site and both my wife and I thought it riveled Molikini.

GONEHAWKN
07-30-2007, 23:31
yep, did a bit shore diving while we were there. i will do lots more my next time there and i cant wait. my girlfriend and i both fell in love with Maui. now all i got to do is get her diving and i will be set!!

bubbles
07-31-2007, 07:52
nice pics! Unfortunately when I was in Maui I only got 2 dives in...turns out I had the beginnings of appendicitis and let's just say going "under pressure" didn't feel that great a few hours later. Luckily I made it home before I had my appendectomy. At least I can live vicariously through the rest of you!

GONEHAWKN
07-31-2007, 12:13
man, you got to get back there. there is lots of great diving that you missed out on!!! hit the beaches too. we bought a 10 tank card from Maui Dive shop along with a weight belt full of weight and hit the beaches. heck, we even suited up in the room and rode the glass elevator down the middle of the resort and dove right off the beach there. man did we ever get some looks going down. the funny part is when we were going back up to the room. we would stop at floor to pick someone up and they would take one step and see us in our gear, dripping wet, and back out!! it was good for laugh or 2 or 3.........

Bill

pjm1128
08-02-2007, 17:45
I got my OW and Nitrox certifications on Maui by referral with a gal (Rene) from Octopus Reef. She primarily does shore dives in the Kihei/Wailea areas (tho we did dive the Black Rock area too for my cert), tho also charters space on boats to dive with clients. I HIGHLY recommend her for personal tours. She knows where the critters hang out and is extremely adept at finding them. I also dove with Extended Horizons and ProDiver while on my last trip to Maui (arranged thru Rene) and enjoyed both. The operators were professional and enthusiastic. With Extended Horizons we dove over off Lanai. With ProDiver we dove the back wall of Molokini as well as the lookout over the pali, and another area closer to Lahaina known as an area where mantas hang out to be cleaned. Only saw one manta that trip, but well worth it. I'll probably get back to Maui in the next couple years and do some more diving....

Pat

bks
09-08-2007, 17:49
We've also used Ed Robinsons the past two times and been treated great. We're going in mid Sept again. How was the vis? Last time we were there in March and the shore diving was kind of limited due to surge stirring things up.

bversteegh
09-09-2007, 17:12
My daughter's Wedding is in Maui in January. She is a relatively inexperienced diver (probably 25 dives) since she was certified in 2003, but has been shore diving twice in Bonaire. Her SO just got certified in college, so never been to the ocean.

I checked a few Maui dive sites - looks like 2 tank boat trips are like $ 140 (seems pretty pricey - especially for 2 kids right out of college). So I'll spring for a couple boat dives to get them started, but not for a whole week.

So my question - is there decent shore diving on Maui, and any recommendations on dive operators that can show them where to go? Looking for something suitable for newbies - although they are both reasonably athletic and good swimmers. TIA