How far is it from Lahaina to Kihei?

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by okie, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. okie

    okie Angel Fish

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    Hi Maui folks,

    I would like to know how far of a drive it is from Lahaina to Kihei. I will be in Maui at the end of October via cruise ship. My problem is that the ship docks in Lahaina but many of the dive operators I researched leave out of Kihei. I believe that Lahiana Divers operates out of Lahaina but their trip to Molokini leaves at 6:30am. I can't get off of the ship until 7:00am so I've been looking at a Maui Dive Shop tour to Molokini that leaves at 10:45 from Kihei. So my dilemma is how am I going to get from Lahaina to Keihi? Any ideas how much a cab ride is going to cost? Also, is there other public transportation available that I can look into? Any help or other suggestions you guys can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. kidspot

    kidspot Scuba Instructor

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    early morning it's a 45-50 minute drive - during peak traffic double or triple that ;)

    There is a public bus, but I don't know how frequently it runs or cost. Cab fare would probably be $40+ each way.

    you may just want to rent a car for the day or go with Lahaina divers (as much as I hate the long boat ride from Lahaina to Molokini)

    Have fun, Tim
     
  3. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

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    You might give Lahaina Divers a call. The check-in time for their charter is 6:30, but they don't depart Lahaina Harbor until a little later. Perhaps they can accommodate you??
     
  4. okie

    okie Angel Fish

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    Thanks for the info. I'll check with Lahaina Divers to see of they can accomodate us. If we can't make the Molokini trip, they have a later departure to Turtle Reef. Would you recommend Turtle Reef or should we just try to do some shore diving?
     
  5. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

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    We've done the afternoon charters a few times with Lahaina Divers and the only complaint we have had is that they have their Discover Scuba folks on board, which sometimes results in a full boat. However, since you're going at a very low season time, you're likely not to have a full boat, so that's cool.

    We've enjoyed the West Maui sites we've done with them. Our hands down favorite is Mala Wharf, which you could certainly request. There's also nothing wrong with shore diving, however, you'd need transportation to get tanks to your dive site, etc. And if you're renting gear, that can really increase the hassle factor.

    If you're looking for a hassle free and fun dive experience, I'd say get off the ship, walk over to Lahaina Divers and hook up with them for an afternoon charter. Not only will you be assured of a good dive site, but you'll also go with a professional, fun crew who do their jobs well. On the boat they'll provide you with drinks, snacks, and warm cookies, so hospitality is not lacking.

    Since boat diving in Maui is all guided, you'll also not have to worry about navigation and can simply splash in and enjoy the underwater world. :D
     
  6. okie

    okie Angel Fish

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    Thanks DiveMaven for your recommendation. I definitely want a hassle free and fun experience. I think an afternoon dive will be much more relaxed as it will give us plenty of time to get off of the Cruise Ship and over to the dive shop. Messing with rental cars, etc is certainly not at the top of my list of fun activities so I think I'll probably go with your suggestion.
     
  7. Charlie99

    Charlie99 Orca

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    Your comment about Mala Wharf brings up another possibility ---- Okie could call ahead to Lahaina Divers (or Pacific Dive or any of the dozen or so 1 man operators on the island) and make arrangements for guided shore dives at Mala Wharf and Black Rock. Perhaps they could not only get a guide, tanks and weights, but also a ride to the dive sites. Even if the big shops aren't willing to do it, I'm sure one of the small operators would be, and it wouldn't take much persuasion to get a little mini-tour of West Maui thrown in too. :)
     
  8. kidspot

    kidspot Scuba Instructor

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    Mala would even be barely walking distance too - bout 1/2 mile? Do you know what dates you'll be on Maui yet?
     
  9. Charlie99

    Charlie99 Orca

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    Walking distance for you maybe! They're gonna be on vacation, man. No way would you catch me trying to carry a tank from downtown over to Mala.

    Downtown to Mala Wharf would make the hike to from the parking garage to Black Rock look like a short stroll. :)

    OK, Tim. When are you going to add a 3rd (or would it be 4th) job and start being the West Maui equivalent to Shaka Doug?

    Okie --- Shaka Doug is the sort of guide you might look at using, but he's Kihei-based and I'm not sure he would come to Lahaina for you.
     
  10. diversteve

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    How many is us?

    Pacific Dive took two of us out to Airport Beach for a 2-tank, 2-scooter afternoon dive. We helped load the scooters/tanks in the DM's van and then followed him over since we had our own car and had to leave right after the dives - but you could ask if they'd drive you over also. Just two of us and a DM. $89 per dive and I think they gave us a break on the second one - seems to me that I paid around $150 for both. Or they have a beachdive for $59

    They're on Dickinson, just off Front downtown. Right around the corner from Lahaina Divers.

    I've dove with Lahaina Divers - we went out to the Cathedrals. Only 12 on the boat so we had a lot of room. I think it was a morning 2-tank trip but I'm not sure. No bt limits but it's a DM-led dive - which it should be there, they take you in and show you the way out...
     
  11. okie

    okie Angel Fish

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    We'll be on Maui on Oct 30th and 31st and there will be two of us diving. Our wives will undoubtedly be off shopping somewhere :( .

    Anyhow, one problem I have is that I have never been to Maui before and I have no idea exactly where the ship docks and what the proximity is to Lahaina Divers or any other any dive operators. Basically we'll be winging it!

    I would take the easy route and just book a shore excursion from the ship but unfortunately the only day I'll be able to dive is the 31st and there isn't a dive excursion available for that day. I really don't want to miss the opportunity to dive Maui so I'm trying to come up with an alternate plan.

    I really appreciate the great suggestions you all are giving me. I you have any more, please keep 'em comin'. Thanks.
     
  12. Charlie99

    Charlie99 Orca

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    If the ship is going to Lahaina, then it will be anchored offshore and you will be dropped off at the Lahaina Harbor by tenders. It's a 5 minute walk to Lahaina Divers and Pacific Dive (both on Dickenson Street, 1 block up from Front Street) from the harbor.

    The walk is short enough that, for their regular dive charters, Lahaina Divers check-in is at the shop, and then everybody walks over to the boat in the harbor. They do haul the gear over by truck, though.
     
  13. okie

    okie Angel Fish

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    Ah, that's exactly the kind of information I was looking for. Looks like Lahina Divers or Pacific Dive are viable options.

    Thanks for all of your help. Scubaboard is without a doubt the best diving resource on the web!
     
  14. diversteve

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    Extended Horizons also leaves out of Mala Wharf in Lahaina. But I think I've read that divers on their PM boat share space with their Discovery divers so Lahaina Divers is still probably your better option.
    And if it's not too crowded, Lahaina Divers has probably two of the nicer boats there, they're 46' Newtons, really wide and comfortable. And stable if the swells are up, which they might be as the trades pick up in the afternoon - it's why most of the trips leave early in the AM that make the crossing to Molokini or Lanai.

    Last time I went to Pacific Dive, they didn't have a boat, they booked with someone else. But that was a few years ago so things might have changed.
     
  15. kidspot

    kidspot Scuba Instructor

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    Pacific Dive does not have their own boat, but they do a lot of guided shore tours. Worth checking with if you're interested in diving Mala Warf.
     
  16. okie

    okie Angel Fish

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    On their guided shore dives, do they provide transportation from the dive shop to the dive site or do the divers have to meet them at the site?
     
  17. kidspot

    kidspot Scuba Instructor

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    Actually I don't know, but you can drop them a line or call http://www.pacificdive.com and ask. If I remember I'll ask when I go pick up my tank later.

    Aloha, Tim
     
  18. okie

    okie Angel Fish

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    Thanks, Tim. I hope I'm not asking too many questions here. The fact is that all of my and my buddy's diving experience has been shore diving in Oklahoma and Arkansas lakes (insert laughter here) so this will be our first dip in the ocean and possibly our first boat dive. I'm trying to gain as much info as possible so we can relax and enjoy the experience. You guys have been a tremendous help in that regard. I guess now I need to contact the dive shops and see what they can tell me.
     
  19. kidspot

    kidspot Scuba Instructor

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    Hey okie - I talked with the owner at Pacific Dive today and he said you could walk to the shop from the harbor and they would take care of your transportation to and from the dive site (I mentioned Mala warf as a possibility) The nice part about doing a shore dive with them is they will schedule it around your availability, and you won't be rushing to catch a boat.

    Have a great time on your trip to Hawaii!

    Aloha, Tim
     
  20. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

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    Wow Tim, you are AMAZING!!!! :D :D :D :D What great customer service Pacific Dive is willing to do too....very impressive!!

    Okie, take the Pacific Dive deal. Mala Wharf is a really great dive site, and doing it from shore will give you more bottom time and you can do it on your own schedule.

    Kudos to Tim and Pacific Dive!!
     

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