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Dive Shops Kihei non cattle boat operations

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by richardbrown77, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. richardbrown77

    richardbrown77 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Hi All - I was hoping to tap into the vast depth of knowledge on this board.

    In Kehei for a couple of weeks on vacation and I want to dive. I have been diving for years but am a recreational diver so gaps between them. I want to avoid any cattle boat operators. Any recommendations of operators who do not run cattle boats would be gratefully received. Not really looking for anything too tricky. Just happy getting wet!
  2. KauaiScuba

    KauaiScuba Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Kauai
    I always hear great things about "Mike Severns Diving".
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  3. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Any of them. The Kihei boat ramp is too small to take large boats.
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  4. Steve Eady

    Steve Eady Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Maui
    If you can make it over to Lahaina to dive I highly recommend Dive Maui www.goscubadivemaui.com. GREAT people and they keep it small and ALWAYS FUN. They go To Lanai and Molokai for hammerheads on Thursday’s. I always recommend them to all my customers.

    Scuba Steve
    Maui Dive Connection
  5. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures. They and Mike Severn are the acknowledged leaders.
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  6. Keith.M

    Keith.M PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Loomis, CA US
    ^^^ I agree, Ed Robinson's is a great operation. I have not tried Mike Severn, but they are very equivalent boats and I have heard very good things about them as well. I may try Mike's this year just for something different.
  7. Deinonych

    Deinonych Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Austin, TX

    Both are great. Ed Robinson's has more variation in their dive trips, so I prefer them personally.
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  8. DiveMaven

    DiveMaven Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kihei, Maui & Vancouver, WA
    I also dive with Ed Robinson’s and recommend them highly. However, if you’re interested in diving Lanai, I highly recommend The Maui Diamond II. It’s a bigger boat, but the crew takes excellent care of you and they run small groups. I never felt rushed or crowded, and the big 46’ Newton was a nice ride over and back.
  9. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Do they go over from Ma'alea?
    Good to know.
  10. renpirate

    renpirate Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    I highly recommend Scuba Shack SCUBA Shack | The Best Dive Company on Maui.. They have a very nice boat and a very well thought out operation. The boat takes a maximum of 12 and leaves earlier than the other boats, which allows you to hit the sites before the other boats. Gear rental is included in the price and he rotates it every couple months. Blair is his main dive master and she is excellent.

    I had a very poor experience with Ed Robinson’s. He was very nice, but the boat is older and his operation seems to be resting on it’s previous reputation. I had heard similar reports from other shops, which I naturally took with a grain of salt. I will likely write a more detailed review of my experience later. As with all experiences, div ops can be hit and miss. It depends so much on the crew, how you interact with them, your experience level, etc.

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