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Hawaii recommendations: Oahu & Maui

Discussion in 'Local Reference' started by JayNSusan, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. JayNSusan

    JayNSusan New

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Louisiana
    I am currently planning a mid May 2019 island hopping trip to Hawaii. I want to know if anyone has any suggestions for dive operators in Oahu, the big island, and Maui.
    If you were only choosing two of those islands to scuba, which would you select?
  2. divinh

    divinh Photographer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco
    I've only gone diving from Maui and with Lahaina Divers. They were very professional. I especially enjoyed the Hammerhead site, but it's a rough ride out and a rough reboard, however... hammerheads!
  3. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas
    I really like staying in Kihei for a fraction of the price in a private condo. Close to the marina and dive boats and Ed Robinsons is awesome
  4. Montana Diver

    Montana Diver Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Montana
    I agree with Ed Robinson. The crew is great at spotting critters and they run advanced dives if that is your desire. Also agree with the Kihei location. Quick trip to Molokini from there.l
  5. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas
  6. cavtrooper

    cavtrooper Dive Travel Professional

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Keizer, Or
    I used Kaimana Divers in Oahu and loved it. Sea Tiger was a great dive. It was a nice, small boat with a great crew. Fun times in Waikiki. Scuba Diving Oahu With Kaimana Divers - Dive Oahu With The Pros I also rented a house in Waikiki but away from the tourist area on AirBnb. It was much more enjoyable to be out in the city. Plus a rental car was nice for surface intervals!
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  7. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    I'd dive Maui and Kona. Lots of other interesting non-dive things to do on Oahu.

    All the Kona boats are based in a harbor just north of town - nothing nearby. Most shops have an office in town, you check in once then meet the boat daily. We liked Kona Diving Company - they're in an industrial mall just east of town - so are two other shops. (Big Issland and I forget the other) The reason for Kona is the Manta Night dive - it regularly makes the top 50 dives in the world lists. Also south of Kona there's a decent chance spinner dolphins will be your buddies - hundreds of them. There's a few decent shore dives also. 45 mins,. north is Waikoloa - there's 2 boat operators there if you're staying in that area.

    Maui has a lot of shore diving options all along the west coast. Plus you can dive 3 other islands, boats based in Kihei go over to Molokini, boats from Lahaina generally to Lanai. The Molokini Backwall is a good dive and the West Lanai drift dives are an e-ticket ride. Once a week Lahaina Divers takes a boat to Molokai to blue water dive with hammerheads - it's seasonal so check with them. Also if you're staying in that area - Kaanapali or Lahaina are very touristy - once every couple days Lahaina Divers also does Molokini. No south Maui boats go to Lanai. Not that it isn't on all islands but Maui Scooter Divers offers rides out to Umekahame - often there's Manta's there during the day. Robinson''s also goes there.

    It's about a 45min. drive between Lahaina and Kihei and even at 5am there's traffic - resort workers. The Kihei boats all leave as close to 6am as possible to get back b4 the tradewinds pickup - they're smaller as they launch from the ramp.

    My list of operators - although there's many others.

    Ed Robinson's - offers more advanced dives
    Mike Severns - naturalists on board
    B&B Scuba - just nice people. Also a fill station for exotic gases.

    Lahaina Divers - two big Newton dive boats but smaller tanks.
    Extended Horizons - one smaller boat but a good crew. They also do escorted shore diving - if you plan todive Mala Pier - they're nearby.

    In south Maui Doug at Shaka Divers has the dive bus and will meet you at sites. Maui Dreams Dive Co. is the other shore dive operation in Kihei.

    Personally we like staying in condos in Wailea although the Kihei boat ramp is about 10mins. north. Most of the Wailea beaches are also good shore dives, we like Wailea Beach - it's very interesting off the south point. A friend told me Polo Beach is better.

    a little dated but some good info/pictures - Scuba Shore Diving Region: Hawaiian Islands

  8. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc MSDT

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
    I'll second staying in Kihei on Maui. The back wall at Molokini is great. I like boat rides, so Lanai is kind of fun. Never been over to Molokai: Maybe next time I'll target this one.

    Lahaina Divers are good people, though I don't like the number of divers in the water at the same time. I'd rather be out with a smaller group. I'm confident in them, though.
  9. Spudlet

    Spudlet Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sydney

    Gabe at Kaimana Divers and team are great
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  10. dfk70

    dfk70 Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Virginia
    I dived with Kaimana Divers recently and Gabe does a great job. The small dive groups really give him the opportunity to personalize the dives. Gabe also did me a solid by picking me up at my hotel and dropping me back off at my hotel at the end of the day. He also helped me out by taking my gear back to the shop, rinsing and drying it, and bringing back to the boat the next day.

    Thanks again Gabe!

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