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Dive Review of Lahaina Divers/Pioneer Inn in
Hawaii/Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina Divers/Pioneer Inn: "Lahaina Divers", Jul, 2019,

by Gregory C Hill, CA, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11370 has 3 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]Lahaina Divers offered convenient diving from Lahaina, with a good choice of boat trips for all skill levels. Without a car, I stayed at the Pioneer Inn, on the Lahaina waterfront, walking distance to the dive store and dive boat. Good, basic accommodations in an historic hotel, close to everything in town. First dive was an afternoon reef dive, Honolua Bay, good for novice divers, but on that day, not great visibility nor special attractions. The next three days were on sites for experienced divers, Molokini, Lanai, and Molokai. The Molokini Backwall drift dive was outstanding, with 80+ visibility, dramatic walls and ledges, good coral growth (typical small but abundant Hawaiian corals), plentiful reef fish, and a few sharks and eagle rays. Both dives (two tank trip) were "live boat" drifts on the backside of the Molokini Crater, with no other boats or divers nearby.

The next day two tank trip to Lanai was similar in conditions and visibility to Molokini but without the deep walls. Excellent large lava reef structures, good fish life, but no special large animal sightings. The dive sites felt remote, with no other boats or divers in the area.

Third day was the hammerhead shark dive at Molokai. The crossing was very rough, and large swells on the dive site made for challenging conditions, but the skilled crew had their "routine" down and got everyone in and out of the water with no problems. As on the other dives, this was a drift dive with a live boat. The dive began on a site called "Fish Rain", a reef with solid tropical reef fish filling the water column from the surface to the reef at 60 feet. we thin followed the guide looking for the school of hammerheads over a deep sandy bottom. Unfortunately, on this day, the school did not show up, and only a few sharks were spotted on the bottom or in the distance. Rather than spend all the dive over the sand, the guide moved back close to the reef, so the dive would still be interesting. Reef structures were dramatic with more 80+ visibility. Despite the lack of sharks, Molokai was an outstanding dive. The Dominion dive boat was large, comfortable in the rough seas, had a marine head, and ample shade. Box lunches, fruit, drinks, etc. Were served on all dives except the afternoon local reef dive. The crew were all exceptional, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and safety conscious.
Websites Lahaina Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii, Micronesia, Galapagos
Closest Airport Getting There Direct flights from West Coast, LAX, SFO, etc.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 80-90 Ft/ 24-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 80 ft max, stay with group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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