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Dive Review of Maui Diveshop in
Hawaii/Maui / Molokini

Maui Diveshop: "Molokini crater 2 tank dive", Nov, 2018,

by Phil Johnston, Bayswater, AU (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 10795.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My first visit to Maui & Molokini.
I was pretty happy with Maui Dive Shopís administration, they confirmed the dive through my hotel the day prior to my arrival, and collected me at the specified time (6:30am) on the actual day. Transfers from hotel to boat were part of the total package.
Safety briefing & pre-dive briefings were good, divers were separated into groups according to experience levels. A breakfast spread of savories & fresh fruits was available, & a buffet of make-your-own sandwiches was provided after the 2nd dive.
First dive was within Molokini crater. Molokini is a partially submerged volcano with a horseshoe shaped island, the inside of the horseshoe being a protected calm area, the outside of the horseshoe being a basically vertical wall with much more exposure to the open sea. It was a 45-50 minute boat ride from Maui boat harbor to Molokini.
Visibility within the inside horseshoe area was excellent, & the site had a large expanse of healthy hard corals. As I had experienced with other Hawaiian dive sites, hard corals werenít as colorful as I had experienced in the western parts of the Pacific eg Australia, Indonesia etc.
I had heard that Molokini was exceptional for tropical fish life, however I rated the fish life inside the crater as good but not excellent. I did however see the largest school of surgeon fish I have ever seen. I didnít see any new species that I hadnít already seen at other dive sites in Hawaii, but it was good to again sight some of the endemic Hawaiian species such as Potterís angel fish.
After a relatively short surface interval the 2nd dive was on the back wall of Molokini crater. Viz was again very good, highlights were a good sized manta ray passing at a relatively close distance, and multiple large blue dragon nudibranches (I stopped counting at 6 or 7). A few white-tip sharks were seen & fish life was quite similar to the inside of the crater, I didn't see any large sharks, dolphins or pelagics. Because of the shortish surface interval the 2nd dive wound up after 39 minutes. The dive lengths and surface interval appeared to be structured to conform with getting the boat back to the dock by around 12:30pm.
Overall, the operation was pretty well organised, I enjoyed the inside crater more than the back wall. I would have preferred a slightly longer dive on the back wall though.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Indonesia/Bali, Cocos Islands, Mexico (Cozumel & Socorros) Tonga, Galapagos, Tahiti, Maldives, Mozambique, Bahamas, Red Sea, Roatan, Philippines, Hawaii (Kona, Maui)
Closest Airport Kahalui Getting There I flew from Hilo on Big Island to Kahalui.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-79°F / 26-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 25-28 M / 82-92 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions The usual - no deco diving, 50 minutes max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I'm not an UWP so haven't commented.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Craig A Wood in PA, US at Dec 13, 2018 09:16 EST  
I wonder why they didn't do your two dives in the opposite order? Reef's End was our best dive off Molokini
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