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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving in
Hawaii/Kihei, Maui

Mike Severns Diving: "Outstanding dive operation", Nov, 2018,

by Dennis W Smith, TX, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10689 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My wife and I have been diving with Severns Diving nearly every year since 1998. We have also gone out with several other operators in Maui and although they were also very good, none can compare with Severns. Pauline Fiene is the owner/operator of Severns Diving and it is Pauline that makes MSD so special. First, she is a Marine Biologist with over 9000 dives in and around the Hawaiian Islands. She has authored several books and is an acknowledged expert on nudibranchs and Hawaiian coral. In 2009, Pauline was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. When Pauline conducts a briefing, you feel her passion for her subject and as she talks her eyes light up with the pleasure of sharing her knowledge with her clients.
Andy Schwanke, Divemaster/Instructor and Boat Captain has been a member of Severns Diving for 20 years and is awesome. His passion for diving, Hawaii, and the Hawaiian environment and culture is evident in everything he does.
Warren Blum, Divemaster/Instructor is awesome as well and we have known him for most of his 17 years with MSD. On this trip he conducted the briefings as thoroughly and as entertaining a if Pauline was briefing us personally.
I can't say enough about the dive briefings given BY MSD, whether by Warren, Andy or Pauline. Each one is an education on the animals, the history and their cultural importance to ancient as well as modern Hawaii. On this trip we dove for 3 days X 2 dives. On each dive we learned something new even though we have dove each site multiple times over the years.
I will end now because I could go on and on about this incredible dive operation and its members. Every year we look forward to our Maui trip because of MSD. I recommend them highly whether you are newly certified or highly experienced.
Websites Mike Severns Diving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving South Padre Island, Cozumel, Roatan, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, St Kitts, Dominican Republic, Galapagos, Cocos, Fiji, Australia, Wakatobi, Columbia, Brazil
Closest Airport OGG (Kahalui, Maui) Getting There Direct flights from most major airports on most major carriers

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth 130 FSW, safety stop at 700 psi, surface at 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Mike Severns Diving is a day boat and so don't expect too much in terms of camera tables, etc. Pauline, Andy and Warren are incredibly talented UWP's and will guide and assist but come prepared to be self sufficient with your gear.
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