Maui Dreams Dive Co. (diving shop and shore dives) and Maui Diamond Sea Sports (boat dives) are sister companies in Kihei on the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. However, you can book the boat dives from the Maui Dreams Dive Company web site (mauidreamsdiveco.com), in person at the shop, or by phoning the Maui Dream Dive Company.
Their shop in Kihei is well equipped for the diver and both the in house staff and the dive masters/instructors are a bunch of great people who show their happiness working in the diving business. Their boat, the Maui Diamond, is comfortable and is also staffed with fun loving and expert diving folks. However, their fun loving is secondary to their concern with safety both on the boat and in the water.
Last year I took the peak buoyancy course with Charlie and he was extremely knowledgeable and patient. While my buoyancy isn’t perfect (yet) it is greatly improved.
Two of us divers signed up for a two tank scooter dive on Wednesday July 16, 2013. Charlie was the dive master and he also had a student that was taking a course to become a dive master. We went out about 50 feet from the shore, dropped down and began to scooter out to the dive site. After a few minutes, Charlie and I lost visual contract with each other since the visibility was poor. After one minute or so of not being able to locate each other, all four of us surfaced and I was only separated by about 15 feet from the others. Since safety is a primary concern by Maui Dreams Dive Co., (and this is important to divers) the dive was called. Back at the shop, we were given the option of getting our money back or rescheduling. Being a relatively new diver (35 dives) I really appreciated this concern for safety.
In place of the scooter dives I took a two-tank dive from their boat on Monday July 22, 2013. The first dive was at the Molokini Crater, and the second was at the Stonewall Dive site. Captain Chris captained the boat and the two dive masters were Ben and Rob. All three were extremely helpful, friendly, and experts. And it showed that they loved their “jobs”. BTW I found Captain Chris’ jokes funny.
At the crater dive site Ben pointed out a resident 5 foot Barracuda. The water was at least 100 feet visibility, maybe even 150 feet. The coral was interesting and several of the other divers saw a few white tip sharks (or were they black tip?). Our dive master for our group of six, Ben, made sure that he tested any currents, and kept us clear of the current. That was really helpful, since diving against the current, even a slight one, can use up the air quite fast—as well as making the dive tiring.
Several of us liked the second site, the Stonewall dive site, more than the crater. I would assume that what you see on any given day at a site is subject to chance. Ben found an octopus, and coaxed it out of its hiding place. It was great to see it scamper from its first hiding place to another hiding place. The best view I’ve had of an octopus in my 40 dives. One of the divers spotted a really large eel hiding in a hole under some coral. Ben came over and confirmed, using his underwater slate, that yes it was huge. BTW the dive master using a slate to help communicate what was being seen and other communication was a definite plus on the two dives.
During the intervals of diving, pastries, fruit, water, and soda was available—however, the biggest surprise was several types of sandwiches that were also available after the first dive—sandwiches available was a first for me on a boat dive.
I met Don and Rachel (owners) and it seems that there good nature and wit is contagious to the staff—and this good feeling is passed onto the customers.
All in all I had a good time, the crew was great, and both Maui Dream Dive Shop and the Maui Diamond dive boat is highly recommended
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