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About Maui Dive Shop
Maui Dive Shop offers small group SCUBA diving trips to at least two different destinations every day of the week. Maka Koa, our Pro 48' V-Hull, twin-engine, jet driven dive boat, takes up to 24 divers plus snorkelers out of Maalaea Harbor, providing comfortable seating and amenities for a quick, safe, convenient ride to each dive location. The boat is equipped with a marine head (bathroom), fresh water shower, padded seating, and all necessary safety equipment. Knowledgeable crew members will provide an on board briefing to familiarize you with the boat, our equipment, and the spectacular marine life. A full breakfast and deli lunch, as well as refreshments, will be served on board. Free transportation from the South side of the island is also available.
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Emily wrote a review Aug 12
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The Maui Dive Shop crew was outstanding on this trip! Friendly, fun and knowledgeable they made sure everyone on board was well taken care of and had the best experience. Will definitely return next time I'm in Maui and highly recommend to anyone wanting to snorkel or dive on the island! Huge thanks to Jack, Luke, Nick and Ernie for making this adventure so wonderful!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Alaina U wrote a review Aug 8
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TLDR: this is a fantastic crew for diving while you’re vacationing on Maui, but if you are doing any kind of training, this is the only shop to use on Maui! The crew (in the dive shop and on the boat) are professional, kind, and fun, and truly excellent instructors. I’m so happy to have done my Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses with them, and my husband did his Deep Diver Speciality as well. I first found the shop through the Scuba Diving Magazine “Best Of” ratings, which I have found to be reliable in my dive travels. I went on dives with Maui Dive Shop and some of the other mentioned shops before I picked MDS for my coursework. Their attentiveness to each diver, professionalism, and thoughtful “extras” set them apart (they provide breakfast, lunch, drinks, and snacks, which I had never seen before). The crew is also highly experienced and educated (decades of diving each in locations worldwide, advanced certifications...the crew includes a marine biologist and a Coast Guard veteran, to mention some) and very knowledgeable about diving and Hawaii's marine life. Ernie, who is one of THE BEST dive instructors I’ve encountered in 20+ years of diving, was the primary instructor for my Divemaster course. He is conscientious and takes his teaching with the appropriate amount of seriousness (Divemaster is a professional course where you learn to be responsible for other divers) while also being fun. The Rescue Diver course was taught by Dani, who did an amazing job teaching what I think is the most difficult non-professional dive course. I worked with almost all of the divemasters and instructors during my few weeks on Maui, and they are all excellent. In terms of teaching, not only are all of the instructors world-class, but Maui Dive Shop is the only dive shop on the south side of Maui with a dive training pool — which is absolutely necessary! I was there during the massive waves that hit Hawaii and the ocean was not safe, but since the shop had a dive training pool it was no problem at all and I was able to complete my course on time. My husband and I worked with all of these divemasters and instructors and would recommend all of them wholeheartedly: Ernie, Dani, Josh, Michael, Marc, Jake, Jess, Tony, and Nick.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Mauidiveshop, Guest Relations Manager at Maui Dive Shop
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha Alaina and mahalo for trusting Maui Dive Shop and Dive Wailea with your Divemaster Course as well as your Rescue and your husband's Deep course. We had so much fun getting to spend so much time with you and your husband. We consider ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to train such an excellent new Divemaster. We look forward to hearing about your adventures and hope to see you many times in the future! Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!) - Audrey
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Julia M wrote a review Aug 5
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The Maui Dive Shop crew are amazing! Highly recommend!! After having boat engine troubles on the morning of our dive/snorkel tour to Molokini and Turtle Town, they had to re-book us for another day. No problems doing that, they got us taken care of. They even brought us on the boat for some breakfast and let’s us take the lunches they’d made for us and stock up on drinks! We used the drinks and lunches to go drive around the island checking out waterfalls all day! On our second try for diving, everything was fixed on the boat and worked out great. Captain Jack was super friendly, let my kids hang out with him up top, and chatted with us during the trip. It was my son’s 10th birthday too, so Captain Jack made an announcement to the boat and everyone cheered! Ernie, our dive master, was absolutely top notch! Great briefing, entertaining, and safety first, always! He told us a lot about what we’d see on the dive. Because the kids aren’t certified divers yet, they snorkeled. But the folks at Maui Dive Shop (because they’re awesome!) let my husband and I pay for 1 adult dive and 1 adult snorkel, then we split the 2 tank dive, each of us diving at one location, then switching so that one parent could stay with the kids at all times. My husband saw a reef shark and a turtle on his Molokini dive! Food and accommodations on the boat were fantastic! They even had cool peppermint towels to wipe the salt off your face at the end of the dive! I’ve never had that before, but now I can never go back! 😃 Love this crew! Thank you Maui Dive Shop!!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Mauidiveshop, Guest Relations Manager at Maui Dive Shop
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha and mahalo for your kind words. We're so happy that the arrangement worked out with splitting the dives up! Happy birthday again to your on and maybe next time the whole family could go diving ;). We'd be happy to see your ohana out with us again soon. Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
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Ian M wrote a review Aug 4
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The crew were outstanding in every way. They took care of our every need. The dive master was knowledgeable and on top of everything. We couldn't have asked for a better dive at Molokini. Would definitely do it again.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Mauidiveshop, Guest Relations Manager at Maui Dive Shop
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha Ian & mahalo for spending time with us on board Maka Koa. We're so happy to hear our crew met your every need! We can't wait to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
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Stephan B wrote a review Aug 4
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My family and I went on a dive and snorkeling adventure with Maui Dive Shop near the Molokini Crater. Our experience was amazing from start to finish. The driver who picked us up from our condo (Jake) was right on time and super personable. He even took the time to provide tips and places to visits including restaurants completely up beat at 6:00am. The check-in on the boat was effortless and all equipment was neatly organized on the boat. The whole crew was fantastic and personable. Each team member from captain to dive masters were extremely professional, friendly and easy going! They also all had amazing patience with little kids and made the whole experience a joy. The dives and snorkeling were fantastic; no issues, great dive profiles, recaps and safety first! I can’t say enough enough this company and can only imagine that the leaders / owners are amazing because it takes great leadership to see experiences like this.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Mauidiveshop, Guest Relations Manager at Maui Dive Shop
Responded 1 week ago
Aloha Stephan - Thank you for trusting us with your ohana on board the Maka Koa. We are thrilled to hear that everyone enjoyed themselves in and out of the water. Our crew prides itself on creating the best mix of fun and safety. We hope to see you all out with us again soon. Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
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