My husband and I have been diving for about 6 months with less than 20dives under our belt but we were VERY excited to get some dives in around Maui. I had heard how good the shore diving was in Maui but neither of us were comfortable NOT going on a guided dive so we asked our local dive shops for some suggestions. BOY we were happy Shaka Divers was on that list! greWe wanted to get some good dives in but didn't want to drop $1000 in a few short days just on diving...we did need to eat after all and Shaka Divers is more than affordable for guided dives! Some of the best diving in Maui is from the shore so don't think you will be cheated by beach entry. If you are a newbie at beach entry don't worry, this was easier than jumping in to a pool in most places.
Be prepared to run on Island time with Doug...if you are a get there, get in the water, get out, and go home type of diver...you may not be happy. We met Doug at 9ish and then headed over to Five Graves. We dive with all of our own gear, but Doug does have a nice set up and he get's everything prepared for you while you are filling out all of the paperwork. He does a quick dive plan and then a little tangent about Shaka...we were itching to get into the water and see some sharks but we still enjoyed a few minutes of banter. It was my husband and I, Doug, and one other diver who seemed to need a little time refreshing up on his dive skills, but once under water it was all good!
Doug has an Eagle Eye and we saw A LOT! The only thing we didn't see in 2 days of diving were Ray's but I will just have to get that checked off the list on another dive. Doug takes video and pictures so we got to go home with a nice memnory of our 4 dives! We finished the second dive at Ulua beach which was an even easier entry. We got back to Kihei about 3:30...so a full day to say the least.
Top tips and tricks
#1 JUST RELAX...Doug runs on Island time so if you are wound tight, be prepared for a long day. Also he will collect and clean up the ocean while on your dive...if you aren't into this, this may not be your cup of tea.
#2 Take a lunch, and some drinking water for in between dives
#3 Have your own transportation- we were sharing a car with my dad so they did a lot of hanging out by the beach...which was fine the first day but the 2nd was a little rough
#4 GET THE PICTURES if you aren't your own underwater photog
#5 You are supporting small business and the local economy...relax, enjoy, and blow some bubbles because Doug has an EAGLE EYE and sports the most crazy/random things!
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