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Scuba Diving

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Scuba Diving

Hello. My fiancee and I are planning a honeymoon to Maui this summer and will be staying at the Maui Kai. I was wondering how good the scuba diving is in Maui, and whether it's worth getting my certification here in the midwest before I leave?

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Congratulations! I think the diving on Maui is great, both from shore and from a boat. There are a number of great spots to see beautiful sea life (the back wall of Molokini is but one spot), the water temps are quite warm, and the visibility is beyond excellent. I, too, got certified in the Midwest and did my open water dives on Maui. The following year, I received my advanced open water certification on Maui. I dive there every year and will be doing so next month. I signed up for my open water certification dives at the Four Seasons Resort (where I was staying, nice diving just off of Wailea Beach) and really enjoyed the team of divers they have on site there (http://www.mauiundersea.com/). I have also gone out with Mike Severns Diving (http://www.mikesevernsdiving.com/), a great group with their own boat that takes the time to explain the marine life, take you to the out of the way dive sites, and serve some really delicious cookies! (Andy, I'm on my way...)

Long answer short: if you're interested in discovering diving, I can't think of a better place to get certified than on beautiful Maui, especially if you happen to be able to use the two companies I list above.


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The Maui Kai is in the West Maui area, so to avoid driving to South Maui, plan your dive adventures from Lahaina town.

I would recommend completing some of your training ahead of time. It's also good to have a local dive store back home to help you with your basic equipment, and to answer your questions. Many folks do their classes and swimming pool sessions at home, and then complete their open water dives on vacation.

If you were on a vacation, rather than a honeymoon, you wouldn't mind spending two or three days of vacation time in clases to get your certification.

The two dive shops that I buy from in Lahaina are just across the street from each other:

Lahaina Divers at:


Pacific Dive at:


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Congrats on your pending marriage and honeymoon to Maui. I definitely think you should start your certification process at home and finish it in Maui. It's so wonderful to dive in a warm water environment with great visibility, which is what you'll have in Maui. Plus you will have fun and wonderful memories from diving on your honeymoon. Finally, you and your husband will share a great hobby your entire marriage. We didn't get certified until after we'd been married about 12 years - and wish we had started sooner! Diving's great. Why wait.

I agree with the advice you received about not driving to south Maui to dive - the boats go out of the harbor there about 7, so want you there checking in at 6:30. Make your life easier and go out of Lahaina.

I finalized my basic certification with Jack at Maui Dive Shop in the Kahana area. He took me to Old Airport Beach Park. Jack was much more thorough than the person who certified my husband in Fiji. I think it is very important that you find someone you are comfortable with when you get certified -

Enjoy your honeymoon in Hawaii, and definitely start the process to get certified before you get to Maui. Otherwise you'll spend your time reading and studying the book while on your honeymoon.


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