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Maui Diamond Sea Sports, Kihei

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  • I have chartered the Diamond twice now and been diving with them numerous times. The crew is always professional and will cater to all reasonable requests. This time we had a three year old with us on...  more »
  • We chartered the Maui Diamond II for our family of 19 for one of the days we were in Maui (on the Pride of America inter-island NCL cruise). Our primary desire was to go our snorkeling at the Molokini...  more »
  • This was the first official dive for my husband. We really appreciated the customer service and attention to safety. They set all our gear up and switched tanks for us after the first dive. We liked t...  more »
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  • Great people, great fun. Knowledgeable and caring staff. This is where the locals go. And another thing I appreciate is the return customers are consistent. I even end up going out with customers who I went with the same time last year. Note, the boat leaves out of Maalea. Usually there are only morning dives but when busy they will also do afternoons.
  • Captain Rob was very good. I loved the way almost everyone on the boat was repeat business for Maui Diamond. I would highly recommend.
  • THE BEST...HAD A GREAT TIME,WENT OUT 3 TIMES SNORKELING AND DIVING.BEN IS A GREAT CAPTAIN.THE CREW WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO KEEP EVERYONE HAPPY AND SAFE.
  • I was recommended this dive company by a coworker, and now I am recommending it to the entire internet. Simply put - its the people that make this dive shop fantastic. They're smart, engaging and funny in that really goofy diver way. Most importantly they are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about diving. Our guides were always happy to educate us about the wildlife we encountered without being overbearing. They also made sure everyone was comfortable on the boat while in between dives.
  • We had a really bad experience with Captain Don and the Maui Diamond II. First, we had 17 divers in the water, only two guides, a wide range of skill levels and goals, and even a dive class. Signs I consider to be a bit of a cattle boat. Even worse was an incident we found ourselves in. I dive regularly, but my wife is a new diver and hadn't been diving recently. All information we were clear about over the phone and with the crew on the boat and were assured the dives would be appropriate for her. She also expressed some anxiety about the dive plan, specifically current and depth, during the dive briefing. When we pulled up to the site, the captain commented that the edge of the island was known for strong current and that he could observe the current from the boat. He told us to stay west of the boat and made a few jokes about the current pulling us to Tahiti and that he wouldn’t come pick us up if it did. As soon as we got in the water I could feel the current on the surface. Looking down, I could clearly see the fish swimming into the current without making progress. After the group descended, the divemaster ignored the captain’s instructions and led us east, with the current, which continued to get stronger. Once we turned back, the current was so strong that we were barely able to make progress against it and my wife, stressed out and over exerted, aborted the dive. Things got worse on the surface. As I was towing my wife back to the boat, Captain Don asked what happened and I told him that the current was too strong and we had aborted the dive. He immediately began making jokes about the situation and telling us to go back down. I told him the jokes were not appropriate (and later apologized for my word choice). Once we got her back on the boat, I decided to find the group and complete the dive. She was visibly upset about me going back in, but I assumed the captain would assure her and that she would feel guiltier later on if I didn’t finish the dive. Instead, Captain Don continued to make jokes that I would be swept away to Tahiti by the current. Once the dive was over, he made a loud sarcastic comment about how I made it back and implied that her concerns were silly and continued to make jokes about the situation, her stress, and other safety issues. In summary, our divemaster ignored instructions and conditions and led us into a situation that exceeded our training and experience. The captain of the boat was extremely unprofessional afterwards and made continuous jokes that worsened the situation.

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Kihei may be a small town, but its lodging options rival those of much bigger tourist destinations in Hawaii. Most visitors choose to stay in rental apartments, which provide plenty of privacy and enough room to satisfy families with kids of all ages. Most apartment complexes maintain a front desk staffed by locals who can provide tips for what to see and where to go in the area. If you choose to check into a hotel on the oceanfront South Kihei Road, which can be noisy and congested throughout the day, ask for a room facing away from the street.
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