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#247
hawaii dive operations
Striper - 9/28/2012 5:21 PM
Category: Travel
Replies: 12

Heading to Oahu Hawaii for a week any one have any info on pro or cons on the dive outfits there. We are looking for sight seeing and maybe a peek at a live lava flow (if not too crazy).

Thanks
Striper
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Striper - 9/29/2012 6:53 AM
Thanks I’ll look him up.
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B4UDive - 9/29/2012 3:11 PM
Ed Robinson’s is located on the island of Maui, and the other great operator on Maui is Extended Horizons. To see a "live" lava flow, the only island that has an active volcano is the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Striper - 10/01/2012 5:24 AM
Okay thanks for the info sound like Ed Robinson’s outfit is well know I can start there.
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hansonb - 10/06/2012 5:48 AM
Depends on which island you are wanting to dive from. On Oahu I would recommend Dive Oahu on the west side or Aaron’s Dive shop on the east side. They both have decent tours. Maui, definitely with Ed Robinson’s as they treat you as an adult and allow you some freedom not some newbee student. Maui is the best water in the islands from my couple years experience of living there and diving them all. Lahaina Divers up in Lahaina on Maui also offer a good hammerhead shark dive across the channel near Molokai and that is a nice tour as well but they have limited tours of those a week/month so check out that schedule. On the Big Island you could go with almost dive operator to do the night Manta Ray dive. It’s just as cool as all the magazines say it is and only 35 feet or so which makes it an easy dive. I never got the chance for the blackout dives they offer on the Big Island as those are water condition based and mine were cancelled/changed due to current conditions, but I hear great things about them. Biggest thing is to spend the time on the shop websites and call if you have any questions. All of the LDS on the islands were very friendly and helpful to those coming for a visit.
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hansonb - 10/06/2012 5:50 AM
Sorry, forgot to mention that the live lava flow is typically blocked and I wasn’t able to find a Big Island operator that would take me for one of those dives in the 3 years I lived there. If you find someone, enjoy it and make sure you get footage as it would be one to remember. Good luck!
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Striper - 10/09/2012 12:50 PM
Thanks for the input hansonb I will defiantly try to book the Manta Ray dive and if i can book the lava flow I’ll make sure to bring a back up camera
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Easydiver2 - 10/09/2012 9:29 PM
You can see from a boat that goes right up to the lava flow into the ocean. They have the word "extreme" in their business name. Look them up (Big Island).
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Easydiver2 - 10/09/2012 9:34 PM
If you dive Oahu, check out Island Divers Hawaii. They have 2 dive shops and their own boats. One at Hickham Air Force base and the other in Hawaii Kai Shopping Center next to Long’s Drugs store (East Honolulul). The Hawaii Kai shop has their boat docked behind their shop. Morning or Afternoon dives. They have a 3 tanker on Sunday to visit 2 wrecks & drift the 3rd dive.

Have fun & dive safe.

Charlie Eng
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Striper - 10/12/2012 4:13 PM
That sounds good the Sunday 3 tank sounds doable. Thanks Charlie
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Laura - 10/17/2012 2:23 PM
The lava would be on the Big Island and it’s better to stay IN the boat to view it. I don’t think any of the dive operators’ insurance covers it. Check out this article:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/production-notes/updates-from-the-field-swimming-with-lava/463/

For manta dives on the Big Island, Kona Honu Divers and Jack’s Dive Locker have the best reputation for being environmentally responsible while showing you an awesome dive experience.
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Striper - 10/17/2012 2:39 PM
That is a awesome video!!!

And thanks for the dive referrals.