Welcome back LD Dive Buddies! There is a lot that has been going on lately and I thought I would get you caught up before the list gets too long. As you can see by all of our Facebook posts, Tweets, and such, we are ramping up more things to do and really good specials through Lahaina Divers. With all of this comes the need to keep you up to date. Yes, there is a lot of shameless marketing sales pitches in this blog post, sorry but I really need to tell you about them.
Let’s start with the fun stuff: Lahaina Divers is holding our first annual Underwater Halloween Costume Contest. From now through Halloween, when you come diving with us, bring a costume, a Halloween mask, or something Halloween underwater, take a picture and send it in. Entries will be voted on by the LD staff on November 2nd at our staff meeting and the winner will receive a gift certificate for 50% off two divers on a dive trip to Lanai, Molokini, or Turtle Reef. Ok Mike, I am here already and left my costume at home, what do I do? Well, here on Maui there are a few good places to get a costume. Savers on Dairy Rd., LahainaHalloween.com, Maxi’s Costumes, Wal-Mart, and Kmart all have a great collection of costumes. All we ask is that the costume is something that won’t come apart underwater and damage our reefs and more importantly, that it is something that is safe to use underwater. Hopefully we will get a bunch of pictures so we can post them on our website and Facebook. For more information, see the flyer HERE.
Next, Suunto and Lahaina Divers have teamed up to offer you a great deal on your next dive computer. When you buy a D9tx, D6i, D4i, Vyper Air, or Hel02 between now and Dec 31, 2012, you will receive a free wireless tank pressure transmitter. Yes, we said FREE!! Ok Mike, what is that saving me? These transmitters are retail priced at $450! For some, that is a round trip plane ticket, for others that is an upgrade to first class on your flight to Maui. Or, you can take the savings from this and buy one of our gently used Aqua Lung Axiom BCDs. The prices on these BCDs are so low I really can’t publish it here, but suffice it to say it is well over 50% off the retail price. On all of our gear, we meticulously maintain all of our rental equipment and take it out of service long before it starts to show any wear and tear.
Ok, enough unabashed plugs… on to the fun stuff! The weather and the diving have been absolutely awesome here lately. Saturday our divers spotted quite a few sharks on our Hammerhead Dive, and Molokini was crazy with sleeping White Tip Reef Sharks and one Barracuda that just wouldn’t leave my dive group alone. We were pretty sure it was the same guy that followed us around on both of our dives. Plus we saw a couple gigantic eels that were mind-boggling in girth. We also saw four Peacock Groupers co-operatively hunting over the reef at Aquarium. Whenever you are diving Maui, and especially at Molokini Crater, watch for different species hunting together. I have seen Sharks and Eels, Eels and Bluefin Trevally, and once we saw a White Tip Reef Shark, a Yellow Margin Eel, a Peacock Grouper, and two Blue Fin Trevallies all co-operatively hunting in a pack.
This morning one of our local radio stations announced that the first Humpback Whale of the season was sighted off Maui! They didn’t provide any further information as to where and when and I haven’t had a chance to confirm the sighting, but that can only mean we are getting really close to whale season. If you have not been diving with us during whale season, you are missing out on something special. To be cruising the reef while the males sing and sometimes, on a rare occasion, to have them so close your whole body vibrates is an experience worth putting on your bucket list. There are times during whale season that it gets so thick with whales between Lahaina and our dive sites that we have to stop and wait for the whales to cross just so we stay the mandated distance of 100 yards away. Needless to say, this always provides a great opportunity for topside photos of our annual visitors.
Well, I need to sign off and get to work planning some other cool stuff coming up. Thinking about photo contests, week long dive society events, underwater photography workshops, and more. If you have a suggestion, please post your comment below, I would love to hear what you suggest. Don’t be shy, but also keep it PG-13 please. If you are interested in some type of week-long dive event or workshop, contact us via this page and let us know. We would love to hear your input. Until next time, thank you for taking me diving with you and I hope we can do it again soon.
Welcome back Lahaina Divers dive buddies! Well, we are soon heading into Humpback whale season here in Maui and with our first sighting recently off Kona on the Big Island, it means we will be seeing some of our beloved Humpback Whales off the coast of Maui and our surrounding islands. Ok, show of hands, how many people like seeing our big visitors here in Maui... Wow, a lot of you do! As we head into whale season, I will see if I can conjure up some photos of this year's sightings and post them here or on our Facebook page.
Speaking of sightings, recently on a dive at our favorite afternoon dive spot, Mala Wharf, our divers were treated to some dolphins coming in and checking us out. One of our guests shared their video of the dolphins on our Facebook page so be sure and go check it out. For those of you that haven't been there Mala is a collapsed concrete pier thanks to hurricane Iniki in 1992 and has since become a haven for tons of critters. Even though the dive site is only a few hundred feet long, divers and snorkelers alike can spend hours spotting things both big and small. A few White Tip Reef Sharks have taken up residence there and can be found sleeping in various spots under the structure while Green Sea Turtles are hovering overhead. For the more patient of divers, small and hard to spot critters such as Imperial Nudibranchs and Frog fish can be found. Mala Wharf with its small cracks and crevices also serves as a great spot to find Moray Eels, Octopus (Tako), Slipper Lobsters, and Sponge Crabs. One thing to keep in mind though with Mala, is that it is a collapsed concrete structure so there is exposed rebar and other sharp and pointy things on the dive site, so as the captain says in his site briefing, “If it looks sharp and pointy, it is, so be careful as you dive the site.”
For those wanting to dive a little deeper we have had some epic dives at Molokini both in the crater and on the backwall. There have been some dives inside the crater that I have led on Saturday mornings where I needed a few more arms and hands just to point out all of the critters. With visibility as good as 250' at times, and even on the 'bad' days visibility being as 'horrid' as 150' in the crater, you can't go wrong at Molokini or any of our other dive sites such as Lanai or West Maui and Turtle Reef.
Ok, I hinted at this in my earlier blog post... For those of you that have been lucky enough to have Captain Elliot welcome you aboard, you may remember that he is OCD about cell phones ringing, and that at the time, there was not an "app for that." Well, I am happy to report that there is NOW an "app for that!" Lahaina Divers now carries the iGills dive computer housing for your iPhone 3 and 4. So for those of you that camped out for your new iPhone 5, don't toss out your old phone. The iGills is an underwater housing with the depth and temperature sensor as well as a 5 button interface built into the cover and a special flat dome lens on the back. And best of all, the iGills app is FREE!!! Lahaina Divers is selling the iGills for the same price you can get them on the mainland.
Ok Mikol, so it sounds cool, but really, what does it do? It is a full recreational dive computer that works in air, nitrox, or gauge mode, but it also allows you to take photos or video while still showing you the key diving information such as depth and NDL bottom time remaining. But wait, that's not all... it also allows you to use the iPhone's compass and for those that have the iPhone 4, the compass works at any angle. If you want to know more, check it out at www.iGills.com. Ok, sounds cool and all, but what if the unthinkable happens and it floods? Diver's Alert Network (DAN) will insure it for $99 per year. (Cost to cover a 16Gb iPhone 4s and the housing) To find out more, ask at the shop when you buy your iGills.
Well, I have to run and get my dive bag packed so I can go diving tomorrow. A big huge thank you to our guests for making LD a great place to work, and more importantly for being there to 'take me diving.' Until next time, A Hui Hou (Till we meet again!)