Hello, my name is Mikol and I am a Divemaster here at Lahaina Divers. Some of you may know me as the LD 'Weekend Warrior', some of you may know me as 'Flat Top', or simply the dive guide whose 'hair-do doesn't change underwater'! I have been asked to hijack the LD blog here and share with you from time to time some tidbits and goings on around LD, our dive sites, and Maui.
In this blog I hope to share about some of the fun stuff we see in and around our dive sites here in Maui, Lanai, Molokini, and our secret Hammerhead dive site. So from time to time, I will post about our dives, or some of the cool things we have seen lately, or even, heaven forbid, some of the fun antics of our divers that come out to enjoy our warm Hawaiian waters with us.
So what has Lahaina Divers been up to lately since there haven't been many posts here? We have been up to a lot! We have added some new dives and have been revamping the shop with some new gear and gadgets. We have also been welcoming some great new faces to the LD team. It has been a season of change and what we have heard from our diving buddies is that it has been great.
First and foremost, we added an exciting dive for our advanced divers. Many have enjoyed drifting around the backside of Molokini Crater and yet during their ride back the harbor looked out at Lanai and wondered what it would be like to drift over and through the lava rock topology of Lanai, well you can join us now on Thursdays to do just that. We have quite a few different spots for you to 'dive, dive, dive' from and starting with the live drop-off all the way to the live blue water pick-up you have opportunities to see some amazing swim-throughs, pelagic critters, dolphins, and even some hard to find nudibranchs. Due to the nature of the live drop-off and pick-ups in the blue on this dive, we do limit this to our advanced diving guests. But wait, if you are relatively new to diving, not to worry. Call us or ask at the shop about what you can do to improve your diving skills such as buoyancy control, air consumption, and drift diving skills. In some cases, through some advanced training, we can possibly help you get ready for the Lanai or Molokini drift dives.
Even though our drift dives are one of a kind here in Maui, we have some awesome other dives that despite my having dove them too many times to count, I still see something new on every dive. A new critter, a new behavior, or even a twist on something I have seen before. I am not going to spoil the fun though and write about all of it one blog, you will just have to come back and check out my next blogs to find out about them.
So, I mentioned new faces. Yes, we have welcomed aboard some great people in the shop and on the boat as well as behind the scenes. Since I don't know when you visited us last, I cannot really tell who is new since you have been here before or not, so you will just need to visit our staff page to see who our new additions are. If they haven't posted their bio by the time you come back out with us, then you will have to bug them when you see them on the boat or in the shop!
We have added some new items in our shop as well as brought in the new versions that the manufacturers have released. I will blog about them in future blogs, but I will give you a hint of what I will highlight in my next blog... Captain Elliot, there IS now an app for that! When you are here, take some time to cruise the shop. We are open until 8pm almost every night so it is a great place to stop, walk off your dinner, kill some time before the night life starts, or even complete your paperwork in preparation for your dives with us. And if you don't have time to stop by before you come diving with us, you can click HERE, download your paperwork and complete it before you even get here. (Just remember to pack it with your dive gear so you don't forget it like I do).
As I say to those in my group when I get to come out and work on the boat, 'Thank you for taking me diving, because if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't get to do this.' Thank you for making Lahaina Divers your dive buddies and making us a part of your vacation. I look forward to reading your comments and if you have something you want me to blog about, please let me know below.
BTW, did someone mention 'Whales'? Did I hear 'Whales'? What was this I heard about our first Whale sighting of this year off Kona? Is it nearing Whale season again? Hmmmmm....