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.