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Diving With Scuba Mike

With 25 years diving experience & a perfect safety record under his weight-belt PADI Master Scuba Dive Trainer and US Coast Guard licensed Captain Mike Przetak teaches all levels of PADI certifications & specialty dives. Whether you're a beginner or a certified diver, Mike will guide you in your discovery of our beautiful reefs among turtles, eagle-rays & tropical fish. We don't like crowds, so our groups are limited to 5. We only dive where conditions are best with top of the line equipment. For the ultimate fun dive, try our Underwater Scooter Dive or our Kayak Dive for an extra challenge!

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Snorkeling Fever - Part 2

Whether you're a novice, an out-of-practice snorkeler, or a seasoned veteran, we want you to enjoy your Maui snorkeling experience. Here are some tips we hope will help you do just that:

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  1. Early risers get the fish. Morning is the best, calmest time to be in or on the ocean. Duck under on some nice calm morning. Indulge. Do it for me.
  2. Study up: Pick up a laminated fish card at a dive shop or a bookstore. Or, go all the way and buy a good fish book written specifically for Hawaii.
  3. Get good gear: Rent or buy some quality gear. You’ll need a mask and snorkel at the minimum, fins almost definitely. Most rental places help you with fitting. If they don’t, go somewhere else. You will find gear rental places large and small scattered up and down the side of the road in Kihei, Lahaina, and all the little ‘towns’ north of Kaanapali.
  4. I mean GOOD gear: Patronizing places that helps sustain the reef they’re promoting is good sense, don’t you think? Before you book your charter or rent gear from any establishment, ask if they sell fish food or if they have a "hands-off"/no harassment policy when it comes to marine life interaction. Rental places that will sell you fish food just don’t get it—fish start to act crazy when fish food is introduced to the reef. They fight, they abandon the eggs they were watching or they get lured out into the open where other fish can get them. When or if they make it back to their homes, spots or territories they may have lost their eggs or their little patches of carefully tended algae, so they’re full in the short run but undercut in the long run.
  5. Don’t get fried. Watch the sun and DRINK WATER before and after. Be sure to put your sunscreen on at least a half-hour ahead of time so it will stick to you. Otherwise, it washes off and the ocean animals have to breathe it. Yuck. Better yet, cover up with a t-shirt or snappy rash-guard. (You’ll look local and savvy in the latter.)
  6. If you must stand, stand in sand. Everything but the sand is alive. I know it may look like a rock, it may look dead, it may be brown or black and slick or too hard to be living. But you’re going to have to trust me on this one—every surface you see under the waves is alive or has something alive growing on it. Besides, what is snorkeling at it’s most fundamental? Lying around on the top of the water looking at life. So relax!
  7. Leave the peas at home. Everything you see eats something, and none of it is ‘people food’. Frozen peas, string cheese, bread—all of that stuff makes fish constipated. Chances are you’ve been constipated. Was it fun? No? Well then, why share that kind of misery?
  8. Don’t chase the turtles. Not only is touching or chasing sea turtles illegal, but doing so freaks them out. Think of them as the cows of the sea—they graze, they nap. They get pretty startled when you come at them. They may abandon the place they looked so hard to find for it’s abundance of yummy algae or protection from predators. If they’re on the surface they’re trying to breathe, just like you. So, give them some space. Pass it on.
  9. One fish, two fish. If you get ‘The Fever’ really bad and want to ‘Do Something’ for the oceans (and yourself) while you’re here, consider joining up with one or more REEF surveys. Project S.E.A.-Link has been coordinating REEF events on Maui since 2001 and has developed a tutorial on its site. Volunteers recently established a new community-based club called FIN (Fish Identification Network) to plan and organize frequent REEF surveys around Maui. If you think you can ID some fish on a fish card and do some counting, contact them. They need volunteers to help census the reef, keep an eye on which fish are where and how they’re doing overall. There’s always a REEF survey going on somewhere below the surface on Maui, so consider lending your efforts and meeting some new people who have ‘The Fever’ as bad—or as good—as you do.
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