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Why Choose Manini Dive Company?


Max simply is the best at what he does. His scuba tours are small and personal and he tells bad jokes in English, Japanese and now Korean. Seriously, his main concerns are your safety and that you have a great time scuba that order. He is also an amazing photographer so he will document your scuba dive with the Hawaiian turtles ("honu"), octopus ("tako") and other underwater creatures. Max is the ONLY person I would trust to take me diving on Oahu...and I've done it 11 times!

Stephen Dantzig
Honolulu, Hi
Max has loved diving and the water for his entire life. At age five he got his first snorkel, mask and fin set. He would drive his mom crazy by tying an empty bleach bottle on his back for a tank and playing Sea Hunt. She would ask, "Why are you sitting on the washing machine with your feet inside?". He would reply, I'm Mike Nelson (Lloyd Bridges) and this is my boat. By age 12 he built his first underwater housing for a camera and also started surfing at that same time. In 1979 he got his first chance to Scuba dive. College and hotel management took up a lot of time over the next few years. Upon returning from Australia, Max decided to work as a Dive Master full time and now teaches Scuba Diving. Although he is a PADI certified Instructor, his true love is underwater photography. This website is his portfolio to the world and a testimony to his love of mother ocean. It is Max's philosophy to, "Take Pictures, and leave only bubbles!"

Dive Sites

The Yo 257 has got be my favorite dive in the world. How can you beat two ship wrecks side by side with live reef between them. You can see it all here. Lots of tropical fish, Turtles, octopus, eagle rays and sharks. This dive sight was created by the Atlantis Submarine Company and occasionally you will see them crusing by. The Yo 257 is a 175 foot (53.5m) long pre world war two Japanese Yard Oiler. In August 1989 The hull was filled with gravel and large cutaways were cut in it's sides. It was sunk and now sits up right in about 100 feet (30M) of water. Our dive boat moors to the stern section of the boat and we descend to deck. You could dive this sight multiple times and still not see it all. You can do daylight swim throughs the entire length of the ship. If you look off to the Port side you can see the San Pedro about 70 feet (21.3m) away. The San Pedro is 125ft (38.1m) long and sits about 75 feet of water. It was also sunk intentionally in 1996. The hull is in pretty good shape, but over the years the wheel house has fallen off and the front section has come away. The deck is opening up. The wreck is full of marine life and this is where the sharks like to hide out. Sometimes inside the hull or along the starboard side near the bottom. The Turtles like to hang out on the back deck. The deepest part of this dive you can hit 100ft (30m) so our NDL (No decompression limit) is 20 minutes. If everyone has a dive computer we can get some longer bottom times. Descending down the line to the YO 257 is always exciting. Reaching the deck we consider the current. If it's not too strong we can swim over to the San Pedro. If the current picks up during the dive there is a cable that runs along the bottom between the two wrecks and can make the crossing easier. Be aware that this is the dive sight for the Atlantis Submarines. You will hear them before you see them. They are not going very fast, but we need to stay clear and out of their way. They cruise about deck level to the wrecks. They zig zag back and fourth so the folks in the submarine can see each side of both wrecks. They will be frantically waiving at you and taking your picture. You will become part of the show. You can take their picture and wave back. Just remember to keep a safe distance. The dive will zoom by and it will be time to make your ascent. A slow safe ascent to 15ft (5m) for your 3 minute safety stop. On the boat everyone has big smiles and is talking about all the cool stuff you saw. The boat pulls away and you have a satisfied feeling of dive stoke. But you also have a feeling the you didn't see it all. That you have to go back. And you will. If I had my way. I would go there everyday.