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Intro and Open Water Scuba Manini Dive Company

Dive Type:
Boat Dive
Introductory Dive
Highlights:
  • No Experience Necessary!
  • Small Groups!
  • Dive with Max, the Owner & Instructor Guide!
Inclusions:
Snacks
Cold Water

Description:

Scuba diving is safe, fun and easy! Statistically scuba diving is safer than golfing and bowling. You don't even have to know how to swim. I would not recommend scuba diving to a "nonswimmer" but if you really want to try it and are comfortable in the water it is possible. The number one rule is continuously breath and never hold your breath. As long as you're making lots of bubbles it's all good! 

We pick you up at your hotel at 11:00am and take you to the boat. The reason we ask for your height, weight and shoe size is so we can have all the right size equipment for you. On the boat we are going to go over everything you have to know to "come back alive". It's easy and fun. You will learn four basic skills. We will demonstrate the skills on the boat and then we will do the skills in shallow water. I always say "Use your tools and make your life easy". 

Then we are off to do our dive. We will swim with Honu, the Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles, And over 30 species of fish indigenous to Hawaii. You may have heard of the little fish with the big name. The Humuhumunukunukuapuapua'a. If we are lucky we can play with a "Tako" Octopus. We shoot lots of pictures and you will get to check them out after the dive. If you like the photos a CD is available for $30.00. 

We will return you to your hotel around 3:00pm. You won't be a certified diver at the end of the day but you will find out how easy scuba diving is and wonder why you waited so long to give it a try. If you love snorkeling you are really going to love scuba diving. Now you are ready to take the next step. You can do a PADI Open Water Certification course in as little as three days. Over 70% of the world is underwater. You can get a license to go there!
 

Rates

Rates:
Per
Equipment Included
What equipment is included in the price
# Dives
# Days
Minimum Certification
Minimum Dive Certification that is required to participace.
Price
Adult
Weights
Snorkel Equipment
Fins
Diving Regulator
Buoyancy Control Device
Tanks
Wetsuit
21Not Required
$
125
On-site Additional Rates:
You can purchase those extra options on site.

Name
Price
Photo CD
$
30

Schedule

Schedule:
Days
Pick up
Check in
Drop off
Pick up location
Daily11:00 AM - 11:15 AM11:00 AM3:00 PM - 3:30 PMVarious Waikiki Hotels

Payment & Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: Standard Policy
  • Cancellations made 2 days before Check In Date will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:
The minimum age is 10 years old, with a depth limit of 40 feet.
The afternoon dives are not just for intro divers. Certified divers do the two shallow dives and get some long bottom times. Not everyone wants to go deep. If you are into photography these dives give you more time to shoot pictures or videos.

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions:
  • You are required to sign a medical waiver prior to scuba diving
  • You have to wait 18 hours before you can fly after scuba diving

Reviews

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GREAT EXPERIENCE!
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Great experience. Though it was my first scuba diving, Max guided me very well so that I could enjoy under the sea. I met turtles, octupus, and small sharks under a rock.
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Great experience!
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Max was a great guide :) easy to talk to, experienced and tells a few good jokes :) I started off doing shallow dives after a couple of years of not diving and he gave great feedback on my diving :) The visibility was a bit low when we went out but still got to swim with my first turtle!! :) just what I wanted :)
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Amazing!
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This was perhaps one of the best experiences of my life. Backs took me down for two dives. It was my first time and I was pretty nervous at first. But once I got the breathing down (which Max helped me with), he showed me some amazing wildlife and coral reefs. I would recommend everybody go dive with him at least once. He's very friendly and knows how to explain everything clearly. I saw turtles, ... morecolorful fish, and octopi. He also let me take my gopro down with me and took pictures of me as well. You would be missing out if you didnt dive with Max. Just awesome.

Sorry about the pictures. I don't have my laptop with me but these are just some small examples of the music video and pictures I got from him and with my own Go Pro camera.
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THE BEST !!!!
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Max is the absolute best diving guide as well as diving instructor !!!! He knows the places to go and knows how to keep the dive fun and interesting. Treat yourself to an experience unlike any other and go diving with Max. You will be glad you did !!
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Recommend
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Scuba diving was one of my extraordinary experience. When I close my eyes, I still can remember that scenery vividly. It was the first time of me, so I was very nervous and frightened. But Max hold my hands, watched me carefully, helped me to be calm and even found my lost swim fins:) One of the strong points of Manini Dive is you can dive just with a small group. In my case, I dive only with Max ... moreand my boyfriend. You can feel more safe and see a lot more than others. If you are the first time like me, try to contact with Manini Dive. Thanks a lot Max!
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Best Scuba Dive on Oahu!
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This was our first scuba dive. Max was super friendly and helpful. He was very knowledgable and helped us understand everything we needed to know. He was extremely patient with me as I had some issues getting my rhythm. He did not rush us or try to make me feel bad about needing extra attention. He keeps his dives to a maximum of 4 divers so you can dive longer and have more attention / instruction. ... moreExcellent intro into diving.
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Here is my total disclaimer first: Max Brunk, the owner and sole dive instructor for Manini Dive Company Hawaii, is a close personal friend of mine. Please keep reading before you discount this review as biased. I am not your average tourist/diver: I have Cerebral Palsy. There isn't any way that I would get in the water with an air tank on my back with anyone but a close friend. The fact that that ... morefriend is Max is even better.
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Exceeded my expectations
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Max is a very calm and experienced instructor, the tour was very good!!! I had the opportunity to be the only diver of the tour, therefore Max could take pictures to me and I didn't have to worry about it.
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Great first dive experience
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I found out about Max through a friend who dives with him every time he's in Hawaii. I wasn't sure what to expect but he was prompt in answering any questions I had via text and came right to my hotel with his van. There were only 3 of us that day, the other 2 were a Japanese couple on their honeymoon that didn't speak a lot of English. Max was very patient with them and was able to speak a bit of ... moreJapanese to them. He described everything in a manner that everyone could understand and made it fun.

We got on board a catamaran with a few other dive companies and saw some dolphins on the way out to the dive! The dive site was about 20 minutes from the pier and they provided snacks and water for free. We did a total of 2 dives, each about 20 minutes and all equipment was provided by Max and though it did show some wear it functioned perfectly. There are no lockers on board the boat so just keep your stuff out of sight and it will be fine.

His rates are some of the most competitive out there and provides door to door service which not too many companies do. He takes tons of photos with his underwater camera and you can buy a CD right afterwards for $15. He gave me a special deal since I knew his friend which was outstanding.

This was my first time ever scuba diving in the ocean and I'm glad I went with Max. He made my first experience diving in Hawaii one I will always remember!
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Max is a great diving guide
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I selected manini dive ( max ) by luck from google. At this time of year it is not possible to scuba on the north shore of oahu ( where i stayed ), waves are too big. I travelled 1 hour to hawaii kai where i met max. Max takes you out on a communal dive boat, so could be many others but max only takes 4 himself. The dive sites were great. i went on a intro dive which included 2 dives in different ... morelocations. On the second dive we witnessed an octopus get attacked by a moray eel. Quite unique. Max made me feel comfortable and i would recommend him for sure.
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Great Dive Experience
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I used to live in Hawaii and knew Max from before I left. I wanted a small company that was very focused on creating a wonderful dive experience. I got that with Max. I did two days of diving with Max. Both days were wonderful. I managed to see turtles, sharks, fish of all kinds and he even found an octopus. He was amazing. He was considerate of your dive level and made sure you were comfortable with ... morewhat you were doing. On top of that Max was engaging and had a wonderful personality making you feel like you had known him forever. I would recommend him and his company to anyone and he is one of the few people I call up whenever I am back and wanting to dive.
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Max always does best dives on oahu and for great prices
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We lived in hawaii and certified with max 2 years ago. We were back on vacation and we called him up. He remembered who we were and gave us the discounted rate since he certified us before. The dives were great and max is a big time octopus whisperer. My wife loves playing with octopus and max never failed us. Definitely go with max. You wont be disappointed.
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What a great time!
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I have been diving for a few years, and my wife needed to get certified. She finished her open water with Max and had a blast. We then went on a few more dives with him, which where great. He really does a great job diving with you, all the while letting you do your thing, and bringing you to where you will see the most. And no one can find an octopus or a few turtles quite like he can. Other people ... morewe where with did not have near as much fun. Would dive with him again in a heart beat.
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Good diving, good people!
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The week I was in Honolulu (in January), they had unusually rainy and windy weather. I wasn't able to go to the beach much, and I wasn't sure if dive boats would be going out. I called a dive shop and they said it was too choppy and recommended I give Max a call since he's on the south shore. I'm so glad I did! His immediate response was "It's just as wet down below, so yes, we're going out." He picked ... moreme up at the apartment where I was staying and dropped me off at the end of the day. The dive boat was fairly comfortable, and there were snacks and water provided. We went to the horse shoe and dove the Sea Tiger wreck, which was very cool. I got to swim with the resident sea turtle. "Righteous!" (That's a "Finding Nemo" reference, by the way.) Max had a special going on when I was there—$99 for a two-tank dive, which is much cheaper than other places. Even without the special, he charges a reasonable $120 including equipment rental AND he threw in underwater photos of me at no additional cost (all photos I posted here are by Max). They were in my inbox within two days. I definitely recommend Max and Manini Dive Company, and whenever I get back to Honolulu, that's the dive shop I'll be calling!
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For an awesome Hawaiian dive experience go with Manini
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This is the third year I have dove with Manini. This time I took my adult son and we really enjoyed ourselves . Max the owner and divemaster is personable , reliable , a great instructor and straight shooter. I have had a great diving experience each year with Max. I recommend Manini for both the novice and experienced divers.
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We had an awesome experience with great diving team.
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The instructors were very helpful and professional. Despite this being our first dive we felt very safe and well informed regarding the diving procedure. Our recommendations to anyone who chooses to dive with this company.
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My Scuba adventure was one of the highlights of my Hawaii trip...I got to see a shark, an eel, an octopus, and the most colorful
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Max and Marlene are both great - very nice people and very laid back! Max gave the pre- dive refresher and I then spent the majority of my dive with Marlene. I got my diving certification many years ago and my skills were extremely rusty. I was very nervous but Marlene made me comfortable with her calm nature and expert diving skills! And it was easy to communicate with her even when we were underwater. ... moreHaving Marlene as my dive buddy made all the difference in the world and I can't wait to do my next dive with Max and Marlene. Dive Manini!
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