Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures
Ed Robinson's world is defined by diving the best diving Maui has to offer. Ed has been operating off Maui for 35 years, so he's as close as anyone can be to the island's intimate nuances and spectacular thrills. Ed's also a top-notch underwater photographer, and his knowledge of Hawaii's unique marine life is keen and considerable a claim that's true of his team, too. Most come to work for Ed and never leave, a testament to man and island both.
Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures (ERDA), which operates from Kihei, caters primarily to divers with experience, and the dive menu reflects that. Since Kihei is only about 20 minutes from Molokini Crater, chances are each morning will find one of Ed's two custom dive boats slicing a path through the blue toward the site. Here, the Back Wall offers PADI advanced divers a sheer dropoff that faces 1,000 miles of Pacific Ocean. Anything can show up here: whitetip reef sharks, manta rays, dolphins. But the most spectacular element of the dive is the sight of the wall slipping off into the deep and the play of light in 150-plus feet of visibility.
Nearby, the site known as Reef's End is a bit more productive for marine-life encounters. Whitetip reef sharks abound here, as do battalions of Moorish idols, raccoon butterflyfish, masked angelfish, moray eels and bluestriped snapper. And if it's small, stealthy and shy, Ed's staff will most likely find it. With so much marine-biology expertise on hand, the critter count mounts throughout the dive. You'll come out of the water a much more observant and fulfilled diver; better yet, you'll have even more stories to tell.