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About Turtle Reef Divers, Maui, Hawaii

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for a great "Diving Experience" on the morning of Dec 20th. Our guides Brett & Benja exceeded our expectations with their humor & their professionalism. The attention to our safety was as detailed as their attention to us having a great time. As the owner of TURTLE REEF DIVERS you need to shake their hands & pat them on the back for representing your company with the highest standards.  we will recommend you to our friends & we will always  call on your company for any future dive trips to MAUI.

Thank you,
Randall & Tara Simpson


I just wanted to write to thank you for the wonderful time you showed us yesterday during our dive. You not only made me feel comfortable above water , but also below. I feel so fortunate to have had such a good experience for my first dive and am seriously considering becoming certified. Thank you so much for helping to make our trip to Hawaii" unforgettable". 

Sincerely, Mark and Michelle Lezier     



We dove with you on July 11 being in Maui for the National Marine Educators conference. That was one of the best dives I have ever done. Your staff was professional and friendly. Our guide was Daniel(?) from New Zealand. My friend Sue was a little nervous, being a fairly new diver. She felt very secure and at ease. Our second dive was the wreck with the turtles. All of our Marine Educator friends were extremely jealous of that one. I would have to say that day was the high point of my trip. I dove with another operation as a part of the conference later that week, and they were good also. However, when we return we will definitely dive with your shop again. 

Thanks!!! Robin Sheek


Aloha Jim:

I wanted to say "Mahalo" for the assistance and instruction you provided to Lorie.  I know Lorie had a great time on her instruction dives and it was a pleasure meeting you and your wife.  Lorie and I went diving around Black Rock on Friday as it was her first cert dive!  She did great and the turtles were awesome.  We look forward to seeing you in the near future for some fun diving!  Thanks again.

Jim and Lorie Higbee



Just a short note of thanks for your patience and kindness in helping LuAnn complete her certification dives while in Maui. She said she felt very relaxed and assured that she was getting the very best instruction. I also enjoyed meeting you and the diving at Airport beach was just what we both needed to tune up our skills. We later went out to Molokini for an 80 and Turtle Town for a 40 foot dive. LuAnn was so excited and she did great. Again thank you so much from both of us. We look forward to visiting Maui again and when we do, we will be sure to look you up for some more diving!

Mitch and LuAnn Holt

Pittsburgh, PA



I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for all your assistance, patience and instruction. I will definitely recommend you to any of my friends in the future. We had a great time learning to scuba and you treated us fairly in every regard. Best of all, my son, Brannigan, and I have a new hobby that we will be able to continue doing for many years to come.

Glen Young    Sumner, Washington


Thanks again Jim for the great diving experience I had on Maui. The boat dives you arranged as well as the beach dives you led were perfect! The group of intro divers would also like to express their appreciation for
all you did for them too. They thought your calm approach really helped them during their experience.
All the best for a great and prosperous year in Maui..hope to see you
again in the not too distant future. 

Regards,            Karen Queffelec                Toronto,Canada

Hey Jim!
                                                                                                                                                                               Well, we returned to snow and gray skies in Colorado, but at least it was a balmy 30 degrees. . . Just wanted to say thanks again for doing our referrals with us. You did a great job. I e-mailed the guidebook we used while in Maui and told them about you. I'm also going to try to post something on the web. I know when I was trying to decide who to go with, it was really frustrating because all I had to go on was a web site and a
bit in the guidebook. We will hopefully be back next year. If we do, we would love to go diving with you. 

Thanks again!      Jennifer and Jeff Lowe, Steamboat Springs, Colorado


We are back - had a great time. The highlight of my trip was the open water certification process.  You did a terrific job. Thanks - hope our paths cross again.

Skip Brown       Scottsdale, Arizona


 Just wanted to drop a line and thank you again for the great diving experience you gave me and Cheryl. You were really patient and really helped Cheryl a lot.

Don and Cheryl Schroeder      Ann Arbor, MI



Thanks Jim for being a great scuba instructor! Tyler and I had a great time taking your class in Maui over Thanksgiving. We both look forward to the world of scuba adventures that is now open to us!

Have a great holiday and thanks again!

Jon Peterson      Ft. Collins, Co.




Thank you so much for taking my wife and me diving on our honeymoon 2 weeks ago at Airport Beach. We had a great time and really appreciated your patience with us.


Eric and Rachel Chamness         Menlo Park,  Ca.


Hi Jim,  
I just wanted to thank you again for all of your excellent service (and Patience). Our first scooter dive was awesome! All of the dive sites were spectacular. I still could have done without seeing the shark at Black Rock, it made the night dive a little more frightening for me - but every diver must do a night dive! What an experience! You really made our trip memorable. I wish we could have done more, but...we'll be back.                      

 Don And  Lisa,  Prospect Heights, Illinois. 


Thanks for the updates on Maui. I look forward to receiving them from you each month. Hope all is going well for you and Turtle Reef Divers. Looking forward to my trip back. Probably some time in February 2001. Thanks again.           

  Jim Walton , Cleveland, Ohio      

 Thanks for the great time. You gave us the best scuba experience of our lives. Your attention to detail, and ability to relate to all kinds of learners is tremendous. Great pictures to! Please let me know when you post our pictures on your site. Thanks again.    

  Jack, Helen and Kayce Dillman, Arvada, Co.


   I can't wait to dive Molokini. I have learned a lot about it from looking at your web site. I have told my friends about it.                                         

  Linda Downs , Tennessee 



 Hey Jim how are you? This is Dena in Houston, Texas. I just wanted to say Hi and thank you for keeping me updated on Maui. Your web site is great! I just want to take a minute and tell you what you have done for me. I was only in Maui one week visiting. I the whole week my most favorite  thing we did was to go scuba diving. You introduced me to the most amazing thing on the whole earth, the underwater life of the ocean. It was unbelievable. I know this may sound weird but being down there underwater was a total spiritual experience. When I see turtles now on Discovery Channel it has a whole new meaning to me. They were beautiful under the water. Thank you so much for that opportunity. Keep teaching great and say hello to the underwater world for me.

    Dena Cook , West Virginia


Hi Jim,  

 I really enjoyed the dive at airport beach and I wish I could have spent a few more days in Aloha Land to do a full certification. Back here in the Bay Area its business as usual; everything and everyone is rushing. Spending a few days on the Island , makes it very obvious that the quality of life is determined by what you do and the people around you; not by the stock you own. Happy diving and when I come back I will find my way to your diving school.      

  Regards, Edwin       California 


Hi Jim,     

Just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed the dive and wanted to go again but we did not have enough time. You have inspired us to get certified however, and we hope to return to Maui within a year to dive with you again. Thanks again! Keep in touch. 

 Marcie Martinez 


Jim,   Thank you for the great diving experience while I was on Maui. I got back from vacation about a week ago and the temperature here is 25 degrees, quite a shock. I will return again for more great diving with you.  

Dave Duncan


Jim,   Thanks for sending the Maui Updates. I appreciate your assistance in completing the Open Water Course. Please continue the Updates they are very interesting.

 Best regards,   Gary Williams


Jim,  I am very pleased to see a picture of Keith Miller from Anchorage on your web site. He is my son and I know how much he has enjoyed his first diving experience. Thanks for showing Keith such a great experience. He enjoyed your instruction very much. 

Diane Miller


Jim,  The photos that you took were very professional. Thanks again for a wonderful experience and I really appreciate your ability to capture it on film. 

Allen Masters


We thoroughly enjoyed the dive with you. Visibility was great and, yes it will be hard to go back to cold water.

Ralph Niven           Pacifica, Ca.


There are a lot of things that can make you want to come back to Hawaii. My diving experience with Turtle Reef Divers was one that will make me especially look forward to my next trip to Maui. Jim is very flexible scheduling your dives and helps you through the process  in deciding which dives to do according to your level of experience. The underwater photos Jim took on the beach dive at Black Rock were incredible.  

Many thanks   Rob Biddinger,    Cincinnati,    Ohio


I am glad that I was able to find your dive center, Turtle Reef Divers. You have continued to make my diving experiences ones that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Well, I would again like to thank you so much for your service and look forward to the possibility of doing business with you again in the future. Thank you!

Sincerely,  Jill Heagle,       Langley, BC  Canada


Jim, I would just like to thank you for making my vacation the best one I ever took. Jake, Brian and myself loved it. THANKS!!!!!!

Jeff Merser                Clinton Twsp.   Mi.


Jim, I never got around to writing to you and thanking you for such a wonderful diving experience. I really appreciated your excellent instruction and coaching, and for making me feel so comfortable on my first dive. Thank you so much. I will never forget it. Thank you. All the best

Helen Wight


Hi Jim, This is Marty Sterling and I am back in Canada eh! I just wanted to thank you for a job well done. You helped to make my experience in diving most enjoyable and I wanted to thank you for safely introducing me to to a whole new world. I hope to dive again with you sometime in the future when I return to Maui. The Cathedrals was magnificent and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Mahalo, Marty Sterling           Canada


Jim, yes I had a very enjoyable time diving with you in Maui. Maui is a great place. I had a hard time getting on the plane to come home. Your instruction was very good. I am planning getting certified in the future. I want to do all my classroom work over here and if I can talk my wife into going back to Maui I would like to do my open water dives there with you. I will let you know when we plan on going back. Again, thanks for the lessons and the opportunity to check out scuba.  

Thanks,   Rob Bolton 


Jim, Thank you for a wonderful experience diving and for being very informative to me getting my open water certification. We had a wonderful time diving and a great time while on Maui. I was unable to do a night dive this time around but I will make arrangements before we return next year.

Wendy Mumford


Jim, I wanted to give you praise on the wonderful time I had on Maui while diving with Maui Scuba Diving. I took the intro dive and loved it. I am going to be certified by my next trip to Maui so so that I can check out other great dive sites on Maui. 

Thanks,    Rob


Hi Jim!

just wanted to let you know I had a great time diving with you......was great! Will do it again on my next trip to Maui.

Clebber,                  Boston, Ma.


Thanks Jim....  02/20/2001

It's been a pleasure diving with you. Both my wife and myself enjoyed the dives very much. Especially the turtle :)

Ed Chan and Siuming          Ontario, Canada


Dear Jim,     03/25/2001

 Thanks for the great experience.....you are definitely on my referral list for friends who come over and want to dive.

Mahalo and Aloha, Peter T.              Kihei, Maui


Hello Jim,     04/19/2001

I dove with you last February, 2000. You taught me and my brother how to dive and I just wanted to say thank you. We had a lot of fun diving at Black Rock. I still have your card and all the pictures you took for us, thanks. Thanks for the memories,

Chuck Davis,  S.W. Minnesota


Hi Jim,      04/19/2001

Thank you for the wonderful scuba adventure. You were great. Your dry land course really helped to put me at ease before venturing into the deep blue sea. It was beautiful down under and I loved hearing the whales singing. 

Thanks again, Sue   Leona Valley, Ca.


Hi Jim,        04/26/2001

Just wanted to send a quick "Thank You" for arranging our dive to Lanai. The dive was wonderful!  Unfortunately, we never made it to the Cathedrals, but we did go to two other sites, one of which had a lava tube we could swim through. The waters of Hawaii are gorgeous!  We'll save the Cathedrals and Molokini's back wall for our next visit.

Thanks again,

Margaret and Scott Mitchell        Dallas, Texas


Jim,          04/26/2001

Now that my wife and I are back reality I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your patience and help during my stay. I enjoyed the dives and hope to pick up my diving activity over the summer and continue diving. We are already discussing bring the kids either next summer if possible. Again, Thank You for the assistance.

Regards, Chris ruff           Edison, N.J.


Jim,       05/20/2001

Thanks again for the great dives. Hopefully, we'll see you again next year - we really had a great time! :)

Trista and Eric ,  Clarkston, Mi. 


Aloha Jim,      06/02/01

   Thanks so much for the great service you provided while I was diving in Maui, Hawaii. I was so surprised to find out that there are so many excellent beach dive sites and thanks for teaching me the safest way to do a beach dive. I found your way the easiest and safest to get in and out of the water. The dive to Lanai at the cathedrals was the highlight of my trip.  I will recommend you to anyone who is planning a dive vacation to Maui, Hawaii. Thanks again for some of the best diving that I have ever had, and thanks for the money that I saved by using the discount card that you sent to me.

Many Thanks, Tina       Boynton Beach, Florida 



I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that we enjoyed our dives while on Maui (May 21) very much. The crew on the boat was very informative. Photos were shown of what to expect to see an questions answered after the dives. On the way we were able to see dolphins playing on the surface. I would recommend your services to any friends and divers. Please give my thanks to the crew and thank you for a wonderful experience.

Brian Grubich    DeWitt, Mi.                6/03/2001  


Turtle Reef Divers,

We had a great time diving with Jim. Everything we wanted to see and do Jim helped us with it. 

Kent and Linda Lautenschlager,   Greenwood, Mo.      6/10/2001


Mahalo to you Jim for your patience and assistance. You definitely made me feel more comfortable and secure. Thanks for the encouragement and I will continue to remember that diving should be fun. Hope to dive with you again. Take care.

Regards, Kim   Hoboken, New Jersey  7/04/01


You have a lovely and informative web site. We hope to enjoy some of these areas when we come to Maui in November. We are both certified divers.

Sharon Kressler,    July 16, 2001


When I looked around for a certified dive instructor to work with my son to complete the open water dives for his Padi certification, two things were most important to me. First, I wanted an experienced instructor who would work with my son closely and carefully. Second, I wanted to be assured of the safest experience for my son possible. With Jim Soos and Turtle Reef, we got all that and more. Jims experience and love of diving is second only to his concern for safety. My son felt completely at ease in the water with Jim, who was able to teach him the important elements of diving while making the whole experience both memorable and a lot of fun. My son is looking forward to a return to Maui and more fun dives with Jim Soos.


Just wanted to thank you for your work on the website, and for all the updates you've sent out via email. It's nice to know what is going on at my favorite vacation spot. I still have many great memories of my very first dive there two years ago. Looking forward to many more when we visit again next summer. Take care.

Regards,         Todd C. Filzek      Louisville, KY.            09/06/2001



I was visiting my sister recently and she gave me your website. She told me to check out the "Divers Photos" line item. I came home, clicked on and low and behold there were pictures of my niece Morgan and her boyfriend Ernesto as the featured divers! This was a spur of the moment trip for them and I can tell they had a WONDERFUL time! This is a really neat way to promote your company and what you offer to your guests. Although I am disabled and will never be able to experience what the "kids" did, this is a great way to add pictures to my scrapbook. As Bob Hope used to say, "thanks for the memories".

Linda Stout         California                         10/28/2001


HI Jim,

We just wanted to thank you for a great dive experience in Maui. The

diving could not have been better!

Brooke (USA) & Mads (Denmark)             11/11/01


Hi Jim, 

I just wanted to say thank you again for the wonderful dive I had with you. It really did spoil me to have warm water and colorful fish with lots of visibility.

Ken Killgore   Anchorage, Alaska        12/17/01


Aloha Jim,

   I want to thank you for helping me have a wonderful first-time diving experience. A fantastic immersion into the underwater world has left me craving more. I have been truly blessed with the mythical wonders of the sea and look forward to a magnificent relationship with this new world. I appreciate your willingness to work with my schedule and many questions. I am amazed by my level of comfort in the water. Its a feeling of finding home, a place where I belong. Thanks Jim and have a wonderful day.

Cori Stinnett    Los Altos Hills, Ca.   2/15/02 


Hi Jim,

Just a note to express our thanks to you for your good services on our visit to Maui week before last. Ben's final certification training was very well done. He dived with the rest of the family on Thursday and performed with great confidence and competence. Thanks again.

David Miller, Sacramento, Ca.   04/04/02



It was great to meet and dive with you over the past couple of months. You completed my 4 open water referral dives theroughly and quickly, leaving time for some informal fun diving as well.  You also provided some valuable tips on the do's and don'ts about diving on the island. I hope you continue to offer your service. Your friendly yet informative approach is in real contrast to some of the high pressure large "pack em all in" diving classes which seem to be more prevalent on the island.

Doug McClennen, Alberta, Canada      04/13/02 


Dear Jim,

Thank you for being such a wonderful Instructor. Your patience and your passion for your job made my diving in Maui unforgettable. I will always treasure the urchin shell you gave me.
  When we come back, we will go on the night dive with you, because I know with you , I will not be afraid.
Thank you again for everything,

Dottie and Ed Wood      Manteca, Ca.     07/18/02


Hi Jim,

The diving was incredible especially Mala Wharf. Those White Tips are beautiful and the scenery reminded me of a wreck dive without having to go on a boat. Highly recommend this site as it's a perfect 10. The night dive at Black Rock was the best one yet (I've done it a dozen times or so). What made it better? The instructor of course. Thanks for letting me have the extra down time when all the others give you just 35 minutes and you're out just feeling like a number in their production line. I'll be back taking advantage of the package. An extra dive goes a long way. See you next year or before :>)

John Weiskirch        Danville, CA      08/08/02



I just wanted to thank you for taking us on last week. You were an excellent instructor, and extremely patient with us. I look forward to future dives with you on Maui & I hope to send some referrals your way.

Kristen Connell       Acton, Ma.     08/25/02




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