When all is said and done, most of the dive boats on the south side of Maui are offering a pretty comparable dive trip. Without a doubt, what makes the difference between a good, safe, fun trip and a bad one, is your crew.
Meet the experienced and excellent crew of the Makena Mele!
We are an owner-operated “Mom and Pop shop” with personal involvement and care for the quality of our service we provide YOU! This includes choosing a crew that you will enjoy spending your time with…and with whom we are confident you are in good hands! Steve and Eve Hogan
Captain Steve is founder and owner of the company, in addition to being a captain and dive instructor he is an award winning cinematographer specializing in underwater photography. Steve has shot for Discovery, the Travel Channel and several other productions. Steve has lived and dived in Hawaii for over 30 years. Check out Steve’s videos on our site!
Benja was born and raised in Chile and is a well-known professional photographer. He has had his photos in magazines such as Sport Diver, Alert Diver, Spare Air, Ocean Kayak, and Aloha Airlines. He has shot pictures— above and below the sea— in 48 countries. Benja is fluent in Spanish and English, and speaks Italian and some Portuguese. Go to www.benjaiglesis.com
Captain and Dive Master Travis Rowan
Travis is a professional photographer whose work appears in various travel and lifestyle magazines such as: Yachting Monthly (UK), Cruising World (USA), DockWalk, Cambodia-A World of Treasures (Thailand) and Anywhere Magazine (Thai language.) For three years he shot numerous features as the regional photographer for Asia-Pacific Tropical Homes agazine as well as Fah Thai, the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways. He also enjoys surf photography. Go to www.travisphoto.com
Captain and Dive Instructor John Nelson
In addition to working with Makena Coast Dive Charters, John has traveled extensively as a flight attendant for Hawaiian Airlines and is fluent in Japanese. His life revolves around the ocean.
Joe is an experienced Captain and avid diver and the father of two kids.