MEET THE EXPERIENCED AND EXCELLENT CREW OF THE MAKENA MELE!
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 dive trip and a bad one, is your crew.
Michael Feit Dougan (Co-owner)
Growing up under the influence of way too many pirate movies, MICHAEL FEIT DOUGAN’s internal compass has steered him ever Westward from New York to Dallas Texas to Hollywood CA where he won a scholarship to USC’s School of Cinema. In school he became a competition foil and saber fencer earning a “C” rating, later coaching and instructing at the collegiate level. Michael’s first produced screenplay won Best Picture at the Sundance netting him a best original Screenplay nomination. Skirting the limelight, he doctored and consulted as a Hollywood story-structuralist before shipping off to San Francisco, and then further west to Maui. His part-time love for small-craft sailing motivated him to found and manage operations for Yonegan Maui Ocean Getaways in 2021 with his partners Al and Yori. When not drafting his next swashbuckler, you’ll find him singing shanties aboard The Getaway serving as an occasional Snorkel Guide and full-time Smart-Aleck.
Jonathan Lata (Captain)
Originally hailing from Lyndeborough, New Hampshire transplanted to Haiku in Maui, the steady, confident, knowledgeable and gregarious, CAPTAIN JONATHAN LATA became Yonegan’s first full-time captain of The Getaway in Starting February of 2021. In that time, he’s navigated her across most of South Maui delivering one-of-a-kind experiences to visitors and locals alike. Additionally, he’s helped lead the Maui Reef Rescue charity hauling over a ton of sunken lead, fishing lines, traps and other discarded materials from the floor of the South Maui Coast during its maiden run in the spring of ’21. Selected as part of the US Freediving team representing the US in Sardinia in 2014, Jonathan’s passion for the water expresses itself in his every decision and choice of destination. In addition to his labor-of-love/time-served aboard The Getaway, Jonathan is an avid fisherman, hunter, proud family man and new first-time home owner!
Spencer Erwin (Captain)
CAPTAIN SPENCER ERWIN has been a US Coast Guard certified, 100-ton Master Captain for 15 years. He grew up in Wisconsin and started boating in the Great Lakes. Although, these lakes are unsalted and shark free, rapidly changing weather conditions prepared him for a life at sea. With nearly a decade of service in San Diego, and 5 years in Hawaii, Captain Spence has enough experience to safely navigate you through the ever-changing ocean channels that make up Maui County. Captain Spence has cultivated a vast knowledge of Hawaiian history and wildlife, happily shared with guests on every cruise. Client safety is always his number one priority, but making memories and putting smiles of faces are a close second.
Benja Iglesis (Dive Instructor & Photographer)
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
Brian Jaynes (Dive Master)
Dive Master BRYAN JAYNES grew up in Columbus, Ohio, graduating from Ohio State University in 2013 with a degree in psychology. Craving adventure, he travelled to Sydney, Australia where he seized the opportunity as a Dive Master Trainee on the Seastar, off of the Great Barrier Reef. The wonders of the biodiversity and beauty changed his life forever. From there, Bryan advanced to become a PADI Dive Instructor in Phuket, Thailand. Following this, he pin-balled around Ohio, Florida and Colorado before settling in Maui in 2017. The beauty of Maui increased when he met his Brazilian-born wife Camila. When not in the water, Bryan indulges in golfing, reading, hiking and his passion for photography. The Getaway signed him as a Dive Master in the Summer of 2021.
No matter what your dive experience, we have awesome dives off the coast of Maui!
EVERY DAY OFFERS GREAT DIVING off of our vessel the Makena Mele, however, these guidelines might help you choose when to go.
If you are a newer diver, or haven’t been diving in a while we recommend you dive with us any days except Tues. and Friday as those are reserved for more experienced and current divers. We will likely take you to the Reef’s End dive site at Molokini for the first dive and in along the Makena/Wailea coast of Maui to dive with the magnificent Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle for the second dive. These are great dive sites for both experienced and inexperienced divers because the boat is moored so you have a descent and ascent line, there is 100+ feet of visibility, lots of sea life and you can’t easily get too deep. Consider diving M, W, TH, S, SU
If you are an experienced diver or have dived the front side of Molokini several times, you may want to consider coming on our Expedition Dive Day on either a Tues. Or a Fri. As that is when we do more advanced dives, the Back Wall of Molokini, drift dives, and different dive sites than our daily routine. Expedition Dive Day requires that you have good buoyancy control and are comfortable descending and ascending without a line. T, F is Expedition day…. Every other day is a great day to go as well.