Instructor Team

PADI Instructor Team

The instructor team at Banyan Tree Divers wants Maui scuba diving to be the highlight of your vacation. To accomplish this goal your professional instructors are dedicated to providing you with the highest standards of safety, customer service, and training. 

We encourage you to read reviews for all of the best Maui dive shops on social media. Banyan Tree Divers regularly receives excellent reviews about our Maui diving tours and PADI courses on TripAdvisor, Google, and Facebook. On TripAdvisor, we are proud to be ranked in the top 10 best Maui activities and the top 5 best Maui dive shops.

The PADI Instructor team at Banyan Tree Divers is multilingual with more than 10,000 logged scuba dives. As a team, they have 25 years of experience as professional scuba instructors. You will find they are passionate, confident, and competent in teaching all levels of PADI courses.

 

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Kevin Maratea

PADI Instructor: Master Scuba Diver Trainer

  • Teaching experience diving in Maui, Koh Tao, Similan Islands, Dahab, and Roatan
  • Teaches scuba courses in English & German
  • Diving professionally since 2006
  • Has certified more than 2,000 PADI divers
  • Hometown: Holland, Michigan

As a PADI professional Kevin Maratea has instructed and guided dives all over the world in some of the most popular diving destinations. In addition to dive sites in Maui, his logbook boasts an impressive history of dives in Dahab and Sharm el Sheik (Egypt), Koh Tao and Chumporn, the Similan Islands (Thailand), and Roatan (Honduras). 

Kevin and Caitlin Maratea founded Banyan Tree Divers Maui in 2013 to focus on beach diving in West Maui. Kevin thrives on the challenge of teaching new divers, especially those who are not immediately confident and may feel claustrophobic or nervous about scuba diving. Kevin helps to make beginners feel calm and relaxed both in and out of the water and has an unparalleled record for helping his students overcome their fears.

Ocean conservation is a passion for Kevin. His dream is to see an end to commercial fishing in Hawaii and the destruction of all shark finning companies! When you visit Maui, Kevin will share with you his respect for the corals and fish found scuba diving in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua. Kevin plans your scuba dives focused on your safety and enjoyment to ensure you enjoy the best possible Maui scuba diving experience.

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Caitlin Maratea

PADI Instructor: Staff Instructor

  • Teaching experience diving in Maui, Koh Tao, and Utila
  • Teaches scuba courses in English & Spanish
  • Diving professionally since 2010
  • Has certified more than 1,000 PADI divers
  • Hometown: Fairfax, California

Caitlin’s affinity for diving began in Belize in 2006. It only took a few breaths underwater for her to discover a new passion. Caitlin’s love of travel and the ocean made diving a natural career choice, and it wasn’t long before she completed her professional training on Koh Tao in 2010.

She is now a PADI Staff Instructor and enjoys teaching a variety of courses, emphasizing safe diving practices and care for the marine environment. She places particular emphasis on reef ecology and raising awareness of the current threats to the ocean’s delicate reefs.

Caitlin has a natural ability to connect with her students and her supportive nature combined with her organizational skills and standards oriented mindset make her one of the best instructors around.