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16 Sep 2013

Maui Scuba Diving Sites

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Maui Scuba Diving Overview

Before we get into Maui Scuba Diving Sites lets talk about Maui Hawaii, just as beautifully picturesque below water as above, Maui was rated top 10 scuba dive spots to scuba dive in the country. It’s not uncommon on a scuba dive to see massive green sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, dolphins and reef sharks, eels, tako (octopus), parrot fish, angelfish and the famous humuhumunukunukuapua’a (triger fish). Many species found here are distinct to Hawaii, making it different many other dive locations and destinations around the world. Additionally the terrain is also unlike other dive sites, there is lots to see on the sea floor of Maui. In Maui’s underwater world you can find intricate lava caves and flows full of interesting areas where ocean life breed and live. Maui whale season bring another unique feature, divers undergo an exciting experience when the humpbacks arrive in December and stay till mid March, you can hear the humpback whale songs as you dive.

humuhumunukunukuapua'aThe absolute best SCUBA diving sites in the state of Hawaii are along Maui’s west and south shores in West Maui (near Lahaina) and South Maui (near Kihei). Maui Scuba Diving Sites are ideal in the early mornings, visibility is about 100 feet,  some locations are more. If you’re a certified PADI diver you can take advanced dives like night dives, underwater photography classes, master diver PADI certification or try a maui scooter dive with DPV. It might be best to find a local diver (or maui scuba guide)  to take you to the best Maui scuba dive sites as they will know when and where to go and will also provide all the equipment you need. It’s good to ask questions about your guide’s experience, safety record, local knowledge, weather report and the condition of the equipment. If you want to add a passion for Scuba Diving to that list, then you are at the right place. Scuba Mike is famous for his personality and enthusiasm for scuba diving. You are in for a great time!

Before you setup your dive, call Scuba Mike to get an idea for the weather, also check conditions maui  weather website, www.mauiweathertoday.com for a comprehensive breakdown of the visibility and wind forecast before you maui scuba dive.

Best Scuba Diving Spots in Maui

Kapalua Bay Scuba Diving SiteHonolua Bay. Honolua Bay is a  marine preserve located in the upper West side of Maui about 15-20 minutes from Lahaina or Ka’anapali, Honolua is active with a variety of reef coral & tame tropical fish, including manta rays, barracuda, omilu and ulua (omilu and ulua are part of the Jack family) . With water depths of 18 to 45 feet, making it very accessible and a great discovery dive, Honolua is a well-liked snorkel and dive spot and is ideal for all levels. When the surf arrives in the winter, Honolua Bay is not recommended during north or northwest surf.
Click here for Honolua Bay Maui Scuba Diving Site on Google Map

Makena Landing Scuba Dive SiteMakena Landing (Five Caves). In south Maui, a great dive spot is Makena Landing (other names Five Graves, Five Caves or Nahuna Point). You can dive in to underwater glee, there are caves, lava, ledges, coral heads, and a reef that is home to a green sea turtle colony affectionately called Turtle Town. Entry is rocky, so be careful where you step and find a good place to setup.
Click Here for Makena Landing Dive Site on Google Maps

Molokini Scuba Dive SiteMolokini Crater. 3.6 miles off the shore from Makena or Wailea in South Maui, Molokini Crater is renowned for crystal clear, magnificent waters that are teeming with fish. A crescent islet, is tip of a underwater volcano, the crater is a natural marine preserve, with water depths ranging from 5 to 85 feet. The countless fish and vivacious coral gardens within Molokini make it an excellent dive site. When the wind is down and there is pleasant weather  the back wall of Molokini Crater is an epic sight for experienced divers, with amazing visibility, up to 150 feet. The drop into the channel offers breathtaking seascapes views and chance to see pelagics, whale sharks are known to visit Molokini (see this youtube video).
See Molokini maui scuba dive site on Google Maps.

Ahihi Bay Scuba Dive SiteAhihi Bay. Sometimes called south maui’s best diving is in Makena at Ahihi Bay. Officials closed in order to preserve the ecology. Hopefully opening up again in July 2014 and you can learn more by visiting DLNR website here. The reserve is known for the Fishbowl, which is a small rocky cove right off the side of the road. Here you can find awesome scenes under the water, with many types marine life. Be sure to wear good foot protection. Entry into the bay here is tricky because of the rocks.
See Ahihi Bay maui dive site on Google Map

la-perouse-maui-scuba-diveLa Perouse.  Created from the most recent lava flow from Haleakala 200 years ago, La Perouse delivers the best diversity of what Maui diving has to offer, unique setting and many species variety. The lava flow furnishes a protective sanctuary for many wildlife, and all 4 types of Hawaii’s angelfish make La Perouse Bay their home. Scuba dive site called “Pinnacles” is also here in La Parouse, enter along the shore, just beyond the path to the beach. Avoid hurting your feet on the sharp rocks.

See La Perouse maui dive site on Google Map

When you are ready to go Maui Scuba Diving, give Scuba Mike a call at (808)250-5494 or make are reservation here.

About the Author

I have been living and diving on the beautiful island of Maui for over 25 years! I love Maui and the opportunity it gives me to not only scuba dive daily but to share the experience with Maui visitors from around the world. I am a Master Scuba Dive Instructor, Surfer, Kayaker, accomplished waterman and outdoors man.