Maui Dive Sites & Scuba Dive Information
Blessed with abundant marine life, healthy coral reefs and dramatic topography, Maui is an ideal destination for divers of all experience levels. For those who are not yet certified divers, these protected, calm waters provide a perfect environment for Island Scuba’s Discover SCUBA Diving adventures. These programs are also a great choice if your group includes both certified divers and beginners who wish to dive together. Or, if you’ve already done the academic and confined water portions of a certification course, we also offer a great opportunity to complete your OPEN WATER TRAINING. And, while we specialize in underwater activities, we also offer snorkeling for those who prefer to remain on the surface.
Night dives along the Southern and Western Maui coasts give certified divers the opportunity to see nocturnal reef inhabitants hunting, feeding or resting. Look carefully and you’ll also see sleeping daytime reef animals.
Located on the western shore of Maui, from Honolua bay in the north down to Thousand Peaks in the south, Turtle Reef is where the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle live. If you want to see turtles up close and personal, this is the place. In addition to turtles, there are acres of corals and abundant marine life. Our two favorite turtles are Burt & Ernie. These two turtles are so accustomed to our dives that even first time underwater photographers can get excellent pictures.
Located on the west side of Maui, at the end of Ka’anapali Beach, a large black volcanic rock peninsula juts out several hundred feet from shore, providing a protective cove with excellent diving forthe certified diver as well as the beginner. The underwater terrain is mostly volcanic rock with an abundance of colorful reef fish, such as lemon butterfly fish, puffer fish, parrot fish, moorish idols and turtles. Black Rock is a great dive for those who do not want to spend the time on board a boat; it is also convenient for night dives.
Among the most popular and scenic of Hawaii’s dive locales, Molokini is actually several different sites, all within easy swimming distance of our mooring. In the protected shallows of the extinct volcano, you’ll see extensive coral gardens, curious octopi, and swarms of colorful reef fish. Other highlights include stingrays, dragon morays, and white-tip reef sharks. On the outside of the cone you’ll find plunging drop-offs with the best visibility in the entire state-often exceeding 100 feet. This coral-encrusted wall is a natural magnet for big animals, often attracting great barracudas, eagle rays, and occasionally even mantas and whale sharks.
Scuba Dive Lana’i
Widely acclaimed as one of Hawaii’s most spectacular dive areas, the south and west coasts of Lana’i offer over 25 recognized dive sites, each with its own special attractions. The unique underwater scenery includes intriguing lava tubes, unusual coral formations, inviting archways and lofty pinnacles rising from the sea floor. This area is also home to a wide variety of marine life, including schooling butterfly fish, friendly turtles, and Hawaii’s official state fish, the “Humuhumunukunukuapuaa“. Perhaps the most unforgettable sight of all is at the Cathedrals, where sparkling shafts of light stream through openings in the ceiling of the lava domes. With such a wealth of excellent dive sites, it is impossible to see it adequately in any single trip. To really experience the best of Lana’i, we suggest you join us for several two-tank trips, which are offered every few days.
With over 25 scuba diving sites to choose from, no single trip can begin to scratch the surface of what Lana’i offers divers. Island Scuba offers several two-tank Lana’i trips for certified divers each week. To fully experience everything Lana’i offers, we recommend you take advantage of at least two such trips every time you visit Hawaii.
Certified Divers may go inter-island to enjoy some of Hawaii’s best dive on a two- or three-tank trip to either Molokini Crater or the island of Lana’i. Reservations required.
The New Discover Scuba Dive Program
Within one-and-a-half hours of fun, safe and exciting instruction, you will be ready to go on a supervised Ocean Beach Scuba Dive. Space is limited so sign up in advance! Daily 8:00 am $30.00 • 1 Tank Dive $99.00. Minimum 10 years old.
Ocean Beach Dives
One-and-a-half hour supervised dive for those who have completed the Discover Scuba Dive lesson, or for Certified Divers. Enjoy a colorful Coral Reef Tour just steps off the beach. 4 divers maximum per guide. Daily 10:00 am $99.00 • Night Dives $179.00 (Light included minimum 2 divers).