It’s no secret that Hawaii has some of the best scuba diving in the world. The warm water with its high visibility and abundant sea life make it a premier destination for divers.
Maui Scuba Diving Spots:
This is a great dive site for beginners. The surf is really calm, making it easy to enter through the shore. It’s a shallow dive, maxing out at 40 feet, and has a sandy bottom with shallow corals. The visibility is fairly good and you’ll be sure to see colorful fish along the way.
Mala Pier, located in Lahaina, was destroyed by hurricane Iniki in 1992. The beams and the platform of the damaged wharf lie at the bottom of the seabed, about 20-30 feet down, making it a great home for sea life. I did this dive at twilight and it was my favorite dive I’ve ever been on. The water is so clear and wildlife is plentiful. I saw a white tip reef shark, sea turtles, eels, so many schools of colorful fish, sea urchins, and frog fish, all while weaving in between the fallen pier. I even got a little underwater “manicure” by a cleaner shrimp, which was definitely the funniest part of the whole dive. This is an amazing dive for beginners, with the clear visibility and bountiful wildlife. For me, seeing a shark swim so close to me was definitely the highlight.
Night Diving at Black Rock
I decided to do my first night dive at Black Rock, a large rock formation made from lava. This location is highly recommended for night dives, as it’s home to eels, turtles, crabs, and sharks, just to name a few. Diving at night is a completely different experience than during the day, seeing fish sleep, eels hunting, and crabs that come out of their holes, it’s definitely surreal. It was such an adventure to dive 30 feet down in the middle of the night and to see the bright stars dotting the dark sky when we surfaced.
The Molokini Crater is one of the most sought after dive sites in Hawaii. The visibility is unreal – up to 150 feet of clarity – and pretty constant. The water temp is super warm and the coral reef is teeming with life. There are a few different dive spots around Molokini, but you really can’t go wrong with any that you do. This is a must-stop if you want to dive in Maui.
These dive sites in Maui are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many amazing dives in Maui, I can’t wait to go back for more!