Dive Sites In Maui
Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and comprises 727 square miles (1883 km²) of land. Just like Hawaii, Maui is a popular tourist destination that receives over 2 million tourists each year. Near Maui you will find three smaller islands named Lāna’I, Kaho’olawe and Moloka’i. These islands can be reached by dive boat from Maui and feature their own set of interesting dive sites.
The Molokini Crater is one of the most popular dive sites near Maui and pretty much all the dive operators on Maui offer trips to this crater. The Molokini Crater is not only visited by scuba divers; snorkelers appreciate it too. This Maui dive spot offers great scuba diving even at comparatively shallow depths and proceeds down to approximately 130 feet. The Molokini Crater is a marine preserve with a rich collection of colourful reef fish. As mentioned earlier, plenty of snorkelers gather at this spot so if you want to stay away from the crowd it can be a good idea to arrive early in the morning.
If you are interested in a beach dive, you can for instance go to Mala Wharf. A long time ago, the sugar cane produced on Maui was transported on trains to the boats that would bring the sugar cane to the mainland. A pier was built to make it easier to unload the sugar cane from the train and onto the boats. When the pier was no longer necessary fort he sugar cane producers, it became a fishing pier. Eventually, it began to decay and parts of its fell into the water and a fence was put up to avoid people from entering the pier. Today, scuba divers can explore the rubble and the underwater environment formed around the old pier. Getting to this Maui dive site is easy, since there is a boat ramp located at the right side of the pier. Since the area is sheltered from the trade winds it is usually calm here and the short swim out to the dive site is easy. This dive site reaches down to approximately 30-35 feet and is especially popular among novice divers. The remnants of the pier are today decorated with thriving marine growths. You can also encounter plenty of fish here, since they appreciate the abundance of great hiding places. If you’re lucky, you will meet that Reef sharks that frequents the area.
As mentioned earlier in this article, you can explore the dive sites of several smaller islands while staying at Maui. A majority of the dive operators on Maui will for instance arrange trips to nearby Lāna’I island. There is also a small number of Lāna’I based dive shops. Around Lāna’I you will find excellent dive sites such as Sergeant Minor, Sergeant Major and the First and Second Cathedral.