Best Diving Maui
When visiting the island of Maui, be sure to spend some time in the ocean! This is the number one piece of advice to clients when asked, “What are the best activities in Maui?”.
It only makes sense that the best activities are ocean based as you are out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With that being said, there are quite a few options: snorkel, snuba, scuba? Private charter or group charter? Snorkel, shore based or boat dives?
Plan your ocean based activities during the beginning of your stay. Why? If the weather is bad or there is a large swell, your ocean based activities will get cancelled…if book reservations the first few days of your stay, the dive vendors will reschedule you for another day. Likewise, it is not recommended to book a dive on the day before you are suppose to fly..if your certified you know why and most dive companies will not allow you to do so.
Maui’s Best Boat Dives
SCUBA/ PADI certified divers will find the best dives in Maui county are the Wall Dive located on the backside of Molokini island , Sharkfin Rock, Barge Harbor, the Lighthouse, First and Second Cathedral on Lanai island, the Carthaginian II wreck and Olowalu Reef located near Lahaina. If the ocean is calm, you may find a private charter dive boat that will take you to dive on Molokai, however, the conditions have to be perfect for this to happen.
Maui’s Best Shore Dives & Snorkeling
The shore diving opportunities on Maui are plentiful Mala Pier, Cliffhouse, Hyatt Reef, Honolua Bay, Hawea Point, Namalu Bay and Ukumehame Reef are all exceptional shore dive locations in West Maui. Shore dives in South Maui include La Perouse, Ahihi Cove, Makena Landing, Five Caves and Wailea Beach.
The best option is always a privately charter dive. You will have the boat and crew to yourself, you can pick when and where you would like to dive. It is preferred but it will cost more.
The group dives are more affordable and there are a few outfitters that offer top notch experiences. If you are a beginner or are not certified some of the group dives will offer options such as SNUBA or HUKA which are similar to SCUBA but more restrictive in where you can explore.
If snorkeling is your thing and you want to explore the best snorkel dives in Maui, hire a private guide. Nothing is better than exploring a new place with a local. In the long run it will save you time and enhance your overall experience. The other option is to join a group snorkel tour, it will be more affordable but you will have to snorkel on the tour schedule, not your own schedule.
A cool addition to any dive is to hire a private water photographer to photograph or video your dive experience. Maui has some of the most acclaimed underwater photographers in the world. Some of the group dives will have a photographer on board but remember their goal is to shoot everybody in the group.
Call or text 808.419.1756 for information on reserving your dives today. We listen to your needs and offer the best options to maximize your diving on Maui.