Maui Diving

When visitors to Maui take the plunge and go underwater, they'll find a world that's like nothing on the surface. When travelers add some Maui scuba diving to their list of things to do, they'll gain entry to an amazing underwater world. Hawaii and the waters of the Pacific are home to some of the most interesting creatures found under the sea, living among the blue holes, underwater caves, reefs, and other scenic places.

Maui and the nearby islands of Molokai and Lanai have plenty of coastline for divers to explore. Local outfitters provide equipment and the knowledge that divers need to enjoy the sights off the shores of the three islands. These companies equip those who want to try scuba in Maui with all of the equipment they need, and local guides know the best places to look underwater or to enjoy dolphin swims and whale watching in the wintertime.

When visitors are aware of the complex marine environment and the importance of protecting it, they'll appreciate the wisdom of local experts, who know how to keep Maui diving environmentally sensitive. The dazzling diversity of marine life can be overwhelming on a visitor's first time diving in Maui. More and more outfitters and marine conservation agencies are offering eco-tours, both on land and under the water.

The Discovery Center in Maalaea Harbor Village is one of these places. The nonprofit organization's list of eco-adventures includes whale watching, snorkeling, excursions for diving in Maui, and biodiesel-powered catamaran tours. Travelers also can book tours that get visitors into the waters of the Wailea Coast in an outrigger canoe and give them time to dive under the water. These programs are popular options for Maui scuba diving.

Maui Turtle Town
Maui Turtle Town

The aptly named Turtle Reef runs along the upper west side of Maui to the southern tip of Hawaii's second largest island. When doing some Maui scuba diving, explorers will swim among the charming green turtles, an endangered species that is thriving in the warm waters of Maui.

Some outfitters boast 30 years' experience with Maui diving, leading trips to the turtle reef, in addition to the Molokini Crater, Lanai, and Molokai. The list of services include charters to some of the best sites for Maui diving—Lanai, Molokini, the Carthaginian Wreck, and other interesting places. One outfitter also leads twilight dives and gives lessons for beginners, based in the town of Lahaina, just outside the resorts of Kaanapali.

Just a short flight or ferry ride away from the main island, Molokai provides an array of places that rival the best diving in Maui. It's also a favorite place for kayaking. Friendly guides froma local outfitter lead trips through tropical mangroves, in addition to scuba diving, whale-watching excursions, sport fishing, and reef snorkeling.

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