Maui, Hawaii offers beautiful scuba diving in warm, clear waters.
Makena Coast Dive Charters offers two daily charter locations for your diving pleasure. You will experience the beautiful waters of Molokini Crater, as well as the Makena Coast, home of green sea turtles
Molokini Crater is three miles off the coast of Makena, Maui and offers world class scuba diving! What is visible from above water is a half-circle crater which is a sanctuary to Hawaii’s sea bird population.
The visibility underwater is almost always 100-200 feet and and water temps of 74-82 degrees. You will likely enjoy Manta Rays, Sharks, Moray Eels and millions of tropical, colorful fish that can be seen daily.
Molokini offers several dive sites, our favorites being listed below!
Dive Molokini Reef's End
The part of Molokini Crater visible above water is shaped like a crescent moon. Out of one corner of that crescent is an underwater of reef that extends the edge another quarter of the way around, as if a 3/4 circle.
At the end of that submerged reef is an area aptly named: Reef’s End. The reef ends in a series of stair stepping plateau’s of reef that extend from 10 feet below the surface dropping off to approx. 350 feet, with 100-200 feet of visibility!
Dive Molokini Back Wall
The back wall of Molokini Crater is a spectacular dive, as the sheer wall of the crater drops from 200 feet above the surface to over 300 feet below!
This dive is reserved for advanced or experienced scuba divers as expert buoyancy control is a must!
We offer this dive on our Expedition Dive Trips on Tuesdays and Fridays—but we may do it other days as well, so be sure to ask.
Dive Molokini Mid-Reef
Multitudes of fish and eels dart in and out of the crevices and holes treating divers to a rainbow of colors.
The abundance of sea life at the edge of mid-reef is offset by the brilliant turquoise back drop of open ocean beyond.
Makena Coast Dives
(the south coast) offers a very different terrain than Molokini and remarkably different sea life for being such a short distance apart. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles live along Maui’s beautiful Makena Coastline making the diving extremely enjoyable.
While we can’t guarantee specific wild life on any particular dive, we dive in two diverse areas to heighten your likelihood of seeing desired aquatic life.
Dive the St. Anthony Wreck!
A typical dive at the St. Anthony includes watching turtles leisurely swim to the surface for air and then settle back down on the deck of the wreck while schools of Weke, goat fish, circle and dart in synchronicity around the divers.
The artificial reef is made up of cement blocks and tires which can be a bit jarring if unexpected. While not our favorite materials, they have created an environment of abundant sea life.
This dive profile is 60 foot and is usually offered as a second dive option.
Dive Pu'u O'lai Caverns
Pu’u o lai is a site that we dive as a drift dive, moving from the bay just off the Makena Golf and Beach Resort toward “Big Beach” and “Little Beach” of the Makena Coast.
Moving with the current, if there is one, divers are treated to lava rock formations, caverns, corals and the wonderful—Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle.
Once at the edge of extinction, the Green Sea Turtle has made a remarkable comeback and is a real treat to dive with.
Pu’u ola’i is a second dive option with a profile of 45 feet max. for the duration of the tank (generally 45 minutes to an hour). It is often a second dive for our Expedition Dive Day.
Dive Nahuna Point/Turtle Town
This site should be called “Five Names” as it has been known as Five Caves, Five Graves, Turtle Town, Makena Landing and Nahuna Point. No matter what name you call it, the dive site is a great shallow scuba dive (40 ft) that usually offers an abundance of Green Sea Turtles, multi-colored fish, eels, archways you can swim through, coral, cleaner shrimp, and so much more. Eagle Rays have also made Turtle Town a frequent destination.
This is offered as a second dive site option (with Molokini Crater usually as our first dive) for our certified scuba dive trips and it is an excellent location for snorkeling.
Dive WWII Tank and Landing Craft
Remnants of World War II, the Tank and Landing Craft wrecks are in 60 feet of crystal clear water off the coast of the Makena Golf and Beach Resort. Still recognizable after 60+ years underwater, eels have taken up residency in the pipes and barrels. A strange mix of weaponry and old ammunition are interspersed with a plethora of sea life. Schools of Weke or goat fish swim around the wreck in synchronistic harmony. Octopus are regularly found here.
The short swim from one wreck to the other over a sandy bottom, offers an opportunity to find shells. Fragile, but beautiful, Sea Biscuit’s litter the sandy bottom and challenge scuba divers to pick them up without breaking them.
The Tank and Landing Craft are offered as a second dive with a profile of 60 feet for 30 min.
Call 808-874-1273 for more information and reservations for Scuba Diving Maui!
Please keep the time difference in mind! We are 2-3 hours earlier than the west coast and 5-6 hours earlier than the east.
Departure Address: Kihei Boat Ramp across the street from 2777 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753
(Mailing address: 220 Oe Street, Kihei, HI 96753)