Maui’s undersea volcanic terrain and wide range of colorful wildlife offers some of the world’s richest and most unique dive experiences.
Olowalu, also known as “Turtle Reef” is one of Maui’s great treasures, a diverse and colorful coral reef with formations of lava, colorful fishes and marine animals, including Manta Rays, and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. There are 24 species of coral at Olowalu, some are hundreds of years old.
If you have ever wanted to dive and explore a ship wreck, you will definitely want to visit the Carthaginian Sailing Ship. Berthed in Lahaina for 23 years and used as a whaling museum, the Carthaginian is a double-masted brigantine that was deliberately sunk December 13, 2005. The Carthaginian now rests at a depth of 97 feet under the ocean. The ship is already well into the process of becoming an artificial reef, and dive explorers say they have seen sharks, turtles, eels, and octopus. In season you may even hear humpback whales singing in the background while you dive.
The partially submerged Molokini crater is Hawaii’s only island marine sanctuary. The crater’s crescent-moon shape provides protection from waves and strong currents, and its crystal clear water down to 150 feet is the perfect setting for everything from beginner snorkelers through advanced scuba divers. There are over 200 species of fish to see, and if you are fortunate, you may spot an Octopus, Sea Turtles, Manta Rays, or even the occasional visiting Whale Shark.
Kāʻanapali’s Black Rock, or Pu`u Keka`a, “hill creating strength through enlightenment”, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa retells the story of King Kahekili through a nightly cliff-diving ceremony. Hawaiians believe that Pu`u Keka`a is one of three “`uhane lele”, a place where souls of the dead leap from earth into their ancestral spirit land. King Kahekili lived in Ka’anapali and ruled over Maui and O`ahu for 45 years. King Kahekili proved his bravery and spiritual strength by leaping from Pu’u Keka’a and returning to shore unscathed. Black Rock offers excellent scuba and snorkeling opportunities for a wide range of divers.