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Favorite Maui Dive Sites
Between Honolua and Lahaina

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Sightings include:

Eels, White Tip Reef Sharks, Turtles.

  Honolua Bay

Location: Approximately 10 miles north of Lahaina. Park on the road and walk down the streambed/jeep trail approximately 400 yards to the bay. Rocky coastline, best dove in the summer when the surf is down.

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Facilities: None

Nearest food: Napili Plaza, about 5 miles south.

Entry: On the left side of the beach. Surface swim about 150 yards out toward the middle of the bay, dropping down in about 20fsw. Keep the reef "wall" on your left and circle the reef counterclockwise. Just before leaving the bay there will be an underwater valley on your left, follow this up to 8fsw and either follow the same path back or swim over the reef at the surface.

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Another optional dive plan is to continue on into Mokuleia bay just south of Honolua (far right in the picture) then climb up the stairs (if you take 2 vehicles, leave one at Mokuleia)

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Depth: 40fsw

Dangers include: on Rare ocassion Tigersharks have been spotted in the bay - exercise caution if seen. High surf especially in the winter.

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Sightings include:

Turtles

  D.T. Fleming Beach

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Location: Turn left off the highway on the first left after passing the Kapalua entrance - There is a large green sign that says "D.T. Fleming Beach Park" marking the turn off.

Facilities: Beach park has great facilities, restrooms, showers, bbq grills and lifeguard station.

Nearest food: Napili Plaza, about 2 miles south.

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Popular body boarding beach in the winter.

Dangers include: High surf especially in the winter. Rip current.

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Sightings include:

Turtles, eagle rays.

  Kapalua Bay

Location: Turn left off the highway at Napili Plaza, at the bottom of this road turn right on Lower Honoapiilani hwy. Follow for approximately 1 mile and turn left into the Kapalua bay parking lot immediately after the Napili Kai resteraunt.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers, limited parking and an activity booth.

Nearest food: Napili Kai resteraunt is located next door or Napili Plaza, about 1 mile south.

Dive Plan: I like to walk out on the right side of the bay, until it is deep enough to descend (10-15 fsw) then follow the contour of the bay around the north side, at 1700 psi I turn around, reverse course and spend any extra time working my way along the shallows toward the left side of the bay before exiting.

Depth: 45 fsw

Other: Also makes a nice night dive.

Dangers include: I find the shallow depth over coral to make entry difficult.

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Sightings include:

Octopus

  Napili Bay

Location: Turn left off the highway at Napili Plaza, at the bottom of this road turn right on Lower Honoapiilani hwy. Follow for approximately 1/2 mile and turn left after Napili Shores Resort.

Facilities: None - street parking only - do not park in resort parking lots or you may be towed.

Nearest food: The Gazebo at Napili Shores resort, Napili Plaza, about 1/2 mile south.

Dive Plan: Follow same plan as for Kapalua bay - dives are very similar.

Depth: 45fsw

Dangers include: Large surf at times - popular body boarding beach. Rip current.

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Sightings include:

Octopus

  Honokeawa Cove

Location: Turn left off the highway at Napili Plaza, at the bottom of this road turn right on Lower Honoapiilani hwy. Follow for approximately 1/2 mile and park on street next to Napili Point resort. Walk down the sidewalk next to the Napili Resort office, past the pool and look for a flat lava rock outcropping. I like to enter in a small "pool" between the lava outcropping and shore by allowing the water to rise up to ground level, slip in and allow the surge to pull you out. Exit is just the opposite, follow surge back into the little inlet, and allow it to set you back on the rock outcropping.

Facilities: None - street parking only - do not park in resort parking lots or you may be towed.

Nearest food: The Gazebo at Napili Shores resort, Napili Plaza, about 1/2 mile south.

Dive Plan: Good Snorkeling spot for swimming with turtles - probably two dozen turtles in this small cove.

Depth: 15fsw

Dangers include: Large surf at times, avoid if surfers are in the water. Banded sea urchins abound here - be careful or you'll wind up with a handfull of them.

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Sightings include:

Lots of turtles

  Embassy Suites/Kaanapali Vacation Resort

Location: Turn left off the highway at Foodland (The waste water treatment plant will be on your right side), Turn left at the Kaanapali Vacation resort sign.

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Facilities: Restrooms, showers, limited parking

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Nearest food: Foodland, about 1/4 mile away.

Dive Plan: Swim out using the current along the buoys and drop down when you get to 15fsw. Various coral heads and swim throughs. On return swim 50 yards north or south of the buoys to avoid the Rip current.

Depth: 50fsw but most of the dive is less than 40fsw.

Dangers include: Large surf at times, Rip current. Pay attention to the current information sign.

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Sightings include:

Eels, Turtles, Eagle Rays, Helmet Shells, Triton's Trumpets, Tiger Cowry's, Barracuda, Bottlenose Dolphin, Octopus

  Old Airport Beach
Ali'i Kahekili Nui 'Ahumanu Beach Park

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Location: Airport Beach is located on Kai Ala Drive, the first traffic light north of Kaanapali Pkwy. There are 2 reefs commonly dove in the area, both stretching for over a mile north of the entry area. First reef begins at the shore line and extends to approximately 25fsw. Second reef begins at approximately 30fsw and extends to 45fsw.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers, bbq grills, picnic tables, pavilion and lots of parking.

Nearest Food: Kaanapali Beach Hotel Mixed Plate buffet - They have a lunch buffet for about $13 or salad bar for $7. Or Foodland, Subway etc. 1 mile north.

Entry: In front of the public shower there is a sand channel that makes a nice spot for a descent. Be careful as there is a slight dropoff about 10 feet from entering the water, it can be anywhere from 6" to 2ft depending on the recent wave action.

Dive Plan: I like to enter in front of the shower, descend over the sand channel, then fin out to the second reef, follow it north until I hit 1200psi, turn toward the shore and finish the dive heading south back toward the sand channel over the first reef (much shallower) You can surface at any point and swim to shore.

Depth: 45fsw.

Dangers include: Crown of Thorns Starfish (do not touch) and a 1ft drop-off at the entry point to be aware of.

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Sightings include:

Conger and Morray Eels, Eagle rays, many Turtles, White Tip Reef Sharks, Octopus

  Blackrock

Location: Blackrock is located at the North end of Kaanapali Parkway in front of the Sheraton resort. This is also an excellent site for a night dive. Max depth is 40fsw. This is a small "wall" dive so be sure to look up ocassionally and enjoy the sights above you. Tends to be very popular, especially during the day with snorkelers.

Facilities: Limited public parking at the south end of the Sheraton garage, no other public facilities.

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Nearest Food: Kaanapali Beach Hotel Mixed Plate buffet - They have a lunch buffet for about $13 or salad bar for $7.

Entry: In front of the Sheraton resort - nice gradual sandy entry.

Dive plan: Depending upon the current there are 3 common ways of approaching this dive. (check current by watching the moored boats)

1) South Current: Start at the beach in front of the Sheraton, swim into the current keeping the "rock" on your right hand side. when you reach your designated turn point (based upon rock bottom, air consumption, etc) ride the current back - sometimes the current will switch mid-dive so be prepared for a surface swim if necessary.

2) North Current: Start at the beach in front of the Sheraton, keeping the "rock" on your right and exit on the North side of blackrock near the golfcourse - walk back to the public parking lot.

3) South Current: Start on the north side of blackrock - drop your gear off at the golf course.

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next park your car in the public parking lot at the south end of the Sheraton garage.

Walk back to your gear and then follow the foot path to the beach just north of blackrock (about 200 yards of walking)

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Enter on this sandy beach and drift with the current keeping the "rock" on your left. Exit by the Sheraton resort.

Depth: 40fsw

Other: One of the most popular Night dive sites in the area.

Dangers include: Crown of Thorns Starfish (do not touch) and on ocassion an extremely strong rip tide which can make a surface swim back to shore difficult.

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  Canoe Beach / Hanakao'o Beach Park

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Location: 1 mile north of Lahaina, right after the Post office.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers, lots of parking and lifeguard station.

Nearest Food: Cannery Mall

Entry: Sandy entry - very easy.

Dive Plan: Sparse coral heads, vis tends to be less than 30ft. Not one of my preferred dives.

Depth: 40fsw

Dangers include: Possible high surf, Rip current.

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  Wahikuli Beach Park

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Location: 1/2 mile north of Lahaina, across from the Post office.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers, limited parking, bbq grills, picnic tables.

Nearest Food: Cannery Mall

Entry: Sandy entry - very easy.

Dive Plan: Sparse coral heads, Mostly sandy bottom - GREAT place for skills dives when the surf is low.

Depth: 30fsw

Dangers include: Possible high surf.

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Sightings include:

Conger and Morray Eels, Eagle rays, many Turtles, White Tip Reef Sharks, Nudibranchs, Slipper Lobster, Octopus, Sponge crabs.

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  Mala Wharf

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Location: A favorite of many visiting divers to Maui, Mala is a half submerged wharf which collapsed during hurricane Iniki in 1992. The submerged structure offers numerous swim-throughs as well as abundant life. 2 resident white tip sharks are frequently observed hiding under collapsed pilings.

Facilities: Boat ramp, restrooms, shower. Parking is limited.

Nearest Food: Cannery Mall or any of the shops along Front Street. Both within walking distance.

Entry: From the sandy beach to the left of the wharf (shown on the right side of the photo) walk over the shallow reef, trying to avoid live corral heads (bright yellow/green and easily seen) when deep enough surface swim to the end of the structure still standing and take a compass heading along the path of the wharf. Once submerged if you cannot immediately see the submerged structure follow a reverse heading of the one you took on the surface to find it. This is simplest to do at high tide - one of the few tide dependent/helpful dives on the island.

Dive Plan: I frequently will swim out taking my time along the right side of the structure exploring the swim throughs and wildlife. At the end of the submerged portion return on the other side.

Depth: 45fsw

Dangers include: Boat traffic, rough entry and if surf picks up during your dive it can be a hard swim back. There is also a lot of old fishing line and other entanglement hazards as well as lots of re-bar sticking out of the structure that is very sharp. Often the current will push you into the structure, so be careful.

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Sightings include:

Dozens of Turtles including Hawksbill, Eels, Barracuda, Beautiful healthy reef.

  The Pipe (Baby Beach - Lahaina)

Location: While only a few hundred yards south of Mala Warf, this site rarely gets visited by divers. Access is difficult by shore, but it is well worth checking out. The "pipe" is the old drainage pipe from the cannery (now the cannery mall) you can find it by lining up the spire from the Bhuddist temple and the cell tower (see the cirled areas in the enlarged photo) There is also a buoy tied off to the pipe in about 30 fsw that makes tying up a kayak quite simple.

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The pipe is completely encrusted with coral and is very densely populated with all manner of reef fish, turtles and more. This area is also home to 5 of the rare Hawksbill Turtles - very good chance of seeing them here.

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Make sure you observe which way the boats are facing in the area to see the direction of the current before you head out - 75% of the time it runs northward, but it can change quickly. Slack tide can be a nice time to dive this area.

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Facilities: restrooms and showers are available at Mala - walking distance away.

Nearest Food: Cannery Mall or any of the shops along Front Street. Both within walking distance.

Entry: 4 options:
1) From shore walk straight out from the temple over the reef, very carfully as it is a difficult walk with gear on - good boots are a must and a full suit is HIGHLY recommended. The reef is above the water line at low tide and mostly dead in this area, but avoid the living coral whenever possible. At the edge of the reef slip into the water and enjoy the view.

2) Surface swim out as you would to Mala wharf, then south, however remember if you are kicking with the current it can be VERY strong on the way back when you are kicking against it.

3) Kayak out from Mala and tie off to the submerged mooring ball tied to the pipe itself.

4) Make this a Scooter (DPV) dive from Mala. Scooter, keeping the reef on your left hand side till you encounter the "pipe" then scooter back. You may have enough gas/air left to do a short dive around Mala. One of my favorite ways to dive this site.

Dangers include: Boat traffic, Crown of Thorns Starfish (do not touch - pictured below) very rough entry, up to a 2 kt. current and high wind at times on the surface.

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Sightings include:

Turtles, Eels, Barracuda, Reef Sharks, Beautiful healthy reef.

  Shark Pit

Location: Located on Front Street approximately 1/2 mile south of the Banyan Tree. Look for the "Beach Access" sign along the road. Parking is along the Mauka (Mountain) side of the street. Gear up at the car and then take the short walk to the beach (about 100 yards.)

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The site gets it's name from a 3 sided "Pit", when you first drop down at the edge of the reef, that is frequented by reef sharks.

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Facilities: Sand and Saltwater ... that's it.

Nearest Food: Front Street has various eateries. I like to stop at Banyan Bistro for a Chicken Bistro Wrap after a dive - they are located in the Wharf Center, lower level. There is also a Subway sandwich shop next to them.

Entry:Once at the beach swim out in the sand channel marked by the upright post about 50 yards off shore. Frequently there are 2 boats moored in the shallows of this channel.

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Make sure you observe which way the boats are facing in the area to see the direction of the current before you head out - 75% of the time it runs northward, but it can change quickly. High tide is the best time to dive this site as the swim out over the coral is easiest then. Once you reach the edge of the shallow reef the water drops off into the "pit" which frequently has several white tips hanging out at the bottom of the pit and in the adjacent cave or under ledges and in the swim through.

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Dive Plan: After dropping down into the pit, at approximately 20 depth, head south keeping the edge of the reef on your left. Follow the contour of the reef (several "fingers") Until reaching your turn pressure (be sure to plan for current if the current is running south instead of it's usual north pattern) Also be sure to count the number of "fingers" of reef or you may miss the turn back into the "pit"

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Depth: 40fsw

 

Dangers include: Boat traffic, Shallow entry over coral and rough when there is a south swell. Current can also be swift at times.

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