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Favorite Maui Dive Sites
Between Kihei and La-Perouse Bay

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Sightings include:

Lots of Turtles, frogfish, octopus.

  Ulua Beach (no pictures available yet)

Location: Following South Kihei rd. turn right on Wailea Alanui Drive (first right after S. Kihei rd turns up toward the mountains) Turn right at the sign that says "Ulua Beach"

Following the Piilani Highway to it's end you will turn right on Wailea Ike drive. At the bottom of this road turn right and look for the "Ulua beach" sign.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers

Nearest food: Many places to eat in Kihei, or enjoy one of the roadside vendors south of the beach about 2 miles.

Entry: Ulua beach has one of the easiest entry points on the island with a shallow sloping sand entry, after rough weather watch out for submerged rocks in the shallows (tripping hazard).

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The reef itself extends out from the beach along the point that is visible above the water line. This is a common first dive on Maui and very popular snorkeling spot. It is also one of the most commonly used sites for open water classes in Kihei.

Depth: 40fsw

Dangers include: coral cuts, rough surf on rare ocassions.

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Sightings include:

Lots of Turtles, frogfish, octopus.

  St. Anthony Wreck

Location: Located 1/3 mile off Ulua beach park is the the 65' fishing vessel St. Anthony. It was sunk in 1997 as an artificial reef and is surrounded by a large submerged tire reef.

Facilities: Restrooms, showers

Nearest food: Many places to eat in Kihei, or enjoy one of the roadside vendors south of the beach about 2 miles.

Entry: Ulua beach has one of the easiest entry points on the island with a shallow sloping sand entry, after rough weather watch out for submerged rocks in the shallows (tripping hazard).

From Ulua beach this is a very long surface swim or a perfect scooter dive. From the end of the rocky point at Ulua beach follow a compass heading of 285°

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If leaving from Keawakapu (little shorter distance) follow a compass heading of 270° from the south end of the beach.

After a 10-15 minute scooter ride you should begin seeing the "tire reef" in about 60fsw.

Site: Across the country tires were submerged in an effort to create artificial reefs until it was discovered that coral does not grow well on rubber. I have been told this practice has since been discontinued, however the tires make great habitat for a myriad of fish and undersea life.

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The wreck itself lies in 70fsw and is usually surrounded by several turtles.

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For a long time there have been 2 frogfish on the wreck, but I was unable to locate them on my last trip there.

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Depth: 70fsw (good dive for EANx)

Dangers include: Scooter battery dying and having a very long swim back, sharp edges on the wreck itself.

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Sightings include:

Turtles, White Tip Reef Sharks, Hawaiian Green Lionfish.

  Makena Landing

Location: Continuing down Wailea Alanui Drive (see Ulua beach for directions) look for the blue "Makena Landing" sign at Honoiki st. and turn right. At the bottom of this street turn right on Makena Rd. - You will see the beach park on your left. While a parking lot is available just north of the park I like to park on the street next to the restrooms as it is a much shorter walk to the beach. While there also look for the famous "SCUBA Bus" with Shaka Divers and go say "hi" to "Shaka Doug" himself.

Facilities: restrooms, showers.

Nearest food: Roadside vendors of smoked fish and coconuts just south on Makena Alanui Drive about 2 miles.

Entry: In my opinion this is the easiest entry on the island. Enter at the sandy "landing" to the right of the restrooms. Except during times of surf the shore slopes gradually out and waves tend to be small. While a dive flag is always recommended (and required by state law) This site frequently has a DLNR or Police officer actively enforcing the flag law.

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Site: Surface swim following the rocky coast to the right (north) of the resrooms and descend when you start seeing clearer water with some reef (about mid-way to the end of the first point)

The area has many fingers that extend out into the water and it is simplest I think to just keep the reef on the right going out and left coming back.

There are several small caves (do not enter without proper training please) and frequently white tip sharks hang out in them.

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One of the most popular dives with both shore and boat operators. Visibility tends to be 50-75ft (not spectacular, but good) and there is a lot of diversity in the life and structure of the reef.

Depth: 50fsw, but LOTS to see in the first 30fsw.

Dangers include: Lots of boat traffic, both dive boats and Kyaks. Entering caves without training.

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Sightings include:

Cleaner shrimp, Octopus, Helmet shells

  Maui Prince Hotel Beach

Location: Continue down Makena Alanui Drive 1 mile past Honoiki st. (look for the blue sign for Makena Landing) and turn right on Makena rd. (there are several Makena Rd. turn offs, but make sure you take the one after the blue Makena Landing sign) Parking is located at the end of this road (currently undergoing large amounts of construction)

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Facilities: restrooms, showers.

Nearest food: Roadside vendors of smoked fish and coconuts just south on Wailea Alanui Drive about 1 mile.

Entry: Enter at the south end of the beach and surface swim out approximately 200 yards.

Site: following the rocky point. The site is a nice coral reef and I have followed it out to nearly 50fsw.

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The site is heavy reef area and has the usual Maui reef critters hanging around.

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Depth: 50fsw, but LOTS to see in the first 30fsw.

Dangers include: Ocassional heavy surf.

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Sightings include:

Turtles, White Tip Reef Sharks.

  Ahihi Cove

Location: Continue down Makena Alanui Drive past all the resorts, Red Hill (The large cinder cone on the ocean side) 3 miles past Makena Landing (look for the blue sign for Makena Landing) While there are a few parking stalls by the cove itself, there is ample parking (pictured below) 50 yards North of the cove.

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Facilities: Rocks and Water - there are Port-a-Jons 100 yards south at the Ahihi bay parking lot.

Nearest food: Roadside vendors of smoked fish and coconuts just North on Makena Alanui Drive about 1 mile.

Entry: Rocky entry, and DLNR has requested that divers ONLY enter from the concrete slab (pictured to the left) or from Ahihi Bay (100 yards south) The reef has been severly damaged in the area due to divers and snorkelers entering and exiting over fragile coral. Please Kokua (help) in the recovery process.

Site: After entering at the cement slab submerge at the mouth of the cove. The entire area north and south of the cove is a fish preserve so there is a lot of life in the area and it is all worth exploring. While you can go quite deep if you head offshore far enough there is lots to see and enjoy in the first 40 fsw.

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Enjoy the area, but remember not to take anything home (Remember it's a fish preserve)

Depth: Most of the area is less than 50 fsw.

Dangers include: Slippery entry and it's easy to get lost here, so keep track of your directions and submerged landmarks.

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