A sea turtle swims off Olowalu, Maui.

Dive Sites and Operators in Lahaina, Maui

The best dive sites in Lahaina are an artificial reef and an old whaling wreck, but there are plenty of other great spots for both novice and experienced divers. Here’s where to go, along with the handful of dive boats that operate out of the area and what they offer.

A speckled tropical fish in the reef at Honolua Bay.

Scuba Diving in West Maui

Scuba diving in West Maui involves one of two options: Departing from a west side harbor for an excursion to Lana‘i or diving along the West Maui shoreline. Here are dive sites and dive operators for both.

Diving in Turtle Canyons.

Diving in Honolulu

Diving in Honolulu waters is all about exploring shipwrecks and finger reefs. Here’s a selection of dive charters catering to first-time or veteran divers.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Lake Superior’s Alger Underwater Preserve

There are several wrecks concentrated in one area of the Alger Underwater Preserve, and the cold, pristine water keeps them from deteriorating. Both divers and nondivers alike can view the wrecks and ruins through dive charters and boat tours.

Diving the First Cathedral in Lana‘i.

Diving Lana‘i’s Cathedrals

Those familiar with Hawaii diving will know that Lana‘i has some of the best diving in the state. While there are no fewer than 14 named dive sites along the southwestern coastline, the two which make Lana‘i famous are First and Second Cathedral.

Another nice shore dive is the Ahihi Kinau cove.

Dive Sites in Makena and Beyond

In addition to being one of the best shore dives in Makena, Nahuna/Makena Landing/5 Caves/5 Graves also takes the cake as the spot with the greatest number of names. Another nice shore dive is the Ahihi Kinau cove. Since this cove is protected from the wind, it offers pristine diving conditions as long as the surf isn’t up.

Of all the beaches in Wailea, the best for a morning shore dive is the point at Ulua Beach.

Wailea Dive Sites and Rentals

Wailea offers shore dives with shallow depths perfect for novices, with entry points that are sandy and easy. Expect to see a number of Hawaiian green sea turtles along with healthy coral formations, endemic reef fish, and perhaps a rare spotted eagle ray or spiny lobster.

Aerial view of the islet of Moku Ho‘oniki off Molokai.

Moloka‘i Dive Sites and Snorkeling

The only reason you haven’t heard about the amazing diving and snorkeling in Moloka‘i is because—with the exception of a few protected areas—the majority of dive and snorkel spots are best accessed from a dive boat or charter. Use these outfitters to explore Moku Ho‘oniki and other areas.