|We've done most
of our diving and snorkeling on Maui. This page provides
brief descriptions of our major shore diving sites.
They are linked to aerial photos (and/or
other photos), where available.
The crops of the aerial photos are not reduced to a uniform scale.
Shore Diving Sites on Maui
This is the only reasonably protected bay on the
north shore as you turn toward Hana. A rock spur extending from the
east side partially closes the mouth. The sides offer boulder and low
cliff habitats and there is a rubble and boulder bottom. The west side
has a particularly well developed Montipora
community. It varies from moderately exposed on the inside to highly
exposed at the points. We've done about 25 dives mostly
from 3-12 m (10-39 ft).
Hk--Hookipa Beach Park:
This is a shallow bay with an elevated accretion platform in the center.
The accretion platform grades into shallow reef off-shore and there is a
rocky headland on the east side. It's a highly exposed site. We've done
one shallow dive to a depth of 4 m (14 ft) (near the headland and
of the break). We've also done some intertidal work on the accretion
platform and collected beach sand.
This is a shallow, artificial harbor with extensive beds of sponges,
zoanthids and Bryopsis. We've done about 20 dives to about 6 m (20 ft). It's highly
inside the breakwaters and has a variety of
This is a shallow bay with a boulder bottom and
low rock spurs on its sides. There are a few wash rocks near the north
side and the inner portion receives silt from a stream. It varies from
exposed to highly exposed. We've done 3 dives around
the wash rocks at 6-8 m (20-26 ft).
This is a moderately protected bay with rocky spurs and well developed
platforms on each side. There's a broad sand channel in the center with
a fair amount of Halimeda kanaloana.
into the south side of the bay. We've snorkeled many times and done
about 20 dives, mostly along the reef/sand margin at depths of 5-14
m (16-46 ft). It's a preserve so there's no collecting permitted.
This site is immediately south of Honolua Bay. It's a broad bay with
rocky spurs on the sides, a wide sand
channel in the center and a sandy beach. A rocky platform on the south
side has a few moderately large tide pools and a small cove south
of the main bay has a shallow coral platform inside a wash rock.
It varies from moderately
exposed on the inside to exposed at the points. We've snorkeled many
times but only done one dive at 5-12
m (16-39 ft). Like Honolua Bay, it's a preserve so there's no
This is a narrow, shallow bay immediately north of Napili Bay. The
mouth of the
bay is partially closed by a shallow rock spur extending
from the south point. It has
a rock and rubble bottom with a small accretion platform immediately
the sand beach. A sand basin is located in the center. Exposure
ranges from protected on the inside to moderately exposed at the
points. We've snorkeled many times and done about 70 dives at depths of
2-9 m (6-30 ft).
This is a shallow bay with an offshore accretion platform in
and rocky spurs on each side. There's sand both inside and outside the
accretion platform. The southern point has extensive tide pools and the
north side has a boulder
bottom. There's some Halimeda
kanaloana on the north side outside of the accretion platform.
Exposure ranges from moderately protected on the inside to moderately
the points. We've snorkeled many
times and done about 25 dives at depths of 3-7 m (10-23 ft).
spent many sessions tide-pooling both by day and night.
Hi--Honokowai Park: This
is a sand beach with a park
and facilities located about two miles north of Airport Beach. There's
a well developed, complex accretion platform immediately
off the beach. The accretion platform grades into a reef platform with
several prominent sand channels. We've only done a couple dives at the
site plus some snorkeling in the channels between the crests of the
(Kahekili Beach Park): This is a sand beach with a park
and facilities located about one mile north of Black Rock. There's a
poorly developed accretion platform immediately
off the beach and a well developed, though relatively narrow, fringing
reef that becomes broader to the north and extends downward to about 6
m (20 ft). The fringing reef is moderately exposed. Offshore of the
reef is a very extensive Halimeda
kanaloana community beginning at about 8 m (26 ft) and
continuing out to 24+ m (79+ ft). We've done about 75 dives, mostly in
the Halimeda community at
8-24 m (26-79 ft).
Br--Black Rock (Pu'u
This site is an isolated rocky promontory jutting out into a sand
basin. It offers cliff and boulder habitats dropping to about 10 m (33
a shaded north face. There's a small shallow cove in the end of the
promontory and the cliffs are moderately exposed to exposed. Offshore
is a Halimeda kanaloana
beginning at about 12 m (39 ft). We've snorkeled around
the rock many times and done about 80 dives--about 25 in Halimeda to depths
of 15 m (49 ft), the rest around the rock at depths of 3-10 m
(10-33 ft). The latter
included several night dives.
This is a sandy beach located about 1/2 mile south of Black Rock with
access off the Whaler's Village mall. Immediately offshore is a
mixed bottom of rubble and fringing reef gradually transitioning to Halimeda kanaloana
at greater depths. The near shore area is moderately exposed. We've
done about half a dozen dives working
both rubble and Halimeda at
depths up to 17 m (56 ft).
Wh--Wahikuli Beach Park:
is a park between Black Rock and Lahaina with a sand beach
and small rocky "headlands." There's nothing but sand from the beach
out to about 6 m (20 ft). Beyond that, there's a well developed Halimeda kanaloana community. We've
done about 20 dives in the Halimeda
at depths of 6-12 m (20-39 ft).
This is an abandoned concrete wharf about 300 m long (truncated to
about 150 m by
hurricane Iniki in 1992). The remnants of the wharf create many small
"caves" with a diverse community of shade-dwelling invertebrates.
There's a shallow rubble platform immediately to the south and a small
marina with a breakwater immediately to the north. The end of the
rubble field produced by the collapsed wharf
is at about 9 m (30 ft). Beyond the rubble, is a coral platform grading
into Halimeda kanaloana at
about 11 m (36 ft). The shallow areas are moderately exposed. We've
done about 40 dives, mostly
working around the rubble at depths down to 11 m (36 ft). Several
has a well developed fringing reef. Shoreline habitats include sand
cobble beaches. There are also limited artificial rocky habitats formed
abandoned sugar mill pier west of the point and two small drainage pipe
abutments east of Camp Olowalu (formerly Camp Pecusa). Overhanging
Kiawe trees provide a fairly
extensive intertidal log habitat (recently reduced). The reef flat is shallow and
extensive with well developed microattols and the back reef is
protected by a shallow crest. Beyond the crest is a broad outer slope
and east of the point there's a complex of sand channels. Exposure
ranges from protected in the near-shore back reef to moderately exposed
at the crest. We've only done
a dozen dives east of the point due to the shallowness and breadth of
reef with maximum depths of 3-8 m (10-26 ft). However, we've spent many
of hours snorkeling and working the intertidal both by day and night
(mostly CP). West of the point, off the abandoned sugar mill pier, we've
done about 10 dives to depths of 21 m (68 ft). At that entry, the
reef is narrower providing access to outer slope and Halimeda kanaloana communities.
This is a beach just west of the mouth of Ukumehame Stream. It's
two miles east of Hekili Point and the reef is an extension of
Hekili Point complex. The fringing reef is well developed with a
shallow crest but the outer slope drops off more rapidly than at
Hekili Point. Exposure ranges from moderately protected on the inside
to exposed at the crest. We've done a fair amount of snorkeling but
couple dives down to 14 m (46 ft).
This is an exposed cliff site with narrow cobble beaches interspersed
platforms that have moderately extensive tide pools. Although difficult
to access for
shore dives, it offers rocky habitats dropping off rapidly to sand and Halimeda kanaloana
at 6+ m (20+ ft). We've done a fair amount of tide pooling and
snorkeling but only one dive to about 6 m (20 ft).
Mg--near McGregor Point:
is a sandy beach located about 1/4 mile east of McGregor Point
the east end of the palis. Immediately off the beach there's a rock
bottom that rapidly develops considerable relief, particularly toward
the east. Rocky spurs and a rubble skirt extend downward to about 10 m
ft). A Halimeda kanaloana
community begins about 100 m offshore of the rocks. It's a moderately
exposed to exposed site. We've done about a dozen dives working the rocks
down to about 10 m (33 ft)
dive in the Halimeda from
9-17 m (30-56 ft).
Ma--Maalaea Bay (Sugar
This is a very long sandy beach with a well developed accretion
offshore. The inner edge of the platform is elevated forming a
extensive intertidal in places. About 100 m offshore, the platform ends
in sand at 4-5 m (13-16 ft). Beyond the platform, starting at about 8 m
ft), is a silty flat with a distinctive community of sand dwelling
invertebrates and scattered patches of Halimeda kanaloana encrusted with
colonial tunicates. The platform is an exposed site. We've done around 60
dives split about evenly between the accretion platform at
1-5 m (3-16 ft) and the silt flat at 8-11 m (26-36 ft). Most of our
dives were a few hundred meters east of the eastern boundary of the
Ke--Kenolio Park: This
is a small beach park near the northern edge of Kihei. There are
remnants of a small concrete pier on the north edge and a sand entry to
the south. Subtidally, the habitat is similar to Maalaea Bay with silty Halimeda kanaloana beds starting at 5-6 m (15-20 ft.). We've done half a dozen dives at the site focusing on the Halimeda beds.
This is a "resort beach" with a sand entry. A rocky
headland immediately to the north offers high-relief rock spurs and
that extend outward for several hundred meters to patch reefs at 14+ m
It varies from moderately exposed to exposed. We've done about 15
dives from 3-14 m (10-46 ft).
Fg--Five Graves (Five
Caves): This is a small rocky cove immediately north of
Landing. It has high relief rock and coral spurs extending from a
cobble beach down to 11+ m (36+ ft). It's an exposed site. We've done about 10 dives
from 3-11 m (10-36 ft).
This is a small beach park with a sand entry. A
rocky headland on the north side offers high relief rock spurs and
coral that extend outward for several hundred meters. Offshore of the
headland to the south there's some Halimeda
kanaloana. It ranges from moderately exposed to exposed. We've
done about a dozen dives, mostly along the rock/sand boundary from 3-12 m
This broad bay has a cobble and rock platform shoreline and is bounded
east by the 1790 lava flow. The bottom is mixed sand, rubble and
coral. It ranges from moderately exposed to exposed. It's a preserve so
no collecting is permitted. We've done half a
dozen dives from 5-14 m (16-46 ft).
Lp--La Perouse Bay:
bay has a rough lava shoreline partially formed by the 1790 lava
flow with occasional small sand and cobble beaches. There are large
tide pools along the edge of the peninsula to the west. The pools are
in the preserve so, again, no collecting is permitted. Straight
out is a sandy basin with a central
pinnacle often used as a site for boat dives. It ranges from moderately
protected to exposed. We've done some tide
pooling and snorkeling here but no shore diving.
This is one of the few accessible beaches in the Kaupo area. A boulder
slope extends from the beach down to sand at about 12 m (40 ft). The
headland on the south side has good relief with a wall extending down to
sand at about 14 m (45 ft). An almost continuous "patchwork
quilt" of Palythoa caesia covers the wall from the low intertidal to about 8 m (25 ft). Below that, are corals and Cirrhpathes anguina. It's a highly exposed site.
We've done one dive to 14 m (45 ft) and a couple snorkels.
Hw--Hana Wharf (Hana Bay):
This is an old concrete wharf similar to Mala wharf in construction but
with less marine life on its pilings. It's a moderately exposed to exposed site. We haven't explored the
surrounding bay but have done one dive to about 8 m (25 ft) around the wharf and collected beach
Boat Diving Sites on Maui
In addition to
shore dives, we've done many hundreds of boat dives at
various locations offshore of Makena and elsewhere around east Maui
(mostly PF). Depths generally ranged from 15-33 m (49-108 ft) with a
dives. The habitats were mostly offshore patch reefs with the exception
of Molokini Islet. The latter is a breached and flooded tuff cone with
a near vertical back wall extending downward for over 90 m (295 ft) in
The crater has extensive coral cover sloping downward to sand at about
33 m (108 ft). The site ranges
from moderately exposed to highly exposed in the shallows. It's a
preserve so no collecting is permitted.