Maui Scuba Diving
Maui Diamond - Molokini scuba
- 1 Tank Intro Dive: $144 per person
- 2 Tank Certified Dive: $129 per person
Maui Diamond is one of the very few boats that offers Molokini and Turtle Town dive trips with both certified and introductory divers. Absolutely no diving experience is required, but participants must be able to swim and have a good health record. This is a great chance to experience the world of scuba and decide if a certification course is something you'd like to pursue. It's a much better introduction to the underwater world than an intro dive in a swimming pool!
Introductory dives include a brief lesson on the boat on the way to Molokini. Once you arrive at Molokini intro divers will enjoy snorkeling the pristine and incredibly clear waters at Molokini. Then it is off to Turtle Town where you will experience a 20-30 foot introductory dive with one of the most fascinating residents of Maui's reef systems, the Hawaiian Green Sea turtle (also known as 'honu').
Certified divers go in a different "pod" and do two dives in the 60-70 foot range: the typical locations are Molokini and Turtle Town.
This tour includes a continental breakfast and deli lunch. Introductory dives include all gear. Certified dives include wetsuits, tanks, weights, mask, snorkel and fins, but those needing a breath controling device and/or a regulator are charged a $15 rental fee. The Maui Diamond is Coast Guard certified for 21 passengers but the trip is limited to a maximum of 15 divers. Departure is from Maalaea Harbor slip #23.
Extended Horizons - Lanai
- 2 Tank Dive (bring your own gear): $149 per person
- 2 Tank Dive (gear provided): $179 per person
- Night Dive: $109 per person
Lanai is a diver's delight ... the most famous spot is the Cathedrals, a volcanic grotto that is two stories tall inside! The light coming in through the numerous openings creates a supernatural effect, like the light coming in through the stained glass windows of a Cathedral. Keep an eye out in the nooks and crannies for lobster, nudibranchs, eels, and the white tip sharks that frequent the area. Dolphins and manta and eagle rays are frequently seen too. A second dive spot will be chosen on the day of your tour; very often one of the turtle hang-outs is a popular choice. Most dives average 60 feet.
Extended Horizons offers daily trips to Lanai ... their speedy boat is certified for 21 passengers but they limit their trip to 12 divers per day. Quality dive gear is included for $169pp, or if you plan to use your own gear they will supply tanks and weights and the rate is $139pp. The boat has a fresh water shower, separate rinse buckets for cameras and dive gear, plenty of room on-deck, and lots of shade. Departure is at 7am from Mala boat ramp in Lahaina town.
Night Dives are also available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. These are shore dives done at various locations along Maui's west coast. Check in at Extended Horizons' Lahaina location. All dive gear and lights are provided.
Extended Horizons only takes certified divers. They do not offer introductory dives.
If you have never gone scuba diving, you could do an introductory dive on the Maui Diamond. Another consideration is to go SNUBA diving which offers a similar experience without having wear all the gear. See our snuba diving page for details.