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Scuba Diving in Maui

The second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui offers a plentitude of striking landscapes. From lush rainforests to mountaintops, never-ending beaches, and volcanic landscape, the island is nothing short of spectacular. Maui is part of Maui Nui, or Greater Maui, along with the islands of Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, and Kahoʻolawe.

Maui Scuba Diving Info

The island is home to some of the best dive sites in the world. Here, divers can witness amazing underwater ecosystems. Reefs, wrecks, underwater caverns and caves are just some of the underwater attractions both scuba divers and snorkelers can expect to find here.

Molokini Crater reef fish
Marine life. Photo by SnorkelingDives

When to Visit

Diving in Maui is possible all year round. If you want to increase your chances of seeing lots of sea turtles, you may want to come during the summer (June through August). That’s when the water temperature is higher, increasing the seaweed growth which turtles feed on.
January through April is humpback whale season.

Water Temperature

Throughout the warmer months, June through September, the ocean temperature is somewhere around 79-80° F (26-27° C). During the winter months of December, January, and February, the temperature lowers to approximately 75° F (24° C).


Depends on the dive site; as your dive center about suitable spots for your level of experience.


It depends on the dive site and when you’re visiting. The water visibility is around 100-150 feet (30-46 meters) offshore and 50-100 feet (15-30 meters) inshore. During the winter months, visibility may decrease.

Types of Diving

  • Reef diving
  • Drift diving
  • Wall diving
  • Cave and cavern diving
  • Wreck diving
  • Snuba diving

Maui Scuba Diving Highlights

The Lanai Cathedrals

Reachable in about 45 minutes by ferry from Maui, the Lanai cathedrals are a premier destination in Hawaii. The two awe-inspiring formations of lava tubes are teeming with life; from the small nudibranchs to white-tip sharks and dolphins, you’ll find all sorts of species of animals here.


Diving in Maui means you’ll be seeing quite a lot of turtles. These creatures are curious by nature and they will approach divers and snorkelers. However, people are reminded to respect their space and not touch or chase them.
Turtle Town is a well-known dive site for spotting protected Hawaiian green sea turtle. The site is located between Nahuna Point and Black Sand Beach, and it’s home to a variety of colorful reef fish and other marine animals.

Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater is one of the unmissable attractions of the island. The crescent-shaped volcanic crater is renowned among divers and snorkelers because of the plentitude of tropical fish, corals, and algae species that live and grow here.

Molokini crater maui
Diving and snorkeling boats anchored at Molokini Crater. Photo by Bossfrog

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