Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Spots

Maui Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Spots

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Spots

Maui offers many spots to snorkel and scuba dive:

  • snorkeling & scuba – divers stay to the right, snorkelers stay to the left
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish
  • beginner to intermediate snorkelers & divers
  • 35 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better due to afternoon winds
  • hazards: boats & occasional winter high surf
  • no site facilities
  • great winter surfing in west maui

DIRECTIONS: Drive North on Honoapiilani Hwy. 30. past Lahaina to Kapalua. The beach is located just short of two and a half miles past the entrance to the Kapalua Bay Resorts. The entrance is six tenths of a mile past the 32 mile marker on the left. Park on the road and walk down the trail to the rock beach.

Kapalua Bay – Kapalua

  • snorkeling & scuba
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish
  • intermediate snorkelers & beginner divers
  • 45 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better due to afternoon winds
  • hazards: boats, windsurfers and occasional winter high surf
  • facilities: bathrooms & shower
  • food available
  • great for sunbathing

DIRECTIONS: Drive north of Lahaina Town on Honoapiilani Highway 30 to Kapalua. The beach fronts the Kapalua Bay Hotel. The parking area is on the southern end of the beach.

Kahikili/Airport Beach – Kaanapali

  • snorkeling & scuba, easy entry
  • colorful reef & moderate amount of fish
  • beginner snorkelers & intermediate divers
  • 40 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better due to afternoon winds
  • hazards: occasional winter high surf
  • facilities: bathrooms, a shower & picnic benches
  • good spot for night diving

DIRECTIONS: Drive north of Lahaina Town on Honoapiilani Highway 30 about two mile outside of Lahaina Town, past Kaanapali, turn left on Kai Ala. Follow the “beach access” signs to the right.

Kahakuloa Bay – Kahakuloa

  • scuba – enter on the right side of lava flow outcropping, dive to left & right
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish, rocks
  • advanced diver
  • wear a wetsuit
  • 70 feet max depth at location
  • difficult climb down entry
  • diving in summer, spring & fall – mornings are better
  • great beginner spot
  • hazards: winter high surf makes entry impossible
  • no facilities

DIRECTIONS: Coming from Wailuku, turn onto a small turnout at the 15.7 mile mark. Walk down the “trail” to the ocean.

Mokolea Point – West Maui Backside

  • scuba – head out forward, circle left
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish, rocks
  • one of the island’s best spots
  • advanced divers
  • wear a wetsuit
  • 110 feet max depth at location
  • diving in summer, spring & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: winter high surf makes entry impossible
  • no facilities
  • advice: place something highly visible on a rock near the cove as it can be difficult to see the entry cove after resurfacing

DIRECTIONS: Coming from Wailuku, turn right on a dirt road at the 16.2 mile mark – right before a concrete dip in the road. Drive in and park. Walk down the trail to the protected cove on the left for perfect scuba diving.

Nakalele Point – West Maui Backside

  • scuba
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish, rocks
  • one of the island’s best spots – a great wall dive
  • advanced divers – no exceptions
  • wear a wetsuit
  • 150 feet max depth at location
  • diving in summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: winter surf is too rough and entry is a rough walk down
  • no facilities
  • advice: dive to 80 feet to conserve air and follow the wall until your air is half gone, then start back at a different depth for different sights.

DIRECTIONS: Drive North on Honoapiilani Hwy. 30. past Lahaina and Kapalua. It is at the 38 mile marker. Turn left at the Nakalele Point Light Station sign. Park as close to the lighthouse as your car will allow you. Walk your way in.

Maui whale watching from condo

Makuleia “Slaughter House” Bay – Kapalua

  • snorkeling & scuba
  • colorful reef & some fish
  • beginner to intermediate snorkelers & divers
  • 40 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better due to afternoon winds
  • hazards: occasional winter high surf
  • no site facilities
  • great winter body surfing

DIRECTIONS: Drive North on Honoapiilani Hwy. 30. past Lahaina to Kapalua. The beach is located just short of two miles past the entrance to the Kapalua Bay Resorts. You can’t miss the sign.

Napili Bay – Napili

  • snorkeling & scuba along the reef and to the left and right of the beach
  • moderate amount of fish
  • beginner snorkelers & intermediate divers
  • 30 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better due to afternoon winds
  • hazards: occasional winter high surf
  • facilities: condos nearby

DIRECTIONS: Drive on Honoapiilani Hwy. 30. past Lahaina, Kaanapali, to Napili. Take a left at the light on Napilihou St. Drive to the bottom and take a right on Lower Honoapiilani Highway. Continue north to Hui St., turn left and you will see the public access

Black Rock – Kaanapali

  • snorkeling & scuba, easy entry
  • snorkel & dive around the point, close to the wall
  • tons of fish
  • beginner snorkelers & divers
  • 30 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better due to afternoon winds
  • hazards: occasional winter high surf
  • facilities: the hotels
  • excellent spot for beginner’s night dive

DIRECTIONS: Go to Kaanapali and head to the Sheraton

Olowalu “Mile Marker 14” – Olowalu

  • snorkeling & scuba toward deeper water
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish
  • beginner snorkelers & divers
  • 35 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better
  • great beginner spot
  • hazards: summer high surf
  • no facilities
  • shark warning signs

DIRECTIONS: Look for the mile marker 14 sign on the way to Lahaina

Honokohau Bay – West Maui Backside

  • snorkeling & scuba – diving and snorkeling to the right, snorkelers only near the wall.
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish
  • intermediate snorkelers & divers
  • 50 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional winter high surf
  • no facilities

DIRECTIONS: Drive North on Honoapiilani Hwy. 30. past Lahaina and Kapalua. It is at the 36 mile marker.

Honanana Point – West Maui Backside

  • scuba
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish, rocks
  • one of the island’s best dives
  • intermediate to advanced divers
  • wear a wetsuit
  • 50 feet max depth at location
  • diving in summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: hard walk down entry, winter high surf
  • no facilities

DIRECTIONS: Coming from Wailuku, turn right on a dirt road at exactly 16.33 miles. Head in, moving toward the left. Park at the edge of the cliff. Walk north on the path to the water. At the bottom, turn left and wade across a small inlet to a lava rock ledge facing a lava rock island to this amazing scuba spot.

Scenic Lookout – Maalaea

  • scuba
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish
  • best dive in this area & an excellent night dive
  • intermediate divers
  • 60 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf & challenging trail down
  • no facilities

DIRECTIONS: Look for the signs, it will be obvious.

MacGregor Point – Maalaea

  • scuba
  • colorful reef & moderate amount of fish
  • intermediate divers
  • 45 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf & challenging trail down
  • no facilities
  • there are two more dives farther in the park with diving depths from 35 to 50 feet

DIRECTIONS: Go east from the scenic lookout for .85 miles. Turn off on the dirt road leading to the lighthouse. Park immediately for the first dive or driving further into the park for more dive locations.

Kamaole I, II, III – Kihei

  • snorkeling – snorkel along the rocks at all 3 locations
  • moderate amount of fish
  • beginner snorkelers
  • wear a wetsuit
  • 25 feet max depth at location
  • year round snorkeling – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf
  • facilities: picnic benches, showers & bathrooms at all locations
  • nice night dive for beginner divers

DIRECTIONS: Drive on South Kihei Rd. a few miles and look for the signs

Polo Beach – Wailea

  • snorkeling
  • moderate amount of fish & some turtles
  • beginner to intermediate snorkelers
  • 20-30 feet max depth
  • year round – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf
  • facilities: showers & bathrooms
  • great sunbathing beach

DIRECTIONS: As you enter Kihei, take Piilani Hwy. 31 till you get to Wailea, go down the hill and turn left at the light. Go through Wailea and turn right immediately after the Kea Lani Resort. Go to the bottom of the hill and take a right. Park in the beach parking.

Haloa Point/Palauea Beach – Wailea

  • scuba – follow beach to left and enter at the coral rock beach
  • moderate amount of fish
  • beginner to intermediate divers
  • 50 feet max depth
  • year round – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf & rock beach entry
  • no facilities

DIRECTIONS: As you enter Kihei, take Piilani Hwy. 31 till you get to Wailea, go down the hill and turn left at the light. Go through Wailea and turn right immediately after the Kea Lani Resort. Go to the bottom of the hill and take a left. The beach will be on your right, ready for scuba.

Big Beach, Little Beach, Oneuli (black sand) Beach – Makena

  • snorkeling at Big & Little – snorkel & scuba at Oneuli
  • plenty of colorful reef fish
  • intermediate snorkelers & divers
  • 30 to 40 feet max depth at Big/Little – 20 to 30 feet at Oneuli
  • year round – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf & strong currents can occur year round
  • facilities: port-o-pottys at Big Beach
  • note: Makena Little Beach is a nude beach

DIRECTIONS: Oneuli: Go south past the Maui Prince Resort .85miles. Look for orange gate and dirt road on your right. Drive in a short distance to parking area.
Makena Big Beach: About .15 mile past Oneuli entrance. Park and walk to beach.
Makena Little Beach: Go to Big Beach and walk to the lava outcropping on the far right and go up the lava path to the beach on the other side.

Ahihi Bay – Makena

  • scuba diving & snorkeling – snorkel out & to the left
  • plenty of reef fish
  • beginner to intermediate snorkelers & divers
  • 20 feet max depth – turns to sand at 55 feet
  • year round – morning is better
  • hazards: occasional high surf in summer and sea urchins in shallow areas
  • no site faciilities
  • advice: good spot for scuba diving at night!

DIRECTIONS: Go south past the Maui Prince Resort 2.6 miles. You will see a gravel parking lot to right. Park and walk down to site.

La Perouse Bay – Makena

  • scuba diving & snorkeling
  • moderate amount of reef fish
  • beginner to intermediate snorkelers & divers
  • 15 to 30 feet max depth along the north wall; 30 to 50 feet in the bay
  • year round – morning is better
  • hazards: occasional high surf and sea urchins in shallow areas/entry
  • no site faciilities

DIRECTIONS: Go south past the Maui Prince Resort 4 miles. You will see the la Perouse Memorial on the left, take the dirt road to the right.

Nu’u Bay – Backside Maui

  • scuba diving & snorkeling
  • tons of fish, colorful vast reef – excellent visibility
  • intermediate to advanced divers & snorkelers
  • 110 feet max depth
  • wear a wetsuit
  • winter
  • hazards: high summer surf and strong current
  • no site faciilities
  • advice: be sure to plan enough air to get back

DIRECTION: Going the back way East to Hana on #31, find a metal gate at the 31 mile marker. It is one of a few not locked. Go thorough and re-hook the wire loop. Drive to parking area.

Manu’o hule Point – Maalaea

  • scuba
  • colorful reef & moderate amount of fish
  • beginner to intermediate divers
  • 45 feet max depth at location
  • year round diving – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf & challenging trail down
  • no facilities
  • advice: swim straight out – you can find an underwater arch and reef ranges to your right.

DIRECTIONS: Go east from the scenic lookout for .5 miles & look for the trail on the ocean side of the road

Ulua/Mokapu Beach – Wailea

  • snorkeling & scuba – swim around the rocks between beaches
  • moderate amount of reef fish
  • beginner to intermediate snorkelers & beginning scuba divers
  • 35 feet max depth at location
  • year round – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf
  • facilities: showers & bathrooms
  • good night dive

DIRECTIONS: Drive on Piilani Hwy. 31 to Wailea, go down the hill and turn right at the light. Turn left at the Ulua & Mokapu Beach sign. Park in the lot. Walk down to the bathrooms and grassy area and take the path to the left. To the right is Mokapu Beach.

Wailea Beach – Wailea

  • scuba & snorkel – left side of the beach
  • moderate amount of fish & some turtles
  • beginner to intermediate snorkelers & divers
  • 50 feet max depth at Wailea
  • year round – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf
  • facilities: showers & bathrooms
  • great sunbathing beach

DIRECTIONS: As you enter Kihei, take Piilani Hwy. 31 till you get to Wailea, go down the hill and turn left at the light. Just past the Grand Wailea and before the Four Seasons is a road & sign marking beach access.

Nahua Point/Five Graves – Makena

  • scuba – follow the reef to the left
  • moderate amount of fish & lots of turtles; caves & arches
  • intermediate divers & advanced cave divers
  • 40 to 50 feet max depth
  • year round – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf & cave hazards
  • no facilities
  • advice: avoid the caves if you’re not an experienced cave diver

DIRECTIONS: Drive past the Makena Surf condos on your right and take the first street on your right. this is Makena Rd. Drive a couple hundred yards and you will se a small graveyard on your right. Park on the mountain side of road and walk down trail to entry.

Makena Landing – Makena

  • snorkeling & scuba – follow the rocks on the right
  • moderate amount of fish; caves & arches
  • beginning & intermediate divers & snorkelers
  • 5 to 30 feet max depth
  • year round – mornings are better
  • hazards: occasional summer high surf & cave hazards
  • facilities: bathrooms & showers

DIRECTIONS: Drive past the Makena Surf condos on your right about 3/4 of a mile. You will see a sign on your right for Makena Landing and Keawalai Church. Take this right to the bottom of the hill. Take another right and you will see Makena Landing.

Molokini Crater – Waters 5 miles off Makena shore

  • snorkeling & scuba diving
  • tons of colorful reef fish & extensive beautiful reef
  • beginner snorkelers to advanced divers
  • 100 feet max depth in the crater to 400 feet off the back wall
  • year round
  • hazards: strong currents outside the crater.
  • note: Molokini is a protected reserve – respect the aina!

DIRECTIONS: Take a boat ride…

Ahihi Cove – Makena

  • snorkeling
  • plenty of reef fish
  • beginner to intermediate snorkelers – great spot for beginners
  • 5 to 30 feet max depth
  • year round – morning is better
  • hazards: occasional high surf in summer and sea urchins in shallow areas
  • no site faciilities

DIRECTIONS: Go south past the Maui Prince Resort 2 miles. Look for “Ahihi Kinau reserve” sign. Continue a tenth of a mile and park around the small cove.

Manawainui Point – Backside Maui

  • scuba diving
  • tons of fish, colorful vast reef; lots of caves & crevices
  • advanced divers good at rough water entries & certified cave divers
  • 80 feet max depth
  • wear a wetsuit
  • winter
  • hazards: high summer surf and extremely difficult entry/exit – avoid diving in rough conditions
  • no site faciilities
  • note: Jeep or 4×4 truck recommended to get to this location

DIRECTIONS: Going the back way East to Hana on #31, turn down the dirt road at mile marker 27.5. Drive down bearing to the left. Walk down to the low, flat peninsula extending out to the ocean. You will need to go down a ladder to get to the peninsula. You will need a rope tied off to aid your entry/exit off the right hand side of the peninsula for great scuba diving.

Nu’u Bay – Backside Maui

  • scuba diving & snorkeling
  • tons of fish, colorful vast reef – excellent visibility
  • intermediate to advanced divers & snorkelers
  • 110 feet max depth
  • wear a wetsuit
  • winter
  • hazards: high summer surf and strong current
  • no site faciilities
  • advice: be sure to plan enough air to get back

DIRECTION: Going the back way East to Hana on #31, find a metal gate at the 31 mile marker. It is one of a few not locked. Go thorough and re-hook the wire loop. Drive to parking area.

Pauwela Point – Haiku

  • scuba
  • reef fish, lobsters, rock bottom
  • intermediate to advanced divers
  • 50 feet max depth
  • diving in summer, spring & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: winter high surf makes entry difficult, walk down is rough
  • no site facilities

DIRECTIONS: Coming from Kahului toward Hana, travel 8.4 miles after the intersection of Hana Hwy. and Haleakala Hwy. #37. Turn to the ocean 50 feet east of the Haiku community center. Drive down the pineapple road to the lighthouse and edge of the cliff for amazing scuba diving.

Scuba diving and snorkeling on Maui

Maliko Bay – Haiku

  • scuba
  • plenty of fish & colorful reef
  • intermediate to advanced divers (intermediate to the right, advanced to the left)
  • wear a wetsuit
  • 70 feet max depth
  • diving in summer, spring & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: winter high surf makes entry difficult; the walk down to the left side is challenging
  • no site facilities

DIRECTIONS: Right Side: Coming from Kahului toward Hana, travel 6.8 miles after the intersection of Hana Hwy. and Haleakala Hwy. #37. Turn right here and loop around under the highway. Park, but not in the way of the boat ramp. To get to the left side for advanced diving, look for a small turn out just before you make your way to the bottom of Maliko Gulch. Park and look for the trail to the right for scuba divign.

Haleki’i – Kaupo

  • scuba – 2 dive spots
  • colorful reef & plenty of fish
  • intermediate to advanced divers
  • 30 to 80 feet max depth at Dive 1 – 30 to 35 feet depth at Dive 2
  • diving in winter only – mornings are better
  • hazards: rough, large surf in summer
  • no facilities

DIRECTIONS: Dive 1) Going east toward Hana, turn right at the 35.5 mile marker. Follow dirt road to church and water. Dive 2: Same as Dive 1 but go another .45 miles to turn off.

From Hana – go seven tenths of a mile past 36 mile mark, turn left on road to church and you’re ready to scuba.

Hamoa Beach – Hana

  • snorkeling
  • nice reef & plenty of fish
  • intermediate to advanced snorkelers
  • 25 feet max depth
  • snorkeling in spring, summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: rough surf – only snorkel when water is calm
  • facilities: bathrooms & shower
  • note: this beach is shared by guests of the Hotel Hana Maui

DIRECTIONS: Take Hana Hwy.36 to Hana. Continue driving out of Hana town as if you are going to the seven pools. Koki Beach is about a five minute drive from Hana. Turn left at the sign for Hamoa Beach. You cant miss it. This is a road that does a loop by the ocean. You will always end up on Hana Hwy. Hamoa Beach is on one end of the loop and Koki Beach is on the other.

Kaihalulu “Red Sands” Beach – Hana

  • snorkeling
  • tons of reef fish
  • beginner to advanced snorkelers
  • 5 to 15 feet max depth inside break
  • snorkeling in spring, summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: intense trail to the beach
  • no facilities
  • note: this is a nude beach

DIRECTIONS: Take Hana Hwy.36 to Hana. Next to the Community Center on Ua Kea Rd., right before the entrance to the Hotel’s cottages, we walked through the open area toward the trees and found a trail that leads uphill past old Japanese grave markers, and then along the top of a very narrow ridge.

Waianapanapa – Hana

  • snorkeling & scuba diving – snorkelers stay inside Puuiki Island, divers head out & around
  • tons of fish & colorful reef
  • intermediate to advanced snorkelers & divers
  • 50 feet max depth
  • diving & snorkeling in spring, summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: high surf in winter – only dive when calm
  • facilities: bathrooms, showers, picnic tables, BBQ pits, hiking, cabins, campground

DIRECTIONS: Take Hana Hwy.36 to Hana. Waianapanapa is about 2-3 miles before you reach Hana town and just after the turn to go to Hana airport. Just look for the sign. Enter at the black sand beach for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Scuba diving and snorkeling with Maui Condos

Seven Sacred Pools – Kipahulu

  • scuba – 2 dive spots
  • plenty of fish & nice formations
  • advanced divers
  • 60 to 80 feet max depth
  • diving in spring, summer or fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: rough winter surf
  • facilities: bathrooms, camping, hiking, swimming in the pools
  • surfing in winter
  • advice: notify park rangers of diving activity & only dive when calm

DIRECTIONS: Take Hana Hwy.36 to Hana. Continue driving out of Hana town about 30 to 40 minutes and you won’t miss it – look for signs.

Koki Beach – Hana

  • snorkeling
  • nice reef & plenty of fish
  • intermediate to advanced snorkelers
  • 25 feet max depth
  • snorkeling in spring, summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: rough surf – only snorkel when water is calm
  • no facilities

DIRECTIONS: Take Hana Hwy.36 to Hana. Continue driving out of Hana town as if you are going to the seven pools. Koki Beach is about a five minute drive from Hana. Turn left at the sign for Hamoa Beach. You cant miss it. This is a road that does a loop by the ocean. You will always end up on Hana Hwy. Hamoa Beach is on one end of the loop and Koki Beach is on the other.

Hana Bay – Hana

  • snorkeling & scuba diving – snorkelers stay inside Puuiki Island, divers head out & around
  • tons of reef fish & colorful reef
  • beginner snorkelers & intermediate to advanced divers
  • 15 feet max depth inside for snorkelers; 60 feet max for divers
  • diving in spring, summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: high surf
  • facilities: bathrooms, showers, snacks & food

DIRECTIONS: Take Hana Hwy.36 to Hana. Follow signs to Hana Bay.

Kaelua – Nahiku

  • scuba diving
  • tons of fish & colorful reef
  • intermediate to advanced divers
  • 40 to 60 feet max depth
  • diving & snorkeling in spring, summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: high surf in winter makes entry difficult
  • facilities: bathrooms

DIRECTIONS: On your way to Hana, turn left at the 25.1 mile marker. Drive down this road for two and a half miles till you get to the ocean. Park and enter directly in front of you.

Kawe’e Point/Keanae Peninsula – Keanae

  • scuba diving
  • tons of fish & colorful reef
  • intermediate to advanced divers
  • 30 to 60 feet max depth
  • diving & snorkeling in spring, summer & fall – mornings are better
  • hazards: high surf in winter makes entry difficult
  • facilities: bathrooms

DIRECTIONS: On your way to Hana, turn down at the 16.7 mile marker where you see the sign for Keanae. Drive till you reach the public bathrooms, park on the gravel to the left, and hop in for incredible scuba diving.

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