Maui Scuba Diving in Kaanapali
The Hawaiian Islands are a tropical paradise and perhaps the best place for scuba diving and snorkeling in North America. Two of our favorite Maui scuba dives include Airport Beach in Kaanapali and Mala Wharf in Lahaina. Airport Beach is also called Kahekili Beach Park and is located next to the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas. It is a beautiful place for Maui scuba diving lessons, tours, and PADI courses.
Airport Beach Maui features a spectacular coral reef that you can see standing on the beach. The corals here are home to many different sea creatures for you to visit. Underwater the area is ideal for scuba diving lessons because of its sandy entry and shallow descent points. The inside coral reef system extends from the shore to 25 feet deep, where you will again find sand. Here the sand forms a channel separating the inside and outside reef sections. The massive outer reef starts at 30 feet and slopes down to 45 feet. At times, your underwater visibility at Airport Beach can be up to 100 feet, averaging 50 feet year-round.
Walking into the ocean, you first notice that the coral reef begins right away at the shoreline. Quickly your depth drops from zero to five feet, the corals appear, and you gradually continue descending from there. Airport Beach Maui is an ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving because of this shallow and sandy entry! Indeed, most of our introductory scuba diving lessons happen at this famous beach in Kaanapali.
For non-divers, this public park also has a grassy area and pavilion. There are barbecue areas, picnic tables, restrooms with showers, and the adjacent paved car lot provides plenty of parking. It’s not a surprise to see families and friends gather here for 1st birthday and graduation parties!
Airport Beach has a reputation for clear visibility and calm ocean conditions, making it the best spot to begin your Maui scuba diving lessons. Similarly, it is an excellent place for certified divers to review and refresh scuba skills, especially if you haven’t been diving for six months or longer. Overall, the location in Kaanapali is gorgeous, with plenty for Maui divers to experience underwater.
What to Expect at Airport Beach
When you begin a scuba diving lesson at Airport Beach Maui with us, you can expect to see colorful moray eels, turtles, octopus, and tropical fish amongst vast sections of fringing corals. The reef sits close to shore in shallow water, so beginner divers also experience the best Maui scuba diving here!
On any given day, expect to see schools of fish hovering over the reef as a sizable Green Turtle eats at algae on the corals. Incredibly, Airport Beach also features rare Hawksbill Turtles. Most Maui dive sites do not have any resident Hawksbill Turtles, but here you can find three!
Airport Beach Maui is a great place to explore for both scuba divers and snorkelers. The current is generally not too strong, but beware that it does get powerful! You will notice the current flows north or south along the coast, making navigation easy during your scuba diving lesson or guided shore dive. The current produces a highway for the marine life, meaning you can enjoy multiple dives here, finding new animals, and making memories of your Maui vacation!
Speaking of memories, if you visit Maui during January, February, March, or April, Airport Beach gets loud underwater when the songs from passing Humpback Whales become regular features of this dive site. Scuba divers and snorkelers do not see the quick-moving whales, but these enormous animals make themselves heard!
Please contact us today to schedule your Maui scuba diving lessons, tours, and PADI courses. Seven days a week, Banyan Tree Divers Maui offers shore diving in Lahaina, including deluxe private dives and ScubaJet scooter rentals. Our mobile dive shop is ideal for small groups and boutique, personalized dive packages. We have professional scuba instructors that place the highest emphasis on your safety and personal comfort. So let us provide the service you need to be happy and confident underwater!