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Airport Beach Maui

Airport Beach dive site for Maui scuba diving with Molokai island in the background.

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. Our favorite Maui scuba dives include Airport Beach in Kaanapali and Mala Wharf in Lahaina. Airport Beach is also called Kahekili Beach. It is located next to the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas and is a beautiful place for Maui scuba diving lessons, tours, and PADI courses.

Airport Beach in Kaanapali 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 Maui can be up to 100 feet, averaging 50 feet year-round.

As you walk 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 is an ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving because of this shallow and sandy entry! Most of our intro to scuba dives happen here. 

For non-divers, this Maui diving site also has a grassy area and pavilion. Friends and families gather here weekly for 1st birthdays and graduation parties. It’s not a surprise to see a bouncy castle or two! You will also find barbecue areas, picnic tables, and restrooms with showers. The adjacent paved lot often provides plenty of parking. 

Airport Beach is most known for clear visibility and calm ocean conditions, making it the best spot for Maui scuba diving lessons. Similarly, it is an excellent place for certified divers to review and refresh scuba skills. A scuba review at Airport Beach is a perfect option if you haven’t been diving for six months or longer. The location in Kaanapali is gorgeous, with plenty for Maui divers to see underwater.

What to Expect at Airport Beach

When you begin a scuba diving lesson at Airport Beach Maui, you can expect to see colorful moray eels, octopus, and tropical fish amongst a vast fringing coral reef. The reef sits close to shore in shallow water, so beginner divers also experience the best Maui scuba diving.

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 the rare Hawksbill Turtle. 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. You will notice the current flows north or south. The current is generally not too strong, but beware when it does get powerful! So, navigation is easy during scuba diving lessons or guided dives. Airport Beach is a destination to enjoy Maui scuba diving from the shore and make memories of your Maui vacation.

Speaking of memories, if you are on Maui during January, February, March, or April, Airport Beach is loud underwater! The songs from passing Humpback Whales are regular features of the dive site. Scuba divers and snorkelers do not see the whales, but the animals make themselves heard!

Seven days a week, Banyan Tree Divers Maui offers Maui scuba diving lessons, private dives, and scooter rentals. Our Maui dive shop is ideal for small groups and guided dive packages. We have professional scuba instructors that place a high emphasis on your safety and personal comfort. We provide the service you need to be happy and confident underwater! Please contact us today to schedule your Maui scuba diving lessons, tours, and PADI courses.