Here in the Hawaiian Islands, everyone lives close to the sea. Maui is a beautiful part of the most remote populated landmass on the planet. Here one finds tropical splendor and a relaxed lifestyle amid abundant opportunity to explore the underwater coastline. If you wish to scuba Maui, Lahaina is a great place to start.
Geography of Maui
Maui comprises two significant volcanoes that connect via a low-lying isthmus. Haleakala is the larger of the two volcanic mountains. The other is extinct and named West Maui Volcano. Haleakala is not gone, but the last time it erupted was more than two centuries ago.
The historic whaling town of Lahaina sits along a rocky shoreline that boasts precious few sandy beaches. The southernmost embayment of the Maui isthmus is home to the Olowalu coast, where beaches made up of basalt pebbles or calcareous sand lie within earshot of a busy highway. High-speed trade winds are known to pummel this part of the coast periodically. Eroded bluffs that sit behind the Maalaea recreational boat harbor on the west end of the Maui isthmus are sure proof of that, explains the University of Hawaii at Manoa. If you want to know the best spots to dive Maui, Lahaina is where you can get the best dive advice from Banyan Tree Divers.
Maui Underwater Life
Few places on Earth boast better underwater scenery than the Hawaiian island chain. Here one finds coral reefs rife with fanciful fish as well as sizable cetaceans during humpback whale seasons. Bring your underwater camera when you dive Maui, Lahaina visitor, because you may want to post pics of the fantastic reef denizens that you meet along the way.
- Ornate Butterflyfish
- Raccoon Butterflyfish
- Teardrop Butterflyfish
- Potter’s Angelfish
- Yellow Tail Wrasse
- Moorish Idol fish
- Rainbow Cleaner Wrasse
State Fish of Hawaii
The Rectangular Triggerfish is not only the official sea swimmer of the Aloha State, but it’s also one of the noisiest. When alarmed or feeling stressed, this colorful reef dweller may emit a snorting sound that is somewhat porcine. Indeed, the last part of this fish’s Hawaiian name, Pua’a, refers to a pig. When you dive Maui, be sure to keep your eyes (and ears) open for a close encounter with this marvelous reef fish. Don’t try to pet him, though. This fancy fish can raise sharp spines along its back at the slightest provocation. Likewise, avoid touching the Picasso and other triggerfish. Enjoy their showy behavior but do so from a reasonable distance, especially during mating season.
It is always an excellent time of year to make your reservation for a fun and informative dive with Banyan Tree Divers Maui. So call us at (808) 446-6099 to reserve your Maui scuba diving experience.