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 opportunities to explore the underwater coastline. If you wish to dive 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 called West Maui Mountains or Kalahawai. Haleakala is dormant, no extinct, but the last time it erupted was probably more than two centuries ago.
The dramatic mountain views slope down to cerulean blue ocean waters. Maui’s north and east windward shorelines are rocky with harsh ocean conditions. Maui’s calmer south and west-facing shores feature fringing reef systems that extend along the coastline. Olowalu is Maui’s oldest and most well-developed reef. It has even been named Hawaii’s first Mission Blue Hope Spot. The fringing reefs of Lahaina and Ka’anapali are where you will find Banyan Tree Divers Maui offering daily guided shore dives.
Maui Underwater Life
Few places on Earth boast better underwater scenery than the Hawaiian islands. In this part of the Pacific Ocean, scuba divers find coral reefs full of fish, turtles, eels, and white tip reef sharks. During Humpback Whale Season, we hear whale songs throughout our scuba dives in Lahaina. Certified divers, bring your underwater camera when you dive Maui because you may want to collect photos of the remarkable and often endemic sea life you will encounter during your dive Maui experience.
- Ornate Butterflyfish
- Raccoon Butterflyfish
- Teardrop Butterflyfish
- Potter’s Angelfish
- Yellow Tail Wrasse
- Moorish Idol fish
- Rainbow Cleaner Wrasse
State Fish of Hawaii
The Picasso Triggerfish, aka humuhumunukunukuapua’a, 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.