Here in the Hawaiian Islands, everyone lives close to the sea. Maui is a beautiful part of the most remote populated land mass on the planet. Here one finds tropical splendor and a relaxed lifestyle amid abundant opportunity 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 are connected via a low-lying isthmus. Haleakala is the larger of the two volcanic mountains. The other is extinct and rather unimaginatively 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 is situated along a rocky shoreline that boasts precious few sandy beaches. The southernmost embayment of the Maui isthmus is home to the Lahaina-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 Ma’laea 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 “da kine” dive advice from Banyan Tree Divers.
Maui underwater wildlife
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.
- Kikakapu / Ornate Butterflyfish
- Lau Hau / Threadfin Butterflyfish
- Lau Wiliwili Nukunuku Oioi / Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
- Kikakapu Kapuhili / Raccoon Butterflyfish
- Kika Kapulauhau / Teardrop Butterflyfish
- Potter’s Angelfish
- Yellow Tail Wrasse
- Kihi Kihi / Moorish Idol fish
- Hinalea / Rainbow Cleaner Wrasse
State fish of Hawaii
The Humu Humu Nuku Nuku A Pua’a or 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. In fact, the last part of this fish’s name, pua’a, refers to a pig. When you dive Maui Lahaina, 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.
This is an excellent time of year to make your reservation for a fun and informative dive. Maui Lahaina awaits, so why not call Banyan Tree Divers at +1 (808) 446 – 6099 today and reserve your dive day and time.
Banyan Tree Divers Scuba
333 Komo Mai ST, Lahaina, HI 96761