Scuba Dive with Sharks
Maui shark diving is offered daily at Banyan Tree Divers. Your Hawaii vacation should include time for this activity because it is so easy to do. You can join us for a shore dive by putting on a scuba tank to descend into a new world of sharks.
We provide shark encounters at Mala Wharf in Lahaina. It’s the best Maui dive site and does not require a cage in the ocean! Most of the time, you can encounter White Tip Reef Sharks. You might experience small juvenile, 2-year-old, or more massive adult sharks. Mom and dad are about the size of a grown human, but females are always the biggest in the family. Of course, all sharks are dinosaurs that have remained relatively unchanged for over 400 million years.
Airport Beach in Kaanapali
Maui diving is different because you can find at least one shark every day along the coast. But there are Hawaii beaches where you may never dive with a shark. For example, spots like Airport Beach in Kaanapali. This sprawling coral reef sits to the north of Black Rock and does not have a resident population of sharks.
Mala Wharf in Lahaina
Luckily for diving, Mala Pier is not a shark-free dive site. The site’s name has become synonymous with safe encounters and no cage. It’s the total package because every visitor here can make dives close to this apex predator. However, you should not expect to see a Sandbar or Tiger Shark.
Sharks reside in this area because the pier offers great protection. Most of the day, they rest and sleep on the bottom under the fallen concrete posts. When a shark is active, it often spends time swimming around to clean away sick fish. Reducing the number of injured animals helps the coral reef to thrive with life. You will also see a couple of Hawaiian turtle cleaning stations at depths of 15 and 25 feet. A dive trip to this site has a maximum depth of 33 feet and takes about two hours. It’s a shallow spot that affords long bottom times of 45 minutes to 1 hour from your scuba tank!
Swim with Sharks
Your first experience with sharks is fun and memorable, as you finally get near the most potent of hunters. There are over 400 unique species, and none of them purposefully prey on humans. Swimming off the beaches of any island, including Oahu, can be an amazing adventure, unlike any other!
Indeed, sharks have roamed the oceans as predators for over 400 million years. In the last 23 million years the massive Megalodon shark got crowned king of the seas. But, nowadays, all big sharks are much smaller. Even the famous Great White is less than half the size of its prehistoric relatives. Regardless, size does not mean people should be afraid of these fish.
Sharks like to feed on other fish, turtles, and seals. When attacks do occur, it is always because they desperately confuse us with their preferred food supply. For example, the surface positioning of surfers, bodyboarders, swimmers, and snorkelers means it possible for starving animals to attack accidentally and then immediately let go. They do not want people as apart of their diet, but hunger causes stressful actions in all animals. Peaceful Maui shark diving is proof of their inherently tolerant nature towards people.
Tips for Shark Safety without a Cage
Divers should try not to stress out the sharks during a beach dive or boat tour. They are sensitive animals and often just relaxing on the sandy ocean bottom. Please do not attempt to touch a shark and keep your distance to let them know that you are respectful of their space. If one gets frustrated by you, then it always swims away for your position in the water. So it’s good to know where you are in the dive site and pay attention to where the sharks are resting. It’s helpful to reduce sudden, erratic movements and to breathe slowly. You can achieve this by anticipating your dive profile and watching your immediate surroundings.
Color Contrasts in your Wetsuit
Many people falsely believe that sharks are attracted to bright colors. However, they are genuinely more intrigued by color contrasts because eyesight is not their strongest skill. Instead, they sense the powerful electrical signals that other animals emit. If you still wanted to attempt to be camouflaged, you would need a single color wetsuit that blended with your gear.
Enjoy Maui Scuba Diving
Most of the year, Maui tours include guaranteed sightings of White Tip and Hammerhead sharks. Most often, no diver around the world gets this opportunity, so Lahaina is a different place. We want you to enjoy every shark experience because unless you come back to Hawaii again, you probably won’t visit one anytime soon.
Shark diving with Banyan Tree Divers consistently ranks in the Top 10 for TripAdvisor activities. It is the perfect activity for everyone that loves the sea and even available for beginners. Book with us to discover a world where sharks and people meet daily.