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Hawaiian-Owned Maui Businesses

Mauna Kahalawai Watershed is Hawaiian-owned.

The year 2020 has been a year of uncertainty, as the COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone differently. Thus far, Maui residents have experienced strict island quarantine measures, which have stopped the spread of the virus but also created financial ruin for many Maui businesses. It’s been a bittersweet dichotomy between protecting the most vulnerable in our…

COVID Message from Maui

Maui dive site Mala Wharf with blue sky and clear water.

This unprecedented pandemic has touched all of our lives in varying degrees. In 2020, many visitors got forced to cancel their long-awaited trips to Maui, while uncertainty remains as to when the doors will be open again. Maui has a tight-knit small business community, and we decided to get together to let you know just…

Maui Scuba Certification: How to Prepare

Get scuba certified on Maui!

You have always wanted to earn your SCUBA certification. Researching your next vacation to Maui, you find that it’s a great place to get scuba certified! Maui offers a wide variety of diving, featuring both beach and boat diving. The unique corals and sea life, coupled with the warm tropical water, guarantee a most memorable…

Top 6 Maui Snorkeling Spots

Maui snorkel map listing 27 spots to visit.

Maui features some of the most vibrant and accessible coastlines of the Hawaiian Islands. You will find amazing Maui snorkeling at almost any beach you visit. We picked our top 6 Maui snorkeling spots to share with you, but only on the westside. Why only West Maui? While there are several beautiful sites in South…

Pro Tips to Best Fit Your Scuba Diving Mask

Proper fit scuba diving mask to see Maui turtles.

Have you ever had one of those fantastic dives where your rental equipment was in great shape, the abundance of sea life blew you away, BUT your scuba diving mask consistently gave you issues? The way your scuba mask fits can make or break a dive, so we spend a fair amount of time with…

Maui Scuba Diving Lessons: What to Expect

Maui scuba diving lessons with a family at Airport Beach.

Maui scuba diving lessons are at the top of many bucket lists. Indeed, scuba diving for beginners is a popular Maui activity because the island features excellent dive conditions. Shore diving here you find shallow sites with colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, and big turtles! This environment is perfect for scuba diving lessons. So, if…

How Long Do Scuba Certifications Last?

PADI open water diver card for a Maui scuba diving certification course.

Maui scuba diving offers excellent weather, ocean conditions, and marine life for you to complete a PADI course. But, how long does a scuba certification last? The short answer is forever! Once the instructor submits paperwork for your certification, it is valid forever and recognized internationally. This rule applies to all PADI recreational dive courses,…

Buoyancy Control to Dive Like Professionals

Maui scuba diving buoyancy control like a professional.

For a minute, let’s go back to chapter 1 of your PADI Open Water Diver course. What is neutral buoyancy control? It’s that fantastic feeling you hope to achieve while scuba diving that brings us as close as we will ever get to being astronauts. Neutral buoyancy occurs when an object’s weight is equal to…

Maui Shore Diving: Official Guide

Maui shore diving sites for the best scuba diving experiences.

Maui shore diving has quickly become one of the most popular island activities for both certified divers and beginners. Maui scuba diving currently ranks as the top activity on the TripAdvisor list of things to do. However, most Maui diving spots are accessible as shore dives. The accessibility to vibrant coral reefs, coupled with the…

Maui Hotels in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua

Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort near the best Maui scuba diving sites.

Planning a Maui vacation takes forethought and preparation. You will find that many of the best Maui hotels in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua are booked continuously at 97 percent capacity. Most often, visitors to Maui make flight and hotel reservations a year in advance! That is not to say that you cannot find places last…

Ocean Safety Tips to Prevent Maui Scuba Diving Accidents

Ocean safety tips to help prevent Maui scuba diving accidents.

Few things make me happier than a Maui scuba diving adventure with fish, turtles, and sharks. So when I get asked if diving ever gets old, my swift and proud reply with a smiley is, nope! Being underwater, especially at this time of year, with constant whale song, treasure hunting for rare sea life, away…

Dive Excursions in Mexico

Striped marlin scuba dive excursions in Mexico.

With Maui humpback whale season here, Banyan Tree Divers Maui is at our busiest time of the year. Yet our dive team still dreams of the next perfect scuba diving vacation. We are always looking for a truly unique underwater experience, free from crowds and priced-right. So, has anyone else been thinking about dive excursions…

Defog Your Dive Mask for Good

Maui scuba diver smiles with an example of perfect mask defog.

There can be nothing worse during your Maui vacation than scuba diving or snorkeling with a foggy dive mask! It’s true, a comfortable and well-prepared dive mask is essential to your ocean experience. It is also safer for everyone around you. When your lenses are full of fog, it blocks your view of the Maui…

Maui Coral Reefs: 7 Ways to Help

Maui coral reef in clear water at the Airport Beach dive site.

It is no secret that coral reefs are vanishing worldwide at an alarming rate. When I say worldwide, it almost sounds as if this ecosystem is abundant, when in reality, coral reefs only cover .015 percent of the ocean floor. That is roughly the size of France. Despite claiming this minuscule swath of seafloor, coral…

Maui Dive Sites: Shore vs Boat Diving

Maui scuba diver enters the Mala Wharf dive site from the beach.

Scuba divers find Maui dive sites unique because there is both shore and boat diving. But, not everyone is aware that you can just get your scuba diving equipment and walk in from the beach. There is no need to pay for a boat charter to discover Maui underwater. Even as a seasoned PADI scuba…