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Top 5 Maui Hotels Near Scuba Diving in Lahaina

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 you cannot find places last minute, but options will be limited. If you plan to prioritize scuba diving during your visit, here is a list of the best Maui hotels to consider. Each hotel offers a quick drive to premier Maui diving sites. Banyan Tree Divers Maui shore dives in West Maui, so our list features hotels in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua.

Top 5 Hotels in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua

#1 The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in Kaanapali

Hyatt Regency Maui located near the best scuba diving sites.

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa sits north of downtown Lahaina on 40 acres of beautifully landscaped oceanfront property. There are over 800 guest rooms, each with a private balcony displaying spectacular Maui views.

The Hyatt’s attention to detail undoubtedly contributed to placing this Maui hotel on the Conde Nast Traveler Top 10 List of Most Popular Honeymoon Resorts in Hawaii. So, why should you consider this Maui hotel when scuba diving with us?

Quick Car Ride to Maui Scuba Diving Sites

  • The Hyatt is at the southern end of Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali. The location is unbeatable in terms of convenience and proximity to scuba diving in Lahaina, Maui. Almost every dive site is 5 to 10 minutes from the Hyatt Regency Maui.

Snorkeling Everywhere Along the Beach

  • Do you have a reservation with Banyan Tree Divers but cannot wait to see Maui’s underwater world? The Hyatt sits on a vast stretch of beach that is great for snorkeling. This beach is a protected area that remains calm even during surf swells. In addition, the beach’s shallow nature allows snorkelers to see up close what scuba divers see at deeper Maui diving sites.

Spa, Massage, and Pool Access

  • After a full day of Maui scuba diving, unwind with an oceanfront massage or lay by the half-acre fantasy pool. Scuba diving is relaxing, but afterward, any diver will tell you that two things make all the difference: food and rest. The convenience of having multiple restaurants, pools, and a spa right outside the comfort of your room allows you to round out an exciting morning of diving with ultimate relaxation.

#2 The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas

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

The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, or Westin KOR known locally, is a timeshare property located north of Black Rock. This 26-acre Maui hotel sits on Kaanapali Beach, where you can step into the ocean to find fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling.

We know several guests who have owned property at this resort for years. The Westin KOR is family-friendly with an entire pool and playground area dedicated to the kids! The spacious rooms are stunning and perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. Since it is a timeshare property, new guests are encouraged, and sometimes required to attend a potential-owner meeting. So, why should you consider this Maui hotel for scuba diving?

Very Close to Kahekili Beach Park

  • When scuba diving with Banyan Tree Divers Maui, staying here is the most convenient of all the hotel options. The Westin Villas sits next to Kahekili Beach Park, also known as Airport Beach, where we often start our dive adventures. Many of our divers stay at this property. Our dive shop in Lahaina loves telling guests that they can walk down from their rooms to meet us for morning dives. We often conduct the PADI Open Water Diver course at this site, and guests thoroughly enjoy being close to their hotel for a quick lunch break or a stroll back to the resort after a long day of diving.

Family-friendly Resort Atmosphere

  • The Westin KOR is one of the few resorts with a large play area designated for children. If the family is not playing at the beach, then nothing beats the Pirate Pool. Parents with young children want to go scuba diving but do not know how to care for their kids while escaping for a couple of dives. This resort has a club for kids where parents can reserve childcare to get away for a few hours.

Timeshare Owners Home Away From Home

  • Our dive shop knows the Westin property well because many timeshare owners come to Maui year after year. As a result, we have had the pleasure of certifying entire families, watching children grow up, and building long-lasting bonds. So, if you love Maui enough to make it your annual vacation destination, there is peace and comfort here knowing that you have a home away from home.

#3 The Ritz Carlton in Kapalua

Ritz Carlton in Kapalua is near the best Maui scuba diving.

The Ritz Carlton in Kapalua is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful hotels in Maui. This resort sits on a whopping 54 acres right on the jaw-dropping coast of Kapalua, just north of Kaanapali.

The grounds surrounding the Ritz Carlton ooze luxury, elegance, and safety. The restaurants have incredible food with amazing views, and the service is always up to standard. Most notably, if you are a golfer, then look no further. Scuba divers who also play golf know all about Kapalua. However, why choose this Maui hotel for scuba diving with us?

Unmatched Beauty of Kapalua

  • The Maui Ritz is your spot if you want to be close to all of the scuba diving that West Maui offers but away from the bustle of Lahaina and resort-heavy Kaanapali. Kapalua feels isolated and sits on a breathtaking cliffside. Its seasonal weather keeps the surrounding forest lush and the views dramatic.

Kapalua Bay Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

  • Kapalua Bay is one of our favorite summer Maui scuba diving spots. The beach is a short walk from the Ritz and shapes into a half-moon of sand. Underwater almost always features sea turtles swimming through coral-covered rock formations. Families with a mix of snorkelers and scuba divers will find this beach perfect.

#4 Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger

Maui hotel Aina Nalu pool area in Lahaina.

We must face it, Maui hotels are expensive. Maui is a top vacation destination, but not everyone wants to spend an entire paycheck on accommodation. So if you rent an affordable one-bedroom located one block from Front Street, consider the Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger. Enjoy your day on the busy streets of Lahaina town, and then come home to your hidden oasis.

This place makes a great home base, with newly remodeled condos in the heart of Lahaina town. The rooms at Aina Nalu Lahaina are priced well for their perfect size. Nearby Front Street is famous for its banyan tree, ocean views, shops, restaurants, and art galleries. In addition, a common area and pool lounge provide a tucked-away sanctuary from all things Lahaina. So this could be an excellent place to stay when scuba diving with Banyan Tree Divers Maui.


  • Accommodation for less than $300 per night in West Maui does exist! At last internet search, a one-bedroom spot at the Aina Nalu Lahaina costs $269. The rooms are simple yet clean and functional. Plus, this property has a great pool and hot tub setup. Banyan Tree Divers votes for Aina Nalu Lahaina as the best bang for your buck! But can you walk to the beach?

Walk to Beach or Mala Wharf in Lahaina

  • Mala Wharf is one of the best Maui dive sites. It is within walking distance of Aina Nalu Lahaina and a beautiful, long beach with shade. Scuba divers see green turtles, white-tip reef sharks, and big schools of fish. Many divers visit Mala Wharf multiple times in one visit to Maui. Choosing from the affordable Maui hotels, you cannot get much closer to Mala Wharf than the Aina Nalu. It is a short five-minute drive to this excellent Maui dive site.

#5 Airbnb in Lahaina, Kaanapali, or Kapalua

When we travel Airbnb is a preferred accommodation search platform. We think it is excellent to experience renting from a local and having a unique place to stay. However, islands inherently face finite land challenges, and having too many vacation rentals can muscle out the local population struggling to find affordable housing. So before we recommend searching Airbnb for Maui accommodation, we must add the disclaimer to do some research so you choose a legally sanctioned vacation rental before you book!

Local-Style Experience

  • Guests who book with our small Maui dive shop usually look for a personalized experience slightly off the beaten path. They also want to avoid crowds at a large resort. Finding a spot on Airbnb means you will not have the all-inclusive amenities of resort living, but you will have the freedom to blend into the community. The key is renting from someone who lives and works on the island. In addition, knowledge of the area is invaluable.

Flexible Vacation Schedule

  • We cannot count how often guests have written to us asking if they can dive immediately upon arriving in Maui. The answer is yes! Scuba diving after flying is OK, but flying right after diving is not. The main hurdle is the inflexibility of check-in times at hotels. At Maui hotels, just like almost anywhere, your check-in time is usually restricted to late afternoon so that rooms are guaranteed to be ready. Airbnb hosts often have more flexibility with check-in/check-out. As a result, you have a smooth transition to and from the island when you are not staying somewhere that juggles hundreds of guests daily. Banyan Tree Divers Maui also assists guests with flexible meeting times to better work around any holiday schedule.

Final Thought

If there is one thing to say about finding Maui hotels, Lahaina has accommodations to suit every need and want. Whether it is luxury, location, or endless views, Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua will not disappoint. Couple that with the fact that West Maui features the best Maui scuba diving and you certainly cannot go wrong.