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If you are SCUBA certified, but you've never done a night dive off the coast of Maui, what in the world are you waiting for? Some coastal dive spots around Lahaina provide the rare after-dark opportunity to view manta rays and other sea creatures that come out at night. Arrange your first-night dive via our experienced Maui dive shop, and it probably won't be your last.

What you might see on a night dive

* Hawaiian reef cavefish

Several species of fish hide around coral outcroppings by day and come out to feed primarily at night. Among these after-dark diners are Aholehole, Aweoweo, and Menpachi. Watch for flat silvery fish with sharp dorsal fins and a protruding lower jaw. Some Hawaiian reef cave fish exhibit bright red fins which are exceptionally brilliant when illuminated by dive lights after dark.

* Ghost crabs

Not strictly nocturnal, the little ghost crab is often found feeding on seafloor debris after dusk. Known for its speed and agility, the ghost crab is just one of the denizens of the deep that you may encounter on your after-dark excursion led by friendly guides from a reputable Maui dive shop.

* Spiny lobster

Once a favorite restaurant delicacy, the Hawaiian spiny lobster is no longer available to commercial fishers. In fact, the only way you can now obtain one of these tasty bugs is to catch it with your bare hands. You won't be doing that on your Maui night dive, however. Simply enjoy the spectacle of this fantastic nighttime seabed scavenger.

* Yellowfin goatfish

During the day, these horizontally striped, almost transparent whiskered fish hang out in sleeping schools. In fact, you might not even notice a yellowfin goatfish if you snorkeled past one in daylight hours. After dark, these fascinating fish utilize sensitive organs on their chins to find the tiny sand-dwelling organisms upon which they love to dine.

* White striped octopus

This remarkable eight-legged cephalopod is often observed prowling the seabed for tasty crustaceans and shrimp snacks after dark. One fantastic thing about octopus is the fact that they have three hearts. In ancient times, Hawaiians hunted the elusive he'e-mākoko by torchlight. You won't have to. Enjoy a glimpse of octopus and other nocturnal sea creatures when you join a night dive led by Banyan Tree Divers.

* When you see manta rays

Please resist the urge to stroke these gentle marine creatures. Doing so disturbs the protective coating that mantas have on their skin. Grabbing, petting, chasing and riding mantas are strictly off-limits behaviors. You can have an utterly marvelous time without touching the rays. Hold still, and a manta may have a look at you.

Ready to reserve your Maui night dive? Contact Banyan Tree Divers Maui dive shop at +1 (808)446-6099 without delay. Space on custom dives is limited, so the sooner you book your snorkel or dive tour, the better.

Banyan Tree Divers Scuba
(808) 446-6099
333 Komo Mai ST, Lahaina, HI 96761

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