Maui, one of the beautiful islands of Hawai'i, is an incredibly nice place to dive - there is lots of shore diving from white, sandy beaches and there are many dive operators competing to take you to attractive locations like Molokini atoll or the Lanai Cathedrals. So get up and go expierence the vast ocean! There are several marine reserves where there are plenty of fish and turtles, free from attack by spearfishers, fishermen and aquarium trade hunters.
Information on Maui
Maui Information page - The different islands that make up Maui County offer many excellent dive locations. Maui Scuba Diving is known to be some of the best diving in the world. Maui Information Guide has gathered information from mulitple dive masters on Maui for the best Maui Scuba Diving Locations.
Johann & Sandra's Maui, Hawaii - A comprehensive travel guide to Maui with a personal touch. You'll find Hawaii books, photos, trip reports, a message board, recommendations and reviews, scuba diving information and more.
Maui Hawaii Activities Mall - Listing all Water, Sky, and Land Activities available on Maui, Hawai'i
Snorkel Maui - This site includes a printable fish chart, fish list, fish quiz, how to ID a fish, snorkeling faq, snorkeling books, links and maps.
Turtle Trax - Tracking turtles online
The Reef Environmental Education Foundation - also covers Maui. In collaboration with on-island partners, the Hawaii Coral Reef Network, Project S.E.A.-Link, the Maui Community College Marine Options Program, and the Division of Aquatic Resources at the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, REEF has compiled a new set of survey materials. The new scanform, underwater paper, color ID card and training curriculum are available from their online store.
Places to Stay
Scuba Shack also do accommodation. You can see their properties, located on the south west coast of Maui.
'Maui Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Surf, Drive ' by Jerry Sprout
Over the years we've read a lot of guide books to Maui. Most are fine, but Jerry and Janine Sprout's 'Maui Trailblazer' is our favourite.
It covers the usual resort and tourist areas, but also includes places most tourists never get to. If you have visited Maui as often as we have, that is a big plus. It includes clear and concise driving directions, and trail descriptions.
- 137 hikes and strolls: tropical rain forests and remote valleys, coastal bluffs and lava tubes, Haleakala caldera and the Hana Highway, waterfalls, pools, beaches.
- 44 snorkeling beaches and reefs, including the places tour boats go.
- 16 spots to kayak or canoe the coast
- 38 beaches for surfers, including board, body and boogie, plus windsurfing hot spots
- 10 maps and more than 200 photographs
- A Resource Links section covering travellers' needs with addresses, weblinks and phone numbers.
'The Diver's Guide to Maui ' by Chuck Thorne
Available at most dive shops in Maui, or write to him directly at:
Maui Dive Guide
PO Box 40
Hana, Maui, HI 96713
'Maui Dive Guide' A free guide produced by, and available from, Maui Dive Shops.
The Maui Dive Shops also sell dive site guides to the most popular sites, that you can take underwater with you.
Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology by David Gulko
We love this book. Having spent over a year in Hawaii I wanted something that went into Hawaii's undersea world in a bit more depth. This was just what I was looking for. It describes the different underwater habitats, how they were formed and what lives there. For me it achieves a very nice balance between informative and accessible. A very satisfying read.g.
Hawaii's Fishes : A Guide for Snorkelers and Divers by John P Hoover. Mutual Publishing.
Hawaii's Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawaii's Marine Invertebrates, Revised Edition by John P Hoover. Mutual Publishing.
Pacific: An Undersea Journey by David Doubilet (pages 35 - 47). Bulfinch Press.