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Hawaii Scuba Diving – Explore Maui’s Underwater World

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Holidaying in coastal destinations means indulging in tons of water sports and being close to some of the best diving in the world. In today’s post we’ll introduce one such destination – the world-renowned Hawaii, surrounded by the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, and featuring a truly unique underwater environment with over 25% of marine life endemic to Hawaii.

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An island chain, made up of 132 islands, Hawaii has been a popular diving destination for years, appealing divers with its exceptional underwater landscape, healthy coral reefs, strange volcanic formations, like lava tubes and caverns, created by volcanic eruptions, colorful sea life and endless opportunities for underwater photography.

And as far as one post is never enough to introduce diving in Hawaii to the fullest, we’ve narrowed down it to Maui, the second largest island of Hawaii, known as the ‘Magic Island’ because of its breathtaking natural beauty, where diving is a truly unforgettable experience with no shortage of dive sites (more than 40 shore diving sites), ideal for all levels of divers. The only thing you should do is to take advantage of MyVoucherCodes, and get amazing deals with up to 50% off all inclusive on the beach holidays.

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photo by http://www.hawaiiscubavacation.com/

Maui Dive Sites

The waters around the island are exceptionally clear, making scuba diving in Maui a truly spectacular experience. What more, Maui is closely packed with other Hawaiian Islands, particularly Lanai and Molokai, which makes it the best island to visit for a diving holiday, since there is a wide range of dive sites to choose from.

Most dive sites in Maui are found on the island’s western shore, and include Honolua Bay, Olowalu and Five Caves among others. A short boat ride to Molokini Crater reveals four additional sites. Highlights include black corals and schools of tame fish in depths of 10 to 130 feet.

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Photo by http://www.sportdiver.com/

Honolulu Bay

A beautiful marine reserve in Maui, Honolulu Bay is teeming with amazing coral reef formations and rainbow-colored fish, while occasionally a few turtles show up as well. Here diving is truly rewarding, as you’ll encounter some species of fish and nudibranches not found at other Maui dive sites, but, it’s worth mentioning that you may feel a bit fatigued after the quarter mile hike down the private access road. Best time to dive in the bay is perhaps during the summer months, when the sea is calm and when the water is clearest.

Olowalu

Ideally nestled on the west side of Maui, Olowalu is a beautiful stretch of oceanfront area, perfect for sunbathing, snorkeling and diving, as it is home to one of Hawaii’s most unique ocean reef systems, with hundreds of years old coral heads, scenic tropical marine life, a rare Manta Ray cleaning station and this is just the beginning. One of the advantages of diving in Olowalu is the lack of divers and distance from the shore, due to which the reef there is pristine.

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Photo by http://www.scubamike.net/

Five Caves

For those looking for a cave dive experience in Maui, Five Caves, also known as Five Graves and Nahuna Point is a great choice, offering beginner and intermediate divers numerous lava tubes and a ton of sea life, from white tip sharks and lobster, to frog fish and pacific snake eels, to schools of needle fish and the infamous green sea turtles. Dive sites activities also include marine biology, children dive and snorkeling, along with underwater photography. Entry to the dive site is easy.

Molokini Crater

A nature preserve and bird sanctuary, Molokini Crater is probably the most popular area located on Maui’s south western side. There are numerous excellent dive spots along the inside of the crater, inhabited by over 250 species of fish and other marine life, so you have much to see and photograph.

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Photo by http://mauiguidebook.com/

Black Rock

A lava outcropping, located on the west side of Maui, at the end of Ka’anapali Beach, Black Rock is a great spot for a wall dive, offering divers plenty of marine creatures, from small fish to green turtles to huge moray eels and even eagle rays that pass by occasionally, as well as abundant attached coral.

There are many dive companies throughout Maui that offer affordable diving tours and packages, but make sure to also get 10% off bookings with hotels.com, while choosing an accommodation to make your diving holidays a truly memorable experience, without breaking the banks.


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