Tour a Laven­der Farm

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be­fore en­ter­ing the small surf. Lessons are fully su­per­vised, and most schools of­fer be­gin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced lessons. Ask your concierge or a lifeguard where to rent a board or take a les­son nearby. MAUI WAVERIDERS (808) 875-4761 KI­HEI OR (808) 661-0003 LA­HAINA

33. GET A WIN­DOW SEAT ON A SUB­MA­RINE

AT­LANTIS SUB­MARINES of­fers trav­el­ers a unique un­der­sea ad­ven­ture tour avail­able nowhere else on Maui: one that is fun, eco-friendly, ed­u­ca­tional, safe and of­fers trav­el­ers a close-up view of the is­land’s beau­ti­ful marine world and di­verse fish pop­u­la­tion—all with­out ever get­ting wet!

Op­er­at­ing state-of-the-art, tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced pas­sen­ger sub­marines, At­lantis takes guests to depths of more than 100 feet to view schools of trop­i­cal fish of all shapes, sizes and col­ors. The bat­tery-pow­ered sub­ma­rine emits no pol­lu­tants and silently descends into a nat­u­ral habi­tat that is a frenzy of ac­tiv­ity. (In the win­ter months, guests of­ten see HUMP

BACK WHALES dur­ing their an­nual mi­gra­tion to the Hawai­ian Is­lands.)

Travel leagues un­der the sea to un­lock the won­der of Maui’s marine life on a guided ed­u­ca­tional tour. High­lights in­clude see­ing the

CARTHAGINIAN, a replica whal­ing ship and for­mer tourist at­trac­tion. Ac­quired by At­lantis in 2005, Carthaginian now serves as an ARTIFI

CIAL REEF for Maui’s ocean life. The ticket of­fice and tour check-in are at lo­cated at Pi­o­neer Inn in La­haina. AT­LANTIS SUB­MARINES (808) 667-0471

34. DIVE MAUI

At its great­est height, Haleakala tow­ers 30,000 feet from its base on the floor of the Pa­cific to its sum­mit 10,023 feet above sea level. That means about two-thirds of the great SLUM­BER­ING VOL­CANO is sub­merged be­neath the sea, its rich store of se­crets shared only with folks who find ways to travel be­low the ocean’s sur­face.

The view from be­low is breath­tak­ing—living CORAL REEFS, SEA CAVES, EX­OTIC FISH, SEA TUR­TLES and EELS. Wa­ter tem­per­a­ture ranges from 72 de­grees Fahren­heit in win­ter to the low 80s in the sum­mer, and on calm days, wa­ter vis­i­bil­ity can ex­ceed 100 feet. Maui’s vast un­der­wa­ter world and its teem­ing marine en­vi­ron­ment is a nat­u­ral draw for scuba divers. You can set out on your own or book a trip with one of the is­land’s many SCUBA DIV­ING op­er­a­tors. Most of­fer small-group tours, and some pro­vide an ar­ray of aux­il­iary ser­vices. Some sug­ges­tions in­clude LA­HAINA DIVERS (la­hainadivers.com), MAUI DIVE SHOP (mauidi­veshop.

com), MAUI DREAMS DIVE CO. (mauidreams­di­veco.com) and ED ROBIN­SON DIV­ING AD­VEN­TURES (mauis­cuba.com). The premier dive site on the is­land has to be MOLOKINI MARINE LIFE CON­SER­VA­TION DIS­TRICT. This SUNKEN VOL­CANIC CIN­DER CONE, 3 miles off the coast of Maui, is host to spec­tac­u­lar marine life and coral for­ma­tions with high-vis­i­bil­ity un­der­wa­ter views that have been mea­sured at 160 feet. Just as bike rid­ers queue up at dawn to coast down Haleakala, divers and snorkel­ers line up at Ma‘alaea and La­haina har­bors each day to make the trip to Molokini. Other well-known sites in­clude an ar­ti­fi­cial reef off MOKAPU BEACH in Wailea called St. An­thony; a pre-con­tact Hawai­ian fish­ing site called THE “85-FOOT PIN­NA­CLE” in the area, south of

Wailea; LA PER­OUSE BAY; and— when the weather is fa­vor­able— KANAIO COAST.

You can travel to Molokini, Lana‘i and many other dive sites aboard cus­tom dive boats, ridged­hull in­flat­a­bles or glass-bot­tom boats. Most char­ters in­clude trans­port, gear, equip­ment, in­struc­tion and lunch. Or if you want to watch a dive show (with­out get­ting wet), ride aboard

REEF DANCER in La­haina Har­bor for an un­der­wa­ter view­ing ad­ven­ture and dive show. REEF DANCER (808) 667-2133 MAUI DIVE SHOP OUT­LET SHORE (808) 879-1775 EXT. 3 OR (800) 542-3483

35. GO SNUBA DIV­ING

“Snorke­l­ing is great,” you say to your­self, as you float lazily in the wa­ter as schools of fish come to greet you. But what if a per­son could move fur­ther be­low the sur­face to get a bet­ter view? Thank­fully, some­body in­vented SNUBA DIV­ING. Snuba is a SHAL­LOW-WA­TER DIVE SYS­TEM that bridges the gap be­tween snorke­l­ing and scuba div­ing. It’s not as rig­or­ous and time-con­sum­ing as learn­ing to scuba dive, but is more ad­ven­tur­ous than snorke­l­ing. Air is sup­plied by a scuba tank that is at­tached to a float on the

Snuba is a shal­lowwa­ter dive sys­tem that bridges the gap be­tween snorke­l­ing and scuba div­ing.

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