Tour a Lavender Farm
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.