Hawaii’s Valley Isle boasts a bevy of world-class dive sites scattered along nearly 120 miles of shoreline, and many of the best reefs and wrecks are accessible from the beach. For intrepid divers with strong navigation skills and a fully charged DPV, the volcanic island, one of eight in the North Pacific archipelago, offers dramatic arches, caverns and other lava-formed structures — along with historical wrecks from World War II — all within a short cruise from the sand.
“Maui is a great place for DPV diving because we have so many spots that are usually only accessed by boat but can be done from shore with a scooter,” says Steve Edwards of Maui Dive Shop. “With a DPV you can reach some great wreck dives like the St. Anthony and the Carthaginian, as well as a few others from World War II, such as the Helldiver fighter plane, a landing craft and a tank that are usually only accessible by boat.”
Teaching divers the way of the thruster and guiding them to multiple sites on a single tank has given Edwards a deep appreciation for scooter diving.
“Most divers come out of the water with a big smile on their face, saying, ‘I felt like I was flying’ or ‘I can't believe I've been using only my legs all this time,’” Edwards says. “DPV diving is pure fun, and it gives you an amazing sense of freedom.”