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Visiting Maui in March

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by Freddoodman, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. Freddoodman

    Freddoodman Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles
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    A few friends and I will be visiting Maui in March 2020 for a week, and staying in Ka'anapali. Can anyone offer advice on the best dive charters and locations? Will have car and we're competent with 200+ dives each. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Scubagolf

    Scubagolf Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sacramento, California, USA
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    We just spent the last week of Oct at Kaanapali. Shore diving is good. Boat trips to dive the Cathedrals (I and II) on the south shore of Lanai is very good. A good dive op for Lanai trips is Extended Horizons which departs from a wharf on the north side of Lahaina. The back wall of Molokini can be really good if conditions permit going there. Water temps in March are cooler, likely 76-78 degrees.

    Many excellent restaurants in Kaanapali. My favorite is the Hula Grill. Don’t miss Fleetwoods in Lahaina. (It’s Mick Fleetwood’s.) There is a rock n roll photography studio on the first floor not to be missed.
     
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  3. Freddoodman

    Freddoodman Garibaldi

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    Location: Los Angeles
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    Thank you! Who did you use for your Molokini trip?
     
  4. Steve Eady

    Steve Eady Barracuda

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    Aloha

    If you are planning on boat diving I highly recommend Hawaiian Rafting Adventures / Dive Maui. There website is www.goscubadivemaui.com. Great people with small groups. I have my own shore diving business here and always use them. They even do the Hammerhead dive on Thursdays. If you book tell them Scuba Steve sent you. If your interested in guided shore or scooter diving give me a shout. Im not to far from were you are staying and there are some really good dive sites on this side of the island.

    Mahalo
    Scuba Steve
    Maui Dive Connection
    Www.mauidiveconnection.com
     
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  5. bmorescuba

    bmorescuba Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
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    If you're staying in Kāʻanapali, try and make time to do Mala Wharf/Pier:

    https://goo.gl/maps/M9s7JdPXRY65aR2g6

    I loved all the dives I did in Maui, but honestly this one was the best. Shore entry is a little tricky - have to walk over shallow dead coral. Just take it slow. 20ft. 90 min dive. Turtles everywhere, whitetips, and the only tiger snake moray I've ever seen. Go early!

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  6. Scubagolf

    Scubagolf Manta Ray

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    We used Lahaina Divers in Lahaina because they are convenient to Kaanapali and the timing worked. This was to inside of the Crater which was a long but pleasant boat ride, but the diving inside the crater is very mediocre.
     
  7. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

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    My wife and I spent 12 days in Lahaina and we mostly went diving with Extended Horizons. Smaller boat, great crew, boat runs on biodiesel so the exhaust is less unpleasant when you get a back draft. They do a lot of diving on sites on Lanai. First Cathedral is not to be missed.

    We did Molokini and were unimpressed except for the visibility on the back side of the crater, it was almost as good as the Lehua Crater off of Ni'ihau.

    We also used Maui Divers for the hammerhead (or not) dives off of Molokai. Bigger boat but you need it for that channel crossing. Sharks are there 2 out of 5 trips according to prophesy.
     

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