Shipwreck diving at the shipwreck of the Carthaginian - dive trip, Maui, Hawaii

Wreck Diving plus Shark and Turtle Dive

Just a short distance off Maui’s shore, under the stunning Pacific blue water, lies a slice of history.  Join us for a 2 tank guided boat trip to dive the Carthaginian wreck and a second breathtaking dive with turtles and sharks.  

Wreck Diving at the Carthaginian

Our first dive will be at the Carthaginian, a semi penetrable wreck that rests at 100ft. The Carthaginian is a haven for white tip reef sharks, frog fish, eels, and more.  Eagle rays and dolphins are frequently seen swimming past the wreck in the blue. Guests are regularly treated by visits from the Atlantis Submarine and can wave and pose for photos as it circles the ship.  

Shark and Turtle Dive

After a surface interval we will dive a shallower site off Maui that is home to sharks, turtles, frog fish, schools of reef fish, and healthy corals.

A shark swimming past the shipwreck of the Carthaginian - wreck diving at Maui, Hawaii

Due to the depth of the Carthaginian, divers must hold an advanced certification card for the dive.  Nitrox is encouraged to extend bottom time.

Cost: $149.00 (taxes and fuel surcharge included)

The 2 tank dive includes a snack during the surface interval.  Must be an advanced certified diver. Rental equipment is available to rent on an item by item basis.  Nitrox is available for an additional $15 a tank.

Days: Wednesday

Meeting time: 12:30pm

Return time: 5pm

Where: 1223 Front St

About the Carthaginian:

The Carthaginian II was once a well known symbol of Lahaina’s days as a 19th century whaling port.

After its purchase in 1972 by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the Germanmade ship served as a historic floating museum at the Lahaina Harbor for more than 20 years.

The boat was purchased as a replacement for the original ship of the same name that was used in the movie “Hawaii” filmed in 1966. That ship tragically ran aground and was destroyed in 1972.

The complicated rigging work of the second incarnation of the Carthaginian was done at the dock in Lahaina and modeled after the dimensions of the 1870 brig Marie Sophie. Due to deteriorating conditions, the ship was sold to the Atlantis Submarine company in 2003 and preparations to sink the ship began.

It took Atlantis two years to ready the ship for sinking. On Tuesday, December 13th 2005 at 12:13 pm the Carthaginian went down peacefully in 27 min with a dignity befitting the beloved former landmark.  Today the Carthaginian has been slowly reclaimed by the sea and is a gathering place for ocean life.

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