Guided Shore Dives Maui
When you’re on vacation you don’t always want to wake up early to get on a 7am boat – there’s nothing wrong with sleeping in.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed pace, personal attention, and small or private groups then diving Maui from shore was made for you!
Whether you’re a single diver or a group, beginner or advanced, let us create a custom diving itinerary for you.
Our popular shore diving trips
Turtle and Shark Dive
Dive with Maui’s resident turtle population and encounter white tip reef sharks…
Night Dive on Maui
Dive Maui at night and experience how awesome the ocean is after dark for yourself.…
Scuba Diving Lessons for Beginners
Take your first breaths underwater on beautiful Maui. The perfect place to learn to scuba dive.…
A little rusty and needs a diving refresher? This is for you!.…
Small Group and Private Guided Shore Dives
Shore dives allow our instructors to pay even closer attention to your needs. The Dive Maui team takes care of you from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you’re finished with your diving adventure. Your instructor will fit you for equipment and assemble your gear for you so there’s no need to mess around with any heavy lifting.
Then your instructor will do a briefing to orient you to the site and formulate a dive plan that fulfills your goals. We accommodate divers of all levels and can use these dives to build your comfort in the water or to search for the hard to find creatures for photo ops. When the dive is over, we take care of the gear and you can relax and think about where you’ll go for a post dive snack.
Best custom shore diving experience on Maui
Looking for something special out of your dive? Let us know!
Mala Wharf, the best spot on West Maui to see turtles and sharks – and our favorite site, is just a short walk from our shop. We recommend you start your shore diving adventure there with our Shark and Turtle Dive.
Scuba diving can be addicting, one dive isn’t always enough. Get more bottom time by adding a second tank or night dive on the same day at discounted rates. The Dive Maui team can help you formulate the best diving itinerary for your time on island. Ask us how!
Want to dive Maui but have mixed skill levels in your group? No problem! Guided shore dives are the best way for certified and non-certified divers who want to dive explore together. Please reach out to us, tell us about your situation, and we will help you find a diving schedule that fits.
We visit the best shore dive sites on Maui
Our house reef, home to our Shark and Turtle Dive, is Mala Wharf. Mala Wharf is a “must” dive for any scuba afficionado who visits Maui. While we can never guarantee anything in nature, you are sure to swim with Hawaiian Sea Turtles (Honu) and white tip reef sharks at Mala.
Beyond Mala there are plenty of awesome sites we visit. Be sure to ask us about adding a second tank to your dive day so you can see more! An easy walk from the shore and a short kick from shore, Maui’s reef system is abundant in life. Depending on the time of year and site you might dive with turtles, sharks, mantas, and Maui’s large endemic fish population.
Our instructors pay attention to ocean conditions and recommend dive sites based on what is best for you on the day of your dive. If you have your heart set on a certain site we will do our best to take you there but we are always honest with you if we have any concerns about the conditions.
Most of Maui’s reefs are at around 40 – 50 feet, meaning you should get a full hour of bottom time to explore!
Location: West Maui
Depth: 40 – 50 feet
Visibility: 100 feet +
Who it’s for: All certified divers
What makes it special: Guided shore dives give our staff the best chance to personalize your diving experience. All our shore dives are private or in small groups of no more than 4 divers.
Depending on the groups needs we can tailor the time, location, and depth for your dives. It’s even possible to incorporate certified and non certified divers into the same group so your whole group can enjoy Maui’s reefs together regardless of skill level. Ask us how!
Mala Ramp, Lahaina, HI 96761
Our guests love our Guided Shore Dive
Over the years, we’ve shared the passion for the ocean with countless adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts like you. And, thanks to all the feedback and reviews, the good and the bad, we can keep on the right track and provide you with the best private diving experience on Maui.
The whole crew is simply awesome. Both dives were amazing. Special thanks to Jeff for all his care as it’s been awhile for me and for all the hospitality. Can’t wait to come back to Maui and be out with Dive Maui again! Mahalo
Dive Maui is absolutely the best dive shop on Maui❗ As anexperienced diver and boat Captain. I love how safe and professional they are👍😃 We highly recommend them.
We had a fantastic day with Dive Maui. Such a nice, helpful and patient crew. If you’re about to go on a dive trip, go with Dive Maui – best we’ve ever tried.
Amazing staff and experience! I only dive once of twice a year so I get nervous before each dive trying to remember everything. Not all of my dive experiences have been anxiety easing but my dive with Dive Maui is one of the best experiences I’ve had.
A really well-organized and professional dive.
The dive instructors were fun and well-informed. I will go back to these guys for my next underwater adventure.
Best dive shop I have ever been to. The guys at Dive Maui were extremely knowledgeable and hospitable. The dive site, Mala Warf, located only 100 yards or so from the dive shop, was one of our favorite dives of the trip.
One of my best Scuba experiences. Equipment was good quality, and we never felt rushed. Don’t let the run down store front fool you, this is a top notch Dive shop!
My partner and I got our scuba certification with Dive Maui this fall, and it was wonderful! CJ made us feel incredibly safe throughout the training and was super patient in answering questions and demoing skills. I have already recommended Dive Maui to friends and family.
Mala Wharf Scuba Site
Walking distance from the dive shop, we are stoked to have Mala as our house reef.
Mala Pier was destroyed in 1992 by Hurricane Iniki. The underwater wreckage has created an adventure packed dive site where you can navigate through wreck formations while dozens of turtles surround you.
If you can take your eyes off the turtles for just a second, chances are good you’ll spot frogfish, sharks, eagle rays and more. When diving Maui from shore, Mala is a must.
Enter the water from one of Maui’s best beaches and swim a short distance at the surface before descending for your dive.
Slaughterhouse is a stunning reef dive. You can expect beautiful coral, schools of fish, and the occasional turtle or eagle ray.
From time to time we spot special macro life here, like seahorses, too.
Olawalu Reef / Beach
Olawalu is a gorgeous sand beach and makes for an easy shore entry to start your dive.
Follow the sloping bottom off the beach and explore tons of coral formations alive with fish and turtles.
This shallow dive often has water clearer than your brightest instagram filter!
During the winter months Honolua Bay gets some of the big waves that make Maui famous, the waves that surfers love also bring nutrient dense water into the reef keeping it healthy.
In the summer months, and on special winter occasions, Honolua Bay is a must!
The coral formations are exceptional, you’re bound to see some large turtles, and mantas are even spotted in certain seasons.
Airport Beach Maui
A short drive from Lahaina town, Airport Beach is a great Maui dive.
The shallow reef system has interesting corals, endemic fish, and turtles. If you’re an advanced diver, it is also possible to access a second reef system that has a lot of cool critters at around 80 feet.
Essentially, this is a great dive for anyone and a favorite for our instructors.
Frequently Asked Questions on our Guided Shore Dives
What is the best time of day to shore dive on Maui?
As a general rule the water tends to be calmer in the morning, making for easier entry and better visibility when diving. Mother nature isn’t always under our control and there are seasons where afternoon diving can be better too. So really, anytime can be a good time to shore dive.
How important is it to book in advance?
Booking in advance is the best way to avoid frustration for not finding any places left. Especially if you are traveling during the high season, make sure you book well in advance! The sooner, the better.
What diving equipment do I need to shore dive?
You’ll need a full set of scuba gear: BCD, regulator, mask, fins, weights, tank, and a wetsuit if you get cold. If you have your own gear, please bring it because it’s always best to use your own equipment. Don’t have any gear? No worries, all equipment is included in the price of your dive.
Are there any restriction(s) on this trip?
We take divers of all levels on shore dives.