This is an shallow, easy dive that is filled with lots of surprises. It is a good second dive since the bottom ranges from only 25′ to 50′. Some of the prettiest inshore reef can be found here. Lots of Green Sea Turtles, and an abundance of unique invertebrates and inshore fish make this area an excellent exploration dive.
A World War II F-6-F Hellcat lies off Kihei in 32 ft. of water. This vintage fighter craft is upside-down with its engine approximately 20 yds. from the fuselage. Hellcat is usually tacked on as a short third dives when weather permits and divers are interested.
At the north end of Makena lies a secluded spot just beyond shore diving reach. In 60 ft. of water you’ll find a healthy coral reef topped by picturesque antler coral heads. There is a high density of fish life, such as schooling snapper and goat fish, as well as tame and curious trumpet fish that like to dangle in front of your mask. This is a good place to find camouflage fish, like scorpion fish, leaf fish, and flounder. Around the reef in the sand and rubble outskirts are rare puffer fish.
TANK & LANDING CRAFT
During WWII, the military lost a number of armored vehicles off the Maui coast. A quarter mile off Makena Landing sit two water borne landing craft. We believed for years one of the vehicles was a Sherman tank. We’ve recently uncovered information that it is actually an amtrac (amphibious tractor) mounted with a mortar turret which gives it the appearance of a tank. For military buffs, Navy records indicate this is a LVT-4 or 5. The other vehicle is an amtrac fitted as an armored personnel carrier. Both sit in 60 ft. of water on a sand bottom and act as a magnet to attract fish and animals in the area. Commonly seen are tame butterfly, damsel fish, and eagle rays. This site is full of nostalgia for old-timers.
Located off Makena Beach at eighty feet, this is one of the most picturesque artificial reefs you are likely to see around Maui. This WWII mortar mounted amtrac acts like a fish magnet. Because it is the only large solid object in the area, any fish or invertebrate looking for a safe home will be found here! Surrounding the vehicle is a cloak of schooling snapper and goatfish just waiting for a photographer with a wide angle lens. For it’s small size, the Third Tank has more animal life per square inch than any other site we dive.
This is probably the second most popular dive from Maui (after Molokini). As divers enter this large cavern, they are met with the feeling of entering a large (you guessed it!) cathedral. The central room has a porous ceiling; light streams around and illuminates the large alter (boulder) below. It’s large enough to hold a dozen divers easily, with elbow room to spare. There are lots of openings, so no one need worry about getting lost. In the same area we also find a pinnacle covered in orange tube coral and red sponges. In the other direction from the Cathedral lies a great wall and arch lofting 60 ft. off the bottom. This is a very picturesque wide-angle or macro photography area.
The maximum recreational dive depth (according to our PADI insurance) is 130 feet. At slightly less than this depth is the beginning of a series of shelves that create narrow voids back into the island. The shallowest, and largest, often houses a number of White-tip reef sharks. It is not uncommon to see lobster in these caves also. Due to the depth, we offer this site only to advanced dives. Our “Three Tank Adventure” trip is the best way to experience this area.
EDGE OF THE WORLD
One of the most dramatic areas along Molokini’s backside is “Edge of the World. At about fifty feet a shelf juts out and creates an overhang and descending wall that plummets to almost 250 feet. It is the deepest drop-off along the “Backside”, and since it is also in the area usually shadowed from the sun, it is the spookiest. We often see larger fish, and sharks below us. If you dive here, make sure you have control over your buoyancy!
Maui offers world-class golf courses all within a short drive of our condo. Whether you have top dollar to spend or are on a budget, Maui has the right golf course for you!
Our Luxury Maui Condo is conveniently located close to some of Maui’s World Class Golf Courses!
Wailea Golf Club (Gold Course) – 808-875-7450Address:100 Wailea Golf Club Dr, Kihei, Hawaii 96753Facility Type:ResortGuest Policy:Call For Playing PrivilegesSeason:Year RoundWalking Allowed:NoSoft spike facility:YesClub rental:Yes# of days for advanced tee times:30USGA Rating:69Year Opened1994
Wailea Golf Club (Blue Course) – 808-875-7450Address:120 Kaukahi StKihei, Hawaii 96753Facility Type:ResortGuest Policy:Call For Playing PrivilegesSeason:Year RoundWalking Allowed:NoSoft spike facility:YesClub rental:Yes# of days for advanced tee times:30USGA Rating:68.9Year Opened1972
Makena Golf Club (North Course) – 808-879-3344Address:5415 Maken AlnauiKihei, Hawaii 96753Facility Type:ResortGuest Policy:Open To PublicSeason:Year RoundWalking Allowed:NoSoft spike facility:YesClub rental:Yes# of days for advanced tee times:7USGA Rating:Year Opened1983
Makena Golf Club (South Course) – 808-879-3344Address:5415 Maken AlnauiKihei, Hawaii 96753Facility Type:ResortGuest Policy:Call For Playing PrivilegesSeason:Year RoundWalking Allowed:NoSoft spike facility:YesClub rental:Yes# of days for advanced tee times:7USGA Rating:Year Opened1993