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Makena Coast Dive Charters has been showing divers the spectacular underwater world off Maui’s shores for over 30 years. Join Captain Steve Hogan and his wife, Eve, and their experienced and friendly crew for a tropical diving adventure you’ll never forget. Many of the crew are professional photographers and videographers and can guide you to the best scenes and hidden treasures of the sea. Each morning the crew will decide where to dive that day based on weather and ocean conditions and requests from their guests. Although they don’t rent cameras, they do offer photo packages with pictures from your dive as well as some of the best stock images from previous dives.
Muffins will be served in the morning and snacks and beverages will be provided onboard throughout the expedition. Makena Coast Dive Charters will provide any gear you may need, although they recommend you bring your own fins, mask and snorkel as you’ll be familiar and comfortable with it. The Makena Mele can carry up to 12 divers or 19 snorkelers. There will be one dive leader per 6 people (or less). They also accommodate snorkelers so you can make this a family outing even if everyone involved is not a diver.
Each adventure will take you to two beautiful sites. The first will be at Molokini Crater, a crescent shaped island that provides sanctuary for a wide array of sea life. With 100-200 foot visibility, Molokini is a great playground for underwater explorers with a plethora of tropical fish and even the possibility of seeing some larger ocean creatures such as dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays or seasonal humpback whales. The second dive site will be somewhere along the Makena coast where you might explore a sunken boat that is now an artificial reef full of creatures at St. Anthony’s or WWII tank and landing craft wreckage that is home to a plethora of sea life.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, Makena Coast Dive Charters offers advanced expedition dives for more experienced divers. On these days, you’ll probably have an opportunity to explore the back wall of Molokini crater where the sheer wall of the crater drops to over 300 feet below sea level. This dive is a drift dive or a live boat dive and all divers must have excellent buoyancy control and be able to ascend and descend without a line, with a 15-foot safety stop capability. After Molokini, the next advanced dive might be a drift dive off the Makena coast where you’ll see beautiful lava rock formations and caverns and, likely the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle.
*Check in at 6:30am at the Kihei Boat Ramp – look for the Makena Mele, which will be in the parking lot on a truck and trailer
*GPS 20.7081° N, 156.4462° W
*Daily excursions: 6:30am-11am
*Expedition dive offered Tuesday & Friday
*A second tour may be offered at 11:15am if the weather is favorable