Jlcsnake's Dive Log
Honolua Bay on 8/12/2009
Great shore dive in the Summer months when the North and West shores are relatively calm. One of my favorite shore dives on Maui. Good for snorkeling and novice divers as well. Max depth was 40 feet. Viz was 50-60 feet. Honolua Bay is a marine preserve so the fish life is very good. There are reefs to the right (North side) and left (South side) of the bay although the right side is generally the best. Parking is very limited on the main road. I asked the locals who live on the land if I could drive down and park since I had scuba gear (for a small donation in their donation box). They agreed and it was worth $20 not to have to hump all the dive gear 400 yards down the trail. Great dive if you are here in the Summer months.
Mala Wharf on 8/12/2009
I agree that this is the best shore dive on Maui. I have dived this site multiple times and there is always something fascinating here. Marine life includes eagle rays, whitetip reef sharks, nudibranches, turtles, frogfish, and lots more. Many dive books and shops won't tell you about this site. Some dive boats use it as a fall back if conditions on other parts of Maui or Lanai are bad. Max depth is around 30 feet. Viz is 50-70 feet unless it has rained recently and runoff from the mountains has clouded the shoreline. Enter the water on the South side of the old pier. You will have to walk 50 yards or so across a shallow rocky bottom until it drops off. Some people enter on the North side of the old pier adjacent to the boat ramp. However, if the police catch you entering this way, across the active boat channel, you will get a ticket. Also, make sure you take a dive flag as there may be several boats running in and out of the ramp area.