The dive sites off Lanai are described as some of the best in the main Hawaiian Islands. Dive Lanai to encounter much larger concentrations of reef fish than are usually seen on Maui. Let Extended Horizons motor you across the channel on their 36′ dive boat, for a two tank/two dive morning. Once you’re below the surface, you’ll follow your experienced scuba guide through the caves, around the pinnacles, and under the beautiful arches of Lanai!
Extended Horizons is – fins down – the most environmentally sound boat tour leaving from the west side. The dive shop runs completely on solar power! Their 100% biodiesel run boat (local biodiesel, at that!) will whisk you from the Mala Boat Ramp in Lahaina at 6:30 am. The crossing of the Au’au Channel to dive Lanai is a calm one in the morning light, allowing time to relax as you anticipate exploring. Occasionally, this tour will encounter the resident pod of spinner dolphins that spends time between the islands. Keep your eyes peeled for dorsal fins!
More than 40 Lanai dive sites are well known to the captain and crew. They will choose the best two for the day’s weather. Many of these sites are caverns, so you’ll have the opportunity to observe some of the ocean’s nocturnal denizens as they rest and hide from the day shift. (Think slipper lobsters, soldierfish, and eels!) You will generally explore 50 – 85 feet down on the first dive, and go about 60 feet below for your second site. A continental breakfast with juices and water will be served between the two dives. The boat has one head for your convenience.
Extended Horizons’ dive boat supplies your tanks, weights, mask, and fins. If you want to rent a wetsuit or BC, make that known when you book, and this equipment will be brought on the boat in the morning. You’ll need to provide your height and weight to ensure your rental equipment makes sense for you.
In addition, you must be a certified diver, and you must bring your dive card with you. Also, remember to bring a towel.
Are you ready to dive Lanai?
Often, certified divers who visit Maui deem the day they dove Lanai – a neighbor island – to be their favorite experience.