Maui Dive Kihei to Makena

Kihei to Makena

This area along the southwest coast of Maui, Kihei to Makena, is on the leeward or protected side of the island and was of course home to a large Hawaiian population before European contact, as evidenced by rock house sites on land and stone fishing sinkers underwater. The bottom is generally a very gradually sloping sand bottom with many volcanic outcroppings, ridges, small caves, archways and pinnacles. Many of the caverns, ledges and reefs are home to Hawaiian green sea turtles where they feed and find shelter. Because they have been protected since 1973 their numbers have greatly increased and we see them on almost any of our coastal dives. The Makena turtles have seen enough divers to be unafraid, so divers can view them and photograph them up close. These areas are also the home to frogfish, different species of eels and beautiful endemic lionfish. Many small creatures such as shrimps, crabs and nudibranchs can be found for macro photography, and we even see the occasional manta and eagle ray.

diving kihei to makena

Sea Turtle with Bicycle

Unique Qualities

  • Shallow and protected
  • Long bottom times
  • Mature antler corals
  • Large turtle population

maui manta ray

You May See

  • Turtles
  • Frogfish
  • Scorpionfish
  • Nudibranchs
  • Octopus
  • On occasion: white-tip reef sharks, rays
Kihei to Makena Montage