maui scuba diving WW2 Objects

WW2 Objects

During WW2 the Navy, Marines and the Army all trained on Maui. Underwater demolition teams were trained off Kihei and amphibious maneuvers were practiced all the way from Maalaea to Makena. An airstrip on Maui’s isthmus was used to train carrier-based pilots. At least eight amphibious tractors (LVT’s) and several airplanes (an F4F Hellcat, an F4U Corsair, a SB2C Helldiver, a PB4Y-1 Liberator) have been recorded in the waters along Maui’s coastline. Due to their condition or their depth, only a few are still diveable. Some when found were fully loaded with machine guns, ammunition (including shells, bullets and hand grenades), tools, mess kits, helmets, etc. and it is believed that these at least were accidental losses and not intentional post-wartime ditchings. Of course, they’ve been submerged for 70 years and the salt water and waves have "changed who they are," but some are still recognizable. These vehicles and objects sit in areas of open sand and act as artificial reefs for many fish and invertebrates, occasionally even bringing in curious large animals such as rays.

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WWII underwater artifacts

Unique Qualities

  • Can experience a connection to history
  • Unique artificial reefs
  • Objects act as fish magnets and provide shelter for many small creatures

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You May See

  • Schools of fish
  • Frogfish
  • Mantis shrimp
  • Cleaning stations
  • Scorpionfish
  • On occasion: eagle and manta rays
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