Highlights: Rare animals and pristine dive sites
Types of Diving and Best Dive Spots
For experienced divers, Moloka'i is a rare opportunity to visit pristine sites and spot rare animals. Most of these drift dives range from 18-36 metres/60-120 feet in depth. Popular dives include Fish Bowl, Deep Corner and Fish Rain. Most offer shallow and deep sections with plentiful sea life and the chance to see larger pelagics. Scalloped hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, whale sharks, spinner dolphins and Hawai’ian Monk Seals are all known to make appearances.
The Pailolo Channel between Maui and Moloka’i can be rough even on the calmest of days. Those susceptible to the “motion of the ocean” should take precautions.
Most of the Hawai’ian endemic sea life - including Bandit Angelfish, Potter’s Angelfish, Saddle Wrasse, and Milletseed Butterflyfish - is here but the main attraction is larger pelagics.
There is one PADI Dive Center on Moloka’i, but some Maui operators make a weekly Moloka’i trip from Lahaina. It’s best to call in advance.
The most often visited site is The Kalaupapa peninsula and the Kalaupapa National Historic Park (home to the Hawai’ian leper colony and Father Damian) are the most visited topside attractions.
Moloka’i diving is for experienced divers comfortable in rough water.Drift, live boat diving is the norm here so divers should also be comfortable making a free descent and safety stop without a line. A Master Scuba Diver® rating - with experience in deep and drift diving - is strongly recommended.
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- Hawaiian Tourism Authority: Sri Maiava Rusden, Ron Dahlquist, Kirk Lee Adder, Joe Solem
- Captain Steve Juarez