Manta & Shark Dives
One of our most popular shore dive combos that we have to offer here at Maui Diving is our Manta/Shark package. Check out the Shark Dive page to see what you can expect on that particular dive site. On the Manta dive, we may have the opportunity to be visited by some of the most peaceful and beautiful creatures that call Maui home, the Coastal Manta Rays!
Manta & Shark Dives
One of our most popular shore dive combos that we have to offer here at Maui Diving is our Manta/Shark package. Check out the Shark Dive page to see what you can expect on that particular dive site. On the Manta dive, we may have the opportunity to be visited by some of the most peaceful and beautiful creatures that call Maui home, the Coastal Manta Rays!
 
Lahaina
Seasonal Manta Expedition

Maui Diving’s Seasonal Manta Expedition dive is such a magical opportunity to observe mantas in their natural habitat. This dive requires a 7 to 10-minute walk through a lush jungle path to enter the dive site. Therefore it isn’t for everyone. It is a flat walk through the lush forest path but you will be required to carry your gear in and out of the forest. If you have health concerns or issues carrying dive gear, perhaps stick with a different dive site choice (like Mala Pier Plus) for the best chance at enjoying your dive day with us.

Mantas can grow to a size of up to 12 ft and will spend time visiting certain reef areas for feeding and for cleaning. It is at these cleaning stations that we will often find these magnificent creatures hanging out on the reef being cleaned. Mantas have very specific patterns on their underside which allows us to identify them, like a finger print!

In the picture below, you can see the Manta that we got to name through the Manta Pacific Research Foundation. They have a catalogue of Mantas that been named by those who submitted photos of their Manta, and we found one that had not yet been identified! You can see there is a good chunk of his right wing that is missing just by his rear end. It is speculated that he may have had an encounter with a shark, and we named him “Laki” which means “Lucky” in Hawaiian.

The particular dive site where we are often able to find the Mantas may not be diveable due to conditions during the winter months due to extreme surf conditions. However, it never hurts to ask if it is possible to go do these dives. If you’re scheduled for the Manta Dive and conditions turn out not to be good, you’ll dive an alternative dive site and be refunded the difference between this dive and the Mala Plus.

Updated for 2022
Detail overview

What to expect

  • This dive requires a 7-10 minute walk one way with your dive gear. Please be prepared for exercise!
  • A marine preserve with scores of endemic fish species
  • Nudis, frogfish, octopus, schools of fish…
  • Expedition to see coastal manta rays that frequent the shores off Maui.

Enhance your experience with

  • AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty
  • AWARE Turtle Conservation Specialty
  • Dive Against Debris Specialty
  • AOW dives are easily accomplished during this dive day

Visit the Manta Pacific Research Foundation’s web page at http://mantapacific.org and make a donation or just learn more about these amazing animals! Check out our boy Laki here: http://www.mprf.net/identificationmaui/Male/103.html


    Important

  •   Complete the Certified Diver Waiver linked HERE
  •   Please bring acceptable proof of certification to present at check-in.
  •   Must have dove within the last two years to be ready to do this dive
  • * We provide all the rental gear you could need but if you want to bring your own, you’ll want to make sure it’s dive ready long before your dive time. Please plan to show up 1 hour early if you want your gear looked at by an instructor or tech.
  • * Wear your bathing suit, bring a towel, any gear you may want to use, snacks for the surface interval, plenty of water, and if you'd like to tip your instructor/guide at the end of the day, please bring cash. (Venmo, Paypal, & Zelle also options with some instructors)

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Updated for 2022
Detail overview

What to expect

  • This dive requires a 7-10 minute walk one way with your dive gear. Please be prepared for exercise!
  • A marine preserve with scores of endemic fish species
  • Nudis, frogfish, octopus, schools of fish…
  • Expedition to see coastal manta rays that frequent the shores off Maui.

Enhance your experience with

  • AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty
  • AWARE Turtle Conservation Specialty
  • Dive Against Debris Specialty
  • AOW dives are easily accomplished during this dive day
 
Lahaina
Seasonal Manta Expedition

Maui Diving’s Seasonal Manta Expedition dive is such a magical opportunity to observe mantas in their natural habitat. This dive requires a 7 to 10-minute walk through a lush jungle path to enter the dive site. Therefore it isn’t for everyone. It is a flat walk through the lush forest path but you will be required to carry your gear in and out of the forest. If you have health concerns or issues carrying dive gear, perhaps stick with a different dive site choice (like Mala Pier Plus) for the best chance at enjoying your dive day with us.

Mantas can grow to a size of up to 12 ft and will spend time visiting certain reef areas for feeding and for cleaning. It is at these cleaning stations that we will often find these magnificent creatures hanging out on the reef being cleaned. Mantas have very specific patterns on their underside which allows us to identify them, like a finger print!

In the picture below, you can see the Manta that we got to name through the Manta Pacific Research Foundation. They have a catalogue of Mantas that been named by those who submitted photos of their Manta, and we found one that had not yet been identified! You can see there is a good chunk of his right wing that is missing just by his rear end. It is speculated that he may have had an encounter with a shark, and we named him “Laki” which means “Lucky” in Hawaiian.

The particular dive site where we are often able to find the Mantas may not be diveable due to conditions during the winter months due to extreme surf conditions. However, it never hurts to ask if it is possible to go do these dives. If you’re scheduled for the Manta Dive and conditions turn out not to be good, you’ll dive an alternative dive site and be refunded the difference between this dive and the Mala Plus.

Visit the Manta Pacific Research Foundation’s web page at http://mantapacific.org and make a donation or just learn more about these amazing animals! Check out our boy Laki here: www.mprf.net/laki

    Important

  •   Complete the Certified Diver Waiver linked HERE
  •   Please bring acceptable proof of certification to present at check-in.
  •   Must have dove within the last two years to be ready to do this dive
  • * We provide all the rental gear you could need but if you want to bring your own, you’ll want to make sure it’s dive ready long before your dive time. Please plan to show up 1 hour early if you want your gear looked at by an instructor or tech.
  • * Wear your bathing suit, bring a towel, any gear you may want to use, snacks for the surface interval, plenty of water, and if you'd like to tip your instructor/guide at the end of the day, please bring cash. (Venmo, Paypal, & Zelle also options with some instructors)

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