Small Group Shark and Turtle Dive for Certified Divers (Shore)

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Lahaina, US
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Dive into an underwater paradise with Dive Maui's Small Group Shark and Turtle Dive for Certified Divers. Experience the thrill of exploring a condemned pier turned vibrant reef, teeming with colorful corals, sponges, and schools of fish. As you navigate the obstacle course of the wreck, you'll encounter camouflaged frogfish and the majestic beauty of a pregnant reef shark resting under a section of cement. But the real highlight of this dive is the chance to swim with Maui's resident turtle population and encounter white tip reef sharks. Mala Wharf, the best dive site on Maui, is home to these incredible marine creatures, as well as octopus, eels, nudibranchs, and the elusive frogfish. With Dive Maui, you'll enjoy a private or small group dive, allowing for individualized attention and the opportunity to spot the coolest underwater sights. Book now and embark on a 150-minute adventure into the depths of the ocean.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Suitable for 1-4 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Dive with Maui’s resident turtle population
  • Encounter white tip reef sharks
  • Explore the sunken pier filled with vibrant marine life
  • Private or small group dives for personalized attention
  • Potential for one hour underwater exploration
  • Use of scuba equipment

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Get ready for an unforgettable underwater adventure with the Small Group Shark and Turtle Dive for Certified Divers. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Maui's famous Mala Wharf and discover a hidden world teeming with marine life and vibrant coral reefs. Immerse yourself in an underwater wonderland that has transformed a condemned pier into a thriving ecosystem. As you descend, you'll be surrounded by schools of colorful fish and mesmerizing corals.

What to expect?

During this thrilling dive, you can expect to encounter Maui's resident turtle population, known as honu, up close and personal. Swim alongside these gentle creatures as they gracefully glide through the water. But that's not all—you'll also have the chance to come face to face with white tip reef sharks, an exhilarating and awe-inspiring experience. Prepare to be amazed by the abundance of marine life that call Mala Wharf home, including octopus, eels, nudibranchs, and the elusive frogfish. Explore the sunken pier and navigate through the wreckage as you discover the hidden treasures of this underwater paradise.

Who is this for?

This unforgettable diving experience is perfect for certified divers of all levels who are seeking to explore the wonders of Maui's underwater world. Whether you're a seasoned diver looking for a new and exciting adventure or a beginner eager to discover the magic of the ocean depths, this tour caters to all. The small group size ensures personalized attention from your experienced PADI professional, making it ideal for both solo travelers and groups.

Why book this?

Unleash your inner adventurer and dive into the extraordinary world of Mala Wharf. This unique dive site offers an abundance of marine life, from majestic turtles to elusive frogfish. The experienced Dive Maui team is dedicated to providing an exceptional diving experience, with the potential for hour-long dives, air permitting. The convenience of the shop's location near Baby Beach in Lahaina and the small group size ensures a tailored and intimate experience. Dive into the deep blue, connect with nature, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Good to know

When booking the Small Group Shark and Turtle Dive for Certified Divers, please note that all participants must have their own transportation as alternative dive sites may be chosen if the conditions at Mala Wharf are unfavorable. The typical duration of this dive is approximately 150 minutes, including the briefing, descending, exploring, and resurfacing. All shore dives are conducted in small groups of no more than four divers, allowing for individualized attention and the opportunity to uncover hidden gems beneath the surface. Don't forget to bring your sense of adventure and an underwater camera to capture the incredible marine life you'll encounter.


Previous divers have raved about their experiences with Dive Maui. They highly praise the knowledgeable and friendly PADI professionals who guide the dives and point out fascinating marine creatures. Many have been amazed by the abundance of turtles and the thrill of swimming alongside sharks. The small group size provides an intimate and personalized dive experience, allowing divers to feel comfortable and confident. Divers consistently mention the vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and the overall sense of wonder and awe they experienced during their dives with Dive Maui.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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We previously dived with Dive Maui for our Open Water certification 3 years ago so this was a return trip. Joe was our Dive Master this time and he was great. He provided a through briefing on the dive plan for each dive so we were fully prepared. We dived Black Rock and Mala Wharf (which is one of our favorite sites of all time). Both dives were excellent at around an hour each. The rental gear is high quality, BCDs have integrated weight pockets which is always nice (although we have never needed to drop them!). We previously also dived Cathedrals which is a fantastic boat dive and a must do while you are on Maui. This is a great local Lahaina company; take your business to them and you will not regret it.


Joe was an amazing guide. Had a blast diving Black Rock and Mala Warf. Got lucky and got to see a monk seal on the Black Rock dive plus lots of great fish, eels, octopus, turtles and even a white tip shark at Mala Warf. Will definitely come back to dive here when we come back to visit Maui again 🤙🏽.

Akash V

Went for a dive after 6 years since my last dive. Joe did a quick refresher and took us to Black Rock and Mala Wharf. Ultimate experience. My best scuba experience so far. 100+ ft visibility and pristine blue waters with so many kinds of fish. Saw Eagle Rays, Octopus, White tip sharks, many large sea turtles and many more different fishes that I couldn't even recognize. Also swam through a large school of fish. I was initially nervous before booking as I hadn't done an open water dive for 6 years, but I had a phone call with Joe and booked the two dives before flying to hawaii. Both dives were relaxed, small group of 4 ( including Joe), and Joe made sure he walked us through any possible issues and tips to make the dive experience perfect.


Really professional and good communication. Even from shore we managed to see dozens of turtles. If we get back to maui we will definitely come back.


My partner and I did a turtle and shark dive (Mala Wharf) in April with Dive Maui! The booking process was so straightforward and everything and all the info was emailed to us immediately. When we got there, all of our gear was already laid out, Abbi was so efficient and gave us a great brief on what to expect etc. Abbi was enthusiastic, relaxed (in the best way) and made sure we were all accomodated. It was a shore dive so it was not as deep as our usual boat dives but it was such as good time. We saw so so many turtles, tons of fish, sharks, octopus. Abbi was great at checking in on us during the dive and made sure everyone in the group saw all the little creatures in every nook and cranny. We had a blast. Would recommend in a heartbeat!


Maiah was our guide and it was a great 60+ minute dive around Mala. Sharks and turtles galore, along with schools of beautiful local fish. She went above and beyond to show us every nook and cranny of Mala. I would go back for this dive any day of the week! Very highly recommend.


Fantastic place to book a dive, our dive master Joe was super friendly and informative! I would definitely book with them again


Joe was awesome, kind, laid back, but also professional, an expert of our dive locations. We knew we were safe and prepared. We will be back! Our family of four have only dove together a couple of times as our teens are new to scuba. Everything was spectacular.


Second time diving with Dive Maui, always a great experience. Staff and Instructors are friendly, fun and accommodating. Joe saved my dive when my personal equipment went down, and really went above and beyond to make sure I was taken care of. If you're headed to Maui I highly recommend diving with them. Help keep a small business open and bring some work to Lahaina locals! Matt


We came to Maui in May and I have been meaning to write a review every since. Lovely dive operation. We had all of the dive masters over the course of a few days and I HIGHLY recommend them ALL. We didnt really get to see the hammerheads but thats clearly not at fault of the shop. Sometimes mother nature has other plans. But felt incredibly safe and in good hands. Lovely lunch as a bonus.
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