The island of Lana'i now has two dive shops of its
Ocean Sports is a Gold Palm facility located at the Manele Bay
hotel, and Adventure Lanai
Dive Center in Lanai City is also PADI certified. Most of the dive outfits on Maui
also run Lana'i trips at least one day a
week. They don't offer these dives every day, so make sure you
check into their schedules in advance. For more information on
choosing a dive shop, check out our page dedicated to
choosing a dive
shop on Maui. Lana'i is rated as one of the world's
top ten dive destinations, due to its water clarity, with visibility
over 100 feet, and beautiful dive sites.
We took a two-tank dive to Lana'i during our stay on
Maui, and it was definitely the highlight of our stay.
After freshly completing our Advanced Open Water course
with B&B Scuba on Maui, we headed off at 6:00AM sharp to meet Ed
Robinson's Diving Adventures at the Kihei Boat Ramp, where we loaded
up for a trip to the Cathedrals of Lana'i. There were 12
divers on our boat, with two divemasters, which was the most divers
we'd ever shared a boat with. In Cozumel, we never had more than
six people on our boat. The water was very rough, with
whitecaps crashing over the rails of the boat, drenching us all.
The crew handed out raincoats and asked us about what type of dive we
would like to do. This was a nice change, as B&B never even
asked, they just decided where we would dive. The boats
were fast, though noisy, but the trip to Lana'i was still about 1 1/2
hours. During the trip, however, humpback whales breached many
times off the side of the boat, providing an awe-inspiring experience.
After interviewing everyone on board, the crew decided to dive the
First Cathedral. The dive was not too deep, at around 70 feet,
and the visibility was excellent, well over 100 feet. The
Cathedrals drew their name because the sun lights up the underwater
grotto like a magnificent church. The crew was very patient with
everyone and our divemaster was very helpful and showed us many
interesting types of nudibranchs and fish. She took us on a very
leisurely stroll of the area, allowing us a lot of time to explore the
nooks and crannies that the Cathedral offered. Make sure you
bring a dive light on this dive. It really makes a difference!
We saw lobster, reef sharks, morays, and lots of fish. This was
a really great dive site, and offered a little bit for everybody.
We were cursing ourselves for not renting a camera!
After surfacing, I chummed for fish a
third consecutive time, as once again my seasickness patch had come
off during the dive. I swore that I was going to stick with
pills from now on! We ate lunch of sandwiches and soda as we
motored off to the next site, pitching and rolling all the way in the
rough waters. While we relaxed and enjoyed our surface interval,
more humpbacks breached nearby, as the warm Hawaii sunshine warmed us.
The crew decided on Sergeant Major for our second dive of the trip,
which was by far the best dive of our stay on Maui.
Immediately upon descent, we were joined by multiple pods of spinner
dolphins, who were riding the bow of a passing boat, and shortly
thereafter a huge Hawksbill turtle, who rested nonchalantly on the
bottom and watched me as I watched him. Sandra was on the other
side of the coral formation at the time, and didn't get to see that
one, but she was the first to point out another pod of dolphins,
spinning playfully nearby. A huge white-tip reef shark, at least
seven feet in length, swam back and forth under a ledge, and beautiful
fish were everywhere. The current was fairly strong at this
site, and we had to kick hard to swim against it. However, the
reef formations, like hedge rows, provided adequate protection for us
to be able to explore the reef at our own pace. The dive wasn't
deep, at around 50 feet, and the visibility was once again excellent.
Two dolphin encounters on one dive! Truly amazing. Once
again, I puked on exit from the water, but as usual survived the trip
home with no further complications. The crew was very social and
were very willing to answer questions about the dive sites, and
anything else we inquired about. For more
information on diving in the waters off Lana'i, you might like to read
A Dive To Remember: Spinner Dolphins and Whales, from a
couple who also dove with Ed Robinson's.
The following tables excerpted from our
Maui Dive Sites page, will give you reviews of the dive sites on
Lana'i. We've also included personal recommendations and trip
reports from divers in Maui, many of which include trips to Lana'i.
Top 50 Sports Sites to cast your vote for Johann & Sandra's Hawaii
Beneath the Waves!
Maui Dive Site Descriptions & Reviews
Personal Recommendations and Trip