Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
01/07/2005 3.90 Five Caves Maui, Hawaiian Islands
I dove Makena several times last year, and this year got in at Five Caves/Graves. It's great to avoid the surface swim from Makena, to see the caves, and the visibility is better from the beginning due to no sand bottom. If you wait for good surf days, the entry is only slightly difficult. When the waves are coming in, go around the corner to Makena Landing. Loved the topography and turtles. The caves (actually caverns) are easy to view from the entrance, but bring a light to spot turtles and sharks catching a siesta. We dove this site several times over Christmas. Lots of eels and several juvenile wrasse sightings that were fun. It's worth the short walk and sometimes interesting entry.
01/07/2005 3.75 Ahihi Bay Maui, Hawaiian Islands
Took one dive here over Christmas. Nice to have something else to go with Makena and 5 Caves/Graves. Saw lots of eels and other critters. It's quite shallow, maybe 25 feet max, so the surge was consistent, but not uncomfortable. Three jacks followed us most of the dive, maybe waiting for us to scare up some grub. Heavily snorkeled, so some fish followed us, apparently waiting to be fed.
01/07/2005 3.96 Makena Landing Maui, Hawaiian Islands
We dove this site several times over Christmas in conjunction with 5 Caves/Graves. When the surf stops entries there, Makena will still be doable. We usually surface swim to the houses at the point, then go down near the rock that has a large piece of wire coral sitting over the sand. If you swim on the sand/rock boundary, you usually see it and sometimes we've seen small gobies on the wire coral. This year I found the shark cave, first right after the point, and in pretty shallow water! It is about 10-13 feet at the entrance and we saw 3 good sized white-tipped reef sharks snoozing. On the last dive there on Dec 30th, my brother-in-law spotted a large eagle ray at the edge of the reef, apparently spooking up an octopus as there was an ink smudge in the water. He had a broken (bent) tail and circled us for 5 minutes. Great diving area, especially for cold blooded Alaskan divers!