While there’s no shortage of fun to be had on land, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to explore the deep blue while on Maui. Hawai’i is home to a variety of marine life that lives just below the surface. Legend has it that the fire goddess (Pele) is responsible for creating these unique islands in the Pacific, which led to a variety of diverse geological formations. Atolls, seamonts, coral reefs, sea cliffs and more just off the island’s shore host some of the most fascinating marine life you’ll ever see. Take a tour in a submarine to get an up-close view of some of the endemic sea life here and experience the mystery of moana (ocean) firsthand.
This submarine tour is your only opportunity to fully enjoy the ocean floor from behind glass. Maui’s submarine is a high-tech 48 passenger vessel capable of reaching up to 100 feet in depth. It is air-conditioned and the leading submarine of its kind throughout the islands. After a short transfer on a shuttle boat from Lahaina Harbor, you will board the adventure vessel that awaits your arrival out at sea! Your adventure will feature viewings of an artificial reef located upon the sunken Carthaginian II. The Carthaginian II is a replica of the original Carthaginian, which was a whaling supply ship from the 19th century. When the steel hull of the replica ship became too costly to maintain, it was sunk in the year 2005 to become a self-sustainable artificial reef. Artificial reefs have been established around the Hawaiian islands in an effort to support and restore depleted coral and marine life. This particular reef is anchored 97 feet below the surface and is a popular attraction for scuba divers.
You will also enjoy up-close views of “honu,” Hawaiian sea turtles, reef fish, eels and possibly a few sharks! This exploration includes an educational narrative from a knowledgeable tour guide, and in its entirety, will last just under two hours. With various booking times available, this leaves the rest of the day open for additional activities before or afterwards. You also have the option for discounts on other popular activities around the island. Save money by booking a submarine tour and luau combo, or purchase a Maui Value Pass that includes tickets to the Maui Ocean Center, the tram tour at the Maui Tropical Plantation, and entry to the Bailey House Museum.
The Maui submarine
• Views of an artificial reef. Jump on board and see an old 19th century supply vessel called the Carthaginian that was sunk in 2005
• Up-close views of honu (turtles), reef fish, eels and maybe even a sharks!
• An educational narrative by tour guides
• Submarine/Lū‘au Combo options