Divers know Turtle Reef for its extensive coral gardens running the entire length of Maui from the upper west side to the southern tip of the island. This area is home to a wide variety of marine life and an extensive Green Sea Turtle population. Although Green Sea Turtles are on the endangered species list, in Maui’s warm protected waters they have thrived. It is not unusual to observe several turtles on each dive.
Looking for the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa….you’ll find it at Turtle Reef. Want to see the remnants of Hurricane Iniki that came through Hawaii in 1992? The Turtle Reef dive site known as Mala Pier is just that. Underwater you’ll swim amongst the wreck of a pier taken down during the hurricane. Keep your eye out for a family of Frogfish that have taken up residence there. This is also an excellent dive on which to work on your „Hawaiian Eco-Naturalist“ dive specialty. Certified divers will appreciate the abundance and variety of marine life, not to mention the short boat ride and long bottom times.
The world famous Molokini Crater is a marine reserve below water and bird sanctuary above. The visibility on this reef system averages 100+ feet and provides a panoramic view of the marine ecosystem. Molokini is one of the few places in the world where you can see Hawaiian garden eels, Masked angelfish, Long-nose hawk fish and many more fish endemic to the Hawaiian Islands.
Frequently Manta rays, White tip reef sharks, Amberjacks and Moray eels are also sighted. Harlequin shrimp take residence around coral heads and Triton’s trumpets and nudibranchs are found nestled in crevices.