Maui Spearfishing Academy
Maui Spearfishing Academy
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Be PROUD of the fish you catch and the skill you gain with Maui Spearfishing Academy! We only target big Game and Invasive species. We'll teach you how to dive and hunt in a sustainable and respectful way. Let us be the highlight of your trip. Just look at our reviews!
Lahaina, Hawaii
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Natalie
Denver, CO6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Spearfishing, free diving, perfect example of being treated like ohana (family) - you'll find it all here MSA and specifically with Keoki, the best guide on the island. He is so personable, knowledgeable, and passionate. Keoki has great pride in what he does and is very positive while teaching others. A quick hour download on breathing techniques, gun safety, and fish identification was followed by almost 3 hours of fishing. Keoki does a great job handling a diverse group, setting everyone up for a shot at the depth they can handle, and allowing more experienced fishermen to hunt too. We ended our day with gratitude for this beautiful place and to live life with pono....oh, and dinner, after I was able to harvest a mature soldierfish! Best meal we had the whole trip! I can't recommend this outfit, and Keoki, enough!
Written January 28, 2020
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This is super cool, sounds like you had a well rounded experience and your words prove you learned a ton. Stoked for your great day with us!
Written January 29, 2020
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Chris S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
We have been waiting so long for this excursion and it was everything we thought it would be! Very energetic and positive vibes throughout experience. Main priority was to have a great time while insuring all safety measures are taken. My guide was Kioki and he was so experienced and had great tips for everything involved from holding my breath to shooting. He showed a true interest in us understanding the culture of Spearfishing. Definitely recommend this activity! I’ll definitely do it again when I return. Thank you, Jaeger, 17
Written January 9, 2021
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mowensmd
Portland, OR6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Went out with my 15 yo, with only prior experience being a time I was handed a speargun in Mexico and told to "go shoot stuff". This was much different, real instruction. Not only time in the shop discussing, but serious attention to breathing/apnea and practice on the beach before heading out. Then instruction in the water too before hunting. Visibility/wind limited our success but we gained the confidence to get to a point where we now have the skills to start learning the second phase of hunting. Also appreciate the decision to have tourists hunt invasives, very ecologically sound. Great job and thanks!
Written March 21, 2021
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dmarcus19
Denver, CO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Really Fun and exhilarating!

My 15 year old son loves fishing so I thought this would be a fun experience for him and I right!. What a great bonding experience for a father and son and with all the beautiful things you can do in Maui this was the highlight of our trip.

Kiku was a great 101 instructor and made the trip seem really exciting and challenging right from the start. The training alone was worth the money.

Loved that we got to use the real guns and that like a true guide Kiku did all the heavy lifting with helping to load the guns, drag the equipment, spotting fish, and giving us great instructions to stalk the invasive species.

I would highly recommend this trip for the adventurous type of people looking for something truly unique to remember your trip. You will never forget this experience. Enjoy!

David
Written April 1, 2021
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Jacob M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Amazing! We dived with Kioki who was friendly, knowledgeable and a diver of 30+ years who’s also a native to the island. We not only learned the spear fishing essentials and bagged a few, but also learned a lot about the Hawaii’s culture and mindset towards fishing and being stewards of their beautiful island.

If you want to learn the spear fishing essentials while also directly contributing to the islands health (by hunting the invasive species) and people (they are native owned and operated) then Maui Spearfishing is the ONE.
Written May 14, 2021
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Nihal K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Our trip with phenomenal guide Keoki was full of hidden gem moments.
So glad we chose this as our big splurge adventure while visiting Maui. Learning to free dive was so empowering. Even though I didn't make it to the ocean floor or catch any fish, it was hands down the best snorkel trip of my life so far. I DID dive deep enough to hear the whales calling - which quickly became my reason for diving. I did have profound moments basking in the presence of sea turtles, reef sharks, and even an octopus.
Even though I've always been a person with some anxiety about being in deep water, Keoki was so competent and encouraging that I felt completely at ease the entire time, even when pushing myself to dive deeper. I literally had no anxiety at all the entire trip - because I was so reassured by his lecture at the beginning of the day, and watching how clearly he had our backs out in the water.
I will never forget what a magical day it was and look forward to coming back for another class with Maui Spearfishing Academy.
Written March 4, 2022
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ryan s
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
First off, I've never done freedive/spearfished before.
They gave a fun question/answer intro before taking us outside to teach us different diving techniques and assess our individual abilities on land, later in water then we went on the hunt!

Guide was fun, personable and knowledgeable. He kept a watchful eye on us but still let us explore and discover while swimming. I felt safe with guide and by the end I feel more confident swimming in the ocean.

The experience never felt rushed and I learned tricks to have me diving deeper than I ever realized I could!
Written January 21, 2020
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Love your focus on the experience of the freedive... For may that's why they do this sport!
Written January 23, 2020
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Nathan W
Orlando, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
My family of 5 had an amazing experience with MSA. "Bear" was the absolute best guide and made the whole adventure an EPIC one. My three teenage kids said it was the best excursion we did while on the island (and we did quite a few). We shot fish, we wrangled sharks (just small white tip reef sharks they were trying to get at our kill) no worries though, Bear made sure we were safe and protected and went out of his way to make sure we made memories we will soon not forget. FTR, this was the first spearfishing experience for any of us and because of the time we had we are already excited about doing this again. If you are going to do something exciting and adventurous make sure you book a trip with MSA.
Written July 7, 2023
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Ben B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Hey Keoki! Just a quick note from “Braddah Ben” and “Ash and da Boys” to say mahalo for an awesome day in the water last Saturday! We appreciate your commitment to taking the right fish off the reef, preaching “pono”, and for making sure we had enough knowledge about free diving to have fun and stay safe! Never dreamed I could easily make it down to 35 feet, and can’t wait to come back and take the Freediving class with y’all. We’re still talking about the he’e experience with the clouds of ink all the missed shots, and a bunch of turtles Again, thank you for taking time away from your family on a Saturday and spending it with our family. Muchisimas Mahalos and hope to be back soon!
We would recommend this trip to anyone!
Written June 29, 2023
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SPDSpappy
O'Fallon, IL50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Hans did a fantastic job educating us about spearfishing. There’s a LOT of things to learn before every stepping foot in the water as we found out. This is not an outing where you’re going to come back with a ton of fish as it’s HARD! This being said, Hans made it a lot of fun and ensured we were all safe, comfortable, and having a good time. They really worked with everybody as my son was having issues clearing his ears at all and I couldn’t clear past about 40’. With a different instructor, it could have been extremely frustrating, but my son spent the past 2 days working on being able to clear his ears and keeps wanting to pick up spearfishing equipment for himself. Highly recommend this for anyone thinking about it as long as you can have the right attitude and won’t get all upset just because you didn’t spear anything.
Written June 13, 2021
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