Maui Dive Shop
Maui Dive Shop
4.5
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Maui Dive Shop offers small group SCUBA diving trips to at least two different destinations every day of the week. Maka Koa, our Pro 48' V-Hull, twin-engine, jet driven dive boat, takes up to 24 divers plus snorkelers out of Maalaea Harbor, providing comfortable seating and amenities for a quick, safe, convenient ride to each dive location. The boat is equipped with a marine head (bathroom), fresh water shower, padded seating, and all necessary safety equipment. Knowledgeable crew members will provide an on board briefing to familiarize you with the boat, our equipment, and the spectacular marine life. A full breakfast and deli lunch, as well as refreshments, will be served on board. Free transportation from the South side of the island is also available.
Wailuku, Hawaii
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2022

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Julia M
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
The Maui Dive Shop crew are amazing! Highly recommend!!
After having boat engine troubles on the morning of our dive/snorkel tour to Molokini and Turtle Town, they had to re-book us for another day. No problems doing that, they got us taken care of. They even brought us on the boat for some breakfast and let’s us take the lunches they’d made for us and stock up on drinks! We used the drinks and lunches to go drive around the island checking out waterfalls all day!
On our second try for diving, everything was fixed on the boat and worked out great. Captain Jack was super friendly, let my kids hang out with him up top, and chatted with us during the trip. It was my son’s 10th birthday too, so Captain Jack made an announcement to the boat and everyone cheered! Ernie, our dive master, was absolutely top notch! Great briefing, entertaining, and safety first, always! He told us a lot about what we’d see on the dive.
Because the kids aren’t certified divers yet, they snorkeled. But the folks at Maui Dive Shop (because they’re awesome!) let my husband and I pay for 1 adult dive and 1 adult snorkel, then we split the 2 tank dive, each of us diving at one location, then switching so that one parent could stay with the kids at all times. My husband saw a reef shark and a turtle on his Molokini dive!
Food and accommodations on the boat were fantastic! They even had cool peppermint towels to wipe the salt off your face at the end of the dive! I’ve never had that before, but now I can never go back! 😃
Love this crew! Thank you Maui Dive Shop!!
Written August 5, 2022
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Aloha and mahalo for your kind words. We're so happy that the arrangement worked out with splitting the dives up! Happy birthday again to your on and maybe next time the whole family could go diving ;). We'd be happy to see your ohana out with us again soon. Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
Written August 10, 2022
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Stephan B
San Diego, CA101 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
My family and I went on a dive and snorkeling adventure with Maui Dive Shop near the Molokini Crater. Our experience was amazing from start to finish. The driver who picked us up from our condo (Jake) was right on time and super personable. He even took the time to provide tips and places to visits including restaurants completely up beat at 6:00am. The check-in on the boat was effortless and all equipment was neatly organized on the boat. The whole crew was fantastic and personable. Each team member from captain to dive masters were extremely professional, friendly and easy going! They also all had amazing patience with little kids and made the whole experience a joy. The dives and snorkeling were fantastic; no issues, great dive profiles, recaps and safety first! I can’t say enough enough this company and can only imagine that the leaders / owners are amazing because it takes great leadership to see experiences like this.
Written August 4, 2022
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Aloha Stephan - Thank you for trusting us with your ohana on board the Maka Koa. We are thrilled to hear that everyone enjoyed themselves in and out of the water. Our crew prides itself on creating the best mix of fun and safety. We hope to see you all out with us again soon. Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
Written August 10, 2022
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Jenny
2 contributions
Dec 2022
Aloha! My friend and I signed up for your Sunset, Whale Watch, Dive & Snorkel session on Tuesday, Dec 27th, 2:30 pm.  We wanted to share with you that this was one of the best excursions my friend and I have ever experienced to get all three in one for the evening at a really great rate. The snorkeling spot was perfect and watching the whales in front of the sunset ended the trip perfectly! It was as if the company paid the whales to perform just for us!  I have signed up for many boat activities in the past and from the cleanliness of your boat, to the variety of food selection to towel service, I was really impressed. Most of all, your staff Captain Luke, Josh, and Marc were very professional and attentive to each of the passengers.  They were very organized, efficient, and responsive throughout the evening. I highly recommend this excursion to anyone!
Written December 28, 2022
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Aloha Jenny, Thank you for choosing to join us aboard the Maka Koa for a great day of diving recently. We are happy to hear that you had an awesome time with us and appreciate your kind words about our boat, crew, and all that is offered on board. We can't wait to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
Written February 1, 2023
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Stella E
Lyons, IL4 contributions
Aug 2021
I wish they had more than 5 stars.
I booked a reservation for 2 for the 2 Tank TRY SCUBA Introductory Beach Dive a month before our trip to Maui as my husband and I have never been diving before.
The day before our reservation I had an unfortunate experience snorkeling and decided that open ocean water sports are not for me and did not go. Despite it being less than 24 hours before the scheduled dive they refunded my fee and took my husband on what ended up being a one on one instructional dive.
They returned him hooked on scuba diving. Thanks, guys. You know how hard it is to scuba in landlocked Illinois?
He saw fish and turtles and his instructor Kristen was patient, informative and professional. He felt at ease and safe at all times.
When they returned to the shore for the second tank the water conditions changed and it was Kristen's decision not to go back out for safety reasons so they refunded the second tank fee as well. Although he was disappointed not to continue, even my husband could see that it was the safest choice.
Thank you Maui Dive for an unforgettable experience!
Written September 1, 2021
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Aloha StellaE733, Thank you for choosing to trust us with your first experience with SCUBA diving! We are happy to hear that you had an awesome time with us and appreciate your kind words about our crew and shop. We can't wait to see you again soon and best of luck with finding diving in Illinois! Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
Written October 18, 2021
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egoldstone
13 contributions
Mar 2021
We booked this dive because it offered a dive inside the Molikini Crater and on the backside. We were charged $220 apiece for just tanks and weights supposedly because of COVID restrictions limited the number of divers onboard. I was not pleased at the steep price, but was looking forward to more space on the boat. Instead they had 16 divers broken into three groups, with SEVEN divers in my group plus the dive master. John Foerster was our dive master. He gave a fine briefing on the way out to the site and did an excellent job pointing out critters in the water for me to photograph. My only complaint is that this was not worth $220. I have been diving for over 40 years and have never overpaid this much for a dive. If the shop claims that this boat usually holds more than the 16 divers on my trip then I would not dive on that boat for any price.
On another note, though certainly not the fault of Maui Dive Shop, this was my first time diving the crater in ten years. It appeared to be a mere shadow of the beauty it once was.
Written April 8, 2021
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Sona_G81
Redwood City, CA333 contributions
Feb 2021
I dove with this shop at Molokini & Turtle town in November and was super impressed pretty much like most other reviewers here. Then, In Feb, I decided to do a second trip - this time to the Manta station (an afternoon diver trip). While the boat, captain, food/beverages & services was still first class, they had 1 guide for 8 divers which was too much. The guide was nice but there is only so much attention he could offer. It seemed like we were cattle headed into the water with not much time for guide to understand if everyone was comfortable, BCD was working fine and if weights were correct. Then we rushed to do our descend. My BCD was loaded with too much of weight to a point I was sinking even at the surface with full BCD inflated. I found this unsafe & risky.

Another aspect was getting back on boat. All 8 divers & the guide had to hold on to the boat (this is a current/drift dive). Again, this was super cramped with people shoving slippers & kicks in each others face. The helper on board was trying his best to cater to all 8 divers but was evidently spread too thin. As I was going up the ladder, a noob diver behind me started to step up the ladder as well which was risky.

Most dive shops in Maui cater to 4 (max 5) divers per guide. This one seemed too cramped for comfort.
Written February 25, 2021
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Aloha Sona_G81, Thank you for taking the time to share you experiences on our dive charters. I appreciate you also taking the time to discuss it in further detail over the phone. I am happy you were impressed by our valet dive service and attention to detail on your dives in November, however I am sorry you felt the recent Manta dive was up to par. Though the ratio of 1:8 is standard around dive companies in Maui, at your suggestion, we will take a look at our ratios and specifically how the dive leader handles that size group, as well as some newer divers special needs. Thank you again, we hope to see you back on board soon. Mahalo, Lisa Smith Sales & Reservations Manager Maui Dive Shop
Written March 1, 2021
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Vanessa M
4 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Definitely the best part of the tour was the customer service by Luke, Ernie and Jake. My partner hadn’t dove for almost 20 years and did a refresher course at our hotel before diving. The hotel’s instructor said they’d locate his info for him as we couldn’t find his PADI card but he never did. We were prepared to be disappointed when we reached the Maui Dive Shop boat the next day. But Ernie waited patiently on the phone with PADI until they could confirm his details - not easy to do at 6:15am AM Hawaiian time!

We snacked on yummy breakfast burritos while seeing whale after whale (go in January!) on the way to our dive spot.

While my partner dove, I snorkeled at Molokini Crater and a dive spot called “Stonewall”. Both spots were incredibly beautiful, my partner saw a white tipped reef shark, turtles, and tons of other fish. I saw almost every fish from Finding Nemo☺️

If we had more time, we would’ve gone out with them again in a heartbeat. Can’t recommend them enough. A great team all around.
Written January 31, 2023
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Aloha Vanessa, Thank you for choosing to join us aboard the Maka Koa for a great day of diving recently. We are happy to hear that you had an awesome time with us and appreciate your kind words about our boat, crew, and all that is offered on board. We can't wait to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
Written February 1, 2023
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Rich M.
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Couples
Best dive experience we've had in a while!

Website booking and waivers were super easy and convenient. Spoke to shope via email and phone to confirm a few things and they were prompt and helpful each time.

Picked us up from our hotel in the am, boat was all set up, plenty of space. Had coffee, fruit, and snacks. But best of it was the friendly, professional, easy to understand crew. They were awesome. Capt Gil was clear, courteous, and friendly.

Two dives on Molokini with Ernie and he was one of the best dive masters I've ever had. Clear, professional, and very friendly.

The other Dive master John was too! All helped on the surface, got our gear set and ensured we all got lunch.

Wheny wife couldn't dive either site due to clearing issue, John had the shop refund us to a snorkel rate vs the dive.

I can't recommend this shop more. 5 star and beyond will dive again.
Written January 9, 2023
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Aloha Richard, Thank you for choosing to join us aboard the Maka Koa for a great day of diving recently. We are happy to hear that you had an awesome time with us and appreciate your kind words about our boat, crew, and all that is offered on board. We can't wait to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
Written February 1, 2023
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Kevin O
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Dec 2021
Completed 4 dives over 2 days with MDS (Molokini x 2, backwall, turtle town). Crew both days was fantastic, both divemasters I was fortunate enough to be grouped with were well versed and knowledgable not just in the dive sites but local area in general and differences in personal equipment / computer readouts. They knew where to look for what we wanted to see if it was possible, and maximized bottom time for all divers even though there was a wide range of skill sets. Even though I did Molokini twice (one each day), they were different dives and both had unique points where we got to see different things. Overall I would highly recommend Maui Dive Shop if you are looking for a professional, safe, and great experience.
Written December 30, 2021
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Aloha, Mahalo for taking the time to share your experiences aboard the Maka Koa. We're thrilled to hear that our crew provided a great experience in and out of the water for both of your days with us! We love getting our divers more familiar with everything they see instead of just letting them swim right by it! We can't wait to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
Written January 11, 2022
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Gregg K
San Rafael, CA6 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
I went out for two days with Maui Dive Shop with my Grandson, for whom it was his first post-certification dives. They run a class operation with excellent dive management and a friendly staff. Outfits like this get divers of all skill levels, and it can make a busy dive for the dive masters. They handled it well, both ensuring that divers who use gas more quickly safely end their dive while allowing those that can handle more bottom time the opportunity to dive longer. Getting out of the water and handling divers and equipment quickly and efficiently was great, as is the diver accounting
Written April 28, 2022
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Aloha Gregg, Mahalo for trusting our shop with your grandson's first dives. We're happy to hear that you all enjoyed yourselves in and out of the water and got to have maximum your dive times. Mahalo nui loa & a hui hou kakou! (Thank you very much & until we meet again!)
Written May 7, 2022
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