Cruise Ship Passengers
NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do the Molokini Scuba or Lanai Scuba on their second day in port. To get to Maalaea Harbor for the Molokini Scuba, you will need a cab ride of about 15 minutes or we can arrange a rental car for you. A rental car is required for the Lanai Scuba and the drive to Lahaina is a little under an hour.
Assuming your ship is spending the previous night, Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do the Molokini Scuba or Lanai Scuba tours only on day 2 . A rental car is required as the drive to Maalaea Harbor is about 30 minutes for the Molokini Scuba. For the Lanai Scuba, it is a very short cab ride (1.1 miles) or a 20 minute walk from the cruise ship dock to Mala boat ramp.
When booking scuba diving, plan your dives so that they don’t overlap with other activities that involve high altitudes. If you plan to do the downhill bike tour, a helicopter flight, trips to other islands, or just driving to the top of Haleakala, it is best to do those things first before you begin your diving. While it is more important to avoid high altitudes for 24 hours following your diving, many of the dive companies will require you to be at sea level for a full 24 hours before you begin your diving as well.
Health concerns - For those who plan to do an introductory dive, you will need to fill out a fairly lengthy health profile at the start of your dive (even certified divers have to do this, but most of their health problems have already been screened so it’s less of an issue for them). If you have a history or asthma, bronchitis, or other breathing disorders, are on any prescription medications, have problems with ear infections, neck or back injuries, smoke, consume significant quantities of alcohol, or are in otherwise poor shape it is important to address these issues before committing to a course. If you sign up and then are disqualified on the day of your dive because of an obvious health concern the boat may not authorize a refund (because they were holding space for you that they don’t have a chance to sell to anyone else). Please Please PLEASE disclose any and all health concerns in the box provided on the reservation form. The list above is by no means complete … ANYTHING other than perfect health should be disclosed. We will contact you to get more details when appropriate; a divemaster will make a determination about your particular situation.
Those who are doing an intro dive on the Maui Diamond often ask why they can’t do their intro dive at Molokini. The short answer is the state of Hawaii’s Department of Natural Resources has passed a rule that prohibits non-certified scuba divers at the crater. Intro divers will snorkel at Molokini and then do their scuba dive at the second location. There is one advantage to this though … the “reef’s end” area of Molokini where the dive boats moor offers the very best snorkeling at Molokini.