Dec 27

Diving the Lana’i Cathedrals II Site

Category: Hawaii,scuba

I was on vacation in Maui with a few days to dive.  Since I’d never been to Maui before, I decided I’d do the “must see” sites before trying to do something more novel. My guidebook recommended Extended Horizons, based in Lahaina, the city on Maui closest to Lanai’i island. Extended horizons was an excellent operation – thorough, attention to detail, treating new divers with extra attention and leaving more experienced divers largely alone as desired.  I was not forced to surface with the first gas-sucking newbie; I was the first person off the boat and the last person back on, which was terrific.  The boat was fast and perfectly adequate for the small group of divers they booked.  Diving on Maui is expensive – $140 for a two-tank boat dive, as opposed to about $100 elsewhere in the states.

For our first dive, we went to a site called “noname/pinnacle” just to the west of the Cathedrals II site.  Max depth was about 90, with a volcanic pinnacle rising to about 20 feet.  The bottom is covered with short branching corals inhabited by lots of fish.  nearby there is  seaweed field that looks like it might contain seahorses.  The pinnacle itself has a few swim-throughs and, of course, plenty of fish action.

The Cathedrals II site is shallower, and the caverns have multiple openings and levels.  Some nooks and crevices hold lobster and have plenty of hiding places for dark-loving fish.  It’s a really beautiful location and I’d like to do it again.  on the way out and back, we saw many whales.  A couple of times, we came to, turned off engines and enjoyed the whales.  It was better than the whale-watching trip I was on a few days earlier!

Water temp was 75.  I was comfortable in a 3mm with a 2mm hooded vest.  A 5 would be perfect for many people.  Bottom time for me was an hour each dive on EAN 36.

Here are the highlights, with all images in the gallery below. Click on any image to see it larger.

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5 comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Aline January 2nd, 2011 3:23 AM

    Snorkeling in Maui back in ’02, inspired me to scuba. Love your sargeant major photos!!

  2. Jake January 7th, 2013 9:57 AM

    Great shots! What camera set-up do you use?

    Heading to maui in Feb — want to hit this dive site. Do you recommend others?

  3. Dan Greenspan January 7th, 2013 12:52 PM

    Jake, I highly recommend diving off of Ni’ihau, the “forbidden island.” You can get charters there from Kauai. But, from Maui, I also recommend Molokini, a partially submerged crater just offshore. It’s popular and a good wall dive, not to mention a nice surface sight. On the way back, you might be able to dive one of the fairly shallow WWII wrecks on the bottom – there are some tanks that fell overboard for some reason and are nice reefs.

  4. Someone who lives here June 10th, 2013 12:17 AM

    You seem like a dousche. You shouldn’t have a blog, dive here, or have a blog about diving here.. Or diving general. Dive on to you hearts content but shut up about it.

  5. Dan Greenspan June 11th, 2013 9:52 PM

    I’m always impressed when someone hates me enough to spend the time to make a comment instead of hating me in simple silence. I was once a gas-sucking newbie myself, there’s no shame in it – and I’m not rude to inexperienced divers. I just don’t want to be treated like one.

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