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Hawaiian Rafting Adventures Inc. / Dive Maui

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

We offer a full range of tours and services to all divers, pro’s and novices alike! Whether you want to go on your very first ‘Intro Dive’ or you want to go on a Nitrox or night dive – we can show you the best Maui has to offer. Want to get certified, but don’t want to spend your whole vacation doing it? Ask about our 2 day certification course!

When it comes to diving, we offer choices! We have two High-Speed Rafts as-well-as access to shore dives! Whether you want to visit the ‘Cathedrals’ off Lana’i, ‘5 caves’ at Makena, or go on our exciting Manta Ray dive, we can take you there!

Come visit our full-service Dive Shop in Lahaina, “Dive Maui”. We offer a wide range of gear and have great rental equipment. Our shop is conveniently located on Front Street (1223 Front St).


Information: 1223 Front Street Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 866-529-2544
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Lanai’s Most Popular Site: First Cathedral

Friday, January 29th, 2016
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First Cathedral dive site.

Location: Southeast of Hulopoe Bay, Lanai, Hawaii
Depth: 25-60 ft
Visibility: 80-100’
Who it’s for: Beginner to Intermediate Divers

What makes it special:
First Cathedral features a huge, two-story tall underwater cavern – or lava tube – consisting of tunnels, ridges and passageways. A portion of the roof collapsed, leaving a large hole in the top. On a sunny day, rays of light enter the opening and create a spotlight affect inside the cavern on the fallen lava rock that’s appropriately called, the Altar. Rays of light also enter through tiny holes in the back of the cavern, creating a stained glass effect reminiscent of windows in a cathedral.

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Bandit Angelfish

The site can be entered through an archway and tunnel leading into the cavern. Depths are 50’ at the bottom of the archway and 25’ at the top. Exiting is done through a small opening at the back of the cavern, called the shotgun or torpedo tube, but you have to time it just right to exit with the surge.

Turtles, sharks, lobsters and an array of fish, including the endemic Bandit Angel Fish are seen inside the cavern and along the wall in front.

To book a dive on First Cathedral, visit

Dive Second Cathedrals in Lanai

Friday, January 29th, 2016
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Blue Striped Snapper at Second Cathedral

Location: Southeast of Hulopoe Bay, Lanai, Hawaii
Depth:15-50 ft
Visibility: 80-100’
Who it’s for: Intermediate Divers

What Makes it Special:
Second Cathedrals is huge underwater cavern outside Lanai. Like it’s sister site, First Cathedrals, Second Cathedrals features numerous swim throughs, multiple archways and a 6’ long black coral fan growing downward from the roof of the cavern.

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Harlequin shrimp and baby.

The site is best reached with Hawaiian Rafting Adventures, who recommends diving it second on a two tank morning dive. This gives divers a chance to get comfortable with their divemaster before finning through the caverns and swim throughs.

Timing your dive well — entering the site around 11:00 am, for instance — is crucial to getting the best experience. On a sunny day just before noon, the sun radiates down through the cavern washing the sea floor with dazzling rays of light. But Second Cathedrals is more than just caverns and light shows. The dive is packed with all sorts of marine life like harlequin shrimp, frogfish, and incredible schools of bluestripe snapper. Several hundred yards long and thousands of fish strong, these schools wind through the caverns and over the reef like giant yellow ribbons.

To book a dive on Second Cathedrals, visit