Mala’s dive site is the collapsed remains of an old peer at the north end of Lahaina. The easiest way to find Mala is to drive behind the Lahaina Cannery mall then turn south on front street. Cross the bridge, and turn right just after the “Jesus coming soon” sign. Don’t park in the boat trailer stalls. I’ve seen divers entering the water here from at least 4 points. But of them there are really only 2 that keep you out of boat traffic and one of those is over shallow reef so damage to the reef and you gear are inevitable. Entry 1 is from a white sand beach on the left side of the ramp and peer. The reef is shallow so go at high tide and wade as close to the peer as you can without getting under it. Or call GoDiveMaui.com and get a guide. Use a dive flag on this dive. It’s the law.
The wreckage supports lots of coral growth, provides hiding places for nocturnal predators and shelter for coral mounds growing between the leeward side of the wreckage and the ramp’s breakwater. White tip reef sharks are commonly found hiding under sections of the old peer. Frog fish are at home here but hard to find (even for dive guides) due to the very busy field of view.
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