Maui is home to many scenic dive spots for your first time diving, or for your PADI Open Water Certification.
When learning to dive, or taking your first breath underwater, you want to pick a dive site that eliminates any anxiety. A stress-free dive site has a sandy bottom, facilities near by, beautiful coral, turtles and an easy water entry and exit. If you're staying in or near Wailea, there's 2 shore dive sites to check-out, both are awesome for snorkeling and diving!
1) Ulua Beach
Ulua Beach is just south of the Andaz Resort. It's a top spot to learn diving, with parking, facilities and lawn areas to practice dry-land skills before getting in the water. During your dive, you will swim over the sandy bottom, along 3 coral reefs which extend out into the ocean. The dive is slow and gradually dips down to 35' of depth, with most of the dive under 20'.
Entering and exiting the water is simple, and during your dive you will see eels, fish, turtles and hopefully a spotted eagle ray or manta ray. Below is a video of a portion of the reef, with a map below.
2) Wailea Beach
Wailea Beach is in front of the Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons, a few minutes south of Ulua Beach. Annually, Wailea Beach is ranked as the top beach in the United States, or in the top handful of beaches to visit.
Diving on Waliea Beach is easy and relaxing. Similar to Ulua, the beach has parking, facilities and lawn space to go over skills. During your dive, you will swim over a sandy bottom, and cruise around coral reefs taking time to stop and look for octopus.
Wailea Beach is an excellent dive site for an intro dive, or to learn Navigation and Search & Recovery as part of your PADI Advanced Open Water Certification. During your dive you will be looking for turtles, eels, Picasso triggerfish, humuhumunukunukuapua'a and keep an eye out for spotted eagle rays.