SNUBA, which stands for Surface Nexus Underwater Breathing Apparatus, is a hybrid of snorkeling and scuba diving. Participants of SNUBA breathe through a regulator and have the ability to swim up to 20 feet below the ocean’s surface without the use of an individual tank attached to their back, which remains in an inflatable pontoon raft on the ocean’s surface throughout the dive.
Requiring no certification or previous experience, SNUBA is a great way for people of all ages and skill levels to experience the beauty of Maui’s underwater ecosystems.
As a participant of SNUBA, you will need the following equipment, all of which will be provided and explained prior to each and every tour:
In contrast to SCUBA Diving, where the diver carries an air tank on their back, SNUBA allows divers to leave the tank behind. SNUBA rafts hold divers’ air tanks at the surface so divers can move freely without too much heavy equipment. 20 foot long air lines connect divers to the raft at the surface.
The standard SNUBA raft holds 1 air cylinder in a recessed compartment, good for 2 guests. The SNUBA quad raft, alternately, holds 2 air cylinders and is good for 4 guests. The raft always uses a diver flag to alert people and other vessels in the area that divers are present.
A volcanic atoll located off the southern coastline, Molokini Crater is the most popular snorkeling destination in Maui. Excellent visibility, which can exceed 180 feet on good days, in addition to calm water and a wide variety of unique marine life make this a can’t-miss SNUBA destination on your next trip to the Valley Isle.
Just as the name suggests, Turtle Town, located in South Maui, is the place to go if you’re interested in swimming with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. While it’s illegal to touch, chase, feed or harass the turtles in any way, the relaxed nature of SNUBA allows guests an even closer look into the life of these graceful animals, which have been swimming in our oceans for over 150 million years.
Located within a protected bay in West Maui, Coral Gardens offers stunning views of underwater coral reef systems as well as several species of marine life, including Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Octopus, Crabs, Eels, and many kinds of tropical fish, some of which can only be found in Hawaii.
Maui’s unique conditions make it one of the most incredible spots in the world for underwater activities. Plenty of sun, clean water, and wind protection make for great visibility, and when you combine that visibility with the many rare species of marine life that call Maui home, you get one of a kind opportunities to witness the beauty of the ocean from up close.