Shark Dive Experience | Maui Ocean Center

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9 AM - 5 PM

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Park Hours 9 AM - 5 PM




Leave life on the surface behind as you descend into the pelagic realm with our Ocean Experts, where you’ll initiate a lifetime of respect and appreciation for the revered sharks of Hawaiʻi.

Shark Dive Maui® is more than a thrilling experience to check off your bucket list — it’s an opportunity to understand the profound connection between the ocean’s top predators and the native people of Hawaiʻi. During this cage-free dive into our 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit, everything you thought you knew about sharks will dissolve and transform into deep respect and an urge to protect.

Reserve your spot today for an intimate experience with over 20 sharks, hundreds of fish, and rays.


Sharks are known as keystone species, meaning without them, the oceans would suffer irreparable damage. There are over 500 species of sharks worldwide, and each one of them serves an essential purpose. These apex predators have keen senses to keep the oceans free from rampant disease, sickness, and decay and are one of the most significant contributors to maintaining clean waters.

How Does Hawaiian History Influence Current Day Relationships with Sharks in Hawaiʻi?​

Many Hawaiian families hold a special connection with sharks and believe them to be ʻaumākua or ancestral guides who watch them from beyond the worldly realm. ʻAumākua are not only sharks and can be manifested as other animals, a sign of nature, or an inanimate object. They serve to protect Hawaiian families from harm and deliver messages to the living. In return, Hawaiians with an ʻaumakua in their families protect them and care for them. For this reason, sharks in Hawaiʻi are highly regarded and respected.


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Shark Dive Maui® operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the year, except major holidays. Check-in is required at 2:30pm (sorry, no latecomers please) and concludes at approximately 5-5:15pm. This schedule includes Shark Dive Maui® briefing, host Hawaiian culture and connection presentation, shark identification, safety tips, shower time, and debriefing.


Dives are not available on the following major holidays should they fall on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday: New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Kamehameha Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

If you don’t have your card with you, you are welcome to call whoever you received your certification through (i.e., PADI or NAUI) and have them email proof of certification to You can also visit a dive shop before your reservation and ask them to look it up. In addition to your proof of certification, you will also need to provide a valid state or government-issued ID.

You sure can! You are welcome to bring one guest (12 years and older) to view your experience, complimentary.

Absolutely! You and your guests are more than welcome to bring an underwater camera along to document your experience. Photos must be for personal use only.

You will be diving into our largest exhibit — Open Ocean. The exhibit is 21 feet at its deepest point and contains 750,000 gallons of seawater.

You will descend into our largest exhibit and swim alongside approximately 20 sharks commonly found in Hawai`I’s waters, along with rays and hundreds of fish.

The dive is approximately 30 minutes long — not including the briefing before and after.

Yes, we have showers for you to rinse off afterward. Remember to bring your own towel and toiletries!

You are welcome to store your belongings at the Administration Office once you are checked in.

No, you cannot fly or travel to the top of Haleakala due to its high elevation. Please wait a minimum of 24 hours before heading to high altitudes.

We take a maximum of four divers into the Open Ocean exhibit, making this an intimate introduction to the sharks of Hawaiʻi.

Yes, we do! If you have completed the Shark Dive Maui® experience with us previously (2020 or before), you will receive $50 off upon checking into your dive on the day of your reservation. Just make sure to bring your dive log with you. Keep in mind that you will be charged the full amount upon your initial online reservation and the credit will be given post-dive.

If this is your first dive with us and you’re planning on returning, we are glad to extend a $50 discount coupon code for next time. Please note this discount cannot be transferred or replaced.

Active Nā Hoa Kai annual members receive 15% off their purchase (not combinable with any other offers). Click here to become a member to take advantage of this discount and other member benefits: Membership.

We require at least two participants to proceed with the dive. If you are the only registered diver 72 hours before your dive, we will try to reschedule you to the next available session. If we cannot rebook you, we will refund your payment.