Hawaii is now welcoming back visitors with its pre-travel testing program, allowing travelers from out-of-state to proceed without the 14-day quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 before they arrive in the islands. Some further restrictions vary by island, and travelers are strongly advised to stay up to date on current rules.
What you need to know before you go
We so look forward to your return, and diving with you. We have seen a growing number of visitors arrive in the islands since October 15th.
Please keep in mind that Hawaii has managed to keep COVID numbers low. We ask that our returning residents and visitors understand mask wearing and social distancing rules, including not meeting in large groups outside of your ohana (family). The state is attempting to strike a balance between keeping communities and visitors safe and healthy, while restarting the economy.
You must test negative within 72 hours of traveling to Hawaii
Hawaii’s Safe Travel Plan requires travelers who want to legally skip the 14-day quarantine to obtain a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their final leg of travel to the islands. The test must be an FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification test from a certified lab that is also one of Hawaii’s trusted testing partners. Travelers are encouraged to upload negative test results, along with the state’s mandatory travel and health form, to the Safe Travels Digital Platform at least 24 hours before traveling.
We can’t emphasize enough that the test must be conducted by a provider on Hawaii’s list. The state of Hawaii will ONLY accept test results from trusted testing and travel partners.
Without a negative test from an authorized lab, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine, which is in effect for all Hawaiian islands. Here’s what quarantine means in Hawaii:
Those that are quarantined must stay in their accommodation, except for medical emergencies or to seek medical care. This means no eating out, grocery shopping, activities or going to the beach. Food and supplies must be delivered to you.
Officials are following up, and failure to follow rules could result in a fine or other penalties.
The good news is, there are more resources for rapid testing being added.
What to expect when you arrive
Upon arrival, travelers will also have their temperature checked and will be required to have completed a travel & health form that includes your length of stay and return flight confirmation.
Currently, Maui is offering a voluntary second COVID-19 test after arrival. This testing is free. The state will also be randomly and voluntarily testing 10% of all arrivals four days after landing in the islands. This is intended to track trends and make program adjustments as needed.
Keep up to date
Read the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels page for complete information before planning your trip.
Since pandemic policies and procedures are still a rapidly evolving situation, we recommend you bookmark and revisit this page.
Booking your dive trip
Lahaina Divers has opened dates on our online calendar starting November 3, 2020. We do have many reservations coming in for the December holiday season (and later), so make sure to book online early if you plan on joining us then. Our charter calendar will be updated regularly showing which dates are available to book. We have made some adjustments to our schedule, and will be expanding the number of charters based on demand.
If you are traveling to book during the December holiday season (Dec 15 -Jan 15), we advise you to book your dives well in advance.
Our passenger count is still half the number we are certified to carry. This makes it feasible for us to conduct a charter, while there is plenty of room to spread out and practice social distancing.
We are open to “whole boat” private charters. Please email email@example.com if you have an interest.
Our business precautions
To enhance your health and safety, we have been doing extensive cleaning and maintenance projects.
- We completely stripped the retail, check in and shop area, removing all material to storage.
- All areas were deeply cleaned, including the bathrooms and light fixtures.
- We painted the walls and recoated the floors.
- Some display cases and benches were removed to make social distancing easier.
- Both boats were thoroughly maintained and cleaned as was all dive gear and life jackets.
- Materials were disinfected before being brought back into the store and boat.
Please review the special regulations and procedures for dive boat excursions during this time period.
- Indoor and outdoor social gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people.
- Face masks must be worn in all public spaces unless exercising, eating or dealing with a medical condition.
- All people should maintain a minimum of 6-feet physical distance from people outside their household.
- Anyone who is sick should stay home or at their place of lodging
- Beach parks close at 7pm, and no grilling or tent structures are allowed.
- Read the latest Maui County COVID-19 information.
- Read the DNLR press release regarding relaxing rules for commercial and recreational boats.
Help the community
If you would like to help those in need, the Maui Food Bank could use your support. You can donate online here: https://mauifoodbank.org/
Because of partnerships the Maui Food Bank has in place, their buying power to purchase food and other essentials is greater than we could do ourselves.
Mahalo for your continued support. We are SO looking forward to diving with you!
The Lahaina Divers team