A Wreck Steeped in History
Step back in time to when Lahaina was the Whaling capital of the Pacific and dive the scurvy decks of an underwater wreck. Just a short boat ride from Lahaina Harbor sits the sunken ship, Carthaginian II. Scuba Diving and Sport Diver magazines have rated the Carthaginian site as one of the top locations for shipwreck diving. Read on for the ship's fascinating history! Divers often see the Atlantis Submarine cruising by. Second shallower Turtle Reef dive included.
A wonderful opportunity to explore a near-shore wreck, the Carthaginian charter is available each Monday afternoon at 12:30pm. Because of depth of 97 feet, divers must be certified and use a dive computer. Snorkelers and nondivers allowed.
Carthaginian afternoon charters include:
- Tanks and weights
- Guided dive tour
- Fruit plate and veggies with dip plus cold filtered water.
- Chocolate chip cookies on the ride back to Lahaina Harbor
Not included in the charter fare:
- Scuba gear. (Available for rent) Aqualung Core regulator with Aqualung i300 dive computer @ $14. Aqualung Pro HD weight integrated BCD @ $9. 2 Piece wetsuit @ $9. Snorkel set @ $9.
- Taxes and fees of 10.1666%
- Safety sausages (SMB) on advanced drift dives (Available for purchase)
- Cancellations within 48 hours of departure are non-refundable
- Nitrox available @ $19.50 per bottle
- More About Rental Gear
More About Diving Carthaginian
The Carthaginian II was once a well-known symbol of Lahaina’s days as a 19th-century whaling port. After its purchase in 1972 by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the German-made ship served as a historic floating museum at the Lahaina Harbor for over 20 years. The boat was purchased as a replacement for the original ship of the same name that was used in the movie “Hawaii” filmed in 1966. That ship ran aground and was destroyed in 1972.
The complicated rigging work of the second incarnation of the Carthaginian was done at the dock in Lahaina and modeled after the dimensions of the 1870 brig Marie Sophie. After serving many years, the ship was sold to the Atlantis Submarine company in 2003 and preparations to sink the ship began. It took Atlantis, along with help from Lahaina Divers, two years to prepare the ship for sinking. The Carthaginian was sunk peacefully in 2005, continuing as a beloved landmark.
Today the Carthaginian has been slowly reclaimed by the sea and is a gathering place for ocean life. A semi-penetrable wreck, the hull is a favorite of white tip reef sharks who can often be seen resting inside. Eagle rays and dolphins are sometimes spotted passing by in the blue, while frog fish, eels, starfish and other smaller creatures stay close to the safety of the ship. Atlantis Submarine frequently runs tours that circle the ship, giving lucky divers a chance to wave at their passengers and pose for a photo with a submarine in the back drop.