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Dive Hammerheads

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Dive Hammerheads

Our Most Exclusive Charter

Our most adventurous dive crosses the temperamental Paiolo channel for a glimpse of the elusive and beautiful hammerhead shark. Off the island of Molokai is one of the few sites on the planet where one can commonly witness these sharks swimming, often in large groups. This blue water drift dive frequently encounters hammerhead and other sharks, colorful endemic fish and the occasional Hawaiian Monk Seal.

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More about Diving off Molokai and the Pailolo Channel

hammerheadHammerhead Dive

Available Tuesdays and Fridays. Check in 6:45am, returning about 12:30pm (Approx. 6 hours). Advanced divers only- No ride-alongs.

$219 per diver. Multiple day discounts available.

Hammerhead dive requires the use of a dive computer and safety sausage (SMB).

This is a drift dive is for physically fit, experienced divers. Please contact our shop at 808-667-7496 before booking if you have any questions on this restriction.

Hammerhead Charter Includes:

  • Guided dive tour
  • Tanks and weights
  • Light breakfast (coffee, teas, hot chocolate and muffins)
  • Deli lunch between dives (deli sandwiches*, Maui potato chips, fruit plate and cold filtered water) Plus a big chocolate chip cookie on the ride back to Lahaina Harbor!
    *Gluten free and vegetarian options available with advance notice

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)
  • Nitrox available @ $19.50 per bottle
  • Cancellations within 48 hours of departure are non-refundable
  • Learn More About Rental Gear

Note: Though this is a very good opportunity to see hammerhead sharks, sightings are not guaranteed.

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Molokai has the highest sea cliffs in the world along its north shore, and 25 miles of fringing reef to the south. Sparsely populated, the local residents like the slow rural lifestyle just fine. Visible from Maui’s west shore, the islands are separated by the Pailolo channel, which is about 9 miles across at its narrowest point. Pailolo means “crazy fisherman,” referring to the channel’s status as one of the roughest in Hawaii. 

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Molokai boasts many beautiful and unique dive sights, including spots frequented by Scalloped Hammerhead sharks. Swimming in large groups, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, makes it easier for the sharks to obtain food and larger prey. Though aggressive hunters of marine life, hammerheads are not considered dangerous and are normally not aggressive towards humans. 

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Though the hammerheads are the main attraction, many other kinds of rare and interesting sea life has been spotted on our Molokai charters over the years including tiger sharks, oceanic black tip sharks and even thrasher sharks. The dives off of Molokai are also home to unicorn fish, pyramid butterfly fish, yellow tangs, long nose butterfly fish, and occasionally a Hawaiian monk seal or two, as well as a host of other sea life.