Maui Guide: Lahaina & Submarine Tours

At the center of Lahaina town is the Banyan Tree Court, home to one formidable looking Banyan Tree that screams to be climbed (note: you’re not allowed to climb the tree). 

The tree was planted almost 150 years ago and now it looks extraordinary.

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Old Lahaina Courthouse is just a quick free walk through the building.  It was not the most exciting stop we made…

History
Lahaina used to be a whaling village, hunting sperm whales began in 1819.  This was the primary source of income for the islands until the discovery of oil in 1859.

The Old Lahaina Fort was built in 1831.  After it was demolished in 1854, a portion of the fort was reconstructed in 1964.  This is all that remains now in memory of the fort that protected the town from riotous pirates.

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Submarine Tour
At the harbor there is a few choices for submarine tours. We caught the Reef Dancer in our search for green sea turtles (Honu).

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Unfortunately there wasn’t much sea turtle action going on. 

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Apparently it’s best to go earlier in the day.  But there was a lot of what the Hawaiian’s call humuhumu’ele’ele (black durgon triggerfish).  I just love saying it. 

Humuhumu’ele’ele.  Humuhumu’ele’ele.  Humuhumu’ele’ele.  Okay, I will stop.

However, we did see one green sea turtle, can you spot it?

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WORTH IT?
It was a beautiful day in a beautiful town.  Submarine tours can be a bit hit and miss and not recommended for the claustrophobic. However it was still fun and we are glad we had the experience.

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