Coral Gardens, Maui

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We technically dove this on two separate occassions, but for the sake of simplicity, I'll pretend it's one. The Coral Gardens are within the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, reachable by a shore dive (and long swim!) or boat. I don't recommend the shore dive (from Mamma's Beach) unless you're a strong swimmer: it's quite far, and if accidents would happen, it'd be a long way to land. (You can see this from the map: entrance is from the first beach, and thus parking area, after one emerges from the bridge.) However, that same beach is (with sufficient swells) good for surfing, so that's always a backup plan! Our boat dive was with Maui Diving SCUBA.

We were told that it's not uncommon in winter to hear the humpback whales singing from deeper waters, but we were a bit early in the season for that.

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