The Mayor’s FY2018 budget includes a 400% increase for county beach access permits for CORA schools: Surfing, Windsurf, Kite, Kayak, SCUBA, Outrigger, and Snorkel. (CORA stands for Commercial Ocean Recreation Activity). This Fee Hike threatens the existence of small business like surf schools and SCUBA instructors and their ability to continue to provide quality instruction for locals and visitors. Please sign the Change.org petition below.
Scuba Diving in Maui: Insider Tips from a Local
There are a few things to know about scuba diving in Maui that will make your time here easier and will help you get the most out of your dives, so without further ado, here they are:
1. The diving here (from shore or by boat) is best early in the morning. During early morning hours, the light is good and the water is at its calmest. When you book dives here and get check-in times that range from 6-7 in the morning, it’s not because the dive operators want to torture you; the weather patterns here include trade winds that typically start coming up between 11 and 1. Once that happens, the surface becomes choppy, making entries and exits as well as boat rides against the wind less desirable. The windiest months of the year happen during summertime and with higher air temperatures, the stronger trades also make life above the surface more tolerable! That said, Maui is pretty much an early to bed, early to rise community – they don’t call 9:00 pm “Maui midnight” for nothing!
Maui scuba diving shop, guided shore dives, diving courses and training, scooter dives and night dives, diving equipment supplies and rentals based in South Kihei, Maui. Open 7 days a week.
Maui Now: Commercial Ocean Recreational Activities Now Require Permits Statewide
Any company or individual conducting commercial activities in state small boat harbors, facilities, and near shore waters must contact the DOBOR for a permit.
We are against BF129 in its present form. The proposed bill regarding “Concessions and Sponsorships in County parks and Recreational Facilities” is designed to totally commercialize all beach parks and county recreational facilities to the maximum degree. This goes against the stated mission and purpose of the Parks Dept in the Maui County Code that puts recreation and historical uses, and preservation as higher priorities over financial gains. This Bill (as written), could have a huge impact on our community. It has the potential to change the fundamental nature of community recreation in the County of Maui. This Bill affects everyone who uses our parks and recreational facilities. And it affects people and businesses in the vicinity of the parks and recreational facilities.
This bill is moving forward in the Budget & Finance Committee (not under Parks) so it has escaped the attention of the Parks using community. So far the community and stakeholders are unaware of this pending legislation that can change the face of Maui. This bill basically sells out our parks and recreational facilities to big business, and eliminates local opportunities like little league, and pony league baseball fundraising concessions, and replaces them with corporate sized commercial operators. It allows the sell-off of the naming rights, to corporations of; ball fields, parks, buildings, beach parks, and pools and more.
The purpose of the Parks Dept Code is to establish policies and procedures regarding the use of County parks and recreational facilities in order to preserve and protect them and their recreational, cultural, environmental, social, education, historical, and economic benefit to the community.