Things to be aware of
Mala wharf is a GREAT dive site, but there are a few things to be aware of.
(1) If there surf that is more than chest high. There will likely be a rip current that comes from all the water entering the bay. It is not recommended to go out if you are not a strong swimmer.
(2) There are Lots of Sea Urchins that live all over the wreckage. More than you will see on any dive site on the west side of Maui. If there is surf, there will be surge that will move the water back and forth. This will make it challenging to avoid bumping into things. You do not want to bump into and get stabbed by the Sea Urchins or metal poking out from the concrete.
(3) You will need hard sole booties for making your entry and exit. There is no sand to walk in and out on at Mala Wharf. The surface you walk on, is an old lava flow with a hard and bumpy surface. It also has small to large rocks (basketball size) that you will kick with your toes if you are not paying attention.
(4) Police frequent this location so Do NOT Park in the Boat Trailer parking area or you will get cited or towed.