Capt Mikal is an architect, PADI IDC SCUBA instructor, world traveler, and builds treehouses in his spare time. He spent years gathering inspiration before building PAIKEA. She is a well-balanced and versatile vessel perfect for adventures of all sorts. Capitán Mikal habla español, tambien.
Along with his partner Maggie, they built Maui Pacific Divers to connect people to the beauty found both above & below the waves. Maggie is an artist and educator who often paints the view from the deck of the boat!
The whales are here! Book a private Whale Watch, and have a front-row seat! On our quick and stable rigid-hulled rafting vessel, you’re close enough to touch the water. Enjoy expert interpretation of whale behavior as you watch mothers and calves, competition pods, and hear the whale’s underwater songs.
SCUBA curious? Come experience Scuba Diving for the first time with a knowledgable and attentive instructor! Your group will learn and practice key skills, and then you will experience a whole new underwater world with your instructor at your side!
Explore two dive sites PERFECT for beginner or mixed groups of divers. Experience terrific coral formations, abundant green sea turtles, white tip reef sharks, and even occasional manta rays as we visit sites such as Olowalu (a Mission Blue Hope spot), Coral Gardens, or if you’re into wrecks, the Helldiver.
Lāna’i is known for its Cathedral dive sites, but those are two of MANY incredible dives just across the Auau Channel. Explore the clear waters off Lāna’i, or less-visited sites further along Maui’s coasts.
Three tank dive off Lāna’i? Hammerheads off Moloka’i? With a full day charter we can go further and stay longer. What is your dream SCUBA expedition? Certain advanced dives require a previous dive with us.
Explore the brilliant coral ecosystems along Maui’s coast. Aquatic wonderlands await!
Take your family to the pristine coral reefs of Lāna’i, and other brilliant locations on Maui.
Cruise along Maui’s coast . Soak in the changing light, and enjoy appetisers with your closest friends and family. See a whole new view of the island, during the most beautiful time of the day! Enjoy the boat’s flexible seating for an intimate gathering. Bring along a bottle of wine or champagne to celebrate as the stars come out over the ocean. Two hour trip, up to six passengers.
Paikea is a 38ft, custom built ridgid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB), custom designed and built by Captain Mikal.
When he was in architecture school, Capt Mikal spent a semester in Puerto Rico, where he also worked on SCUBA boats. He knew then that someday he would run a dive company of his own.
Maui Pacific Divers was thirty years in the making, Mikal planned and designed this versatile adventure vessell. Among other custom details, the engine on Paikea is mid-ship, rather than an outboard that hangs off the back.
This results in a swift and well-balanced boat that offers a smooth ride!
Epic building projects like this come naturally to Mikal. He will sometimes point out oceanfront houses he designed, and his next project is a submersible ROV!
Mikal’s partner Maggie often crews, as well as answers the phones. She was born and raised in Upcountry Maui, and often shares stories about the island and the work being done to care for its diverse habitats. She is an artist and art teacher who paints on site, including from the boat! Her passion is connecting people to the beauty around them.
When you charter a boat for your friends and family, you make memories together. Your photos are of each other and the whales, not the back of other people’s heads. And you’re so close to the water that during whale season, you might even find yourself eye to eye with a whale!
Let us personalize your tour. Do you have a particular interest, or is this a special occasion?
Please let us know how we can make your trip even more special!
Call or Text: (808) 229-3999
Māʻalaea Harbor is centrally located between Kihei and Lahaina.
Find us at Slip 14. (We’re at the beginning of the ocean-side of the harbor.)