With travel becoming more secure for people, and Hawaii maintaining relatively low COVID-19 numbers, we are starting to see an increase in visitors. Effective July 8, 2021, rules have eased for those that have been vaccinated. Some mask rules have also eased and vessels can increase their capacity. There no longer is a mandatory second COVID-19 test upon arrival, and you can travel interisland without retesting. Some further restrictions vary by island, and travelers are strongly advised to stay up to date on current rules.
How to bypass quarantine
Effective July 8, 2021, Hawaii’s Safe Travel Plan allows domestic travelers with a fully completed COVID-19 vaccination in the U.S. to bypass testing and quarantine by uploading their information to the Safe Travels website. People are fully vaccinated on the 15th day following their final vaccine dose. Travelers will need to create a Safe Travels Hawaiʻi account and check county websites for additional requirements.
All others travelers who want to skip the 10-day quarantine still need to obtain a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their final leg of travel to Maui. The test must be an FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification test from a certified lab that is also one of Hawaii’s trusted testing partners. Travelers are encouraged to upload negative test results, along with the state’s mandatory travel and health form, to the Safe Travels Digital Platform at least 24 hours before traveling. If you do not have a negative test from a State of Hawaii approved lab before boarding, you are subject to the 10-day quarantine.
We can’t emphasize enough that the test must be conducted by a provider on Hawaii’s list. The state of Hawaii will ONLY accept test results from trusted testing and travel partners.
What to expect upon arrival
Upon arrival, travelers will also be required to have completed a travel & health form that includes your length of stay and return flight confirmation. You should have download the Aloha Safe Alert App from Google Play or the Apple Store ahead of time. You will be asked to present it to screeners at the airport.
Inter-Island restrictions have ended
As of June 15, 2021 restrictions on intercounty travel ended, meaning once you have entered Hawaii with your vaccination confirmation or negative COVID-19 test, you can travel to other islands within the state without retesting.
No test or vaccination?
Without a test or qualified vaccination, both residents and visitors, arriving from out-of-state to Hawaii are still subject to a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine, which is in effect for all Hawaiian islands. This means staying and not leaving approved lodging for 10 days. Quarantine is enforced and fines are imposed.
Keep up to date
Read the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels page for complete information before planning your trip.
Since pandemic policies and procedures are still a rapidly evolving situation, we recommend you bookmark and revisit this page.
Booking your dive trip
Lahaina Divers has a real-time online booking calendar. Because of limited capacity on our two vessels, you are strongly encouraged to book in advance. Our charter calendar will be updated regularly showing which dates are available to book. We have made some adjustments to our schedule, and will be expanding the number of charters based on demand.
We are open to “whole boat” private charters. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an interest.
Masks and other Maui rules
- Face masks must be worn indoors unless eating, drinking or dealing with a medical condition.
- All people should maintain a minimum of 6-feet physical distance from people outside their household.
- Anyone who is sick should stay home or at their place of lodging
- Beach parks close at 7pm, and no grilling or tent structures are allowed.
- Read the latest Maui County COVID-19 information.
- Read the DNLR press release regarding relaxing rules for commercial and recreational boats.
Our business precautions
To enhance your health and safety, we have been doing extensive cleaning and maintenance projects.
- We completely stripped the retail, check in and shop area, removing all material to storage.
- All areas were deeply cleaned, including the bathrooms and light fixtures.
- We painted the walls and recoated the floors.
- Some display cases and benches were removed to make social distancing easier.
- Both boats were thoroughly maintained and cleaned as was all dive gear and life jackets.
- Materials were disinfected before being brought back into the store and boat.
Please review the special regulations and procedures for dive boat excursions during this time period.
Help the community
If you would like to help those in need, the Maui Food Bank
could use your support. You can donate online here: https://mauifoodbank.org/
Because of partnerships the Maui Food Bank has in place,
their buying power to purchase food and other essentials is greater than we
could do ourselves.
Mahalo for your continued support. We are SO looking forward to diving with you!
The Lahaina Divers team