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- CERTIFIED DIVER
(12+ years old): $263.30
- RIDE ALONG/SNORKELER
(12+ years old): $263.30** NOTE - Snorkeling allowed at Captains discretion, based on conditions. Item only allowed when accompanying a diver.
RENTAL GEAR SET (Snorkel/Mask/Fins, Wetsuit, BCD & Regulator): $45.17
~ Price includes all taxes & fees ~
: 1:00pm - 5:00pmCHECK IN:
12:30pmCHECK IN LOCATION: Lahaina Divers
, 143 Dickenson Street, Lahaina, HIINCLUDES:
Tanks and weights, Guided dive tour, dry snacks, fresh water (Guests are welcome to bring a lunch in their own cooler.)
Divers must have their own SMB and dive computer.
Just a short boat ride from Lahaina Harbor sits the ship wreck of the Carthaginian. A frequent safe haven for white tip reef sharks, frog fish and passing eagle rays the Carthaginian is an oasis of life in the open blue. Divers are frequently treated to a visit by the Atlantis Submarine while they circle the ship making for a unique experience under the waves that will not soon be forgotten. Due to the depth (97 FSW) at which she sits, dive computers are required on this charter.
Second dive is at a shallower Turtle Reef site.
DIVE SITE DETAILS:
The Carthaginian II was once a well-known symbol of Lahaina’s days as a 19th-century whaling port. After its purchase in 1972 by the Lahaina Restoration Foundation, the German-made ship served as a historic floating museum at the Lahaina Harbor for more than 20 years. The boat was purchased as a replacement for the original ship of the same name that was used in the Movie “Hawaii” filmed in 1966. That ship tragically ran aground and was destroyed in 1972. The complicated rigging work of the second incarnation of the Carthaginian was done at the dock in Lahaina and modeled after the dimensions of the 1870 brig Marie Sophie.
Sadly, due to deteriorating conditions, the ship was sold to the Atlantis Submarine company in 2003 and preparations to sink the ship began. It took Atlantis, along with help from Lahaina Divers, two years to prepare the ship for sinking. On Tuesday, December 13th 2005 at 12:13 pm the Carthaginian was sunk. She went down peacefully in 27 min with a dignity befitting the beloved former landmark.
Today the Carthaginian has been slowly reclaimed by the sea and is a gathering place for ocean life. A semi-penetrable wreck, the hull is a favorite of white tip reef sharks who can often be seen resting inside. Eagle rays and dolphins are sometimes spotted passing by in the blue, while frog fish, eels, starfish and other smaller creatures stay close to the safety of the ship. Atlantis Submarine frequently runs tours that circle the ship, giving lucky divers a chance to wave at their passengers and pose for a photo with a submarine in the back drop.