The Cathedrals, just southeast of Hulopoe Bay, are Lanai's best two story high cavern dives also referred to as Lava Caves.
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Lana'i Cathedrals: Offered as a private charter, Lana'i is an hour and a half boat ride leaving from Kihei Boat Ramp at the foot of Haleakala (10,000 foot dormant volcano), passing between West Maui's beautiful mountains and the island of Kahoolawe to the shores of Lana'i. The dive sites, the Cathedrals, were aptly named as one gets the sense that they are swimming into an ancient place of worship.
Divers enter the caverns in the rock pinnacles at First Cathedral through an opening at 55 feet. The cavern opens into a breathtaking scene complete with "stained glass windows." Holes in the rock walls are back lit through turquoise blue water that leaves the effect of clear blue glass. Second Cathedrals is another favorite at Lana'i. Again, entering the pinnacle at 50 feet, divers can swim, in through and around the caverns that have cathedral ceilings that extend almost all the way to the surface. Large pods of dolphins frequent the waters off of Lana'i and are often sighted on the trip to and from. Both of the Cathedrals dive sites are about 60 feet in depth.
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