mauimap-generalMaui Snorkel Spots

1.Honolu’a Bay

2.makulei’a Bay

3.Kapalua bay

4.Kahekili Beach Park

5.Black Rock

6.Wahikuli Park

7.Olowalu

8.Coral Gardens

9.Kamaole Beaches

10.Ulua/Mokapu

11.Polo Beach

12.Five Caves

13.Molokini Crater

14.Ahihi Keanau

15.La Perouse

 

Click on the links to the right for detailed information about the snorkel spot or scroll below. This snorkel map will give you a general idea of where each spot is and whether the snorkeling there is what you want. For a larger more accurate snorkel map, go to any of the Boss Frog locations where when you rent gear, you’ll be given a snorkel map for free!

 

Honolu’a Bay

Honolua BayHonolu’a may well be the best Maui snorkeling spot on a good day. A good day here is when there have been no recent North swells or rain. During North swells, this is a world class surfing spot and for obvious reasons not good snorkeling. If there has been a recent rain in the area, the run-off enters at the mouth of the bay and ruins the otherwise great visibility. Most of the time this is a great place to snorkel or dive. There are coral formations on each side of the bay and lots of colorful fish. The chance of spotting a few turtles here is excellent. This is a marine reserve so you are not allowed to take anything but pictures.

Honolua Bay is in Danger!! Go to Save Honolua Bay to learn more about what Big Developers plan on doing to our sacred spot.

Location: Honolua is North of Napili on Hwy. 30, about 1/2 mile past mile marker 32, you will see a metal gate down in a wash. Park where you can and walk around the gate, through a canopy of trees and to the water. Be sure to park off the road. If you are not completely outside of the white fog line, you may get ticketed. Do not leave valuables in your car.

Facilities: none

Beach: Large, smooth rock

Experience Level: Beginner to advanced

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Makulei’a Bay

slaughterhouseMakulei’a Bay, also known as “Slaughter House” to surfers, is a good place to snorkel. The snorkeling isn’t quite as good as Honolu’a, but if there are some in your group that want to just hang out on the beach, this would be a good compromise. Where if you are an experienced swimmer, you could snorkel around the northern point to Honolu’a. There are coral formations on each side of the bay and lots of colorful fish. The chance of spotting a few turtles here is good. This is a marine reserve so you are not allowed to take anything but pictures.
Location: North of Napili on Hwy. 30, at mile marker 32, you will see a chain link fence at the top of the cliff. Park where you can and walk down the concrete stairway to the beach. Be sure to park off the road. If you are not completely outside of the white fog line, you may get ticketed. Do not leave valuables in your car.

 

Facilities: None

Beach: Beautiful, sandy beach

Experience Level: Beginner to advanced

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Kapalua Bay

Kapalua_BayKapalua Bay, known as the prettiest beach on Maui is also a good snorkeling spot. The best snorkeling is on the north side of the bay. Unless you are very experienced, you should stay within the bay due to the potential for strong currents outside.

Location: On Hwy. 30, at the Napili Plaza, turn toward the ocean on Napilihau Street. When Napilihau Street “T’s” at Lower Honoapi’ilani Road, turn right. Drive almost a mile to Napili Kai Beach Club and turn toward the ocean at the Shoreline Access sign. Park in the lot and walk through the tunnel to the beach. The best snorkel access is where the north side of the bay lies.

 

 

Facilities: Showers, change rooms, restrooms

Beach: Beautiful, sandy beach

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

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Kahekili Beach Park

Kaanapali BeachKahekili Beach Park, also known as Airport Beach, is a nice place to spend the day with the family. Great facilities and lots of reef to snorkel. The calm water and easy access make it a popular spot for scuba instruction.

 

 

 

 

 

Location: North end of Ka’anapali, on Hwy. 30, just north of mile marker 25, turn toward the ocean on Pu’ukolii Road.

Facilities: Lots of parking, showers, change rooms, restrooms, large covered picnic areas, barbecues and pay phones

Beach: Nice, sandy beach

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

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Black Rock

Black_RockBlack Rock is like a wall dive for snorkelers. A lava outcropping with coral attached. Swim from the South end up to the north and back again. If there is no ocean swell, this can be a very clear snorkel. One usually sees turtles along the way and an occasional tako (octopus). A common spot for night dives.

 

 

 

 

 

Location: On Hwy. 30 in Ka’anapali turn toward the ocean on Ka’anapali Parkway. Look for the free beach access parking. If it’s full, you’ll have to park at Whaler’s Village parking. If you decide to eat or buy something at this mall or have lunch, you can have your ticket validated.

Facilities: Lots of parking (some free some not – see above), showers, change rooms, restrooms, pay phones, shops and restaurants.

Beach: Beautiful, sandy beach

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

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Wahikuli Park

Location: Just north of Lahaina on Highway 30. Across the street from the Post Office and Lahaina Civic Center.

Facilities: Showers, change rooms, restrooms,

Beach: Nice, sandy beach

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

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Olowalu

OlowaluAcres of coral reef. You could spend the whole day here and not see it all. If it’s a little murky at first don’t get discouraged – just go further out. This area stays shallow for a long way out. Follow the sand channels until you are deep enough not to scrape your belly on the coral. This location is also a good choice in the afternoon as it more protected from the trades.
Make sure to snorkel here only when the surf is small. Olowalu is a popular Maui surfing spot with locals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: On Hwy. 30 at mile marker 14, about 10 miles south of Lahaina. See mile marker post on the mountain side of the road. Be careful not to park in soft sand!

Facilities: None

Beach: Narrow sandy beach

Experience Level: Beginner to advanced

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Coral Gardens

Great snorkeling with lots of coral and tropical fish. Good spot to see turtles. Unless you are on a boat, this is only recommended for advanced snorkelers due to the long swim and sometimes difficult access.
Location: On Hwy. 30, about 1/2 mile north of the tunnel. The first parking area north of the Pali (cliffs). Enter by parking area and swim south in front of the cliffs.

Facilities: Showers, change rooms, restrooms,

Beach: None

Experience Level: Advanced (beginner to intermediate from a boat)

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Kamaole Beaches

Kamaole BeachesKamaole beaches 1, 2, and 3 are stretches of sandy beaches along South Kihei Road. Each beach is bordered by rocky points. These points are the best snorkeling. Great family beaches with plenty of stores and restaurants close by.

 

 

 

 

 

Location: On South Kihei Road in Kihei

Facilities: Showers, change rooms, restrooms, lifeguards, phones, park facilities

Beach: Nice, sandy beach

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

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Ulua/Mokapu

Mokapu and Ulua are two beaches separated by a nice little snorkel point. This is a nice place for the family, especially if you are staying in the Wailea area. Parking lot may be full if you are not there early or later in the afternoon.
Location: In Wailea between the Renaissance and Outrigger hotels. See the sign on Wailea Alanui and turn toward the water

Facilities: Showers, change rooms, restrooms,

Beach: Nice, sandy beach on either side of the snorkel area.

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

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Polo Beach

polo beach mauiPolo Beach is by the Kea Lani Hotel. This is a pretty sand beach with the best snorkeling area to the right. Nice coral formations and plenty of fish.

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Between Wailea and Makena in front of the Kea Lani Hotel. Take Kaukahi (the road on the south side of the hotel) toward the ocean and turn right at the bottom of the hill, following the beach access signs.

Facilities: Showers, change rooms, restrooms.

Beach: Nice sandy beach

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

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Five Caves

Turtle TownOne of Maui’s best snorkel or scuba spots. Abundant marine life including many turtles. Not for beginners due to the swimming distance. Many caves and “swim-thrus” for advanced scuba divers. Visibility is sometimes poor after rain or south swells.

 

 

 

 

 

Location: South of Wailea on Wailea Alanui, turn toward the ocean on Makena Rd, just south of the Makena Surf Condos. In about 1/4 mile, you will see some dirt parking on both sides of the road and a small graveyard between the parking and the ocean. Follow the trail to the sea and look for an inlet for entry.

Facilities: None

Beach: None

Experience Level: Intermediate to advanced

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Molokini Crater

molokini CraterGeologically, Molokini is a volcanic cinder cone that has eroded over the ages. Now the island is a Marine Life Conservation District Seabird Sanctuary, and a world-class dive location. Located 3 miles off the shores of Maui, it is famous for having incredibly clear water with visibility exceeding 100 feet almost every day. You will enjoy thousands of brightly colored tropical fish and it is possible to see monk seals, whale sharks, manta rays, spotted eagle rays and harmless white tip sharks. Molokini is one of the most popular & exotic snorkel & diving sites in the entire world. It is a must see destination for any visitor interested in Maui’s underwater world. Boat trips here really can’t be beat for snorkeling or scuba.

 

 

Location: 3 miles off the coast – boats only

Facilities: Whatever is on the boat

Beach: None

Experience Level: Beginner to advanced

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Ahihi Keanau Reserve

Ahihi Keanau ReserveSnorkeling at it’s best. Anywhere along this reserve that you feel comfortable entering the water will be great. Ahihi Bay itself is a great place to get used to your gear if you are new or rusty at snorkeling. After you get comfortable in the water, head out of the bay for some of the best snorkeling on the island.

 

 

 

 

Location: South of Wailea and all of the hotels, after the road narrows and follows the coast closely, you will begin to see Ahihi Keanau Reserve signs. Ahihi Bay is an obvious bay within the reserve.

Facilities: None – park where you can.

Beach: Rocky to none

Experience Level: Beginner to advanced

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La Perouse

La Perouse BayTo the North is reserve and the best snorkeling. This is an excellent place to snorkel if it isn’t too windy. There is a pod of dolphins that frequents the area – usually in the early morning hours. If you are lucky they will swim with you!

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Past Ahihi Reserve, this is end of the road unless you have 4-wheel drive and a lot of clearance.

Facilities: None

Beach: Rocky to none

Experience Level: Intermediate to advanced

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