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Side of Maui
1) Honolua Bay
A marine preserve that offers great snorkeling. Best in summer.
Snorkel along the left and right sides of the bay. North of
Kapalua. 6/10 of a mile past mile marker 32 on Route 30. Walk
down through small dirt road.
3) Kapalua Beach
Easy entry makes this a good place for beginners. Enter in on
the right and see a lot of reef fish. Located on Route 30 in
The is a very popular spot for snorkeling in calm protected
waters. Good beach for families as well. Located on the northern
end of Kaanapali across from the Sugar Cane Train Station.
5)Pu’u Keka’a ( Black Rock)
Great snorkeling here in the lava rock in front of the Sheraton
Hotel. Right in the Kaanapali Resort area.
6)Hanakao’o Beach Park
This is a good area for beginners with mostly a sandy bottom.
Just north of Wahikuli.
Also a good place for beginners with sandy bottom and easy
Another popular spot with loads of fish (especially further
out). Look for mile mile marker 14 on Route 30, and just pull
off on the side of the road. Great. Please don't stand on
The is a popular spot for snorkeling with a lot of reef fish
to be seen. On Route 30, 6/10 of a mile past the Pali Tunnel
going north. Pull off to the side of the road and enter from
the sandy beach. Watch for bigger waves that sometimes come.
Side of Maui
Kamaole Parks 1, 2 & 3
Good place for those just starting out with facilities, washrooms,
and Lifeguards on duty. Just snorkel around the rocky points
at the ends of each beaches.
11) Mana Kai Hotel
Nice entry through a sandy beach to the left. Just snorkel along
the rocks on the right. Right in front of Mana Kai Hotel on
South Kihei Rd.
12) Ulua & Mokapu Beaches
Just enter in from the beach and snorkel around the outcroppings
of rock on each end of the beach. Don't snorkel with big
waves. Located just past the Renaissance Wailea Hotel.
13) Wailea Beach
Good snorkeling to the left side of this nice beach. Located
between the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Hotel.
Located just past the Makena Surf Condo where you make
a right on Old Makena Road. Continue 4/10 of a mile to
sign. Go to the left of the bay for some good snorkeling.
Enter in at the beach and swim to the right.
15) Molokini Crater
To get to this popular marine preserve, you'll have to charter
a boat. Great snorkeling with a lot of fish with the possibility
of seeing other sea creatures like eels, manta rays, and dolphins.
16) Makena Beach
Although not recommended for snorkeling, this can be a good
place to spot turtles eating close to shore.
17) Ahi Hi Bay
Because of the marine preserve status of this area, there is
often a great number of fish, and nice coral in this area. Just
2 miles past the Maui Prince Hotel, look for a large number
of snorkelers in this area which is a small bay to your right.
18) La Perouse Bay
Another marine preserve area. This area is not recommended for
beginners due to the rocky shoreline. Just 2 miles past Ahi
Hi Bay, where you will drive through a huge field of lava rock.
19) Hana Bay
Take your time along the way to view the beauty of Maui on this
trip to Hana. Waterfalls, beautiful vegetation, and jaw-dropping
coastline make up this great adventure east. Plan to spend a
days worth taking this trip. If you get car sick easily, ask
to be in the front seat. ; )
As for snorkeling, do so between the pier and the lighthouse
to see a lot of fish and nice coral. Be advised to stay well
inshore due to strong currents further out.