Honolua Bay
Honolua Bay
4.5
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At Honolua Bay, you can snorkel among coral reefs, sea turtles, and puffer fish in the summer and surf in the winter. You can also tour the rocky coast on a boat year-round. Park off the highway and head to the shore through a short trail along the forest. From the beach, you’ll spot the islands of Molokai and Lanai. If you choose to take a dip in the water, watch out for the slippery rocks below the surface. A few wild chickens roaming around complement the natural scenery. Try to get to the bay early to find a parking spot. – Tripadvisor
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Jeff D
Murrieta, CA328 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We parked on the road and walked in. About a 10 min walk to the beach. The walk alone is amazing under some huge old trees and feels like a real jungle. Once at the beach, there is only rocks. You must know you will not flop down a chair and chill out all day It's hard to walk in and out of the water. However, once in the water the snorkeling is great. This is a spot many tour boats go to snorkel as well so don't be alarmed when there are 2-3 boats anchored up in the water. TO see the good stuff you need to get out there. If you stay just 100 feet out you missed the views. Get out as far are you feel comfortable and enjoy. We saw so many different fish and turtles. In the water its amazing. The parking along the road is a mess. Need to arrive early to find a spot. You really only need to be here just enough time to snorkle but I don't see spending a day here. Too hard to walk around to do that. Just snorkel and move along.
Written 30 August 2023
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looproad
219 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Didn’t snorkel or swim here- just admired the beauty. This place is amazing. Worth the drive just to look at for a bit. If you’re lucky enough to be here, you should check it out. Just amazing.
Written 6 August 2023
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Ani N
3 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
My family went snorkeling here. There is a beautiful walk through the jungle from the parking spots near the road down to the beach. We spotted lots of fish, including the trumpet fish and green sea turtles. One turtle swam with us over half an hour. 💜
Written 1 July 2023
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CR
1 contribution
Apr 2023 • Family
Old hawaiian guy claims to own this government park while smoking next to a no smoking sign. Likes to yell at little kids and police others on the beach. Massive areas of the park have been kinda roped off? He says there are so.e old graves. There are some very small parcels of private land but not where he was yelling at us from.
Written 13 April 2023
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,792 contributions
Feb 2023
It's a bit of a walk down to see it, and it's a rock beach. It's still cool, and I'm glad we walked down.
Written 28 February 2023
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rachellll432
Seattle, WA16 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This is a fantastic snorkel spot! But it’s a ROCKY beach. No sand so wear good shoes. And flippers walking out to the water. We saw 3 turtles! We felt the far left side was the best snorkeling or of your a strong swimmer wayyy out to the right. The jungle you walk through to get to the beach is AMAZING!! Video/photograph that whole walk. The sounds are amazing.
Written 4 July 2022
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Renata
Walterboro, SC12 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I am just frightened to see these many rocks. These rocks are dangerous as you could slip and fall leading to serious injuries. This place is just too crowded.
Written 25 June 2022
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Mandy
Granbury, TX56 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
My favorite place to snorkel in Maui. The short walk to the bay is beautiful through the lush forest and a few wild chickens running around add to the experience. When you swim out to the reef the underwater life is fantastic. Eels, sharks, bait balls, puffer fish, just an array of everything.
Written 11 June 2022
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,195 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
The bay is absolutely stunning. We saw it from the road above and decided to snorkel there having seen the extent of the reefs. The water is so clear and blue, just beautiful.
It’s not very easy to park, we were lucky to find a space near the portaloos at the start of the walk. It’s not far - less than half a kilometre - and it’s through luscious green forest. Just be respectful of the area.
The beach is rocky - it’s not easy to find a space or to clamber over the rocks, it’s also tricky getting into the water with the slippery rocks (I’d recommend wearing beach shoes) but the snorkelling is well worth it. Head out to the east of the bay and stay near the shore and you’ll see fish right away. We went about 100m out and saw some amazing sights. Be really careful with the rocks in the water - I cut my foot while trying to balance when I was cleaning my mask (I am not a strong enough swimmer to do it without support).
Written 7 June 2022
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clementine05
Dallas, TX310 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Gorgeous from above. And we were told it had the best snorkeling on Maui. It’s just kind of a pain. Hard to park. Have to walk down a rocky path to get there (with your stuff). The entire beach is rocks. No good place to sit. Hard to get in the water w your snorkel equipment bc of the rocks, etc. We would have been better off taking a snorkel cruise there. It just wasn’t enjoyable unfortunately. Oh, and we didn’t swim out enough to see any fish so….
Written 4 June 2022
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