Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay, Maui: Address, Phone Number, Honolua Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Honolua Bay
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Naples Nomad
Naples, FL305 contributions
Best snorkeling yet.
Sep 2021
My favorite snorkeling spot yet on the island. Plenty of reefs, lots of reef fish and saw turtles, as well. We have snorkled the entire island now and this area was easy to get in and out of, well protected from the waves, and enough room to spread out. Don't waste money taking a snorkel trip here on a catamaran if you have a car in Maui. Best to drive. One thing to do on the way is to stop at Lorraine Shave Ice for banana bread and a shave ice. Lorraine is very good company and knowledgeable of all things on the island. Great stretching point.

There is a good parking lot at the top of the hill and a short walk down to the trail if you don't want to park along the road. On the side, there is a gate that says private road. Best to take this road and walk it straight back to where you see the beach. If you try to come in off the road, there is a small, steep hill and a lot of people wipe out.

Once down on the beach, it is very rocky. Most people stay at the base of the lagoon. If you don't mind a short walk, go either way left or way right. I would go way to the right as there is a flat area to sit in and is also the side with the turquoise water. Lots of fish on either side but the right side is best. You will encounter a lot of snorkelers on the right side so be prepared. I swam both sides and wasn't very many people on the left. If you go on the left, you will see a small rock jetty about 50 yards out, go out beyond that and follow the rocks along the bank. Water will be roughly 8 feet or more in that area and you will see a natural path through the big rocks to swim. We saw turtles in here along with a lot of colorful reef fish. Also had quite a few schools of fish swim with us. The fish are not skittish here like in other areas.

Very, very enjoyable here. One thing to keep in mind, the water here stays shallow for a ways out. There is not a lot of coral on the beach here so you can walk out a bit in your swim shoes if you have them and flipper up out in the deeper water.
Written 14 September 2021
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Tacomafam
16 contributions
Favorite snorkeling spot
Aug 2021 • Family
This place never disappoints. The hike down feels like I’m in Adventureland at Disneyland… except real. Once I’m in the water I start exclaiming into my snorkel tube because there’s so much to look at! We use the location of the tour boat(s) to know what direction to swim for the coral gardens. But don’t miss out on the giant schools of fish in the bland gray rocks nearer shore (right side). All four times I’ve visited Honolulu Bay I have discovered a “wall of fish” amongst the big rocks that captivates me. We’ve always seen at least one turtle. This time we saw multiple eels and even an octopus!
Written 28 August 2021
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Sharon W
Orinda, CA35 contributions
Beautiful snorkel experience.
Aug 2021 • Friends
Incredible clear waters for snorkeling. The reef is beautiful, colorful and healthy. There is a tremendous variety of colorful fishes. It is a long swim from shore and there is no sandy beach… just slippery rocks. Parking is sparse… and one must walk on a well worn path through tropical vegetation. There are no “facilities” at the beach… only a couple of porta- potties at the trailhead.
Written 21 August 2021
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jkampo1325
Denville, NJ20 contributions
Drive yourself for a great snorkel time
Aug 2021 • Friends
This is a snorkel beach; not a sandy relaxing beach. Parking is free but can be hard to find as it is busy. We got to the beach around 11 AM and found a spot quickly. Less is more at this beach. Bring your snorkel gear and a towel. You’ll have to walk about 3-5 minutes through the jungle to arrive at a stone covered beach. Do not come barefoot as the rocks are slippery and uneven. The beach is large enough that people weren’t on top of each other but if you’re lucky enough to see a sea turtle like I did, remember to not hover over it as you could block it from resurfacing for air.

There are lots of chickens around here as well and as long as you leave them alone they’ll leave you alone.

Snorkeling here was very nice and was the only place I saw large groups of fish along with some cooler fish like the parrot fish. You do need to swim out a bit to get to the coral and there is alot of sea urchins so be aware of where you’re stepping once in the water.

Plenty of boats in the water as well due to the popularity of this place but the water is calm and a little cooler. If you’re in the Lahaina area absolutely check this area out. Don’t waste money on a boat trip here as it’s easily accessible.
Written 11 August 2021
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oak2wn
Oakland, CA592 contributions
Best Snorkeling in Maui
Jul 2021
Honolua Bay was incredible!

I've been snorkeling many times on different islands, and this is hands down the best snorkeling we experienced in Maui. We saw a sea turtle, big schools of lots of different kinds of fish, and for the first time I saw hundreds of one type of fish (not sure what type) swimming by together. I just floated and watched them for a while.

I snorkeled at the Molokini crater years ago and was underwhelmed. Honolua Bay was much better.

You can drive over park and walk down (beach is very rocky) or take a snorkel cruise (which is what we did).
Written 19 July 2021
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Philip M
New York City, NY682 contributions
Good snorkeling
Jul 2021 • Couples
When I was there the water was calm as there were no waves. The good snorkeling spot was on the east side of the bay about 1/2 way out. There the visibility was good, lots of coral heads, many individual fish and several large schools. Depth was up to 30 feet or so as the bottom sloped away from the shoreline.
There was little to see right in front of the beach where the people are so that’s not the good spot.
There were maybe 30 or so snorkelers when I was there, obviously a larger number when the tour boats come in.
The beach is rocky, so not nice to sit on but it does make the water visibility better.
There no facilities so you need to bring all water, chairs, etc with you. No bathroom so everyone has to use the blue loo.
Written 18 July 2021
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rickh57
Portland, OR355 contributions
A wonderful bay for snorkeling!
Jul 2021
Walking to this bay through the jungle was interesting. Once we climbed into the water, it was so clear. We saw many different species of colorful fish -- all for free!
Written 17 July 2021
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Lourdes70
Cleveland, OH62 contributions
Our Favorite Snorkel Spot
Jul 2021
We arrived at 8:30 AM and the parking lots were already full. We were able to park along the street near the porta potties. We saw lot sof stray chickens on the hike down to the bay. Be careful as there are some exposed roots and pits which make it easy to trip.
The beach is rocky. It is much easier to navigate barefoot than wearing sandals or flip flops. We entered the bay at the boat launch. We sat down, put on our mask and fins, and started swimming. This was the advice given to us by one of the other snorkelers. Swim towards where all the boats are. That is where the healthy reef is. We saw 2 turtles, a maroon colored octopus, tons of triggerfish, boxfish, and yellow tangs to name a few.
The water was cold for me, but I didn't care because the reef and fish were so beautiful. If you have one, bring a wet suit.
This was our favorite snorkel spot. We saw more fish here than in Molokini, Kapalua, or Black Rock.
Written 14 July 2021
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Kregg J.
Seattle101 contributions
Take the drive
Jun 2021
While there are tour boats that'll take you to Honolua Bay at a hefty price for a day of snorkeling, if you have a rental car and you're in Lahaina and vicinity, then take the short drive up the coast to the Bay and save yourself a few dollars for celebrating a good visit to the scenic location later. Parking is catch as catch can but if there are no empty spaces up above the Bay in the designated parking area, then wait a bit and one will likely be available. There wasn't one when we drove to the bay but after turning around a little further up we came back and found one. As we pulled in a second parking space became available so there's that as well. Be patient or go early. Also, while it looks like a difficult walk down to the water, it isn't. Actually, it's a nice little comfortable walk down the road a bit, through the trees, and finally out to the rocky (and I do mean, rocky) shore. It isn't wheelchair or walker available, so keep that in mind. Take comfortable shoes. The bay itself is cresent shaped and generally busy. The rocks also make for a tough go even for those in great shape so be careful. However, once you get into the water you'll find some great snorkeling with lots of colorful coral and fish, and hey maybe even a turtle or two!
Written 30 June 2021
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Bailey G
Orlando, FL104 contributions
Best Snorkel Spot We Found!
Jun 2021
On our honeymoon, my wife and I (along with the friends we met up with) had brought snorkel equipment to do so out on our own.

We tried a couple of different spots, however this was our favorite of them all. You can tell it's a great spot since there's always other snorkel companies bringing visitors out there. You can park and walk down to the water on your own.

Parking is mildly difficult, but never spent more than 3 minutes finding a spot. The hike (or walk) to the bay it self is easy. It's pretty flat the entire walk, just be respectful since the forest that you walk through to get there has some unmarked graves further into the woods.

Once you get to the bay, it's a little hard to get in because of the rocks, but once in the water, the right side is where you can swim to see the coral reefs, fish and occasional sea turtle.

Overall I wouldn't say you absolutely need to do this, however I highly recommend if time permits!
Written 21 June 2021
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