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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
Toronto, Canada12 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, UK1,175 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, TX308 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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Sarah B
Lebanon, OR8 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We arrived right at 8am. Ample parking at that time. We always love the walk to the bay. We entered at the ramp, we snorkeled out and to the right side. It was clear from the time we entered although we have had it be the complete opposite also. As we were heading back into shore the first tour boat arrived.
Written 7 May 2022
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Steve98001
Seattle, WA215 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Got here a bit late-9ish. Found a parking spot across the road. On the way in, I had my doubts-big crowd! Once in the water, I was sold. Spent our time on right side and it was top notch!
Written 14 April 2022
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Aleathwood
Tarsus, Turkey29 contributions
Mar 2022
Honalua Bay was the best snorkeling we found on Maui. Lots of fish and some sea turtles. Water was calm and quite clear, even thought high winds and waves outside of the bay. We went to the right side of the bay -- it was amazing.
Written 28 March 2022
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Basinman
326 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This bay is one if the top places we visited for snorkeling. The right side of the bay has colorful coral reefs, abundant fish, and is well protected from surf waves most days. We saw green sea turtles and a White tipped Reef Shark. The visibility is good too. Parking is on Hwy 30 shoulders and fills by 10am. We arrived before 9am and parking was easy. There are green portable toilets at the access trail just past a one lane bridge, across from Honolua Farms fruit stand. Its about 10 minutes walk down a mostly flat dirt path to the beach. This is a rocky beach. No sand. Primarily a snorkeling beach. The snorkeling boats out of Lahaina are common starting around 9am daily, so expect others snorkeling with you.
Written 14 March 2022
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AshBernadette88
Colorado Springs, CO1,533 contributions
Jan 2022
My husband, uncle, and I went to Honolua Bay for snorkeling, and it was spectacular! From the parking area, the short, easy walk through the woods led straight to the beach, which is composed primarily of lava rock.

The conditions were perfect for snorkeling. The water was clear and calm, and we were able to swim over to Slaughterhouse Beach from Honolua Bay. Throughout our excursion, we saw several species of tropical fish (including the state fish of Hawai'i), and we swam nose-to-nose with a sea turtle! We could also hear the whales talking to each other under the water.

If you're snorkeling anywhere on West Maui, put Honolua Bay at the top of your list!
Written 21 February 2022
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