Maui, Hawaii is famous for snorkel beaches with calm, crystal-clear waters that let tourists and visitors to the island experience Maui’s underwater wonders. The west side of Maui has some of the best snorkel beaches on the island, and here’s my 5 best snorkel spots.
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1. Honolua Bay. One of west Maui’s top snorkel and dive spots is Honolua Bay. It’s not a good beach for sunning and enjoying the day at the beach, as the beach is filled with rocks and it’s difficult to find a smooth spot. But tourists and locals alike go there to only snorkel in the crystal-clear, pristine waters on both sides of the bay. Take Hwy. 30 past the Kaanapali resort area and the Kapalua community. There’s a look-out on your left just before the bay. Park in well-designated areas and walk through a rain forest on your way to Honolua Bay. Tripadvisor reviews can tell you more!
2. Slaughterhouse Beach. Located just before Honolua Bay on Hwy 30 past the Kapalua area and D T Fleming Beach, Slaughterhouse Beach (Mokule’ia Bay) is particularly spectacular in the early morning hours before the surf gets rough. There’s a long stairway down to the beach area, but it’s worth the journey. Of course, take snorkel gear, snacks and drinks. Parking is limited. Tripadvisor can provide more details.
2. Kapalua Bay. This is a spectacular beach for snorkeling, and Kapalua Beach is well-known for seeing a wide variety of fish close to the shoreline. The two reefs make it ideal for snorkeling, and it’s a good location for families with small children. The best snorkeling is at the two ends of the beach, as the middle can get quite cloudy at times. The designated parking area is limited, there are nice restroom facilities, and you’ll often see a wedding or two taking place during the morning hours. Tripadvisor reviews will let you see what others think of Kapalua Bay.
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4. Napili Bay. Another great snorkel spot on west Maui is Napili Bay. With the famous Gazebo Restaurant fronting the south side of the bay, Napili Bay is popular with families with small children and elderly tourists. The water is calm, the water is clear, and you’ve got a good chance to see a Green Sea Turtle. It’s situated between the Napili Kai and Napili Shores resorts and parking can be difficult. Tripadvisor reviews give you good insight into Napili Bay.
5. Black Rock. Located at the north end of the Kaanapali Resort area, Black Rock is a top snorkel destination. The water is clear and calm and there’s a good chance to not only see many varieties of fish, but also see a Green Sea Turtle. Black Rock is excellent snorkeling for the entire family. It’s also a place where you can jump off a cliff into the clear ocean water. Black Rock is fronted by the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Tripadvisor can tell you more!
As an avid travel writer, Maui travel web site developer, and professional photographer living on Mau'i, Steve is always looking for the unknown, out-of-the-ordinary location or restaurant to share with others. He wants you to feel the Hawaiian aloha spirit, with words that inspire you to dream you were there. Join him on a Maui journey!