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Best Maui Snorkel Sites

maui_map_2015Snorkel Sites: West
(Kapalua, Napili, Kahana, Kaanapali, Lahaina)

Black Rock at the Sheraton in Kaanapali is clear water & sandy bottom out to 30 feet deep.  A few turtles live out there, too.

Kahekili (Old Airport Beach) is at the north entrance of Kaanapali where the old airport used to was. Shoreline access is on Kai Ala Drive off Hwy 30. Facilities & parking with a sandy beach make this a good spot for fish watching while sucking air through a plastic tube.

Napili Bay is behind me, Snorkel Bob, in Napili. Sandy beach & blue water make it home for millions. Exit at Napili off Hwy 30, go down to the stop sign & then right for 1/2 mile.

Kapalua Bay is 1/4 mi. past my, Snorkel Bob’s Napili store, on lower Honoapiilani Rd. Take the 1st left after Napili Kai Beach Resort. Use the stairs by the restrooms & showers.

Olowalu is between Kihei & Lahaina at Mile Marker 14. This prolific reef will keep you busy for days or till lunch, whichever comes first.

South (Kihei, Wailea, Makena)

Charley Young’s is at the rocks at the north end of Kam 1.

Kams 1, 2 & 3 on S. Kihei Rd have facilities. Lava rock outcropping between the Kamaole Beach Parks make for good snorkeling.

Ulua/Mokapu Beach is off Wailea Alanui Drive between the Marriott & Andaz hotels. The lava rock outcropping between the two beaches is prolific habitat. Parking & facilities.

Polo Beach—turn right down to the beach where Wailea Alanui Dr. in Wailea changes from 4 lanes to 2 lanes.

Makena Landing is south on Wailea Alanui Drive past Wailea Golf Club & Makena Surf. Look for blue Makena Landing sign on right side of road. Turn right on Honoiki St., then right at stop sign. Follow rock wall. Turn left into Makena Landing parking. Enter at sandy inlet, snorkel right.

The Makena Beach and Golf Resort reef fronts the hotel. Enter left and cruise out, like Ulua but left to 20’ with turtles, many fish, showers, changing rooms & parking.

Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach) is beauteous but Danger! SHORE BREAK CAN HURT YOU (in neck, shoulder & head!)I, Snorkel Bob, do not recommend Makena Beach for snorkeling or bodyboarding.

Ahihi Bay Marine Reserve is south of all the hotels and past Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach). Road will narrow to one lane-follow along coastline. Look for Ahihi Kinau sign on left, followed by sign on right, “parking lot ¼ mile ahead.” Drive past the bay, park. You are here.

Many more spots are known by your fellow snorkelers on the great snorkel byway.  Always ask about surf, surge, current, visibility, fish & safety.


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