Maui’s Best Snorkel Beaches: Honolua Bay
* Scroll down for Map and panoramic Panoramic Photo of Honolua Bay…….
Honolua Bay: is a beautiful ‘beach’ that is off the beaten path out past Kapalua and Mokalei’a Bay. There isn’t much sand; it’s mostly a ‘pebble’ beach. There used to be a small boat landing here, for cattle and such. Now day’s people use it as easier entry into the bay.
There are fabulous views of Moloka’i Island on a clear day. No Bathrooms, showers or facilities, however Honolua Bay is one of the most popular snorkeling spots on Maui. It is also one of the most beautiful. Honolua Bay is a Marine Preserve. There are lots of Honu (Sea Turtles) and tropical fish and live corals.
Dolphins are also known to come into the bay in the mornings. There are live corals on each side of the bay and lots of colorful tropical fish. Some people like the snorkeling on the left side, while others swear by the right side. It’s all good! You should see a few Honu (Sea Turtles). Honolua Bay is a marine reserve so you are not allowed to touch the Turtles or take anything but photos.
* Snorkeling is best in the Summer Months, as in the winter months we get powerful waves up on the “North Shore”.
There are several luxury sailing catamarans that depart from Kaanapali Beach that cruise up the coast and snorkel Honolua Bay. That is the Ultimate way to go! You will also get to see the whole West Maui coastline along the way…from the Ocean. With all the little bays, coves and beaches along the way. All the Maui snorkel boats, like Teralani, Include Continental Breakfast, Deli or BBQ Lunch and Cocktails!! (Hula Girl has a onboard galley, so she cooks your food to order. Hence you pay for food and cocktails on board. Well worth it!! Hula Girl is the most Luxurious Sailing Catamaran on Maui!)
Reguardless of how you get to Honolua Bay, Car or Boat, the bay is beautiful and the snorkeling excellent on a calm day.
Near the 33 Mile Marker there is a very pretty short walk/hike of about 3-5 minutes to get to the bay. There are 2 entrances to the bay, unless you happen to be the first car there, simply look for the cars on the side of the road. Honolua Bay is about 3-5 minutes past Mokulei’a Bay and sign. Be careful parking, park off the road (white lines) and do not leave any valuables in your car. Drive past Honolua Bay, and up the hill to the ‘scenic lookout’…. stunning! You will be posting it on Facebook!