Maui Snorkeling Beaches

Maui Snorkeling Beaches are free, and there are lots of beaches to choose from.

We often use the beach as our launching point for snorkeling - the west Maui coastline offers excellent beaches and snorkeling areas.

But don't just go to any beach and expect to snorkel - beach snorkeling requires a shallow bay protected from waves, just the opposite of the ideal surfing or boogie boarding beach.

Maui Beach Snorkeling Gear

Lahaina Divers operates a dive shop on Dickenson Street in Lahaina on Maui You will need to have your own mask, snorkel, and (optionally) swim fins and wetsuit. We bring our masks and snorkels with us on the flight to Hawaii.

There are also many snorkel gear rental stores, such as Boss Frogs, Lahaina Divers, and Dive Maui where you can rent snorkel and scuba gear during your vacation.

If you want to do more than casual vacation snorkeling, they can also provide detailed Maui beach snorkeling maps.

Black Rock at Kaanapali

Beach snorkeling is popular at Black Rock at the north end of Kaanapali beach Black Rock rises up at the north end of Kaanapali beach, which provides easy beach access to excellent snorkeling at the south side of Black Rock.

Because of all the activities available at Kaanapali, some of us can go snorkeling while the others sun or swim or shop. The north side of Black Rock is harder to access, but provides more isolated snorkeling.

Maui Snorkeling Beaches - Kapalua Bay

Protected snorkeling at Kapalua Bay in northern Maui Kapalua Bay Beach provides a protected, family friendly beach in north Maui. The rocky area along the left side of the bay is a favorite beginner snorkeling spot.

Beach access is easy from the nearby condos and hotels, and lots of families with children do beginners snorkeling here.

Maui Snorkeling Beaches - Honolua Bay Marine Sanctuary

Honolua Bay in north Maui is a marine sanctuary (Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District) and popular spot for Maui snorkeling trips - we have travelled here on catamarans from Kaanapali several times.

Checking shore snorkeling conditions at Honolua Bay, we use a cell phone to take a picture from Lipoa Point You can also access Honolua Bay from its rocky beach for some of the best shore snorkeling in Maui. Park between mile markers 32 and 33 on highway 30, then walk down to the beach.

You want to avoid this bay for snorkeling in two situations:

• If there has been a recent rain, the red dirt runoff clouds up the water.

• North swells sometimes cause high waves (good for surfing at Lipoa Point!) in the winter.

To check for these two situations before before making the walk down to the bay, we first drive north just past the bay, then stop at Lipoa Point - the high cliffs provide good views of the snorkeling conditions below. That's what we are doing in the picture.

Some websites about Honolua Bay and Lipoa Point:

My Other Maui Snorkeling Pages

Maui Snorkeling Overview

Maui Snorkeling Beaches

Maui Snorkeling Tours Kapalua Kai Catamaran

Maui Snorkeling Tours Gemini Catamaran

Molokini Snorkeling Tours Pacific Whale Foundation

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