Snorkeling Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii
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Snorkeling Honolua Bay, Maui, Hawaii

Honolua Bay is a part of Honolua-Mokuleia Marine Conservation District. It is an incredible spot with a breathtaking underwater world and picturesque landscapes around. Honolua Maui is adored by snorkelers from all corners of the world for its amazing formations of corals, a plethora of colorful fish including famed Humuhumunukunukuapuaa and Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles.

Snorkeling Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay is quite big. The water may be accessed from the beach, by downhill hike or from a boat.

Snorkeling Honolua Bay, Maui, HawaiiMost people go into the water from a little patch of sand beach at the left-hand side. It’s not the best option as the water is rather murky there because of the sand and a stream. The finest way of entering the water is from the rocky North part of the shore (right-hand side). Most corals and marine life are concentrated at this place. The pelagic world at this side is really amazing what makes Honolua Bay one of the world top snorkeling locations. Take a dip into colorful tropical sea life and enjoy the exuberance of lush corals and dozens of bright fish schools around. The variety of fish here is fantastic - this is the right place to discover some new fish which you have never seen before. It’s also a great chance to swim with huge Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles. The visibility around the rocks is better than nearby the sand beach side.

If to go by boat you will be dropped off as well nearby the rocks. The deep around the rocks at the Northern side ranges from 5 to 15 feet.

The mid zone of the Honolua Bay is flat and calm with the white sand sea floor. The depth here varies from 15 to 25 feet.

You may continue your Honolua Bay snorkeling on the bay’s left side as well and enjoy exciting underwater topography - huge boulders and rocky channels. However there are not so many corals and fish at this side.

Honolua Bay Snorkeling Conditions

Maui Honolua Bay is sheltered by rocky cliffs from two sides what ensures no wind and calm water. Honolua Bay may be serene even while trade winds blow along the coastline. Hence, Honolua Bay snorkeling may be the perfect option when snorkeling conditions are not good at other spots.

The bay is a world-famous place for surfing because its perfect surf break. Fortunately, it is far enough and the waves don't affect snorkeling.

Honolua Bay snorkelingHonolua Bay is placed in a wonderful climate with warm and sunny days all year round. The winter / summer variation in temperature is quite small – about 4C. The average air and water temperature within winter period is +22C and within summertime +26C.

Best time for Honolua Bay snorkeling is from May until September. Snorkeling conditions at this time are perfect – ocean is flat and calm. From October to April the bay is not always suitable for snorkeling as some large surfs may enter the bay from time to time. It doesn't mean that Honolua snorkeling at winter is not possible, but it’s difficult to predict the snorkel conditions during this time, so your winter snorkeling depends on your luck. During winter Honolua Bay is mostly occupied by surfers.

Honolua Bay is also well-known scuba diving spot and your may combine snorkeling with diving. Honolua Bay best time for diving is the same like for snorkeling.

Where Is Honolua Bay, Maui?

Honolua Bay lies on Maui North-West coastline in 20 minutes drive from Lahaina Town and in about 1-hour drive from Kahului Airport. From the car parking lot head along the dirt path through the forest down to the sea (about 100 m).

Kahului Airport is domestic one and accepts flights from the raw of the USA cities. There are domestic flights between Kahului Airport and Honolulu International airport.

Underwater Life: 
Snorkeling with turtles
Coral reefs
Tropical fish
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