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Honolua Bay
Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay

Maui, Hawaii, USA

The basics

Visit Honolua Bay on a snorkeling or scuba diving trip by boat, which will sometimes include one or more spots along the west Maui coast. Independent visitors should swim out some distance from the beach for the best visibility. Expect to see plentiful coral, reef and tropical fish, turtles, rays, and even pods of spinner dolphins. In the winter, storms bring swells creating a long and powerful right point break at the bay. Spectators can watch the action from an overlook on the east cliffs.

Honolua Bay is also included in some guided sightseeing tours on land, which will often include other popular attractions such as Iao Valley State Monument, Nakalele Blowhole, and Olivine Pools. Opt for a private tour to fully customize your itinerary.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Maui

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Maui Woowee !
Rand_B, Jul 2022
Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail from Lahaina
Hanging with Captain Chris and his crew. The best, the marine biologists teaching about the ocean and the beautiful and healthy looking coral reef. The pod of dolphins on the sail home. The eels and octopi, the ocean breeze and the good food!
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Seeing all the various...
nzfh8cvy8y, Jun 2022
Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail from Lahaina
Seeing all the various sea creatures, dolphins, sea turtles. The food and drink were plentiful and the crew was amazing
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Amazing trip!
Rachel_C, May 2022
Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail from Lahaina
What an amazing trip! The guides were very patient and super nice. They took us to amazing places while still managing to avoid the crowds. The gear they provided was in excellent condition. I saw tons of different fish, some eels, sea turtles, and even an octopus! On the way back to harbor they even located a pod of dolphins who swam with the boat and we got to lay on a mesh hammock in the front of the boat and watch them! I would highly recommend this trip!
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Honolua Snorkel trip
Kelly_F, Jul 2022
Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail from Lahaina
Captain Chris and the crew were awesome! The Captain and Desmond were particularly personable and knowledgeable about “all things Maui”. The food was delicious with plentiful portions. Enjoyed two great snorkel sites with a variety of beautiful fish and coral. My son wears glasses and they supplied a prescription mask for him. This made his trip so much more enjoyable. Overall the trip was even better than I had hoped. My family of seven all agreed on a 5 star review. I would definitely schedule again!!
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Things to know before you go

  • There are no lifeguards and no facilities at Honolua Bay.
  • The rocky beach is not ideal for sunbathing, or bare feet.
  • Fishing, and taking anything from Honolua Bay, including marine life and rocks, is prohibited.
  • Local landowners have prohibited dogs and the use of sunscreen.
  • Do not leave any valuables in your car as cars have been broken into here.
  • The waves here are not suitable for beginners; only experienced surfers should attempt.
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How to get there

Honolua Bay is located around 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of Kapalua. Look for mile marker #32 on the Honoapi’ilani Highway (Hwy 30). From there, followed the marked path from the road to the beach access.

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When to get there

Visit in the summer to go snorkeling and scuba diving. Avoid visiting after a heavy rain as runoff and sediment can affect visibility. In the winter, Honolua Bay is more suitable for surfing. Winter is also a good time to spot humpback whales. 

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Top Snorkeling Sites on Maui

The best snorkeling sites on Maui can be found along the northwestern coast, and around the southern end of the island. In addition to Honolua Bay, the top spots in the northwest include Kapalua Bay and Black Rock Beach at Kaanapali. In the south, the top spots include Turtle Town at Maluaka Beach, Ahihi Kinay Reserve, and Molokini Islet.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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