Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay, Maui: Address, Phone Number, Honolua Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Honolua Bay
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oak2wn
Oakland, CA592 contributions
Best Snorkeling in Maui
Jul 2021
Honolua Bay was incredible!

I've been snorkeling many times on different islands, and this is hands down the best snorkeling we experienced in Maui. We saw a sea turtle, big schools of lots of different kinds of fish, and for the first time I saw hundreds of one type of fish (not sure what type) swimming by together. I just floated and watched them for a while.

I snorkeled at the Molokini crater years ago and was underwhelmed. Honolua Bay was much better.

You can drive over park and walk down (beach is very rocky) or take a snorkel cruise (which is what we did).
Written 19 July 2021
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Philip M
New York City, NY682 contributions
Good snorkeling
Jul 2021 • Couples
When I was there the water was calm as there were no waves. The good snorkeling spot was on the east side of the bay about 1/2 way out. There the visibility was good, lots of coral heads, many individual fish and several large schools. Depth was up to 30 feet or so as the bottom sloped away from the shoreline.
There was little to see right in front of the beach where the people are so that’s not the good spot.
There were maybe 30 or so snorkelers when I was there, obviously a larger number when the tour boats come in.
The beach is rocky, so not nice to sit on but it does make the water visibility better.
There no facilities so you need to bring all water, chairs, etc with you. No bathroom so everyone has to use the blue loo.
Written 18 July 2021
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rickh57
Portland, OR354 contributions
A wonderful bay for snorkeling!
Jul 2021
Walking to this bay through the jungle was interesting. Once we climbed into the water, it was so clear. We saw many different species of colorful fish -- all for free!
Written 17 July 2021
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Lourdes70
Cleveland, OH61 contributions
Our Favorite Snorkel Spot
Jul 2021
We arrived at 8:30 AM and the parking lots were already full. We were able to park along the street near the porta potties. We saw lot sof stray chickens on the hike down to the bay. Be careful as there are some exposed roots and pits which make it easy to trip.
The beach is rocky. It is much easier to navigate barefoot than wearing sandals or flip flops. We entered the bay at the boat launch. We sat down, put on our mask and fins, and started swimming. This was the advice given to us by one of the other snorkelers. Swim towards where all the boats are. That is where the healthy reef is. We saw 2 turtles, a maroon colored octopus, tons of triggerfish, boxfish, and yellow tangs to name a few.
The water was cold for me, but I didn't care because the reef and fish were so beautiful. If you have one, bring a wet suit.
This was our favorite snorkel spot. We saw more fish here than in Molokini, Kapalua, or Black Rock.
Written 14 July 2021
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Kregg J.
Seattle101 contributions
Take the drive
Jun 2021
While there are tour boats that'll take you to Honolua Bay at a hefty price for a day of snorkeling, if you have a rental car and you're in Lahaina and vicinity, then take the short drive up the coast to the Bay and save yourself a few dollars for celebrating a good visit to the scenic location later. Parking is catch as catch can but if there are no empty spaces up above the Bay in the designated parking area, then wait a bit and one will likely be available. There wasn't one when we drove to the bay but after turning around a little further up we came back and found one. As we pulled in a second parking space became available so there's that as well. Be patient or go early. Also, while it looks like a difficult walk down to the water, it isn't. Actually, it's a nice little comfortable walk down the road a bit, through the trees, and finally out to the rocky (and I do mean, rocky) shore. It isn't wheelchair or walker available, so keep that in mind. Take comfortable shoes. The bay itself is cresent shaped and generally busy. The rocks also make for a tough go even for those in great shape so be careful. However, once you get into the water you'll find some great snorkeling with lots of colorful coral and fish, and hey maybe even a turtle or two!
Written 30 June 2021
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Bailey G
Orlando, FL104 contributions
Best Snorkel Spot We Found!
Jun 2021
On our honeymoon, my wife and I (along with the friends we met up with) had brought snorkel equipment to do so out on our own.

We tried a couple of different spots, however this was our favorite of them all. You can tell it's a great spot since there's always other snorkel companies bringing visitors out there. You can park and walk down to the water on your own.

Parking is mildly difficult, but never spent more than 3 minutes finding a spot. The hike (or walk) to the bay it self is easy. It's pretty flat the entire walk, just be respectful since the forest that you walk through to get there has some unmarked graves further into the woods.

Once you get to the bay, it's a little hard to get in because of the rocks, but once in the water, the right side is where you can swim to see the coral reefs, fish and occasional sea turtle.

Overall I wouldn't say you absolutely need to do this, however I highly recommend if time permits!
Written 21 June 2021
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TravelMore
Parker, CO118 contributions
Amazing snorkeling spot!
Jun 2021 • Family
Outstanding! We stopped here to go snorkeling one day and we loved it. We saw more fish and a greater variety by far then we saw at Molokini. Tons of coral and fish and clear water. We didn’t love that the shore is all rocks and no sand but it wasn’t a huge deal. This is a great place to go snorkeling - we highly recommend it.
Written 16 June 2021
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KMZGAC
Orinda, CA77 contributions
Excellent snorkeling
May 2021 • Couples
We arrived here early (7am) and were among the first to arrive. The walk to the bay was easy. The beach is rocky and uneven—bring your own chair! We went out along the left side of the bay and saw fish and turtles. After warming up on shore, we went back out along the right side of the bay and amazingly, the snorkeling was significantly better if more crowded because all the tour boats anchor on the right side of the bay! But we swam with a huge school of fish we presumed to be mackerel, and turtles were spotted several times. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Key was to arrive early as there are few Parking spots in the small lot, and it was fun to have the bay practically to ourselves for over an hour.
Evidently there was an unfortunate incident involving a shark 12/2020 but luckily we did not see any shark the day we were there.
Written 5 May 2021
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CircleTheWorld
Chicago, IL382 contributions
Hit or miss on water quality
Apr 2021
When I visited, the water was murky, so the snorkeling was not as good as the cove at the adjacent Slaughterhouse Beach (Mokule’ia Bay). Furthermore, entry into the water is difficult, as there is no beach along the shore. You must navigate slippery rocks. Lastly, the bay was filled with four tour boats, so it was more crowded than other snorkeling spots. Perhaps if I had visited on a clear water day with fewer boats, I would have had a more pleasant experience.
Written 12 April 2021
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dave M
Milwaukee, WI112 contributions
short walk from road, limited parking
Mar 2021 • Couples
Went here to snorkel, and because previous night was rain filled, the creek was swollen, and silt in water hundreds of yards out- no go on water clarity. Still worth the 10 minute walk.
Written 20 March 2021
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