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Honolua Bay

Maui, HI
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Ranked #45 of 234 Attractions in Maui
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Tallahassee, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

The wildlife here is amazing. Turtles, fish, birds, everything. The best way to come in is to be brought in by boat. They drop you in the middle of the bay and the views are amazing. You can drive here and walk down, but it can be treacherous as there is no true beach. You have to walk down through... More

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Oregon City
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

You should avoid swimming here when it looks brown (normally a brilliant blue). What happens is it may rain at a higher elevation and mini flash flood occurs from the stream that flows in... and that increases the bacterial account. Going into the water can be tricky because of the moss growing on the rocks... it's very slippery. Like some... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

IMHO it is the best place to snorkel in Maui, and best of all it is free. Do not stop there, keep driving along the north coast, it's a beauty.

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Palmdale, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

All the reviews here are correct. It is good and bad. On the trail to the beach, be careful, some sort of fruit dropped high out of the trees and hit the brim of my hat. A few inches more and i would have been in the hospital. But other than that, it is a great little adventure to get... More

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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Honolua Bay beach is all black-lava boulders worn smooth by the ocean, and getting into the water—especially while wearing unwieldy fins—is a bit challenging. But with some effort, we were soon skimming over a large reef on the bay’s north side. The delights included unicornfish, humu-humu, a variety of butterflyfish, a maray eel, and lots of colorful coral. A real... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

It's a great place for snorkeling. There's lots of fishes. I would recommend you walk a bit to right side of the bay which has lots of corals & fishes. The water is stirred up at the entry point by the stream which just flows into the sea on the left.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had a great trip to Honolua Bay Sept 1st. Got out early and beat the crowds. Very cool walk through the rainforest and snorkeled out to coral. Saw tons of fish and then we spotted a turtle on the bottom. Real cool when he swam right up to us to catch his breath then went back down to the... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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7 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I visited on Sept 6th 2004 around 1pm. I did not snorkel, I just wanted to see the scenery. It is a beautiful spot, rocky, not for swimming or sunbathing, mainly for divers. If you want a nearby great beach with sand, shade and some snorkeling, try Makuleia Bay. Both are not clearly signed, so you need a guide book... More

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Colorado
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79 reviews 79 reviews
13 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We love Honolua Bay. We planned in advance and got there super early ( for vacation/holiday standards.) Ours was the second car parked and we were humans # 3 and 4 in the water and snorkeling by 0800. We spent the next 90 minutes having a wonderful experience and snorkeled the entire right side of the bay, out to the... More

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Williamstown, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is the worst place of many nearby choices. The rocks are awful. I went here because of the high rating. There were fish but the water was so murky you couldn't see them clearly. The beach just a few 10ths of a mile south was awesome, if you can manage the stairs. Beautiful and practically empty. Paradise. Snorkeling was... More

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