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Honolua Bay

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Address: Maui, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
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Worth the drive and walk

A beautiful little bay with good snorkeling. The walk in is very cool as you are walking under enormous trees next to a stream. The bad news--if the stream is really running, it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

A beautiful little bay with good snorkeling. The walk in is very cool as you are walking under enormous trees next to a stream. The bad news--if the stream is really running, it messes up the visibility in the bay. There is a lot of coral on the right side of the bay as you look out. It's also tricky... More 

San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We snorkel here several times each year when we come to Maui. It helps to arrive early (7 or 8 AM) to get parking close to the trail down to the bay. We also prefer to snorkel before the snorkel boats arrive with their large groups of snorkelers. There are two paths to the bay. We always use the old... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We love to snorkel and have driven to Honolua many times to do so. Arguably, some of the best waters to snorkel for the variety of fish and clarity of water. This year, we decided to try the PWF sailing catamaran, and we were very happy with the experience. Two drawbacks: the drive from Kihei at 5:30 in the morning... More 

Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Make sure you have your GPS on to find the parking spots. We drove right by it not realizing where we were. There is a hokey little set up there, with a women selling some wood trinkets. You park along the road and walk in on a dirt trail. It had recently rained there so it was complete mud going... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

It's a gem! We've snorkling all the spots recommended from Kihei to 14 mile marker and you'll by far see the most diverse species of fish here along with eels and turtles. It's a completely rock beach so this is not the place to sit and watch. It's truly for snorkling. We've adventured here 3 times in 1.5 years and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We went here on our first full day in Hawaii. I started taking pictures of different fish, and ended up with 25 species that I could identify with a book we bought locally. Pretty amazing, in my opinion. The next day we went again after a small rain, determined to explore the (less popular) left side of the bay. We... More 

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Halifax Region, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I understand that Honolua Bay is quite the amazing spot for snorkelling... however, for those of us who aren't much in to snorkelling (including me), this is still a remarkably beautiful place to visit. A quick stop between Ka'anapali and Nakalele (both must see places, in my opinion), Honolua Bay is beautiful and quaint... peaceful and appealing. You don't even... More 

Redding, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

When you park near the outhouses it's a bit of a walk but it's a good trail. There are tons of rocks and NO sandy beach so wearing water socks are definitely a must plus it will make it easier to get out of the water if swimming. There are always people here but the area is big enough for... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Honolua bay is a picturesque bay on the Maui's north shore, around 15 mins drive from Kaanapali beach and is fantastic for snorkeling during summer months.The parking is a struggle so I would recommend to get there as early as you can - 8-9am max. Not only you will probably get a parking spot, you will get there before the... More 

San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Always a good choice for snorkeling. Don't expect to post up on the beach and sunbathe, its all rocks (no sand beach). Bring your water shoes. If the water is green from the algae try going to a crystal clear spot around the corner. We saw a turtle even from the lookout point.


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