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Honolua Bay

Maui, HI
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Ranked #43 of 234 attractions in Maui
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Saskatoon, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The water was too murky to see much of anything. Very disappointing. The locals said it was due to all the boats with snorkelers, but I have read it could be for a variety of different reasons. Please put on sunscreen at least 45 min before entering the water here as the reef is distressed. Sunscreen lower than 15 was... More

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Draper, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We scoped this place out from above several times during our trip but each time the water was choppy and murky. We finally found a morning where it looked good but once we got in the water we quickly found out that wasn't the case. We packed up and went over to Kahekili instead. I can see how this place... More

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Barcelona
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89 reviews 89 reviews
53 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I guess we were unlucky, but the water was deep brown, so thick with mud it was disgusting, because it was also very smelly! We didn't dare put our heads in the water so we swam with our heads above the water until we were further out, -the coral reef is probably amazing, but it was too murky to see... More

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Del Mar, California
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We've seen huge rays here on past visits. Good for snorkeling and swimming. Tough to find parking though

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Hamilton, Montana
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38 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have no doubt that Honolua Bay has some great snorkeling SOMETIMES, but just as any other supposedly great snorkeling spot, a LOT depends on the season, weather, and the luck of the draw. It seems to be a favorite spot for several of the big snorkeling boats, such as Trinity, but their swimmers are out at the mouth of... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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79 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stopped at Honolua Bay to snorkel during our day trip along the NW side of the island. Bring your own gear. There are lots of signs saying NO SUNSCREEN. So try to wipe it off, it endangers the fish. There is a small parking lot (4 cars?) but it was full, so we had to park along the highway... More

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Lombard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I have been to Honolua Bay before to snorkel. We took Route 30 to get there, parked along the road, and then walked through the forest until we got to the beautiful bay. This year, we took a snorkel tour of the bay on a sailboat. It was our lucky day! Dolphins had decided to hang out... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We went to Maui in July, we found this awesome spot to snorkel. Water was crystal clear and beautiful. You can snorkel on the rock side of the bay or the sand side. We preferred the sand side. It is a short hike, but the spot it's a jewel. We had the opportunity to see a couple sea turtles, Gorgeous... More

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Kalama, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This was one of three bays recommended by the snorkel shop where we rented some gear. It was the last one we swam during our week on the island. I was a bit trepidatious after reading reviews of the confrontational property owner but when we arrived mid morning and saw several dozen other cars and swimmers, there was no problem.... More

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Palm Bay, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The water is crystal clear and a perfect place to snorkel. Try to go early to secure a nice place for blankets, but the crowd is worth it. There's plenty of room for everyone in the ocean, and the diversity of fish, especially when you swim out a bit, is magnificent!

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