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Honolua Bay

Address: Maui, HI
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Ranked #43 of 212 Attractions in Maui
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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Littleton
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We visited Honolua Bay multiple times during our 2-week stay in West Maui on both sunny & rainy/cloudy days and each had it's uniqueness but all were spectacular. It's just a short 10 minute drive north of Napili. The swells and waves were amazing and awe-some! A must see location! Pull off on the dirt road at the top of... More 

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Pismo Beach, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Stay away after a rain storm. Water feeding into the bay clouds up the water. Beach is full of rocks making water entry difficult. What little beach sand there is mainly made up of Olivine giving the sand a green color which really sparkles in the sunlight. Snorkeling this time of year, not even close as good as other island... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We've seen giant schools of fish and tons of hunu at the point. Also fun to watch the surfers whenever there is a high surf advisory you'll see this place packed. Beautiful walk through the jungle and you're there. If its murky - don't go in. Thats how shark like it. Be sure to take care of the reef. No... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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402 reviews 402 reviews
173 attraction reviews
602 helpful votes 602 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We didn't actually swim at the bay, but we did enjoy the huge crashing waves and watching the surfers. When you are heading north, up the hill past the bay, watch for the road that turns off to your left. You might see a lot of cars lining that road. Drive down it, park along the side, and enjoy the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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133 reviews 133 reviews
32 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Some wonderful snorkeling can be found here...but like others have said, if it's rainy, the water can be murky because of run off. Nevertheless I've seen large eels and turtles here...and the reef is relatively healthy. Definitely a go-to spot for snorkeling in West Maui! You park on the road and then follow a dirt path down to the beach.

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Sacramento
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Always beautiful when the sun is out. Rocky beach, wild chickens, and a popular worthwhile snorkeling spot. Bring a sun shirt and lots of sunscreen. Also recommended to cut a pool noodle in half for mid-body floatation support.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The water was crystal clear when my husband and I visited. Great snorkeling. Take your camera! It is such a pretty place to visit even if you aren't going swimming.

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Moreno Valley, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We are snorkeling junkies, and our favorite spot on Maui is Honolua Bay. When staying in West Maui our favorite way to see Honolua is to take one of the catamarans from Kaanapali(our favorites are Hula Girl and Queens Treasure). On this trip we went to Honolua twice, one time was a calm, clear beautiful day and the fish count... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Superb snorkeling! It is a protected area so there are many corals and fish. Unfortunately we did not see any turtles, although they are suppose to come through. It is not a serviced area so there are no facilities and there are locals living in tent camps right next to it. A little creepy. There is also no beach, just... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I visited the bay several years ago and remember seeing a number of cool fish. This time, the visibility was poor and even after I swam out about as far as I could before the water got too rough (and I am a strong swimmer), I barely saw any fish. The coral I did see wasn't that impressive because the... More 

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