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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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Wellington, New Zealand
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of fantastic hours at Honolua Bay beach. The snorkelling was good - we were lucky to be there on a clear water day...we saw turtles, octopus and loads of fish. The nice thing was that when we were not in the water there was plenty of shady sand areas to sit in. The beach was not... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The coral reef here is pretty good, less of it bleached than in some other places we snorkeled on Maui. We saw more fish here than other spots we snorkeled. Definitely snorkel on the right-hand side of the beach. It was the best snorkeling we found aside from the Molokini crater. You'll be joined by boatloads on paid excursions so... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's a very beautiful place and the small trail from the highway is also nice. It is supposed to be the best snorkeling spot in the island. Unfortunately, the water was murky after Iselle and Julio... there is a place in the Hwy you can stop and check the color of the water before adventuring into the bay. Perhaps next... More

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Pleasant Hill, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We visited Honolua Bay twice during our trip and both trips were fantastic. The water gradually got more clear the further out we went. There is a gentle, flat path leading out to the water. It is rocky with no sand. There are outhouses and vendors at the beginning of the path selling their local fruits and hand carvings. You... More

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Saskatoon, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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