Here is a short  list of some of best snorkeling spots on Maui. Remember, snorkeling conditions depend on weather and time of year for best experience.  Generally speaking, the north/west shores have large surf in the winter months and the south facing shore have larger waves in the summer months. The best snorkeling conditions are usually found in the morning. The midday winds tend create waves and cloudier water. 

West Maui:  Easy Entry or for beginners

1.  Kapalua Bay - There is plenty of near shore snorkeling, and it usually gets even better if you work your way out on the right side (looking from the beach) of the bay.  Be very careful, as the swells get bigger, along with the fish, as you head further from the beach.

2. Kahekili Fisheries Management Area, Kahekili Beach Park (aka airport beach)

3. Kekaa Point (Black Rock) - May have strong currents around the point.  Check conditions carefully before heading out.

4. Napili Bay

5.Wahikuli State Park (south of Kaanapali but North of Lahaina)


West Maui:  Primitive conditions or good swimming skills suggested

1.  Honolua Bay Marine Life Conservation District (including Mokuleia/Slaughterhouse Beach)

2.  Olowalu Reef (mile marker # 14 along Honoapiilani Hwy.)

3.  Coral Gardens (Just north of the tunnel)


South Maui:  Easy Entry or for begineers

1.  Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, III, only beach parks in south Maui with lifeguards.

2.  Kamaole Point, reef structure south of Kamaole III

3.  Ulua Beach/Mokapu Beach

4.  Wailea Point

5.  Maluaka Beach

6.  Molokini Shoal Marine Life Conservation District (a snorkel tour by commercial boat is the only way to get out here).


South Maui:  Primitive conditions or good swimming skills suggested

1.  Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve, Ahihi Cove/Waiala Cove or Moanakala (the dumps).

2.  Black Sand Beach

3.  Five Caves / Five Graves


Here are free resources providing info on the best snorkeling in Maui: and 

Another free resource with information on snorkeling in Maui is blog.


Snorkeling Guidebooks for Maui:

Mask, Fins, & Snorkel: The Adventure Guide to Maui's Best Snorkeling - Schieber, Published by Honolua Press, March 2014. Take a look inside here - Look Inside

Lonely Planet's Diving and Snorkeling Hawaii - Mahaney, Published by Lonely Planet, September 2006.

Snorkel Maui, Lanai and Molokai: Guide to the Beaches and Snorkeling of Hawaii - Malinowski, Published by Indigo Publications, September 2008.