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Honolua Bay

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anchored here for a couple days on our way to Lahaina. Very pretty Bay, good snorkeling. Lots of rocks on the beach but the water is worth it. Saw a large group of dolphins on our way out which definitely made the spot better than...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always check snorkel conditions and check weather in advance. There are times flash flood can make it impossible to get in the water. When conditions are good it's an excellent place if you are a strong snorkeler or have flotation device. You have to swim...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We (older couple) have been coming to Maui for years, usually for a month, somewhere in the Oct to Dec window. We stay at the Whaler, which is located on arguably one of the best beaches in Maui. We snorkel at black rock and have...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove here around 3pm. Road side parking was easy as it was late in the day. We were able to park almost next to the trail head which is obvious. Pretty 100 yard walk through forest of large trees. Very rocky shoreline all around...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank HoustonFamily
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came upon Honolua Bay by accident on our way to the Nakalele Blowhole. Stopped on our way back and were so impressed by the gorgeous rainforest walk to the bay and the calm serene waters of the Bay itself. It was FULL of snorkelers so...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 15, 2019

Probably not going to have to worry about ever getting sand between your toes. I didn't go down to the bay itself but took it in via the overlook which made a very good picture. Appeared to have quite a bit of lava and deep...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Thomas B
Reviewed October 10, 2019

This is a terrific snorkeling spot and it’s always calm. It’s surrounded by land on three sides and facing Molokai, so no swells can get in. There are lots of expensive tours here, but you can go for free. The shore itself is very rocky,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

The walk through the trees from the road to the bay is one of my favorite short walks in the whole world. Along with the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah and Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens. It’s that good!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank gregh632
Reviewed October 5, 2019

A year can make a big difference! We were here the last two weeks of September, 2019, the weather was perfect, the bay was FLAT Calm! We got to see the fish and turtles again and again! Many tour boats came in around 9:00am, best...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank snorkelnut
Reviewed September 24, 2019

This place is an absolute must if you are on Maui. We found it by accident when we were driving around and we were absolutely blown away by the place. The fish were at our feet before we even dived into the water. Parking is...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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April 7, 2019|
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Response from Matthew F | Reviewed this property |
It's also about the timing of recent rains. Recent rains = river mud killing the visibility.
July 4, 2018|
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Response from Aaronwoo | Reviewed this property |
We saw turtles at Honolua - none at Molokini. The water will depend on when you go - sometimes it is rougher due to weather etc. there fish at both places, but more variety at Molokini.
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