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Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve

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A great snorkeling spot on the southern coast of Maui.

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beautiful ocean scenery on the way down as seen in the included pictures. The parking area is rough and not real big so coming early and on week days helps. It is a favorite of... read more

Reviewed April 20, 2016
Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2016

beautiful ocean scenery on the way down as seen in the included pictures. The parking area is rough and not real big so coming early and on week days helps. It is a favorite of the locals for hanging out and snorkeling. There is not a beach. It is rough sharp lava rock but beautiful. La Perouse bay is about... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

We drove through the reserve on our way to La Perouse Bay. It is absolutely gorgeous and love seeing the lava flow and rock formations. Would like to have explored more, but time didn't allow on this trip.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2016

We got incorrect information that this would be great snorkeling for the kids. The entry is very sharp rocks. If you can get past that, the snorkeling is very nice.

Thank travelfam7700
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

This preserve provides yet one more opportunity to see the diversity of Maui's shoreline. The black lava rock and mixed collections of white coral made me think of bones washed up on the shore. A sturdy pair of shoes is needed for this shore. The lava rock is jagged and of varying sizes. The tidal pools are filled with sea... More 

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Saskatoon,SK Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,119 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2016

This is a nature preserve located on the far south west end of the Makena Road about a half hour south of Kihei. The drive alone is worth it. Once you get there, there is a small parking lot adjacent the lava fields which holds about 50 cars. The only facilities there are two port-a-potty latrenes. No life guards, showers,... More 

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Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Our third visit to Maui and here we are hiking one of the most interesting sites in Southeast Maui: Ahihi-Kinau. Most come here for snorkelling but for us a hike of about 90 minutes through a landscape of contrasts - volcanic rock on one side, ocean vista on the other with patches of forest that even featured a family of... More 

1 Thank Gk E
Everett, Washington
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Reviewed February 20, 2016

Snorkeling here is like being in a huge aquarium. Lots of coral, fish and sea life. The only drawback is that parking is very limited (along the side of a very narrow road, or several blocks away) and it is a totally rocky entrance. Those with limitations may find it too difficult to get down into the water. Not the... More 

4 Thank GraceofGod
Rosemount, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 20, 2016

Had many recommendations to go here to see the fish and it did not disappoint. It is a nice walk from the parking lot and only has porta pots to use. Is a little tricy getting into the water nut the fish make it worth it.

Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2016

If you want to swim with fish, this is the place to go. You are practically surrounded with colorful fish. The shore is rocky so make sure you bring fins or water shoes. We came early in the morning (9:00am) so the water was clear and not many people around yet. Parking was plenty. I don't recall seeing a public... More 

2 Thank lynn B
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Reviewed February 1, 2016

I felt the souls of the old people there, it was nice, but raised goosebumps on my arms. The water was silky and calm. I didn't know until after we'd been there about the history of the place.

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