Honokeana Bay

Honokeana Bay, Maui: Address, Phone Number, Honokeana Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Honokeana Bay
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Christine92602
Irvine, CA14 contributions
Family
Cool jungle path you have to walk thru to get to water. Very rocky, I would suggest water shoes. Snorkeling was easy and very clear water, fish were pretty but not abundant. We didn’t see any sea turtles, but did see squid which was a first for me. I would not recommend this area for small children or older adults as there is not a sand beach.
Written September 1, 2021
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Emalee D
6 contributions
Couples
So the snorkeling in this spot wasn't anything comparable to napili point but that could just be because of waves making things more mirky. The walk to the bay was pretty cool though. We enjoyed the beautiful trees, chickens, and even saw what we believe was a mongoose family! It doesn't take long to hike to the bay and ya may have better visibility than we did so still recommend.
Written September 27, 2021
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bjg896
Seattle, WA39 contributions
Family
This is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. Lots of fish to see. You're almost guaranteed to see a turtle or two (or three) if you spend 20+ mins there. You can even see them from the shore when they periodically pop their heads up to get air. Remember if you're in the water, don't go to close to them and don't harass them, they are an endangered species.

The snorkeling is best on the north west side of the bay near Napili Point Resort. That's also the best area to get in the water from the rocks. There's one spot with a narrow channel you can swim through to get to the bay. It looks a little intimidating, but if you go when the swells aren't too crazy, you'll be fine. It looks harder than it is, as long as the water isn't rising and falling more than 1-2 feet rapidly.

Remember, only wear mineral reef safe sunscreen, the other stuff destroys the reefs.
Written April 16, 2022
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Allen L
Regina, Canada452 contributions
Couples
When in Maui we have alternatively stayed at either Napili Point or Napili Shores resorts, both of which have easy access to this little bay. (The Honokeana Cove resort does as well, but we've never stayed there and can't comment further.) Without a doubt this is one on my favorite places to snorkel, and no trip to the island is complete without a visit.

While the shoreline and ocean are public, the adjacent property is private and people should respect the right of the resorts to limit access through their grounds. But that doesn't mean there is no access.

If you are staying in either Naplili Point or Honokeana Cove resorts you have the best situation and can directly access the water. Folks from Napili Shores (or resorts further north along Napili beach) can walk and scramble along the rocky shoreline to get there.

But there is an easier way. On the west side of the Lower Honoapiilani Rd between Napili Point and Honokeana Cove resorts you will find a partially hidden path that follows the property line and takes you to the shore. This is more of a trail, and while it's only a few hundred yards long it has roots and rocks to navigate. It can be done in flip flops, but I'd recomend more substantial footwear.

About half way down the bay you will see the more well worn part of the grass that indicates the best spot for entering the water. You will see a couple places where you can easily pop up onto Napili Point property, but resist the urge.

There is a natural 'chute' in the rocks that facilitates the best entry into the water. It is essential that you pay attention to the tides and surf before entering the water. The entrance to the chute is relatively shallow and can be hazardous at low tide unless conditions are calm. High surf is always dangerous, and getting thrashed around in the chute or near the rocks WILL result in injury. High surf will also result in reduced visibility. I watch the tide levels and usually aim to be there at mid to high tide on relatively low surf days.

But once you are in its awesome. I have never not seen a turtle, and fish are abundant. Depending on surf conditions its possible to circle the entire bay seeing different things in different locations.

Some key things to remember:
- always respect the private property adjacent to the bay
- only use reef-safe sunscreen (buy it at the water sports outlet at Napili Shores if you don't have any)
- it's illegal to touch the turtles for any reason, so DON'T, they are protected.
- standing on the coral damages it and most types take years to grow back
- respect the ocean, every year snorkellers die in the ocean on Maui - because she always has the upper hand

Be safe and enjoy this awesome place, and please preserve it for your kids and grandkids, and the rest of us.
Written February 21, 2018
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SoCalArlene
Dana Point, CA24 contributions
Couples
Beyond words how much we treasured our time swimming with the peaceful sea turtles in Honokeana Bay. Read all the reviews posted here and then determine the path to the bay that feels most comfortable for you. In addition to the abundance of sea turtles, especially near some large rocks near the middle of the bay, we encountered a lot of the local fish that we saw in other Maui snorkel spots. I would definitely recommend snorkeling with fins because entry and exit from the bay can be tricky, and it allows you to comfortably spend a lot of time swimming and exploring this underwater treasure.
Written April 23, 2015
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lkgeo
Park City, UT34 contributions
Couples
Last week we snorkeled at Honokeana Bay several times. I'm usually pretty comfortable climbing around on rocks, so I was surprised how much of a challenge it was to get into and out of the water. As others have mentioned, there's a narrow dirt trail for public access between the Honokeana Cove condos and Napili Point condos. The trail leads to a rocky shore with short but somewhat steep sides, plus a flatter area with an enticing-looking small cove facing away from the ocean. The challenges (imo) are: water surges when getting into or out of the water; it's hard to tell how close the underwater rocks are when entering the water (especially when the water surges!); the rocks, when wet, can be very slippery--making the enticing flat part of the area less enticing; there are turtles feeding along the edges so it's possible to be swirled around with them in a small area--not good for them or us; and we saw eels in crevices along the underwater rocks. Our group enjoyed the snorkeling once we were in the water, but we all tried several ways of getting in and out of the water. I ended up swapping fins and boogie board for water shoes, to make it as easy as possible to get in & out of the water without tripping over fins or having the board float out & away. And, I liked the steeper part of the rocks for getting in & out of the water; I found a decent channel through the underwater rocks.
If someone isn't a strong swimmer or comfortable climbing around on rocks to get into a bay, I'd recommend Kahekili Beach in the middle of Ka'anapali (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60634-d1603950-Reviews-Kahekili_Beach_Park-Lahaina_Maui_Hawaii.html). Parking and restrooms are nearby. We also snorkeled at Honolua, which was in between the two in terms of getting in and out of the water--a somewhat rocky entrance, but shallower/easier than Honokeana.
Written May 7, 2019
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carOlyn51_11
Sidney, Canada102 contributions
Couples
Can you say turtles!!!!! Yes they live here, but please respect these gentle giants, I saw people trying to touch them and generally harras them i was so mad. sooo please give them space they are protected by law and there is a large fine for this behaviour.
Written December 3, 2011
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rmkahn
Tracy, CA117 contributions
In August 2008, my family and I spent ten days in Maui, staying near by to Honokeana Bay. This small bay is just around the point to the left of Napili Bay and is a gorgeous snorkeling spot. Although it can get silty, making it hard to see you can't miss the numerous sea turtles that are in the bay. But be careful, these lovely creatures rise straight up from their resting places on the bottom and they will come right up underneath you.

Getting in and out of the water can be tricky as most of this bay is surrounded by rocks. You have to time your slide into the water with the motions of the waves, but an small inlet with a natural rock seat makes it easier.

Not recommended for little kids.
Written February 2, 2009
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Amy G
Cleveland7 contributions
Family
We found the well hidden path and entered the water through the rock shoot. The waves were huge and current was strong but we are good swimmers and had floatation devices. Swam out into the open water and were immediately pummeled by high rocks and coral hidden in the water. I WOULD NOT recommend this location for anyone but a very experienced swimmers and snorkelers. It is very dangerous and rocky. We climbed out without seeing anything. No turtles on the beach or rocks that we could see.
Written August 8, 2018
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Richard S
Kaysville, Utah, United States144 contributions
Friends
Best snorkeling I have found on Maui! Saw 30+ in one hour. Hard to find, and not advertised - for a reason. The entry is difficult, both parking, hiking and swimming.

Advanced snorkelers!

Not really any public access. We parked on the street by Napili Resort. There's a conspicuous small trail leading between 2 resorts.

The trail gets a little dangerous quickly. Pay attention to how close the 30 foot drop off is (hidden by shrubs).

The dive entry is at the end of the point. A large "bathtub" like rock formation. The sweeps come in, and with good timing, carry you out into the cove. Lots of dangerous docks are just below the surface as you exit the "bathtub," however. Be careful and study/plan tour entry.

Getting out is even a little more tricky, using the same place and swells.

Saw eels, cucumbers, tons of fish, and many turtles, some snoozing, some actively swimming and eating.

Enjoy!
Written June 16, 2016
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