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“Great snorkelling for the early-bird”
Review of Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay
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West Maui Snorkeling Adventure
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Honolua Kayak and Snorkel Expedition
Ranked #31 of 378 things to do in Maui
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I arrived around 7:30am, before the sun had reached all parts of the bay, which was ideal. There were only 2 others there. It was silent. I saw 2 turtles (one was 3-legged and apparently hangs out there often -- the other couple had seen him before), an eel, butterfly fish, moorish idol, reef shark, snapper, surgeonfish, unicornfish, and likely a lot of others I forget or couldn't identify.

There's a great lookout point to take some great photos and then just after that, there are a couple of spots to park on the side of the road. The jungle/forest is gorgeous and filled with roosters & chickens. From the lookout, I saw dolphins around the southern tip, jumping and playing. Amazing.

I stopped snorkelling around 9am. There were 2 boats and loads of people (including some loud children) there at that point. More people usually means less fish, but I don't know for sure as I got out then.

As another reviewer said, be sure to snorkel out to the right where the land juts out a bit. That's where I saw a lot of the cool stuff (including turtles).

2  Thank webgoddesscathy
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Once a beautiful and vibrant bay filled with an immense amounts of coral and sea life is now dieing because of human influence. Not that entering the water is the issue. It is the chemicals and physicality that humans bring in with them. When going to Honolua Bay make sure you don't have any sunscreen on. If you are worried about getting sun burnt do go. It is that simple. When in the water do not touch anything. You are there to observe not interact. Please for the love of God tell you r spoiled children to not touch anything. While there my wife and I witnessed a family with several young children try to ride a small sea turtle that was coming up for air. Their parents watched and took pictures like it was the greatest part of their vacation. When I confronted them, I was not polite about it, the spawn of deficient parents replied with blatant lies that what they were doing was allowed. When I emphatically informed them that it was not OK their parents than became defensive.

This place is beautiful. The water is clear, the fish were plentiful while we were there and there is not a huge crowd.

Please visit, but when you do respect the rule. NO SUNSCREEN. DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY THE TURTLES. JUST OBSERVE.

Sorry for ranting, but someone had to say something.

15  Thank cgarmer
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Don't waste your money on Molokini snorkel boats, far superior snorkeling here. I went several times and had no problem parking even midday Saturday. Also no problem walking over "treacherous" rocks. Snorkel on the right side halfway out. Say hi to the pimp rooster with the blonde hair :)

3  Thank Joe M
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

I do think that snorkeling off a boat is much preferred because you get the boat ride and it is so much easier getting in and out of the water but if you are looking for the best snorkeling that you can get to from land then THIS is the place for you! There is a short hike through some dense, lush, vegetation and large trees (beautiful, by the way!) and then you arrive at the "beach". There is no sand so be prepared to walk on rather large "river rocks". Getting in can also be quite treacherous too because you have to traverse these same rocks with your fins. BUT once you get in the effort is richly rewarded. Head to the far right and left parts of the bay for the best snorkeling. In the middle there isn't much coral at all so be sure to make the trip to the ends of the beach and bay.

3  Thank Trey C
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Don't waste your money on the touristy snorkeling boats. Just head up to Honolua Bay for the best snorkeling on Maui.
Park along the road and a quick walk through the forest takes you to the rocky entrance of the bay.
We saw an enormous school of mackerel, sea turtles and swam with a school of approximately 20 dolphin. They swam around the bay for 1/2 hour or so before heading back out to deep water. We were so close that we could have reached out and touched them. Really a lifetime memory for our kids.
Amazing.

2  Thank RoccoNC
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