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Owner description: A great snorkeling spot on the southern coast of Maui.
Reviewed March 29, 2014

Best snorkelling on the island! Make sure to go early, around 7:00am-10:00am. Any later and it can get rough. I saw lots of turtles and hundreds of fish species.

Good for all ages.
Parking lot is very bumpy.

This video shows it all!


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"parking lot"
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"lava fields"
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"free snorkel"
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"tropical fish"
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"schools of fish"
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"entry exit"
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"porta potties"
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"volcanic rock"
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"small cove"
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"lots of marine life"
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"snorkel mask"
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"rocky beach"
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"la perouse"
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"snorkeling site"
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"great variety of fish"
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"yellow tangs"
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

A'hihi Cove is one of our favorite places to snorkel.
Enter by the rocky / sandy beach along the right side as you face the cove. There is concrete from an old boat ramp that facilitates entry. Immediately start snorkeling; there are fish as soon as you enter.

We've seen some of the largest schools of yellow striped goat fish (a silver fish) here. We also consistently see lots of largish fish and a great variety of fish. There are lots of yellow tang, convict fish, blue parrot fish and red parrot fish, and much more.

Please also be very careful. The cove is very shallow for a distance, and the coral is right there.
Be aware that coral is a living being. Be also aware that it is all too easy to get cut here. We wear long-sleeved, long-legged wet suits and gloves to protect the cove, the coral, and us.

Bring bandaids and antiseptic wipes in case you do get cut.

And please do not stand on the coral.

We have seen turtles out by the place where the lava rocks and the shoreline curve, both on the left and the right.

Parking is available about 1/4 of a mile past the Cove; there is a parking lot. The lot is bumpy but the walk back is easy; just down a small hill. And there are porta-potties here. There is also another snorkeling area, but, as we have never snorkeled in this area, I cannot review it for you.

I would recommend Ahihi Cove for snorkelers who are at the intermediate and advanced level. The coral is so close to the surface that this is not a good place for beginners, who may get hurt or who may hurt the coral.

There are no showers here. You will pass a number of food trucks on the way. The road is one-lane in many places and quite intimidating to drive through. It is not for the faint-of-heart. There are a lot of blind hills as well.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

It's a longish drive south, and the walk from the car park is rugged, along a rough lava path, but it's worth the trouble. Take booties if your feet are tender, for getting into the water, fit your fins and mask, and be ready for lots of fish. We saw 28 identifiable fish today, including the most exhibitionist eel we've encountered in 20 years.

2  Thank Elaine S
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Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

Its full of fish!! If you like snorkeling this is sort of like a pool and with lots of quantity you dont need to go dar at all.

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

drive down the road until you hit the end. Go for a short walk amongst the lava flow and the rugged coast to see it at least. On your way back stop at the parking lot which says this name. A short walk and you are at the beach. It looks under stated and doesn't look like a beach like the others. But you are there for the snorkelling right? As soon as you poke your head under water an amazing array of sea life awaits you. Moray eels, sea turtles and so many fish species.
Go in the am when the sea is calmer and of course on a sunny day. It's hard to have to come back out but after an hour or so unless you are wearing a wetsuit you'll get a little chill.
Lovely snorkelling.

3  Thank Andi U
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