We just got back from a trip to Maui this May 2013. In the morning, the waves are very small and the water is clear. We walked into the beach at Kam 1 and snorkeled all the way along the reef from Kam 1 to Kam 2 (there are three Kamaole Beaches, in a row, with reefs along them). You could just as easily go into the water at Kam 2 and snorkel your way to Kam 1. Early morning snorkeling there this time of year is FABULOUS. We saw at least 10 humumhumu fish of various sizes, coronet fish, a clearing wrasse station (where small wrasses clean off the bigger fish!), all kinds of colorful reef fish that you can identify on the Snorkel Bob's fish sheet, and even sea turtles. I saw 2 sea turtles of moderate size, and my brother - who went out deeper - saw a 5-ft one swimming by! The water was clear & visibility good when the waves were low. There were a lot of people snorkeling, and we even took my 10-yr-old niece out to see the fish; we just made sure she was wearing a life vest too. On the beach many people were building castles and playing; there were also many paddle-boarders early in the morning. Towards 11/12 the waves got higher and the snorkeling was about done, but it was still good for playing on the beach. Parking can be tough on the street, but you can drive up and down to little lots, and if you come early enough, you'll find street parking.
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