5 Awesome Spots To Snorkel In Lahaina
With crystal clear water and rich in marine life, Maui’s beaches are indeed one of the best places in the world for snorkeling. And some of these beaches that offer a perfect spot for snorkeling are found in Lahaina.
Mala Wharf is one of the best snorkeling spots in the actual town of Lahaina. It is about 10 minutes away from Lahaina Harbor and could go up to 30 meters deep, making it also great for scuba diving. You can expect to see lots of sea turtles, some white tip reef sharks, goatfish, black surgeons, and parrotfishes. These are just a few of the many sea life that you will get to see when snorkeling in Mala Wharf. The place offers excellent snorkeling for both beginners – expert snorkelers.
Wahikuli Beach Park
Wahikuli Beach Park is another excellent snorkeling spot found in the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway across the Lahaina Civic Center and Post Office. While much of the bottom of the beach is sand, the west side of Wahikuli Beach Park is the best spot for snorkeling. This place is mostly covered with green lawn where you can lounge at when you’re not in the water. Even when lounging, you can still get a glimpse of the sea turtles as they are usually swimming close to shore.
Honolua Bay is a beautiful Marine Preserve located in the northwest part of Maui and is 5-15 minutes away from the major hotels and resorts. Since it is a Marine Preserve, no fishing of any kind is allowed in the area. The best time to go snorkeling in Honolua Bay is usually around 7 AM to 11 AM. When snorkeling, go to the right side of the shore along the rocks as most of the corals and sea life are concentrated there.
Another must-visit snorkeling spot just north of Lahaina town is the famous Napili Bay. The place is very accessible with a carpark off the highway. However, you need to head there earlier to get a spot as the place can sometimes be crowded with visitors. When you’re ready to snorkel, go to the far right of the beach where there is better shelter. You will find a wide array of fishes and corals in the spot.
Kapalua Bay is an awesome spot if you’re looking for a good place to snorkel toward upper Lahaina. It is a crescent-shaped bay located in the lower road on Kapalua. Like Napili Bay, the beach tends to get crowded with visitors quickly, so you need to head there earlier to get a good spot on the beach. When snorkeling most people snorkel the whole bay but remember to reserve energy for the swim back. Being out here in Maui there are rip currents that can make it challenging to get back to shore.
As always stay safe and ask locals what they recommend when snorkeling these five spots. Make sure to use some reef safe sunscreen to protect the ocean reefs and most importantly have fun!