Just the name “Maui” conjures up idyllic images of paradise. Swaying palm trees, miles of velvety white sand beaches, neon sunsets, the fragrance of tropical flowers and sweet strains of Hawaiian melodies carried on the island breeze. And that’s just on the land! Pull on your mask and fins for an otherworldly experience exploring Maui’s spectacular reefs, teeming with abundant sea life for a Maui snorkeling adventure you will never forget. Read on for information on where to find the best snorkeling in Maui, rent gear, or take a snorkeling charter.
Maui’s Snorkeling Hot Spots
The best year-round (and free) Maui snorkeling spots are on the south and west shores. On the south side, be sure to check out Fishbowl at ʻĀhihi Kīnaʻu Natural Area Reserve, White Rock in Wailea, and Keawakapu Beach in South Kīhei. On the west side, Black Rock at the north end of Kāʻanapali Beach, Oluwalu, and Honolua Bay Marine Preserve have an abundance of tantalizing sea life.
Maui Snorkeling Gear Rental
Most any scuba dive shop on Maui rents snorkel gear; however, we’ve chosen the most reputable for you. Snorkel Bob’s, with several locations on the west and south sides, has a great reputation and everything you need for your Maui snorkeling adventure. The Snorkel Store in Kāʻanapali and Lāhaina likewise has knowledgeable staff and an excellent gear selection. You can also check out The Maui Snorkel Store and Auntie Snorkel’s, both in Kīhei.
Maui Snorkeling Charter Boats
For the best of the best snorkeling in Maui, a snorkel charter boat is the way to go. Most Maui snorkeling charters go to Molokini Crater, a small island marine preserve in Mā’alaea Bay known for its crystal-clear waters and spectacular abundance of sea life. Maui Snorkel Charters provides some of the best offshore snorkeling in Maui. Gemini Charters in Kāʻanapali offers a fantastic snorkel sailing adventure to Honolua Bay Marine Preserve, and to other great west side destinations such as Turtle Town and the island of Lanaʻi. Hawai‘i Ocean Project is the only snorkel charter departing from Lāhaina Harbor that goes to Molokini; they too have snorkel trips to Lanaʻi.
Ready to Take the Plunge?
You want to get the most out of your vacation, so why just limit it to land? Explore the magnificent underwater world of Maui by contacting our snorkeling Maui specialists today at ILoveHawaii.com.