Maui's Best Snorkeling Beaches
If you enjoy snorkeling, Maui is a fantastic place to vacation. With an abundance of beautiful beaches you'd be hard pressed to run out of potential snorkeling adventures. And while it's easy to think every beach in Maui offers great snorkeling, in reality some beaches are much better than others. Reef health, fish counts, and water clarity can make the difference between a good snorkel spot and a great snorkeling spot. The key to snorkeling in Maui is not only knowing where to go, but "where to go" once you get there.
Our snorkeling guidebook provides full descriptions and candid advice for all of Maui's best spots. Each location has detailed snorkel maps to guide you to the best snorkeling at each beach. Take a Look Inside for a preview.
Below are a few of our favorite snorkeling spots in West Maui and South Maui. Consult the Maui Snorkel Maps for their locations.
Best Spots to Snorkel in South Maui
Keawakapu Beach - Half-mile of sand with great snorkeling at each end
Ulua Beach - Nice reef that's popular with kids and beginners
Five Caves - Five Graves - Cool underwater caverns and arches
Maluaka Beach - Beautiful beach and an endless reef
Ahihi Bay - Big fish abound at this south coast marine preserve
Best Spots to Snorkel in West Maui
Honolua Bay - A marine preserve with lots of sea creatures
Kapalua Bay - Voted one of Maui's most beautiful beaches
Kahekili Beach - Great snorkeling with a full day of fun at the beach
Olowalu - MM14 - Great place to kayak-snorkel
Coral Gardens - For the adventure seeker with strong swimming skills