Whether you’re a veteran snorkeler or new to the hobby, you’ll want to make it a point to snorkel while in Maui. Even if you aren’t a strong swimmer, you can still enjoy this activity, exploring the wonders below the surface of the sea! Here is a look at some of the top, must-experience snorkel spots in Maui.
- The Molokini Crater
Located just 2.5 miles off Maui’s south shore, the Molokini crater is an underwater volcano islet. While you’ll see plenty of marine life in this large, open area, with depths of 40 feet, the crescent-shaped, partially-submerged rim of the volcano happens to be a popular destination for area seabirds. You can access this popular snorkeling spot via a vessel.
- Turtle Town
If the famous Green Hawaiian Sea Turtle wasn’t your favorite creature from the ocean before, it will be once you’ve gone snorkeling in this small stretch of ocean with a depth of just 30 feet. This is where all the Hawaiian sea turtles congregate without a care in the ocean. Accessible via boat, these sea turtles (and their beloved eggs and offspring) have been protected by both the Endangered Species Act and Hawaii state law since the late 1970s.
- Coral Gardens
Home to gorgeous coral reef formations and countless magnificently-colored fish, the appropriately-named Coral Gardens is a vast snorkeling spot 12 feet deep and easily accessed just off the center of the West Maui shoreline. You’ll be awe-struck by the diverse colors and the equally-inspiring diversity of sea life in this underwater garden.
- Honolua Bay
Although the entrance to this snorkeling spot is a bit rocky, the gorgeous scenery alone while in route to this location makes it well worth the trek. With dense marine life waiting to be explored from the surface down to 30 feet, Honolua Bay is easily accessible twenty minutes north of Maui’s Lahaina Town off the North-West shore.
- Napili Bay
With depths of only 10 feet, Napili Bay is a perfect spot for first-time snorkelers. Accessed by fin-sporting feet right off the legendary Napilu Beach, Napili Bay is situated between Kahana and Kapalua. When you take a break from snorkeling in the shallow and stress-free Bay, you’ll love relaxing on the beach, surrounded by a peaceful little community of locals and laid-back vacation rental inhabitants.
Embracing and enjoying the life below the surface of the sea is just one of many wondrous daily bucket list activities to take in while you’re vacationing in Maui.