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Maui’s Best Snorkeling Spots: Discover Underwater Hawaii

Maui has many incredible and unique species of fish and some of the world’s best snorkeling. Here are our top snorkeling spots for seeing all Maui has to offer underwater!

Molokini Crater

School of Fish - Molokini Crater, Maui

Molokini is home to more than 250 marine species

Visiting the Molokini Crater requires a short boat ride, but it is worth the trip. The crater is home to hundreds of fish and incredibly clear water.

While there aren’t any turtles here, seeing the small reef sharks and the schools of colorful fish more than make up for it, and snorkeling here is like entering a new world.

Most tours that visit Molokini also stop by Turtle Town, a popular snorkel spot near Olowalu. If you are visiting during whale season, there’s a good chance your boat tour will also be able to point out whales for you.

Read about our experiences on the Quicksilver Molokini Snorkel Tour.

La Perouse Bay 

La Perouse Bay is actually a fish reserve, so there aren’t any fishermen catching the bay’s bigger tropical fish. Because of that, it’s home to one of the best concentrations of fish on island.

As with many snorkeling spots, there’s not much beach here, but once you’re in the water, it’s easy to see why locals recommend La Perouse as one of Maui’s best natural attractions. It’s a bit of a drive outside of Kihei/Makena, so make sure to bring drinking water as well.

When you visit La Perouse, make sure to also walk around the nearby lava fields!

Honokeana Bay 

This bay is located on the far north-west side of Maui, just before Kapalua, and is home to over a dozen turtles, hundreds of tropical fish, and some gorgeous coral formations.

There’s no direct access to the bay (so you’ll have to cross through one of the surrounding hotels). After a bit of a rock scramble, you’ll notice the incredible coral cities inside the bay.

Unlike La Perouse, Honokeana is calm almost every day of the year (though you should always check the surf advisories, and if there are no other snorkelers in the water, take heed).

Honolua Bay 

Honolua Bay is one of the best snorkeling spots

Lots of snorkel cruises stop at this popular spot!

This bay is located about twenty minutes north of Honokeana. The two bays are fairly similar, but Honolua is somewhat larger and is a little more likely to have surf. Again, check advisories before you go.


Where are your favorite places to snorkel? Let us know in the comments!

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