Snorkeling on Maui

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You can snorkel off of most beaches on Maui!!!

Snorkeling is a great way to experience the amazing variety and colors of tropical fish, sea anemones and coral just below the surface of the water. If you are lucky, you may even see a sea turtle or two.

There are places all over the island where you can rent or buy a mask and snorkel. Fins aren't necessary, but some folks like them as they make it easier to move around. In addition, a small kick board can be useful; as this will allow you to float without a lot of effort.


As for the best spots, most people will agree that Molokini Crater is the best and it has very dense marine life and coral formations. The depth is about 40 feet and is a volcanic crater about two and a half miles off Maui. Getting to Molokini requires you to either have a boat, or join a snorkeling excursion. If you do a tour, snorkeling equipment is provided.

Two other choice spots are Honolau Bay and Ahihi Kinau Natural Bay Reserve. Honolau Bay is about 30 feet deep and located just north of Kapalua off the Honoaplillana Highway and is about 8 miles from the Kaanapali resorts.

Best resorts for a Maui Snorkeling Vacation

Wailea Ekahi Village

Tucked along Keawakapu Beach, Ekahi Village is the perfect destination for a special Hawaiian vacation in an ocean front setting that truly feels like paradise. Great Wailea beach front values.

Hale Kamaole

Located on nearly 8 acres just a few blocks north of Wailea, on Maui's sunny south shore, Hale Kamaole is directly across from Kamaole III beach park in a quiet part of south Kihei.

Grand Champions Villas

Enjoy the ocean, mountain or golf view from your private lanai. Located in the heart of Wailea, on Maui's sunny south shore, Wailea Grand Champions is a family friendly resort offering good value and great views adjacent to golf and tennis facilities.

Wailea Beach Villas

The Ocean front pool is steps from gorgeous Wailea Beach and the first class exercise facility.

Kapalua Bay Villas

Spectacular views & beautiful properties on the wild side. Located on 16 luxurious acres oceanfront in Kapalua Resort.

Kamaole Sands

The very popular Kamaole Sands offers 440 individually owned units in 10, four-story buildings on 15 acres of lush, tropical, Maui in a resort like setting across from Kamaole III beach park in South Maui.

Maui Sunset

Located near Sugar Beach, the beauty & location (about as central as you can get to enjoy all the activities Maui has to offer) of Maui Sunset is hard to resist. 225 apartments with ocean views.

Polo Beach Club

Ocean front living in the heart of the luxury setting of Wailea & Makena. The 8-story Polo Beach Club boasts 71 oceanfront 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominiums all with spectacular ocean views on 2.3 acres.

Maui Kamaole

Two blocks from Wailea on Maui's sunny south shore; directly across from Kamaole III beach park & the Kihei boat ramp; Maui Kamaole offers 1 bedroom 2 bath, 2 bedroom townhouses & 1 bedroom + den ocean and garden view condos.


Located in the center of Wailea and easy walk or free shuttle (for some residences) from all the resources of the beach front Grand Wailea Resort.

Nani Kai Hale

Beachfront mid-rise w amazing ocean views. Central location on Sugar Beach in Kihei

The Palms at Wailea

he lush tropical grounds of the Palms of Wailea welcome you to the large, private grounds close to Keawakapu Beach

Kihei Akahi

Amazing ocean views, 2 pools, across from Kamaole II Beach Park. A perfect family setting

Kihei Kai Nani

Affordable Condos Across from Kamaole II Beach. Relax by the pool steps from shopping.

Maui Vista

Sitting across from one of the best beaches on Maui, enjoy pools, tennis courts, great grounds and gorgeous ocean views.

Ma'alaea Kai

Immaculately maintained Resort overlooking scenic Maalaea Bay; a short walk to Maalaea Marina, Built in 1974 with 79 units, on 2.28 acres, Maalaea Kai is the largest residential property in Maalaea Village. A great central location to access all parts of the island for your Maui holiday!

Makena Surf

The lovely grounds of Makena Surf offer a putting green, 2 pools, tennis and access to 2 beaches

Kamaole One

Located on spectacular Charlie Young Beach (Kam 1) offering affordable luxury ocean front.

Papakea Resort

Papakea Resort is located at north Kaanapali near Lahaina Harbor. Condos here have unique ocean views overlooking the islands of Molokai and Lanai.

Honua Kai

Suites & Spa with Hotel Amenities on 38 lush acres on a beautiful stretch of Beach

Haleakala Shores

Affordable condos with covered parking, this 4-story development is located across the street from Kamaole III Beach Park - a very popular park with a grassy area for kite flying, a small play ground, and wonderful, protected sandy beach.


On the West side of Maui at the north end of Ka'anapali, quieter than the nearby resort hotels, the owner managed units at The Mahana offer easy access to nightlife in a spectacular but peaceful beach front setting. A favorite spot for "Snow Birds", honeymooners and families.

Kihei Surfside

Located adjacent to the north end of sandy Keawakapu Beach in sunny, south Maui, Kihei Surfside Resort is a 6-story building with 83 apartments each with fabulous ocean views.

Ma'alaea Banyans

One of island's best condominium values, the serenity of Maui's south coast can be found at the beach front Maalaea Banyans Resort located near Maalaea Harbor overlooking scenic Maalaea Bay.

Other Activities on Maui

Whale Watching on Maui

Humpback whales migrate to the warm shallow waters near Maui each winter from November to May with peak season running January to March. The area between West Maui and the nearby island of Lanai is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. It is possible to see whales breaching and tail slapping from shore (I've seen breaches from both Wailea's Ekahi Village and the Gold Golf Course) but the most exciting and interesting whale watching happens on the water.

Surfing on Maui

With millions of wave-riding visitors, Maui is known as a surfer's paradise. Learning to surf on Maui is a must do. With its gentle breaks and plethora of surf schools, our island is built for learning to surf. Both the South and West side of Maui have numerous breaks made for long boarding. The gradual slope of the ocean contour at these spots make for a gently breaking wave perfect for getting you up and going. Most of our surf schools on Maui guarantee you'll stand up the first time you take a lesson. Many will also rent you a board if you want to try surfing by yourself.

Shopping on Maui

Staying in a condo means you have a kitchen and full resources to eat at home. Great for the best sunset views or a quick lunch for the kids, etc.

Golf on Maui

There are Plenty of options for golf on Maui. You've seen it on TV but now you can experience it.  Golf with the locals up in Pukalani, Waiehu and Kihei or on the manicured resort courses in Ka'anapali, Kaplua and Wailea Usually AM golf is less windy. Get golf tips and more on our golf page.

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