Often referred to as “Turtle Town”, Maluaka beach offers unique Maui snorkeling for precisely that reason. Located in between Black Sand Beach and Nahuna point, Maluaka Beach is infamous for incredible Hawaiian Green Sea turtle congregations perfect for any snorkelers looking to see wildlife beyond typical fish and sharks. With mountains protecting it from strong winds, this off the beaten path often local-populated gem of a beach is ideal for snorkeling and swimming alike. The calm water and high volume of sea turtles make for a very unique snorkeling experience not found elsewhere in the islands and sparingly throughout the world.
Maui snorkeling would be incomplete without a trip to the crescent moon-shape isle of Molokini. One of Hawaii’s most visually stunning snorkeling spots, this partially submerged volcanic crater basin provides calm waters making it a great destination for snorkelers of any level, especially beginners. With 200 plus species of fish, it’s hard to get bored snorkeling in and around Molokini. For the best experience, it’s recommended to book a boat tour from the Maalaea Harbor as early in the morning as possible. Being a marine life conservation district, visitors are not allowed to step foot on the island itself.
One of Hawaii’s most popular snorkeling spots, Honolua Bay receives up to 1500 visitors a day in it’s peak season, and for good reason. Almost completely engulfed in a bay, Honolua is one of Hawaii’s calmest snorkeling locations no matter how strong the winds are. Unlike most snorkeling locations in Hawaii, Honolua has no beach but instead boulder and rock shores surrounding it. The best corals to snorkel at Honolua Bay can be found on the right side, if looking out into the bay. Here you can see a wide array of interesting corals in various formations and in massive volume and density. The bay is quite large, with each side of it featuring different formations and types of fish. Snorkelers will often split their day in two when visiting this Honolua Bay, doing one side in the morning and other in the afternoon. Some of the coral that can be found here are Thick Finger, Cauliflower, Blue Rice, Lobe and Sandpaper Rice.