3 of the BEST places to snorkel in Maui

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The Modern Family loves snorkelling. With minimal instruction, even kids can enjoy colourful underwater life.

If you can swim, you can snorkel! In Maui, be prepared to see lots and lots of sea turtles!  

Here’s our list of our favourite places to snorkel in Maui.


1. Black Rock

The very first time I snorkelled – ever – was at Black Rock in Maui. We stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and I wandered into the water with a borrowed mask. As soon as I put my head under water I couldn’t believe all the beautiful, colourful fish!

If you are staying in one of the Ka’anapali Beach strip hotels (we recommend the Westin, but I’ve heard the Sheraton is nice too) just wander down the beach walk to the far end and go snorkelling at Black Rock.

Kaanapali Beach is a 3-mile-long stretch of white sand beach on Maui’s west shore. Condé Nast magazine rated it one of the best beaches in the world and I have to say I agree. Black Rock is at the north end of the beach. The warm water and calm conditions (created by the rocky peninsula) make it a great snorkelling spot.

Directions to Black Rock. Tip: If you aren’t staying on the beach strip, park at Whaler’s Village and The Sheraton.


We got up early to beat the crowds and go snorkelling in Kapalua Bay near Napili. We saw lots and lots of turtles!

We got up early to beat the crowds and go snorkelling in Kapalua Bay near Napili. We saw lots and lots of turtles!


2. Kapalua Bay

Recommended to us as a fabulous snorkelling spot by family and friends we drove the 20 minutes from Ka’anapali to Kapalua Bay. Kapalua Bay is very different from Black Rock  – it’s not as crazy busy and felt more like a neighbourhood beach. In fact, it turned out to be our favourite snorkelling site on Maui.

Kapalua Bay is sheltered and its calm water make it good for kids and for snorkelling. A California friend of mine with 2 small children raved about it and said they always saw sea turtles there. She was right! It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Ka’anapali Beach and enjoy some quiet time.

Getting to Kapalua Bay: You have to drive from the Westin, it’s about 20 minutes. The fastest way in on the main highway or go  Take the Lower Honoapilini Rd to the Napili Kai Beach Resort  and turn in to the car park. There are limited spaces – so get there early (between 7 – 8 am).


maui - Molokini

The Molokai carter is a popular spot to snorkel in Maui. Photo credit: Go Hawaii


3. Molikini

Many put the Molokini crater on their bucket list for snorkelling. It’s a crescent-shaped non-inhabited island (and state bird sanctuary – so you can’t go on the island). You’ll need to get there by boat – which on its own is a great reason to go! Getting out on the water in Maui is a must, giving you a different perspective and an enjoyable experience.

Molokini’s offshore location gives creates clear water. The brightly coloured coral is amazing. It can get a bit crowded with tour boats, so opt for the earlier once. My suggestion is to go there at least once – if only for the fun boat ride

Getting to Molokini: There are several boating excursion operators, but one of the biggest and best run is Trilogy Sailing Excursions. With the Discover Molikini trip you get Mom’s cinnamon rolls and lunch is their famous teriyaki BBQ chicken and the over 21s get 2 adult beverages (after snorkelling, of course!). Excursions depart from Maalaea Boat Harbor.



Well hello there! Swimming with a sea turtle in Kapalua Bay!

A video posted by @britmums on



Sail Trilogy Excursions 101 Maalaea Rd +1 (808) 874-5649 sailtrilogy.com

Go Hawaii gohawaii.com/uk

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10 Responses to 3 of the BEST places to snorkel in Maui

  1. clare nicholas 05/09/2016 at 17:06 #

    I’ve never been to any of these but now I really really want to.
    They look beautiful locationshot
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  2. Cass Bailey 05/09/2016 at 16:54 #

    What a great experience – I cant imagine seeing things like this in real life as your photos are beautiful as it is x x

  3. Louise 01/09/2016 at 21:43 #

    Oh wow, what a great experience. I would love to do this x

  4. Anne 31/08/2016 at 15:18 #

    How beautiful! I’d love to go swimming with turtles, we have a huge one at our sea life centre and his name is Molakai, it makes sense now.

  5. Anne 31/08/2016 at 15:16 #

    Oh how beautiful, I’d love to swim with turtles. We have a huge one in our Sea Life Centre and his name is Molakai, it makes sense now.

  6. Ness 30/08/2016 at 23:14 #

    My daughter is on a mission to save sea turtles at the moment so she would love this!
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  7. Fozia S 29/08/2016 at 21:25 #

    I have never tried snorkelling! But these places look amazing to do it in!
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  8. Cathy (Mummytravels) 29/08/2016 at 19:09 #

    Hawaii is somewhere I’d love to go and I can imagine how amazing the snorkelling is.
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  9. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill 29/08/2016 at 09:27 #

    Wow that looks amazing!! I have yet to take my kids snorkelling. I think my son is a bit young at the moment but it’s on our list of adventures for a few years time!
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  10. Kara 29/08/2016 at 09:09 #

    Oh my, what beautiful settings. I love snorkelling and scuba diving and it would be a dream to Maui!

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