White sandy beach and crystal blue seas are hallmarks of this gorgeous Hawaiian island. But where are the best spots to don your snorkel mask and fins to view the isle’s many tropical fish (and, if you’re lucky, sea turtles)? In general, South Maui offers the best snorkeling spots, but West Maui has a few as well. Here are several of our favorite beaches for snorkeling:
Po’olenalena Beach—Just south of Wailea and its posh resorts, this beautiful beach features amazing snorkeling all the way north to Palauea Beach. Go early for the best visibility.
Black Sand Beach—On the north side a Pu’u Ola’I in Makena, this beach is accessed by a short bumpy dirt road. The waters are calm, and if you swim out and head to the left, there’s lots of coral, fish and, hopefully, you may even spot a turtle.
Slaughterhouse Beach—Located on Maui’s West Shore, just past Kapalua, you find this beach at the mile 32 marker. Concrete steps lead down to the sand. Waters, however, can get cloudy, depending on the season.
Molokini—If you’re up for short boat ride, we can help you arrange a snorkeling cruise to this crater just three miles off the coast of Maui. Its crescent-shaped reef, considered a marine sanctuary, offers visibility of up to 120 feet. But be warned: this is a popular snorkeling destination, so be prepared to share the waters with other visitors.