6 Must-Swim Snorkeling Spots While in Ka’anapali/Lahaina, Maui
The Islands truly are something to behold, and Maui in particular is dear to my heart; my wife and I took our first vacation here back in 2014 shortly after we started dating and we’ve been back at least yearly since to partake in both snorkeling and diving. We got engaged and “Maui’d” here, so it is our special place. We love the Aloha Spirit of the Islands and embrace it in our everyday lives.
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Where to stay in Ka'anapali (Lahaina) Muai, Hawai'i
The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua
On Maui’s northwest shore, this sprawling resort encompasses six beaches, a championship golf course and hiking trails through its 22,000 acres.
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Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa
Upscale beachfront resort with seven restaurants and bars set in 40 acres of lush tropical gardens.
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The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali
Casual oceanfront property with polished rooms and suites, as well as island-style buffets and bistros.
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Things to do in Ka'anapali (Lahaina) Muai, Hawai'i
Black Rock (Pu’u Keka’a)
One of my favorite spots to plunge for its incredible underwater splendor, it is easy to get to from the Ka’anapali resorts, many within walking distance, and there is plenty to see. Arriving early in the day before most the beach goers arrive will give the best chance of watching sea turtles glide through the water. While exploring, make sure that you keep an eye out for people jumping off the rocks.
Offers an unbeatable spot where I’ve seen octopus and a variety of crustaceans, Trumpet Fish, Damsel Fish, Parrot Fish and other curious creatures on my journey over on the left side of the bay. On this side I’ve come across some amazing coral formations. Going out far enough on the north side of the bay, there’s even more dazzling sights of incredible fish and coral. This crescent-shaped beach tends to get crowded with visitors quickly, so beat them to the punch and start your snorkeling early.
Love this bay for snorkeling, in my opinion one of Maui’s most spectacular reefs. a beautiful reef taming with all the undersea life you expect. While this spot is accessible from shore, by far the best way to make the most of your time is to join one of the many boat tours to this spot. Get out there and be one with the waves if you’re looking for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.
This snorkeling spot I reserve for when I’m feeling adventurous as it is located off the beaten path and can be a bit tricky to get to. Also, this place is best trekked to in the summer months as it can get some rather turbulent waves in the winter months. Here finding sea turtles shouldn’t be a problem, they like to frequent this bay. I’ve seen lots of beautiful fish and even sea urchins at this spot.
For a picture-perfect example of a snorkeling paradise, I’d say check out Napili Bay. I’ve seen so many under sea creatures here calling this place home. Located just off the highway, Napali Bay is easily accessible, however it can get crowded, so arrive early enough to secure a parking spot.
While most refer to this as Airport Beach, its actual name is Kahekili Beach. Another great reef that is easy to access, however like many of the beaches I’m covering, arrive early for the best parking. Here I’ve seen plenty of moray eels hiding in the reef and sea turtles swimming by along with the tropical fish Maui is known for.
Places to eat & drink in Ka'anapali (Lahaina) Muai, Hawai'i
Down the Hatch – Love the atmosphere of the open courtyard, great seafood options as well as delicious cocktails. Perfect for lunch or dinner.
808 Café – Our go to breakfast spot, family owned with great local options from the Macadamia Nut Pancakes with coconut syrup and the local favorite Loco Moco.
Flappy Cakes – Great for families, make fun shaped pancakes right at your table, many batter options as well as toppings.
Sensei – Get your sushi fix here! Great atmosphere with great Asian food. Get your reservation early and highly recommend one right at opening time.
Kimo’s – Save room for dessert, gotta get the famous Hula Pie, it’s a must eat while in Maui.
Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice – best shave ice on the island, many locations, stop here for an afternoon treat after visiting one of the snorkel spots to re-energize.
ABC Stores – Found all over the island, great little general store for snacks and beverages as well as any little trinket you need to remind you of the islands.
Whalers General Stores – Like the ABC Stores, but tend it have a little better choice of food and the goods tend to be a little better quality.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out this guide, Scuba Divers Guide to Maui: 5 Must Visit Dive Sites.
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