Best Maui Snorkeling Spots: 5 Places for an Underwater Journey

From its colorful beaches to green valleys and exotic tropical flowers, Maui features breathtaking beauty. And that beauty extends beyond the beach and under the sea. Gorgeous coral reefs teeming with fish await visitors, and there’s no better way to see them than snorkeling. The island offers hundreds of places to explore, so we rounded up a few of our favorites. Check out some stunning Maui snorkeling spots.

5 Scenic Maui Snorkeling Spots

Ahihi Kinau Reserve

Ahihi Kinau Reserve provides a great spot for beginners. With an ocean depth less than 10 feet, snorkelers can get close to brightly colored fish that inhabit the cove. The cove welcomes families with small children and those not comfortable in open water.

Honolua Bay

One of the most popular Maui snorkeling spots is Honolua Bay. This picturesque place offers stunning island scenery with depths less than 30 feet. This large area serves as home base for fish, turtles and coral reef.

Coral Gardens

Located in the center of west Maui’s shoreline, find the Coral Gardens. This remote spot features tons of fish and coral reef. With depths less than 12 feet, Coral Gardens also suits those new to snorkeling.

Five Caves

More adventurous snorkelers and expert swimmer can’t miss Five Caves. The area measures 25-feet deep and ranks as a popular spot for turtles and scuba divers.

Kapalua Bay

Those who want to explore in groups should visit Kapalua Bay. This popular spot sits in between Oneloa Bay and Honokahua Bay, providing a centralized location in a populated area. Expect to see fish varieties and lots of coral.

Maui Snorkeling Trips

Several local outfitters rent snorkel and scuba gear as well as host guided trips. Maui Snorkel Tours has hosted shore-based tours for over 30 years and provides everything guests need for a safe experience. Just remember to wear swimsuits, bring towels and sun protection, and eat a good breakfast.

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