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Honolua Bay, Maui

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The powerful waves of Honolua Bay are known worldwide for providing fantastic surfing conditions in winter. You can take lessons as a beginner, but the waves can be dangerous, so follow safety guidelines. With a small, rocky shore, the bay isn't ideal for sunbathing, but when the surf is calm, you can try your hand at snorkeling and scuba diving. As part of the Mokulei Marine Life Conservation District, this protected area is home to many fish and coral reefs. Hike up to the top of the bluffs for views of the bay from above and to watch the surfing pros in action. Plan your Honolua Bay visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kapalua using our Kapalua travel site .
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  • We came here twice during our week on Maui. The first day it was very sunny and calm, so absolutely perfect conditions and visibility! So many colorful fish and coral! The 2nd time we came it was clou...  more »
  • We rarely make it here during the winter with the waves and the creek run off clouding the water. It is pretty hard to access from shore, slippery boulders upon entry. But a cool forest to walk thru t...  more »
  • We were driving this portion of the island and stopped off at a vantage point for photos when we saw the bay from above. It is beautiful but should have limited access to preserve it. As we drove furt...  more »
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  • Must do in Maui. Come early to get parking space along the road. Jungle walk is great with amazing tropical trees. I climbed some of them and it felt awesome. Snorkeling is great. Saw turtles and nice corals. There are some chickens running around, which make you laugh and kids happy.
  • We enjoyed our time in this more remote bay on Maui. Located on the northwest corner of the island, you will find a bay with more aggressive waves. Not too many people but they do have lifeguards which is impressive for a small spot like this.
  • Heading that way at 12:30 there were 4 catamarans parked in the bay with people in different directions. Though the bay was large enough to handle it. The lookout at the top has the best parking along the highway. This is also known by the locals who set up shop there at exorbitant pricing. Seems mini food/ shaved ice trucks are parked all along the way there. On a clear day the view is fabulous.
  • Great beach for snorkeling. Good amount of reef along the northeastern coastline with lots of marine life. The rest of the shore/middle of the bay is mostly sand. When we went on 4/1, we saw turtles, some gigantic parrotfish, orange-band surgeonfish, sea cucumbers, a barracuda, a few moray eels, and the usual accompaniment of angelfish, butterflyfish, moorish idols, triggerfish, chubs, etc.
  • Best snorkel dive on the island! Beautiful canopy and oaths along beach front. Immense amount of sea life that is hard to beat anywhere else. Amazing!
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