Maui is known for its crystal clear waters and stunning marine life, making it a paradise for snorkelers. The south shore of Maui is particularly famous for its top-notch snorkeling spots, and if you’re looking for an easy snorkeling set rental, look no further than adding it on to your camper van reservation so it’s ready for you upon pick up of your vehicle!
Let’s explore the best snorkeling spots on the south shore of Maui:
Molokini Crater - Located just off the coast of Maui, Molokini Crater is a partially submerged volcanic crater. The crater is home to over 250 species of fish, making it a must-visit spot for snorkelers. It also boasts excellent visibility, with underwater visibility of up to 150 feet. You’ll need to book a snorkeling excursion for a visit to Molokini Crater, but it’s definitely worth it! We love heading out on the water with Maui Snorkel Charters based out of Kihei.
Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve - This beautiful reserve offers some of the clearest waters in Maui, with visibility of up to 100 feet. The reserve is home to a variety of marine life, including colorful fish, green sea turtles, and even spinner dolphins. This reserve is surrounded by lava rock, so not a sandy beach to relax on after snorkeling, but definitely worth a trip there.
Ulua Beach - This popular beach is a great spot for beginners and experienced snorkelers alike. The waters are calm and shallow, making it easy to spot a variety of marine life, including butterfly fish, parrotfish, and even the occasional octopus.
Maluaka Beach - This beach is known for its beautiful coral formations and abundance of marine life. Snorkelers can expect to see a variety of colorful fish, green sea turtles, and even the occasional manta ray, right off the beach.
La Perouse Bay - This secluded bay offers some of the most pristine waters in Maui. The bay is home to a variety of marine life, including humpback whales during the winter months. Be sure to be cautious where you drive and park, as there are many lava rocks that can be sharp.
The south shore of Maui is home to some of the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced snorkeler, these spots offer something for everyone! Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera to capture the stunning marine life you’ll encounter. Always respect the animals and coral in the water and on the land, and also make sure to wear your sunblock – a Maui sunburn can sneak up on you while in the water, and that’s a souvenir you’re not going to want to bring home :)