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The weather in Maui changes from day to day, and from one beach to the next. Sign up for the Maui Snorkel Report to learn where to snorkel each morning of your trip!

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Wednesday, September 18


the skinny

Snorkeling is going to be excellent across the board today in Maui! All 3 Zones have exceptional underwater visibility and relatively calm ocean conditions.

North West Zone is your premium spot this morning. There’s a small south swell on the island this morning that’s mostly avoiding Napili, Kapalua and Honolua. Head up there for dreamy snorkeling conditions!

Near Ka’anapali will be excellent today for snorkeling as well—clear underwater visibility and mostly calm conditions. You’ll find stronger than usual currents further out and a few shore breaking waves here and there from the south swell.

All 3 main areas on South Shore are looking great for snorkeling. Kihei, Wailea and Makena Landing have clear visibility and relatively calm conditions. The south swell is present with long pauses between sets of small waves. Underwater visibility is great down here today. Exercise general ocean safety and you should enjoy an excellent day down here!

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Tuesday, September 17


the skinny

On an absolutely gorgeous, sunny day in Maui, North West Zone will be excellent for snorkeling! A small south swell is creating small shore breaking waves and currents in the other 2 zones. 

Underwater visibility is still looking good Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore today, even though with the small south swell. Snorkeling conditions should hold up at the most favorable spots in each zone. 

Honolua Bay and Kapalua Bay are looking amazing this morning! We’ve got excellent underwater visibility there with plenty of sun and small waves if any. Morning will be best as normal trade winds will fill in the afternoon.

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Monday, September 16


The skinny

All 3 Maui Zones will be excellent for snorkeling today! You’ll find a few shore breaking waves here and there at some spots.

It’s going to be hot and humid today in Maui, but trade winds will begin to fill in during the afternoon hours. North West Zone is going to be lovely for snorkeling—Napili, Kapalua and Honoua all have excellent underwater visibility and calm ocean conditions.

Black Rock and Kahekili look amazing this morning. Black Rock will stay nice all day (even when trade winds arrive). The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach and possibly Makena Landing will likely be good snorkeling destinations on South Shore today. Keep an eye out for shore breaking waves, but underwater visibility will be good in this zone.

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Sunday, September 15


the skinny

We’ve got excellent snorkeling across the island today! Ocean conditions are generally calm and light AM wind will turn to an on-shore breeze in the afternoon.

On a mostly sunny day with some clouds and a chance of scattered showers later, all 3 bays in North West Zone are looking great for snorkeling! Kahekili also looks amazing today. Black Rock has some waves at the beach, but underwater visibility is good there too. 

The north side of Ulua Beach and Kamaole 1 will be good for snorkeling this morning. Makena Landing may have waves today—if so, you may want to avoid that spot. Overall, it’s going to be a good day for snorkeling in Maui.

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Saturday, September 14


the skinny

On an absolutely gorgeous morning in Maui with bright blue skies, conditions are evolving to feature more humidity, light wind and a small south swell. 

The strong trade winds of the past few days will begin to recede today, being replaced with humidity and a 50% chance of tropical showers by this afternoon. Snorkeling conditions will still be favorable in most spots because ocean conditions are generally calm and underwater visibility is holding up. 

A small south swell has brought waves to Makena Landing on South Shore this morning. The north side of Ulua and the Kamaole Beaches have only small shore breaking waves. Black Rock in Near Ka’anaapli Zone is also affected by this swell. Snorkeling will still be good here today, but expect stronger currents further out as well as some shore breaking waves. Kahekili will be excellent today.

North West Zone is the best area for snorkeling on Maui this morning. Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay will top the list. Napili will be good too, but it is seeing some small waves from the south swell. Underwater visibility is excellent up there today. 

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Friday, September 13


the skinny

It’s going to be a wonderful day for snorkeling in Maui in all 3 zones today! Expect calm conditions, excellent underwater visibility and a windy afternoon.

All 3 bays in NW Zone will be exceptionally beautiful today. Conditions are favorable for snorkeling in the morning. You’ll still find a few waves here and there. Black Rock should be epic all day long! Kahekili will be nice in the morning but windy later in the PM. 

Makena Landing, Ulua Beach and the Kamaole Beaches will be excellent for snorkeling this morning with calm ocean conditions, good underwater visibility and plenty of sunshine. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling!  

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Thursday, September 12


the skinny

We’ve got favorable snorkeling conditions in all 3 Maui Zones today. Underwater visibility is great overall. Expect stronger than usual currents due to a small south swell.

On a mostly sunny day in Maui, most snorkel spots across the island are looking excellent! Ocean conditions are calm overall; morning will be best as trade winds will fill in later making the surface of the ocean choppy. Tropical moisture will bring some brief scattered showers. 

All 3 bays in North West Zone look great for snorkeling! Black Rock and Kahekili will be excellent as well. Be mindful of currents further away from shore. Kamaole1, Ulua Beach and Polo Beach are the best spots for snorkeling on South Shore. You’ll find some small waves in the shallows down there. Morning will be best as wind will fill in later.

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Wednesday, September 11


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions continue to improve on a beautiful, sunny beach day in Maui!

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The shore breaking waves we’ve seen recently are receding today, and ocean conditions are generally more calm in all 3 Maui zones. There are still small waves in the shallows, and currents get stronger the further out into the ocean you go.  

Napili, Kapalua and Honolua will all have calm conditions and excellent underwater visibility this morning with strong trade winds this afternoon. Kahekili and Black Rock look lovely this AM. Black Rock will be better than Kahekili when trade winds arrive in the PM. 

All the main beaches on South Shore will be good for snorkeling today as well. Kamaole 1,2 and 3, Ulua Beach and Polo Beach, and Makena Landing all have calm ocean conditions with light wind this morning! The afternoon will get windy here as well.

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Tuesday, September 10


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions have improved in all 3 Maui Zones today! It’s extra beautiful out there at the beach this morning.

You’ll still find some shore breaking waves at some spots, and currents are stronger than usual at places like Black Rock, however, underwater visibility is looking really good for snorkeling and ocean conditions are more mellow than they’ve been last few days. 

South Shore is experiencing the most improvement! From Kihei down through Wailea to Makena Landing, snorkeling looks great! Near Ka’anapali will be excellent for snorkeling today. It’s kinda windy but the breeze isn’t causing wind-waves on the ocean’s surface. North West Zone is favorable for snorkeling as well! Kapalua and Honolua will be your top spots. Napili Bay still has some waves, but may be okay. Possible scattered showers here. AM best; windy later.

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Monday, September 9


the skinny

On a mostly sunny Maui beach day, all 3 Maui zones have good spots to explore for snorkeling! Morning will be best as it’ll get windy later.

Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay are looking lovely for snorkeling this morning. Napili Bay has some waves and currents from the recent swell. 

Black Rock and Kahekili will be good snorkeling destinations this AM!  In the afternoon, Kahekili will get super windy and Black Rock will remain nice (although currents will increase here from strong wind action). 

The north end of Ulua Beach looks pretty good this morning, and Kamaole 1 and 2 are worth checking out as well. The Makena area has waves that may or may not be increasing throughout the day. Small waves will be breaking in the shallows at many snorkel spots. AM best; windy later. 

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Sunday, September 8


the skinny

All 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones will have spots that are favorable for snorkeling today. Be cautious of shore breaking waves and currents in all zones.

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day in Maui with a light breeze in the AM. By the afternoon, all 3 zones will have stronger wind.

Napili Bay and Honolua Bay still have some waves in NW Zone. Kapalua Bay is looking pretty good for snorkeling. Black Rock and Kahekili look really good today! Keep an eye out for currents further away from shore. Kamaole 1 and the north side of Ulua Beach are the 2 spots in South Shore with the best underwater visibility. Steer clear of the Makena area: there are large waves down there. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling! 

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Saturday, September 7


The Skinny

Near Ka’anapali Zone and Kapalua Bay are your best best for snorkeling on Maui today. Weather will be favorable for relaxing at the beach.

Shore breaking waves have taken over most beaches on the island today, including Napili Bay, Polo Beach and Wailea Beach. Underwater visibility is compromised at many of these spots for snorkeling, even though it’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day for the beach. 

Kahekili Beach has good underwater visibility this AM and fairly mellow ocean conditions for snorkeling. Please keep an eye out for currents, especially further out, and exercise caution near the ocean today. Expect a breezy afternoon. 

On South Shore, Ahihi Bay is very dangerous with large waves, and the Makena area is rough as well. The Kihei area has the best underwater visibility in that zone.

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Friday, September 6


The Skinny

Swells are increasing in all 3 Maui snorkeling zones today. Be cautious near the ocean. Generally, it’s going to be a beautiful, sunny Maui beach day.

Near Ka’anapali Zone during the AM hours is your best bet for snorkeling today. Underwater visibility is still holding up at Black Rock and at Kahekili Beach. Swells will be increasing throughout the day, and we hare seeing strong currents everywhere— even at Black Rock. 

Napili Bay has waves this morning and Honolua Bay is somewhat affected by a north swell. Kapalua Bay may be “okay” for snorkeling, but be cautious in the ocean. 

Underwater visibility is compromised on South Shore. The Makena area has large waves and Kihei has smaller waves. Morning will be best for recreating in the ocean today as wind will pick up in the afternoon. Generally speaking it will be sunny and nice today at the beach, but be cautious of shore breaking waves and currents if you decide to get into the ocean.

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Thursday, September 5


the skinny

On a beautiful beach day in Maui, Near Ka’anapali and North West Zones are good for snorkeling, while South Shore is struggling a bit from a south and north swell. 

You can still find some “okay” underwater visibility at the beaches in Kihei this morning. But Makena Landing and Wailea have rough ocean conditions that aren’t conducive for snorkeling. 

Honolua Bay also has a few waves and currents from the north swell, but it’s looking decent for snorkeling today. From Kapalua Bay down to Ka’anapali Beach, snorkeling conditions are looking great! We’ve got mostly calm ocean conditions, plenty of sunshine and excellent underwater visibility at those beaches! Kahekili will be nice in the morning, and Black Rock will likely stay nice all day long. 

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Wednesday, September 4


the skinny

All 3 Maui Zones are looking good today for snorkeling! The island is going to be hot and sunny today with strong wind in the afternoon.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay look great for snorkeling this morning! Honolua Bay will be okay as well, but you may find a few waves up there from a small north swell.

Black Rock and Kahekili have beautiful underwater visibility this morning. Black Rock will remain nice all day for snorkeling. Kahekili will get windy in the afternoon.

Ulua Beach and the Kamaole Beaches have calm ocean conditions for snorkeling this morning! A small south swell is affecting Makena Landing. AM best. t’ll be hot and windy in the afternoon on South Shore.

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Tuesday, September 3


The Skinny

The day after Labor Day is shaping up to be more like Groundhog’s Day in Maui. Snorkeling conditions will be favorable across the island, with familiar patterns from yesterday. 

All 3 Maui snorkeling zones will be calm for snorkeling today with good underwater visibility for snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish.

It’s expected to be hot and sunny today with strong trade winds in the afternoon. Some beaches like Black Rock and Kapalua Bay may be good for snorkeling all day long. Ulua Beach and the Kamaole Beaches are looking really good for snorkeling this morning. Keep an eye out for the occasional shore breaking waves.

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Monday, September 2  2019 LABOR DAY


the skinny

Labor Day in Maui will not be very laborious for most of you as it’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day with excellent snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones! 

On a beautiful, 3 day weekend on the island, ocean conditions are playing along to provide a relaxing, exhilarating day at the beach! The beaches from Honolua Bay, all the way down to Black Rock in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali will all have excellent underwater visibility for snorkelingwith turtles and tropical fish today. Morning will be best as it’ll be breezy in the PM. Geographically protected spots like Black Rock will remain nice for snorkeling all day long.

South Shore has a similarly favorable story, with good underwater visibility at the Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach and Polo Beach, and even down at Makena Landing(although there are a few more waves here). Across the island there are small waves in the shallows and a few clouds in the sky here and there. 

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Sunday, September 1  2019


the skinny

On a very hot and humid first day of September in Maui, snorkeling conditions have improved overnight across the island! 

A couple of swells are bringing stronger than usual currents and small shore breaking waves to our snorkeling beaches, but overall, beaches are mostly calm and snorkeling is looking favorable today!  NW Zone is mostly cloudy today but underwater visibility is excellent! AM will be best as the afternoon will be breezy.

Near Ka’anapali looks wonderful for snorkeling today as well. Snorkel at moderate distances from shore today since currents are somewhat stronger further out. 

Polo Beach, Ulua, Olowalu (mile marker 14) and Kamaole 1 will all be South Shore snorkeling destinations worth checking out! Head out in the morning as the PM will be more windy.  

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Saturday, August 31  2019


the skinny

Saturday in Maui will be hot and mostly cloudy with a chance of scattered showers and decent snorkeling in all 3 zones. 

Tropical moisture is moving across the island today, increasing the chances of clouds, humidity and rain in some zones. 

Underwater visibility will be good for snorkeling in NW Zone and Near Ka’anapali with Kapalua Bay and Black Rock looking best. 

The north side of Ulua and Kamaole Beach Park 1 are the best spots on South Shore for snorkeling today. There are strong currents and shore breaking waves of various sizes in all 3 Maui zones this morning. Please snorkel relatively close to shore today (10 – 15 yards) and also be cautious of waves right at the shoreline.

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Friday, August 30  2019


the skinny

On a hot, party cloudy Friday in Maui, you’ll be able to find decent snorkeling in all 3 of the island’s major zones. 

North West Zone will be mostly cloudy today but it’s got the best snorkeling conditions on the island. The 3 bays are nearly glassy this morning! Ocean conditions are calm and underwater visibility is great.

Near Ka’anapali will be hot and partly sunny with good snorkeling at Black Rock and Kahekili. A southwest swell is mixing things up a bit with currents and small shore breaking waves. But underwater visibility is good and conditions are mostly calm here.

South Shore is the area that’s been most affected by the south swell—the Makena area especially. You’ll find stronger waves and currents down there. Expect long wait times between sets of waves and use caution. Kamaole 1 and Ulua Beach look “okay” for snorkeling today!

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Thursday, August 29  2019


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful day for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones! Expect clear underwater visibility, light wind and mostly calm ocean conditions.

On a mostly sunny day on the island, things are looking really good for snorkeling! The light wind means you’ll  be able to extend your Maui beach da into the afternoon.

From Honolua Bay at the top of NW Zone down to Black Rock in Near Ka’anapali Zone you should find plenty of excellent spots to snorkel with green sea turtles and tropical fish.

A small south swell has small shore breaking waves in the shallows at some Maui beaches, especially on South Shore. Underwater visibility continues to be excellent for snorkeling, even with the small swell. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling!

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Wednesday, August 28  2019


the skinny

On a hot, humid day beach day in Maui, snorkeling will be good-to-go in all 3 zones!

We’ve got excellent underwater visibility and calm ocean conditions most everywhere on the island this morning. You can expect mostly sunshine and hot temperatures today, but we’ll also likely get some scattered showers at some points in NW Zone or down near Makena.

Black Rock and Kahekili look beautiful this morning! Kapalua and Honolua will be great as well!A small south swell is developing. Waves are small on South Shore this AM, but currents are beginning to pick up and this eventually impact visibility. This morning, most of the beaches on South Shore will be nice for snorkeling!We’ll have moderate trade winds in the afternoon in all 3 zones today.

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Tuesday, August 27  2019


the skinny

Ocean conditions look really nice out there this morning in Maui! We can expect good snorkeling in all 3 Maui zones today. 

It’s a little cloudy this morning but by noon or earlier, the sunshine should burn through. There’s a chance of scattered showers in the AM. 

Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay all have crystal clear underwater visibility this morning! Ocean conditions are calm. Morning will be best as trade winds will pick up in the PM.

Black Rock and Kahekili are both looking beautiful today! Small waves if any in this zone. Great visibility for snorkeling. Windy in the PM.

Olowalu (Mile Marker 14), the Kihei beaches, Ulua, down through Makena Landing all look great for snorkeling today! You can expect a mostly sunny day, and small waves if any. The afternoon will be very windy, especially in Kihei.

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Monday, August 26  2019


the skinny

Maui is looking excellent for snorkeling today in all 3 zones! Morning will be best as some beaches will be breezy in the PM.

Across the island we’ve got calm ocean conditions, plenty of sunshine and excellent underwater visibility! Normal trade winds will fill in the beaches in the afternoon, especially in Kihei and at Kahekili Beach.

We’ve got a huge list of awesome snorkeling beaches today: Kapalua; Napili; Honolua Bays; Black Rock; Kahekili; Olowalu; Kamaole 1, 2, 3; Ulua; Polo; and Makena Landing all look great! 

As always, please make ocean safety a priority and have a wonderful time with your family, friends, and loved ones!

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Sunday, August 25  2019


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful, partly sunny day in Maui with calm ocean conditions for snorkeling and stronger than usual wind at the beach.

Strong morning winds have placed a slight “bump” on the surface of the ocean in some snorkeling spots this AM. However, snorkeling will still be excellent—calm conditions and clear underwater visibility almost everywhere—during the first part of the day! 

Spots like Black Rock, and the 3 bays in NW Zone and the Makena area are likely to remain protected from trade winds in the afternoon as well! 

Today’s trade winds will contain a bit of moisture that could develop in to scattered showers here an there. Overall it’ll be a beautiful, sunny beach day in Maui. 

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Saturday, August 24  2019


the skinny

It’s going to be a fantastic day for snorkeling in Maui! All 3 Zones have excellent underwater visibility and calm ocean conditions this morning. 

We’ll find hotter than usual temperatures at the beach today, and what better way to cool off than to snorkel with turtles and tropical fish?! 

All your favorite spots, from Honolua Bay, all the way down to Makena will be excellent for snorkeling today! Morning will be best as trade winds will fill in the afternoon. Even Makena, where it’s usually calm, will be windy later. 

Select your favorite beach or explore a new one from our beaches guide and enjoy the favorable snorkeling conditions today with your family! 

As always on a mellow day in the ocean, please make water safety a priority. You’ll still find some waves at the shoreline and in the shallows.

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Friday, August 23  2019


the skinny

We’re back in business for snorkeling in Maui this morning! All 3 snorkeling zones have improved nicely. Still be cautious of shore breaking waves and currents today. 

It’s going to be an absolutely beautiful, hot, sunny beach day with good visibility for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones! Morning will be best as strong wind is expected in the afternoon.

Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay should be excellent for snorkeling today!  Underwater visibility has improved and the ocean is much more calm than yesterday. Black Rock and Kahekili look great for snorkeling with turtles as well! Be cautious of stronger than usual currents. Wailea and Kihei have mellow ocean conditions for snorkeling but Makena still has some waves left over from the swell. Morning is best as Kihei will be windy and hot in the afternoon. 

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Thursday, August 22  2019


the skinny

Maui’s ocean conditions are beginning to improve after the recent swell. On a beautiful beach day in Maui, Honolua Bay will be good for snorkeling while the rest of the island’s beaches still have waves and currents.

Maui Snorkel Report scores rose in all 3 snorkeling zones today, but North West Zone is the only area that’s in the “green”. Honolua is looking nice, and Kapalua may be “okay” (with some waves). Napili Bay will be a boogie board zone at best. Visibility is compromised at Napili and possibly Kapalua for snorkeling. Morning will be best as strong trade winds will fill in the afternoon.

It’s going to be a gorgeous beach day Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore, but underwater visibility is compromised and we’re seeing strong shore breaking waves and currents here as well. Kahekili and Kamaole Beach Park 1 have the smallest waves in these 2 zones today. Please exercise an extra level caution near the ocean today. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head up to Honolua Bay for snorkeling!

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Wednesday, August 21  2019


the skinny

We’ve got big, dangerous waves and strong, dangerous currents almost everywhere today in Maui. Honolua Bay is the only spot that may be okay for snorkeling.

The High Surf Advisory remains in effect Wendesday. Ocean conditions continue to be rough. On this beautiful beach day we advise you to be VERY cautious around the ocean while recreating.

Today is basically a no-go for snorkeling, with Honolua Bay being a possible exception. Even at Honolua Bay, be very careful; please make your family’s ocean safety a top priority. Swing by The Snorkel Store to chat with our award-winning Customer Care Team about Maui’s best beaches, then head out for a lovely day watching the big waves!

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Tuesday, August 20  2019


the skinny

Surf’s up in Maui! All 3 snorkeling zones have large waves this afternoon. Use caution near the ocean while recreating. 

The High Surf Advisory came on strong this morning and by noon all beaches except for possibly Honolua Bay have big waves and strong currents. Black Rock is way too extreme for snorkeling. Same with Napili Bay and all the beaches on South Shore. 

Please exercise extreme caution near the water today on this beautiful, sunny beach day in Maui. We’ll connect with you again in the morning! 

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Monday, August 19  2019


the skinny

It’s going to be a hot, sunny and beautiful beach day in Maui with good snorkeling in all 3 zones! Some waves and currents are on their way this afternoon.

We’re seeing increasing wave activity today at the beach, but underwater visibility for snorkeling is still excellent at most spots! Trade winds will be strong later but the ocean shouldn’t get too choppy in the PM. 

North West Zone is looking great for snorkeling at all 3 bays this AM! Black Rock will be nice all day, while Kahekili will be great in the morning, but it’ll get a little breezy later. South Shore is showing waves at Makena up through Kihei, but visibility is still good for snorkeling. Be careful of shore breaking waves while recreating in the ocean today. 

Olowalu (mile marker 14) should remain nice all day, north Kihei will become a little breezy. Swing by The Snorkel Store to chat with our award-winning Customer Care Team about Maui’s best beaches, then head out for snorkeling!  

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Sunday, August 18  2019


the skinny

There’s nothing better than a Maui Wowie Beach Day on a Sunday! Snorkeling conditions will near perfection in all 3 Maui Zones this AM! 

Maui Wowie means it’s going to be calm, clear and filled with sunshine on Maui’s beaches today!   

North West Zone has superb underwater visibility and calm ocean conditions for snorkeling this morning. Wind is expected to pick up in the PM but it may remain calm. 

Black Rock and Kahekili are going to be amazing for snorkeling today! If wind picks up, Black Rock will still be great all day. 

Olowalu, The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua and Makena Landing all have excellent underwater visibility and relatively mellow ocean conditions today! You’ll find a few shore breaking waves here and there, and it’ll be a little breezy in the PM. Overall it’s looking really good on South Shore. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s safe and comfortable in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling on a Maui Wowie Beach Day! 

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Saturday, August 17  2019


the skinny

Maui’s snorkeling conditions continue to improve and delight! All 3 Maui snorkeling zones are looking good today! 

The recent west swell is mellowing out and even though you’ll find a few waves at spots like Black Rock and in Makena, Wailea and Kihei, underwater visibility is excellent today across the island! 

It’s going to be hot again today with normal breezy trade winds in the afternoon. North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali are prime for snorkeling today! 

The beaches in Kihei—Kamaole 1 and 2 particularly—are looking great as well. Makena and Wailea have waves but visibility is good. Be careful of shore breaking waves in the shallows. You should be able to find some good snorkeling down there today. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling!

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Friday, August 16  2019


the skinny

All 3 Maui Zones are looking good for snorkeling today! A west swell is creating some waves on South Shore and temps are expected to reach 92˚!

On a hot, sunny day in Maui with some scattered clouds, North West Zone has excellent underwater visibility and calm ocean conditions for snorkeling. Napili, Kapalua and Honolua will be excellent today. AM best as trade winds will fill in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali will be great for snorkeling with turtles and fish this morning as well! Black Rock will remain nice all day, while Kahekili will be affected by trade winds in the afternoon. Expect temps of 90˚ in this zone! Hot for Maui.

South Shore has good visibility for snorkeling today as well, but it’s the zone that’s been most affected by the new west swell. Watch for waves around the shoreline here. Kamaole 1 and 2 have the smallest waves while Makena Landing has waves. It’s forecast to be 92˚ down here today! WOW! Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s safe and comfortable in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling!

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Thursday, August 15  2019


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful beach day in Maui with excellent snorkeling in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali, and spot here and there for snorkeling on South Shore.

Today is a “morning is best” kinda Maui beach day at many beaches because trade winds are expected to blow in the afternoon, creating a “bump” on the water. Geographically protected spots like Black Rock will likely stay nice all day. Kahekili will become windy. 

Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay are gems for snorkeling this morning! Calm ocean conditions, light wind and excellent visibility. Plenty of sunshine here too. 

Our recent south swell is on its way out and there’s a new west swell bringing waves to some spots on Maui’s west side (Napili Bay). Be cautious near the shoreline as you’re snorkeling today. South Shore is showing waves and currents that are compromising underwater visibility. Kamaole Beach Park 1 has the smallest waves and the best snorkeling. 

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Wednesday, August 14  2019


the skinny

On a HOT day, Maui’s west side is looking great for snorkeling while South Shore will be hit and miss with the most favorable snorkeling spots in Kihei.

Honolua Bay is crystal clear this morning with excellent underwater visibility, calm ocean conditions and light wind! Kapalua Bay is looking beautiful as well. Napili Bay may have get waves from a new west swell that’s emerging.

It will be a very HOT and mostly sunny beach day across all 3 Maui zones! Wind is sorta moving around a bit today but expected to stay relatively light into the PM.

Underwater visibility at Black Rock and Kahekili improved overnight. There are still a few waves there, but Near Ka’anapali Zone is looking good for snorkeling today!

Kamaole Beach Parks 1 and 2 are your best bets for snorkeling on South Shore. Waves are populating much of this zone this morning and underwater visibility has been compromised at some spots. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling!

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Tuesday, August 13  2019


the skinny

Honolua and Kapalua Bay are going to be really nice for snorkeling today! A south swell has picked up overnight. It’s a sunny, beautiful beach day in all 3 zones. 

A new south swell is affecting South Shore, Near Ka’anapali and even Napili Bay this AM. Waves are breaking on the shoreline and on the reef further south. Honolua and Kapalua are least affected by the swell of any beaches on the island.

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day! Please be cautious playing in the waves at spots like Black Rock and on South Shore.

We’ll have normal trade winds in the afternoon in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali today. Kihei will get choppy in the PM.

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Monday, August 12  2019


the skinny

On a beautiful beach day in Maui, North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali have good underwater visibility for snorkeling, while South Shore is a bit compromised. 

All 3 Maui zones will be sunny today, and many spots will have light wind into the afternoon: excellent conditions for the beach. Kapalua, and Honolua Bays will be the most favorable destinations on the island today for snorkeling! 

Once you get down to Napili Bay, Kahekili and Black Rock, you can begin to see the effect of the small south swell: stronger currents and some shore breaking waves. These areas will still have good underwater visibility today. Please exercise caution while entering and exiting the ocean here.

South Shore has compromised underwater visibility because it’s more directly impacted by the south swell. Kamaole 1 and 2 will have the most favorable snorkeling conditions down here. The rest of the area will be a little rough. It’ll be sunny and beautiful at the beach. AM is best in Kihei as trade winds will pick up in the afternoon.  

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Sunday, August 11  2019


the skinny

It’s going to be another hot one in Maui today with good snorkeling in all 3 zones!

Honolua Bay, Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay will be excellent for snorkeling today, with great underwater visibility, calm ocean conditions and light wind most of the day! Napili will have some waves in the shallows.

Black Rock and Kahekili will also be pretty good today. Wind will remain light throughout the day and visibility is great! However, there are more waves and current than usual here today from the small south swell.

Underwater visibility is still nice on south shore, however the south swell is producing waves at some spots. Smallest waves are at Kamaole Beach Park 1. Largest in the Makena area. Ulua Beach will probably be nice for snorkeling today but it’ll still have some shore breaking waves. North Kihei will likely get pretty windy later. Head out for snorkeling, but be cautious getting in and out of the ocean.

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Saturday, August 10  2019


the skinny

On an incredibly beautiful day in Maui it’s going to be hot, hot, with a small new southwest swell that’s introducing a few new shore breaking waves to the snorkeling mix. With good underwater visibility holding, it’s going to be a great day for snorkeling!

It’s going to be absolutely lovely at the beach today! With rising temperatures, it’ll be perfect for cooling off in the Pacific Ocean! It’ll only get to just above 90 degrees, but reports say it’ll feel like mid-’90’s.

All 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones have good underwater visibility for snorkeling. The small new southwest swell is bringing small shore breaking waves and stronger currents than usual to spots like Black Rock, Napili Bay, and much of the southern part of South Shore. Again, underwater visibility is good for snorkeling, so be cautious getting into the water, then enjoy yourself safely searching for fish and turtles. 

Honolua Bay and Kapalua Bay should be unaffected by the southwest swell—they are both looking epic for snorkeling today! Wind is expected to be light most of the day but it could pick up later today.

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Friday, August 9  2019


the skinny

Can you believe you made it to Maui during this epic period of snorkeling! All 3 bays have calm ocean conditions today with North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali out in front! 

Today will be somewhat similar to yesterday’s glory, but it’s only partly sunny and South Shore has a small swell building that’ll add a few new waves to the mix.

Honolua, Kapalua and Napili Bays will all be fantastic snorkeling zones this morning and into the afternoon. Ocean conditions are calm. Underwater visibility is fantastic. Wind will be light most of the day (afternoon trade winds will pick up a bit).

Black Rock and Kahekili have excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling with turtles and we’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline. Wind will remain relatively light all day long (light trades in the PM).

South Shore has excellent visibility for snorkeling and relatively light wind as well. Waves will increase throughout the day (still small) from Olowalu all the way to Ahihi Bay, and this could affect visibility. Kihei is likely to get some wind in the PM that will put a “bump” on the water.

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Thursday, August 8  2019


The skinny

Maui’s in the sweet spot for summer snorkeling! On a hot, sunny day in Maui, all 3 zones will be calm with excellent underwater visibility and light wind.

The headline says it all: When snorkeling is good, snorkeling is GOOD! Maui’s going to be epic for snorkeling today! North West, Near Ka’anapali and South Shore are all going to be excellent spots to snorkel with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef today! 

The sunshine will be strong all day with only a calm breeze at the beach. Ocean conditions are glassy with visibility that’s super clear. Please play safely in the ocean today while you’re snorkeling in these incredible conditions! 

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Wednesday, August 7  2019


the skinny

It’s a MAUI WOWIE BEACH DAY of jumbo, mega-Maui proportions! Sunshine is out and all 3 zones have calm conditions and unbelievable underwater visibility for snorkeling!

Weather conditions can change quickly when you’re vacationing on an island, and sometimes these shifts can be VERY favorable for snorkeling.

North West Zone is in rare form this AM with glassy ocean conditions, epic underwater visibility and plenty of sunshine. Near Ka’anapali is in the same boat. Black Rock and Kahekili are nearly perfect for snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish this morning. Get it while it’s good! You’ll find some currents further out, and moderate trade winds will pick up in the PM.

South Shore is experiencing one of those rare days where snorkeling will be amazing from Makena Landing down south all the way up through Olowalu (mile marker 14). Ocean conditions will be calm in Wailea and Kihei as well—it’s really nice out there. You’ll find a few waves breaking at the shore and wind will pick up a bit in Kihei in the afternoon. Even when conditions are epic, always use caution near the ocean. 

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Tuesday, August 6  2019


the skinny

We’ve got good underwater visibility for snorkeling in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali on an unusual Maui weather day. Wind and cloud patterns are shifting around and it’s unclear how they will end up.

There’s a slight “bump” on the water this morning, which often means a day filled with high wind. However, wind patterns are shifting often so it’s unclear if things will mellow out or increase strength today.

Also there’s a 50% of some tropical showers today, so there’s humidity in the air.

That being said, underwater visibility is excellent on Maui’s west side, and pretty good down on South Shore! There are a few shore breaking waves here and there at the beaches. Wailea has the lightest wind. All 3 bays in NW zone look good for snorkeling this AM. Same with Black Rock and Kahekli. But things could get pretty choppy or rainy later—or get better!

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Monday, August 5  2019


the skinny

Maui looks great for snorkeling this morning: we’ve got plenty of sunshine, calm conditions in NW Zone and Near Ka’anapali, and good visibility down on South Shore. There’s a 50% chance we’ll get rain mid-day from Tropical Depression Flossie. Scores will change if we get rain.

It’s incredibly beautiful in Maui this morning! It’s sunny this AM with not many clouds in the sky. Tropical Storm Flossie has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression and will pass to the north of Maui at some point today.

There’s a Flood Advisory through this evening, but if we get rain at all, we expect it to come at some point in the middle of the day. Heavy rain is possible. Conditions could remain nice.

North West Zone will be excellent for snorkeling at all 3 bays! Same with Black Rock and Kahekili Near Ka’anapali. Wind is light this AM and underwater visibility is incredible! South Shore looks good for snorkeling as well but underwater visibility will be compromised at some spots due to stronger than usual shore breaking waves and currents. Kamaole 1 and 2 have the smallest waves. We may update this report during the day based on the behavior of Flossie.

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Sunday, August 4  2019


the skinny

Maui’s ocean conditions improved greatly overnight! We’ve got pretty epic snorkeling in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali and only a small south swell on South Shore.

Napili, Kapalua and Honolua have unbelievable underwater visibility today! The 3 bays are glassy and flat as well. Black Rock and Kahekili will be wonderful for snorkeling as well. You’ll find a few waves here, and some currents further from the shore, but overall it will be excellent.

Light wind is coming from the direction of the east today, which means it’s largely blocked by the mountains and won’t have much of an impact on snorkeling!  We’ll get some trade winds in the PM but not as strong as the previous few days.

South Shore has good visibility for snorkeling today but some waves and currents are showing up at spots. Olowalu (mile marker 14) should be nice today. Kamaole Beaches have the smallest waves. Makena area has the largest waves—the south swell is still alive. Be cautious getting in and out of the ocean in this zone today.

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Saturday, August 3  2019


the skinny

The clouds will likely burn off in Maui this morning and we are “in the green” for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones! 

The partly cloudy weather this AM will likely shift to mostly sunny at the beach. All 3 bays in North West Zone will have excellent underwater visibility today! Morning will be best as trade winds will fill in later. Avoid murky patches (rain run-off).

Black Rock will be good for snorkeling all day long. Kahekili will be best in the AM and windy later. There are only small waves in this zone.

Waves aren’t very big on South Shore today but a small south swell is creating stronger than usual currents that will likely compromise underwater visibility a bit. You’ll find the smallest waves in Kihei and they increase in size heading south.

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