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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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Saturday, June 6


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions continue to improve across the island on Saturday as the recent south swell recedes even more.

Underwater visibility is good at the spots with the smallest waves. Be particularly cautious at areas with waves stronger currents. Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will have the most sunshine.

North West Zone 7.5

Ocean conditions are excellent for snorkeling at the bays today, especially in the morning. Underwater visibility is clear and we’re only seeing small waves.

Trade winds will be strong at areas that are less protected and we may see tropical showers off and on throughout the day. Clouds will roll in from the mountains here and there.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

Near Ka’anapali Zone will have plenty of sunshine and calm ocean conditions for snorkeling on Saturday. Stick closer in to shore as currents are stronger further out.

Morning will be best as the afternoon will become breezy at North Ka’anapali Beach. We’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline.

South Shore 7.0

Waves are decreasing in size again today as the south swell recedes. Underwater visibility has improved for snorkeling at the beaches where waves are smallest.

Currents are still strong here, so please be cautious while recreating in the ocean. South Shore is expected to be mostly sunny on Saturday with some clouds further south.

Friday, June 5


the skinny

THE SNORKEL STORE’ MAUI REPORT: Ocean conditions have improved for snorkeling in Maui overnight as the recent south swell is beginning to recede.

You’ll still want to be cautious on South Shore today as some beaches will have dangerous waves and currents. However, waves have dropped in size in Kihei and Near Ka’anapali.
North West Zone 6.5

High clouds and strong wind are expected up here today. The afternoon will likely be more sunny but trade winds could reach speeds of up to 30 mph.

Snorkeling conditions will be excellent at the bays that are most protected from wind. Calm ocean conditions with small waves if any.

Near Ka’anapali 7.0

This zone has improved a lot overnight. The effects of the recent south swell have reduced significantly and underwater visibility is excellent.

You’ll still find small waves at the shoreline here. The afternoon will bring strong trade winds at North Ka’anapali Beach.

South Shore 6.5

The recent south swell has receded significantly overnight: waves and currents have decreased in strength.

The Kihei area will be most favorable for snorkeling. Please be cautious of the possibility of dangerous waves and currents further south in Wailea and Makena today. There are long periods between sets so please keep an eye out.

South Shore will be mostly sunny in the morning and we’re expecting some clouds in the afternoon. Tropical showers are possible in the PM as well.

Thursday, June 4


the skinny

The High Surf Advisory continues on South Shore and into Near Ka’anapali today. Large waves and strong currents are expected.

Trade winds will be heaviest in North West Zone and at North Ka’anapali Beach today. The northern bays in North West Zone will be your best spots for snorkeling. Morning will be best.

North West Zone 6.5

Trade winds have picked up here today and the afternoon will become quite breezy. The northern bays will have the calmest conditions for snorkeling.

We’re seeing small, choppy waves at Napili Bay and these will likely increase with trade winds in the PM. Scattered showers are possible at some point today.

Near Ka’anapali 5.5

We’re expecting plenty of sunshine Near Ka’anapali today, however, the southern part of this zone has waves breaking at the shoreline and currents are up.

North Ka’anapali Beach has mellower ocean conditions but trade winds will fill in these beaches in the afternoon. Please be cautious recreating in this zone today.

South Shore 4.5

Large, dangerous waves and very strong currents will be present at many of the beaches on South Shore throughout Thursday. A High Surf Advisory is in effect here today.

Some beaches have smaller waves, but there are long periods between sets so please be extremely cautious around the ocean.

Smaller waves and variable wind expected in southern Kihei area. Northern Kihei will have stronger trade winds.

Wednesday, June 3


the skinny

Large, dangerous waves and strong currents have swept through South Shore overnight. Ocean conditions are extremely hazardous here and the effects of the south swell extend into Near Ka’anapali Zone.

There’s a small swell in North West Zone as well today but the bays should be safe for snorkeling closer to shore.

North West Zone 7.0

The best snorkeling on the island will be found at the bays in North West Zone today. Snorkeling is most favorable closer to shore. Currents are are up a bit the further out you go.

Weather on Wednesday will be partly sunny with high clouds and breezy trade winds.

Near Ka’anapali 5.5

The south swell is significantly affecting Near Ka’anapali Zone on Wednesday. Waves are breaking at the shoreline and currents are up. Please be cautious in the ocean in this zone today.

Near Ka’anapali Zone is expected to get plenty of sunshine today.

South Shore 3.0

The High Surf Advisory for south facing beaches has been extended through Thursday, June 4. Ocean conditions are extremely dangerous in this zone. Please stay out of the water here.

Large waves are slamming the shoreline. Very strong currents and riptides are present. At beaches with smaller waves, underwater visibility is still very poor.

South Shore will get a mix of clouds and sun breaks on Wednesday with strong wind in North Kihei in the afternoon.

#maui #hawaii #turtleready #snorklife

Tuesday, June 2


the skinny

A south swell will be mixing things up on South Shore later today, but this morning conditions for snorkeling are still looking good.

North West Zone will be most favorable zone for snorkeling all day long while Near Ka’anapali Zone will be excellent in the morning and may be affected by the south swell in the afternoon.

North West Zone 8.0

The bays will be calm and clear for snorkeling today and we’re expecting mostly sunny conditions at the beach.

We’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline and underwater visibility is excellent. Moderate trade winds will fill in the beaches during the afternoon hours.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5 (8.5 in the AM)

Snorkeling conditions are excellent here this morning but currents and waves could increase throughout the day.

We’re expecting plenty of sunshine here today with light wind in the morning and breezy trade winds in the PM. Underwater visibility is good for snorkeling this morning but please be cautious of possible changing conditions over the next 24 hours.

South Shore 6.0

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for this zone through Wednesday evening. Morning conditions are still good for snorkeling on South Shore but currents and waves will likely increase throughout the day.

Some “swell energy” will be blocked by neighboring islands, so not all beaches will see large, dangerous waves.

The Kihei area should get plenty of sunshine but clouds mixed with sun are expected in Wailea and Makena. Scattered showers are possible as moisture catches a ride on the trade winds coming off the ocean.

Enjoy the beach, but please be cautious recreating in the ocean in this zone today.

Monday, June 1


the skinny

The first day of June will have favorable snorkeling conditions in all 3 Maui Zones.

It’s going to be mostly sunny across the island today, however we’ll stukk get a mix of high clouds, trade winds, small waves and currents at spots. Underwater visibility is expected to remain clear for snorkeling.

North West Zone 7.0

The bays are calm this morning with very few waves and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling.

Weather is a little “iffy” as high clouds and trade winds may lead to scattered tropical showers at some point. The partly sunny weather may be enough for an excellent day of snorkeling.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

Near Ka’anapali will be mostly sunny today with calm wind at Black Rock and stronger trade winds near Kahekili.

Underwater visibility is excellent and we’re only seeing very small waves at the shoreline. Isolated showers are possible if trade winds increase.

South Shore 7.5

South Shore will have plenty of sunshine today and snorkeling conditions are favorable at most beaches in the morning.

Waves are slowly increasing in size but beyond the shore break underwater visibility is good. Be cautious of currents further out. Wailea will have calm wind while north Kihei will see strong trade winds in the afternoon. The Makena area may see some isolated showers today as well.

Sunday, May 31


the skinny

It’s going to be hot and sunny in all 3 Maui Zones today. an absolutely beautiful Sunday morning on the final day of May, 2020.

Snorkeling conditions will be favorable at most spots but a waves are picking up on South Shore and underwater visibility may be compromised in places here.

North West Zone 7.0

The moodier weather of the past week has given way to mostly sunny conditions in North West Zone on Sunday!

The bays will have clear underwater visibility for snorkeling with only small waves at the shoreline. Trade wind patterns are in effect today. Morning will be best as the afternoon will be breezy.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

This zone will be hot and sunny with calm conditions and excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling.

We’re expecting small waves at the shoreline and trade winds will fill in the afternoon in areas that are less geographically protected.

South Shore 6.5

Waves are gaining strength on South Shore today. Be cautious as there are long periods between sets of waves.

Snorkeling will still be favorable in the morning but as the small swell increases underwater visibility may become compromised at spots. It’s going to be hot and sunny down here today with trade winds affecting North Kihei in the afternoon.

Saturday, May 30


the skinny

Familiar weather patterns continue of Saturday with mostly sunny skies and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling in all 3 Zones.

Strong trade winds are expected to fill in the afternoon. Please be cautious while recreating in the ocean today as currents are a little stronger than usual.

North West Zone 6.5

We’re expecting sunshine with a mix of clouds up here today with breezy conditions at the beach.

Small waves are mixing things up a bit but snorkeling conditions are still favorable at the bays. Be cautious as currents are up a bit in all 3 zones. There’s a 20% chance of scattered showers.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s going to be beautiful and mostly sunny here today with excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling.

Currents will increase the further out you go, so please be cautious venturing out too far. Breezy afternoon. Small waves at the shoreline.

South Shore 7.0

Some waves are breaking at the shoreline in this zone and currents are stronger than usual today. However, snorkeling will be favorable at most spots beyond the shore break.

South Shore will have mostly sunny weather on Saturday with breezy conditions at some beaches. Morning will be best for snorkeling. #maui #hawaii #turtleready #snorklife

Friday, May 29


the skinny

Temperatures are cooling off in Maui today with max temps in the high ’70s. It’s a beautiful morning with mostly sunny weather from Near Ka’anapali Zone down through South Shore.

North West Zone is already windy this morning and you’ll find more clouds and possible scattered showers in this zone today. Snorkeling conditions are still favorable in the morning in all 3 Maui Zones.

North West Zone 6.5

It’s already windy up here today and weather conditions are a little cloudy. However, we’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline and underwater visibility is clear for snorkeling.

This area has the highest chance of scattered showers today.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

Morning Near Ka’anapali will be sunny and beautiful with calm ocean conditions, clear underwater visibility and small waves, if any.

The afternoon will become breezy as trade wind patterns extend into the weekend.

South Shore 7.5

South Shore will see plenty of sunshine on Friday with good conditions for snorkeling in most areas. Trade wind patterns mean there’s always a chance of scattered tropical showers during the day.

You’ll find small waves at the shoreline that will compromise underwater visibility near the shore. However, beyond visibility is good here.

In the afternoon, trade winds will be strongest in North Kihei and lightest in Wailea. #maui #hawaii #turtleready #snorklife

Thursday, May 28


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions will be similar as the past few days in Maui today: clear visibility, small waves and a mix of high clouds and sunshine.

One exception: trade winds will be stronger with North West Zone and North Kihei seeing the strongest wind.

Maui News: Restaurants set to open on Monday

Last night, Mayor Victorino announced “The New Normal” is upon the island of Maui.

Citing low infection rates, the the government will allow restaurants, fitness gyms, county parks, playgrounds and pools to open in Maui, with social distancing guidelines in place, beginning next week.

The 14-day quarantine for folks arriving to Hawaii on airplanes and for inter-island travel will remain in effect until June 30. Read more about the mayor’s announcement here.

North West Zone 7.0

Trade winds have made a comeback here today, however, snorkeling conditions should remain favorable into the afternoon.

We’re expecting a mix of high clouds and sunshine with a 20% chance of tropical showers riding in on the strong trade wind. Small waves are increasing at the shoreline today but underwater visibility is excellent.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

This zone will have plenty of sunshine on Thursday with calm conditions for snorkeling.

The afternoon will be breezy but underwater visibility is clear and we’re only seeing small waves (if any) at the shoreline. There’s a chance some light showers will pepper the beaches in the afternoon.

South Shore 7.5

Please be aware of currents and small waves on South Shore today as wind increases. However, beyond the shore break underwater visibility is excellent for snorkeling.

The Wailea area will have the lightest wind and North Kihei will have the strongest wind. We’re expecting mostly sunny weather here today. #maui #hawaii #turtleready #snorklife

Wednesday, May 27


the skinny

It’s a beautiful morning in Maui with clear underwater visibility for snorkeling in all 3 zones! Scattered high clouds mixed with sunshine are forecast for today.

Trade winds are increasing in the PM, however, many spots will likely remain favorable into the PM.

North West Zone 7.5

The protected bays will have clear underwater visibility with calm ocean conditions for snorkeling this morning. Trade winds will arrive in the afternoon, but snorkeling may remain favorable into the PM.

High clouds mixed with sunshine today. Scattered showers are possible in the afternoon as well.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

It’s going to be mostly sunny and beautiful in this zone on Wednesday with clear visibility and only very small waves at the shoreline.

Trade winds could make things more choppy in the afternoon, but overall this zone will be favorable for snorkeling today.

South Shore 7.0

A small south swell is creating small waves at the shoreline today, however, underwater visibility for snorkeling is excellent beyond the shore break.

Morning will be best as trade winds will make a comeback in the PM (scores are higher in the AM). Wailea area will have the lightest wind in the area . Please be cautious of possible increasing currents in this zone today. Showers are possible as well.

Tuesday, May 26


the skinny

Maui will be sunny, hot and humid on Tuesday with favorable snorkeling conditions in all 3 zones. 

The increased humidity brings with it greater chances of light tropical showers. Waves and currents have also picked up a bit, but underwater visibility is excellent and the ocean’s surface is mostly calm for snorkeling with turtles. 

North West Zone 8.0

Underwater visibility is excellent up here and Tuesday will be an good day for snorkeling at the bays. It’s going to be hot and humid today; there’s a 30% chance of tropical showers making their way to the beaches.

Trade winds are expected to make a comeback tomorrow, but we’re expecting light, variable wind today. Waves and currents are up a tiny but, but the ocean’s surface remains calm.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Near Ka’anapali will be an excellent zone for snorkeling with turtles on Tuesday!

Wind is light. The ocean’s surface is calm. Underwater visibility is excellent. And we’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline.

The humid weather means we may see tropical showers at some point in the afternoon. Overall snorkeling conditions will be very favorable in this zone.

South Shore 7.0

Waves and currents have picked up a notch down here today, but underwater visibility will still be favorable for snorkeling beyond the shore break.

Wind is expected to remain light today with humidity and plenty of sunshine. The Makena area has the greatest chance of seeing tropical showers in the afternoon.

Monday, May 25


the skinny

We honor the service and sacrifices of our families, friends, employees, guests, countrymen and countrywomen who have served in the military. You make it possible for us to enjoy the basic things in our lives every day. Thank you for your service.

—>> Memorial Day will be sunny and beautiful in Maui. Ocean conditions are calm in all 3 Zones for snorkeling and underwater visibility is excellent! Wind will be light at most spots, with stronger breezes at the furthest northern and southern beaches. There’s a 25% chance of scattered showers in the afternoon.

Happy Memorial Day. We’ve all been through a lot this past 3 months. Let’s celebrate today’s holiday responsibly and safely while recreating at the beach. Mahalo!

North West Zone 8.0

The small north swell in this zone has had very little effect on snorkeling conditions at the bays. Ocean conditions are calm and we’re only seeing very small waves this morning. Snorkeling should be excellent here.

It’s going to be mostly sunny here with some clouds and a decent chance of tropical showers in the afternoon. Overall, it’s going to be a beautiful day for the beach.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

This zone has had excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling the past few days, and Memorial Day will be no exception.

Waves are small, the ocean’s surface is calm, and wind is light this morning. This area may get a few scattered showers in the PM. In general, it’s going to be sunny and beautiful.

South Shore 7.5

Snorkeling conditions are favorable at most spots on South Shore today! Underwater visibility is excellent. The ocean’s surface is mostly calm.

We’re seeing a few small waves here and there. There’s a long-period south swell happening here so be aware of the occasional larger wave sneaking in. Wind should remain mostly light but stronger breezes are flanking around Haleakala at some spots. Scattered showers are possible in the Makena area later. #maui #hawaii #turtleready #snorklife

Sunday, May 24


the skinny

Favorable snorkeling will extend through Sunday in Maui as trade winds remain calm and swells take their time building.

All 3 Maui zones have calm ocean surfaces with small waves at the shoreline and excellent underwater visibility this morning. It’s going to be mostly sunny today and we’re expecting scattered tropical showers and sea breezes in the afternoon.

North West Zone 8.0

Morning will be best today as tropical showers are expected in the afternoon. The bays have light wind with only small waves at the shoreline. The ocean’s surface is calm and underwater visibility is excellent.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

The ocean’s surface is glassy here this morning and underwater visibility is very clear for snorkeling with turtles.

We’re expecting scattered tropical showers and sea breezes in the afternoon. Trade winds continue to recede today. Only small waves at the shoreline, if any.

South Shore 7.5

Underwater visibility is excellent at most spots on South Shore this morning. We’re seeing small waves at the shoreline but they could increase in size as the day moves along.

It’s going to be mostly sunny here today with possible scattered showers arriving in the PM. We’ll likely get a light breeze in Makena as the south wind wraps around the north and south flanks of Haleakala.

Kihei will feel a light breeze from the north. Morning will be best.

Saturday, May 23


the skinny

It’s going to be one of the nicest days we’ve seen in Maui for a while! Temperatures are rising, the wind has calmed down and ocean conditions are mostly calm with clear underwater visibility for snorkeling.

You may find a few small waves at the shoreline but overall it’s going to be an incredibly beautiful day in Maui.

Please be mindful of social distancing and safety guidelines while recreating. The 14-day self-quarantine for people arriving on airplanes is in effect through June 30.

North West Zone 8.5

It’s going to be sunny and beautiful with calm wind up here today! Ocean conditions are calm and underwater visibility is clear. Possible scattered showers in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali 9.0

This zone will have fantastic conditions for snorkeling. However, accessing the beaches is difficult because parking is limited. Glassy ocean conditions with light wind and clear visibility.

South Shore 8.0

South Shore will have light wind today with plenty of sunshine and mostly calm ocean conditions. Underwater visibility is excellent. Small waves are expected at the shoreline.

As always, please practice ocean safety while recreating in the ocean. Conditions have the potential to change throughout the day.

Friday, May 22


the skinny

It’s going to be an excellent morning for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones!

Larger waves will arrive in Maui at some point over the next few days, but for now underwater visibility is excellent, conditions are calm and we’re expecting plenty of sunshine.

North West Zone 7.5

It’s going to be gorgeous up here today. The sunshine has returned and the bays are clear and calm.

There’s a 30% chance of precipitation in the afternoon and trade winds will increase as well. But overall, Friday will be excellent for snorkeling.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

Near Ka’anapali Zone will be sunny and beautiful today. We’re only seeing tiny waves breaking at the shoreline and underwater visibility is excellent for snorkeling.

The afternoon will be a bit breezy. AM is best.

South Shore 7.0

The Ma’alaea area is already windy this morning, but overall, Friday is going to be a beautiful day for the beach on South Shore.

We’re expecting plenty of sunshine and underwater visibility for snorkeling will be excellent at most spots in south Kihei, Wailea and Makena.

You’ll find small waves at the shoreline and larger waves are possible at some spots. Wailea and Makena will have light, variable wind. Kihei will have a stronger north west wind. Trades will increase in the afternoon.

Thursday, May 21


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions will be favorable in all 3 Maui Zones this morning, however, currents will likely build throughout the day. We’re expecting on and off precipitation in NW Zone and Near Ka’anapali.

South Kihei down through Wailea is sunny this morning.

North West Zone 6.5

We got some precipitation up here last night and today we’ll see a mix of sunshine and light showers.

A northwest swell is slowly building, however, the protected bays have calm conditions and good visibility for snorkeling in the AM. How the day holds up will depend on how much “swell energy” gets blocked by neighboring islands. Morning will be best. Strong trade winds are expected this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali 6.5

This morning we’re only seeing waves breaking at the shoreline. You should be able to get some good snorkeling in during the AM hours. Currents are on the rise here today as the northwest swell builds. Rain and is expected this afternoon.

South Shore 7.0

South Kihei down through Wailea will have the most reliably sunny weather of the 3 Maui Zones.

Currents and small shore breaking waves are present, but snorkeling is expected to remain favorable here throughout the morning. Wailea will have light, variable wind while Kihei will see stronger trade winds in the PM. Light showers are also expected in the afternoon.

Tuesday, May 19


the skinny

We got more rain yesterday than we’d expected. The island is forecast to be mostly sunny today, but NW Zone may get some showers.

Ocean conditions have calmed down considerably overnight and underwater visibility is excellent in all 3 zones! The afternoon is going to become very windy, especially in NW Zone and in North Kihei. Wailea and much of Makena will be the areas with the lightest wind.

North West Zone

Strong trade winds are expected here today with increasing chances of showers into the afternoon. We’re expecting calm ocean conditions at the protected bays, but things could become choppy this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali

It’s a beautiful morning in this zone! The afternoon is expected to become windy. This area has calm conditions this AM with excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling. Sunshine is expected to remain strong throughout the day.

South Shore

South Shore should be mostly sunny today! We’re expecting strong trade winds in the northern part of the zone with light variable winds in Wailea and Makena. Ocean conditions are calm for snorkeling and underwater visibility is favorable. However, wind-swell could increase throughout the day.

Monday, May 18


the skinny

The north and south swells of the past few days are receding today, ushering in good snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones. Be cautious of larger waves and currents near Makena and at Honolua Bay.

Maui will be beautiful with a mix of sunshine, morning clouds, possible light showers and wind arriving in the afternoon.

North West Zone

This zone has been a little rough the past few days but ocean conditions are mellowing out today. Snorkeling conditions are expected to be favorable, but be cautious of small waves at the shoreline and larger waves up at Honolua Bay.

We’re expecting a mix of sunshine and clouds up here with wind increasing throughout the day.

Near Ka’anapali

Snorkeling conditions will be excellent in this zone, especially in the morning. We’re seeing a mix of scattered clouds and blue skies this AM, and a breeze will steadily increase into the afternoon.

Be cautious of strong currents further out in the ocean.

South Shore

A High Surf Advisory is in effect down here until 6PM this evening. However, this will mostly apply to the Makena area. Wailea and South Kihei will have favorable conditions for snorkeling. You can expect the most sunshine and the lightest wind near Wailea today.

Please be cautious of currents and small waves in the shallows.

Sunday, May 17


the skinny

When our grandkids read about this period in school, the number “58” may come to some of our minds.

In a way, 58 is pretty arbitrary because there’s much more work ahead. And for at least 1 week before we created The Home Edition of the snorkel report, things in Maui were kinda weird.

But the significance of shutting down one of the world’s most wholesome activities—snorkeling with turtles—for 58 days, means the world was pretty wild.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a step forward for folks living on the island of Maui.

The beaches are open. Some spots will be safer and more favorable for snorkeling than others. We’ll be here to offer guidance as you explore.

When our grandkids ask, we’ll have our own stories to share, and we’ll also 58 emails filled with photos of turtles, whales, rainbows, tropical flowers and smiling faces in Maui.

Thank you for sharing this journey with us.

Saturday, May 16


the skinny

BIG NEWS: Ocean Conditions Report To Begin on Monday

We all knew this day would come.

This Monday, May 18, The Snorkel Store will restart our ocean conditions report so you know which zones are favorable for snorkeling each day in Maui.

Mayor Victorino confirmed in a radio interview on Friday that Maui’s beaches are now open for “passive” recreational activities like sunbathing, watching the sunset—and snorkeling.

This announcement was our signal to restart the report.

Friday, May 15


the skinny

Last night, Maui 24/7 reported that Maui’s beaches will open up for “passive” activities such as sunbathing, and watching the sunset, on a trial basis, beginning Saturday. This temporary reopening would extend through May 30.

We aren’t able to verify this report at the County of Maui this morning, but assuming it’s true, this would be a major step.

Basically, this is an opportunity for us to evaluate how well we’re are able to social distance, on our own, at the beach.

As we can read in the colorful comments section on the post (scroll down 1 post), folks are encouraged that if we work together, we can get this right the 1st time. There’s optimism that if beaches remain healthy places during this trial, this more relaxed policy will extend into June.

Thank you for reading. Now let’s check out your Maui adventures!

Thursday, May 14


the skinny

More Beach Parks To Open Saturday In Maui

Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Victorino of Maui announced the opening of a significant number of Beach Parks, including:

  • D.T. Fleming,
  • Honokowai Park
  • Launiupoko
  • Charley Young
  • Keawakapu I and II
  • Polo Beach and
  • Wailea

These Phase 2 beach parks are set to open this Saturday, May 16. They will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM each day for exercise with social distancing requirements in place. This move is pending the governor’s approval.

Mayor Victorino also hinted he is likely to extend the mandatory 14-day quarantine for people arriving on planes to Maui beyond the current May 31 date:

“I’m looking at probably somewhere in June to say we are ready to accept guests from the other islands, but I want to see how their numbers run as far as positive cases.”

Yesterday, Kaua’i’s mayor extended the quarantine for their island through the end of June.

We will keep you posted on changing developments each day. For now, let’s enjoy your Maui adventures!

Wednesday, May 13


the skinny

Without rain there can be no rainbows. This feels especially true with safer-at-home guidelines in place and yet so much island to explore.

Maui does rainbows like no place on earth, and @mountainmother808 (Kristin) captures rainbows with a unique eye that always subverts expectations.

We are truly inspired by the creative talent of folks who live here on the island. Thank you Kristin for sharing your gift with us on Instagram!

Tuesday, May 12


the skinny

Today we have an opportunity for you to bring a slice of Maui home with you.

Lanione of our co-workers at The Snorkel Store (some of you may have chatted with her over the phone) is sewing beautiful Aloha print fabric masks!

Lani’s MauiSewn business, located in Lahaina, Maui is getting excellent reviews for her work on Etsy.

These hand-made, double-layered masks are washable, reusable and a ton of fun!

Are you looking to bring the Aloha Spirit back home during this crazy time? Save 15% with code MAUIVIP at this link! Your discount will be applied automatically.

Monday, May 11


the skinny

Good morning Maui! We hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend with family close by or at distances over Zoom!

Retail shops will begin to open Monday in Maui with social distancing guidelines in place. We’ll keep you posted on developments as this week unfolds.

Today we want to feature Maui photography from the fabulous Alyce Bush @mnrunner808Whether it’s whales, turtles or sunsets, you can always feel Alyce’s point-of-view in her pics.

We’re also sharing photos from Mike, a local Maui resident who wanted to give us a peek at Maui’s empty beaches. Let’s check ’em out!

Sunday, May 10


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Happy Sunday From Maui!

As the Sunday morning news shows buzz in the background, it’s encouraging to remember that at The Snorkel Store, turtles are our politics

Today we want to share incredible turtle pics one of our favorite Maui turtle photographers of all time, Shoeshine Shane. —>>  @shoeshine_shane.

Shane’s underwater turtle photos are inventive, engaging, active—and ultimately, very inspiring. 

Check out his videos as well! Shane has a knack for being in the right place at the right time to catch that magic moment. Thank you Shane! Now let’s check out your Maui adventures!

Saturday, May 9


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Wow. We really did it.

50 Days at home. It’s hard to believe. And it’s a little bittersweet.

It’s sweet because we’ve worked our butts off to protect the safety of our communities. It’s bitter because we’ve experienced so much suffering.

On a landmark day like today, we have a choice: feel good, or feel bummed.

The island of Maui has SO much natural beauty to offer, this decision has become an easy one for us.

In the days before the beaches open in Maui, we will be featuring some of our favorite moments from Instagram accounts that highlight the island’s natural beauty. (We’ll also be sharing your incredible Maui adventures, so please keep ’em comin’!)

Today we have some incredible humpback whale footage from . In the 3rd photo below you can see dolphins to the top left (to get perspective of the size of these whales!).

Friday, May 8


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Happy Aloha Friday!

As we approach Day 50 of the Home Edition, we’d like to take stock of how far we’ve come.

When things first shut down in March had no idea what to expect. As an attempt to create some sanity we identified 3 stages.

  • The Shut Down Period
  • The Middle Period
  • The Reopening Period

50 days in, Maui is beginning to move from the Middle Period to the Reopening Period.

Many of us are tremendously anxious and also incredibly ready. As we all walk through this together, we want to offer our deep gratitude to you for sharing this experience with us.

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 49 days, and in another sense it feels like a lifetime.

We’re so happy to be here on this Aloha Friday with you. We are proud of our community and we can’t wait to accomplish this 3rd phase alongside our friends.

Thursday, May 7


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Malls and Retail Shops Allowed To Open On Monday In Maui

One day after Governer Ige announced that shops may reopen in some locations in Hawaii today, Thursday May 7, Maui officials set the date of Monday, May 11 for allowing malls and retail stores to reopen on our island (if they are ready). —> Learn more here

Restaurants will still be take-out only, and food courts in malls will remain closed.

Here’s a list of types of businesses or services that will either be allowed to open, or to open with modifications:

  • Construction
  • Car Washes
  • Car Dealerships (see above)
  • Professional & Technical Services
  • Retail stores in shopping malls
  • Retail stores
  • Select County Beach Parks
  • Select county Parks
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Real Estate Services
  • Childcare for Essential Workers
  • Government
  • Golf Courses
  • Food Takeout and Deliver
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Agriculture and Farming

This is a significant development, and the next 3 weeks will undoubtedly offer additional nuances as reopening unfolds. We will keep you posted daily.

The Snorkel Store is leaning toward beginning our conditions report for Maui’s beaches when beaches officially open for recreation. Today, let’s continue to practice social distancing while we ride this to a healthy future.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful Maui stories! We are ever-closer to seeing this thing through in a responsible way.

Wednesday, May 6


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Unexpected Reopening In Hawaii

The governor of Hawaii made a surprise announcement on Tuesday afternoon, effectively opening malls, retail shops and childcare services in Hawaii, beginning tomorrow, May 7. Learn more here.

These new rules will vary county by county. Governor Ige issued a press release Tuesday night clarifying that malls and retail shops will not reopen in Maui Thursday.

This 7th Supplemental Proclamation, nicknamed “Safer At Home” is aimed at restarting the economy. While local Hawaiians will be allowed to patronize businesses, Governor Ige warns we are safer at home.

The 14-day quarantine for folks arriving on airplanes will remain in effect through the end of May. The government is working closely with the airline industry to create new guidelines for travel to Hawaii.

Governor Ige also stated that if the numbers of Covid cases begins to rise significantly, restrictions will be reinstated.

Yesterday’s proclamation was definitely confusing, messy and fluid. We expect clarifications in the days ahead, but we wanted to share this significant news with you in real time.

We have some beautiful, hopeful Maui stories to share on The Snorkel Store’s Maui Snorkel Report this morning! Let’s check ’em out!

Tuesday, May 5


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Whale Song

Recently, The Snorkel Store received an underwater video of whale song at Black Rock from a local Lahaina couple. You can watch (and listen) to this video here.

Bill and Carline captured this incredible choir of orchestral whale “voices” in March of this year.

Being naturally curious, they requested more info:

“Would love it if someone could give us information of these whale songs, whether they are male, female, juvenile, etc… I sent the video to PWF but have never heard back from them.”

The short answer is: Male humpback whales are showing their fitness for mating to female whales. Surprise, surprise. It’s a story as old as time.

The use of senses for whales is limited compared with land mammals. Sight isn’t effective because the ocean scatters light. Smell isn’t great because molecules diffuse more slowly than in in water than in air.

However, sound travels 4 times faster in water than on land. Though the use of the word “song” is a metaphor, experts have noted that whale song is strikingly similar to human musical traditions.

Thank you Bill and Caroline for your video and for your question! You can read their full email below. Now let’s check out your adventures!

Monday, May 4


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It’s turtle time!

With some states reopening this week and others remaining closed, today we want to focus on something purely positive: Maui’s green sea turtles.

Some of you have shared incredible stories of snorkeling with turtles in Maui with the Home Edition of the Maui Snorkel Report!

On a Monday filled with news and transition, we’d like to feature a couple of our favorite turtle stories.

We will continue to keep you posted on the timing for restarting ocean conditions reports. In the meantime, let’s enjoy some of your epic Maui adventures!

Sunday, May 3


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Thank you for tuning in to the concert from Ma’alaea yesterday.

What a wonderful treat it was to catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean and Haleakala from Ma’alaea Harbor yesterday!

Amy Hanaiali’i, Eric Gilliom and their band were fantastic and the May Day Concert raised a bunch of cash for Maui Food Bank. Mahalo to you for joining!

It’s a peaceful Sunday in Maui. We will get right to sharing your Maui adventures with our community.

We want to make a special request of you to please continue to share your Maui stories and pics with us! Got some photos from that Maui ’92 trip in the attic? Snap some shots and send them along!

You’ve been fantastic so far and we can’t wait to see what you have for us this morning! Mahalo nui loa.

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