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Friday, December 4


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! The best snorkeling today is in Ka’anapali & parts of the Southside! Trade winds ramping up today with strong gusts causing wind waves & strong currents in some areas.

There is a chance of passing showers this morning but looks like the mountains are holding off most of the moisture from reaching the shoreline in Ka’anapali, South Kihei & Wailea.

We expect mostly sunny skies this afternoon!

North West: 5.5

The waves are smaller & visibility has improved inside Napili bay & Kapalua bay. Waves continue to break with stronger currents elsewhere. The trade winds are strong with gusts up to 30 mph by this afternoon.

Cloudy with showers this morning. Scattered showers & sunshine expected late this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Black Rock is the spot! The south face is offering really nice conditions due to excellent wind protection. Currents are flowing pretty strong from Kahekili then south along the outside of Black Rock with little wind waves in areas as well.

Gusty northeast trade winds today. Slight chance of passing showers but looks like the mountains are holding off most of the moisture.

Southside: 7.0

South Kihei & Wailea have nice conditions! There are some small waves breaking in the shallows to avoid. Wind waves are expected to pick up this afternoon as the Trade Winds increase throughout the day.

The Kamaole beaches & the north pocket of Ulua beach have the nicest conditions.

 


Thursday, December 3


the skinny

The High Surf Warning continues in North West Zone on Thursday. There are longer periods between sets of waves today and the size of the waves has decreased a bit.

Black Rock looks fantastic today: underwater visibility is excellent and we expect plenty of sunshine! Kahekili Beach and North Ka’anapali Beach will see increased currents. Southside has clear visibility beyond significant shore breaking waves.

North West: 1.0

Large, dangerous waves and strong currents are slamming the shores in North West Zone on Thursday. Watch for longer periods between sets of waves today.

The High Surf Warning continues today. We expect skies to be mostly sunny for the beach but please stay out of the ocean in this zone.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Underwater visibility is excellent at Black Rock today! We expect mostly sunny skies and mostly calm conditions here.

You’ll find stronger than usual currents at Kakekili, on North Ka’anapali Beach, and beyond the tip of Black Rock. Wind should remain light in the afternoon.

Southside: 7.0

It’s a beautiful beach day with mostly sunny skies and light wind in the morning.

There are waves breaking at the shoreline at spots but underwater visibility is favorable for snorkeling at most spots beyond the shore break. Please be cautious entering the ocean.

Olowalu, Kamaole 1 and the north corner of Ulua Beach are looking good today. We expect a breezy afternoon.

Wednesday, December 2


the skinny

A HIGH SURF WARNING has been issued by the National Weather Service for north facing shores. The first huge northwest swell of the winter season will arrive today & increase surf to warning levels by late this afternoon. Please stay out of the ocean in North West Zone today.

Southside and Near Ka’anapali Zones have favorable conditions for snorkeling today! Kihei, Wailea and Makena Landing are mostly calm and sunny with light wind. Kahekili and the tip of Black Rock will see increased currents but underwater visibility is mostly clear and the ocean is mostly calm closer to shore.

North West: 0.0

A High Surf Warning has been issued for north facing shores. Large sets of waves are coming through—increasing in size throughout the day.

There may be 5 minutes or more between sets of waves. Please stay out of the ocean in this zone today! Currents are strong and conditions are extremely hazardous.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

This zone would have scores closer to 8.5 today except that stronger currents from the north swell are affecting Kahekili and the tip of Black Rock.

The south side of Black Rock looks incredible this morning! The sun is out and the ocean is mostly calm with clear underwater visibility! Be cautious of currents at North Ka’anapali Beach today, especially in the afternoon.

Southside: 8.5

The best snorkeling on the island is at Southside today! This zone is seeing almost no impact from the HUGE north swell.

The beaches in Kihei, Wailea and at Makena Landing all have favorable ocean conditions for snorkeling this morning. We may see elevated currents and breezy beach conditions later today. Morning is sunny with calm wind.

Tuesday, December 1


the skinny

Beautiful first day of December! Sunny skies & light wind! Very small waves in Ka’anapali down through much of the Southside.

The Northwest Zone has a huge swell on the way expected to start filling in today.

A HIGH SURF WARNING has been issued by the National Weather Service for north facing shores. The first huge northwest swell of the winter season will arrive today & increase surf to warning levels by late this afternoon.

North West: 4.0

The waves are fairly small in Napili bay & Kapalua bay early this morning but there is a huge north/northwest swell heading our way.

Lots of swell energy is expected to start showing in the Northwest Zone causing very hazardous conditions sometime this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Absolutely amazing beach day in Ka’anapali! Sunny skies & calm wind are expected all day. Black Rock looks incredible! Small waves if any.

We are not expecting much of an impact in this zone from the huge northwest swell arriving today other than increasing currents this afternoon.

Southside: 8.0

Beautiful beach day with great snorkeling conditions! Small southwest swell causing small waves to break along the shoreline to keep an eye out for.

Olowalu, the Kamaole beaches, Ulua & Wailea beaches all look great! Sunshine & light breeze expected all day.


Monday, November 30


the skinny

It is a beautiful Monday! Sunshine is expected in all 3 Zones and the Trade winds have mellowed out quite a bit with the strongest winds in the Northwest & the far South this afternoon.

We are NOT expecting scattered showers today in the 3 Snorkel Zones, although anything is possible.

North West: 6.0

The waves have dropped down a little bit. Currents are strong & there are still waves breaking. Please be extra cautious in the Northwest Zone- the waves are expected to pick up.

The inside corners of Napili Bay & Kapalua Bay are looking good. Breezy winds this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Wow! Black Rock has incredible snorkeling & beach conditions today!! Kahekili beach is looking great as well but with stronger currents. Sunny skies are expected all day with lighter wind than we’ve had recently.

Breezy wind this afternoon probably only affecting Kahekili beach.

Southside: 7.5

Excellent conditions. The sun is shining and calm wind is expected most of the day in South Kihei & Wailea. There is a chance of isolated showers this afternoon. Small waves along the shoreline.

Kamaole beach park 1, Ulua beach & Makena Landing all looking good today! Winds & currents increasing this afternoon.

 


Sunday, November 29


the skinny

Good snorkeling and beach conditions today! Sunshine & clouds with the chance of scattered showers throughout the day bringing lots of rainbows!

Breezy northeast winds. Waves are breaking on the reefs in the Northwest Zone while the waves are small in Ka’anapali and the Southside.

North West: 5.0

Large waves & strong currents = Ocean conditions are hazardous at most beaches in this Zone.

Sunny at times with scattered showers this morning which are expected to continue off & on throughout the day.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Both Black Rock & Kahekili beaches have nice conditions today. Isolated showers occasionally, but nothing too heavy is expected.

Breezy northeast wind this afternoon so Black Rock will be the better spot later in the day.

Southside: 7.0

South Kihei, Wailea and parts of the Makena area have really nice conditions this morning. The waves are small at most spots & the wind is calm.

Strong north wind is expected this afternoon in North Kihei creating wind waves later. Sunny early & high chance of scattered showers this afternoon.

 


Saturday, November 28


the skinny

Nice snorkeling to be enjoyed this Saturday morning. We have a higher chance of scattered showers, mostly in the Northwest Zone and far south end of Maui.

The wind is coming from more of a northeast direction today, which means that the north end of bays & coves will offer more protection from the wind than open beaches.

Currents are expected to increase throughout the day.

North West: 6.0

Scattered showers on the way. Trade winds gusting up to 25 mph. The waves are expected to gradually pick up today, although much of the swell energy is being blocked by Molokai.

Napili bay & Kapalua bay have decent conditions. Cooler today with temperatures around 79*F

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Breezy northwest wind & stronger currents by this afternoon will have more of an effect on Kahekili beach while Black Rock should stay nice all day.

Mostly sunny skies expected all day. There is a slightly higher chance of isolated showers.

Southside: 6.5

Sunshine early this morning. Stronger north wind & increasing clouds later. Already breezy in areas.The northern corner of Ulua beach & Makena Landing offering some wind protection.

The Kamaole beach parks look nice this morning as well, until the wind picks up.


Friday, November 27


the skinny

Plenty of opportunity to snorkel with turtles today. Near Ka’anapali will probably have the most amount of sunshine today. The southside is sunny this morning with clouds expected this afternoon. The Northwest is very windy with a high chance of scattered showers.

Strong trade winds return- strongest in the far north & far south ends of Maui causing an increase in wind waves to keep an eye out for.

Reported Shark Bite:

On Thursday, a woman was reportedly bitten by a shark while swimming for exercise at a great distance from shore (100 yards) in the Honokowai area. As with all shark related incidents, signs for beach closures will be up locally to the incident for at least 24 hours.

None of the beaches recommended by the Maui Report are expected to be closed today. You can learn more about this incident

North West: 6.0

The waves are expected to pick up in size & power again by this afternoon. Napili bay & Kapalua bay have areas of smaller waves.

Strong wind & good chance of scattered showers today. Currents are strong as well.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Excellent conditions this morning at Black Rock & Kahekili beach. Strong winds expected this afternoon could make things rough at Kahekili this afternoon.

Currents increasing later as well. Plenty of sunshine today with a small chance of isolated showers.

Southside: 7.0

Beautiful mostly sunny morning. The waves are small but are breaking in sections of some snorkel spots. Kamaole 1, North end of Ulua beach Makena Landing looking good.

Strong winds this afternoon along with a good chance of scattered showers.


Thursday, November 26


the skinny

Everyone at The Snorkel Store’s has so much to be grateful for this year—1st on our list is our strong community of Maui enthusiasts who love relaxing at the beach and snorkeling with turtles.

We wish you, your family, and friends health and happiness on this warm, wonderful holiday—and on every day of the year!

—>> Near Ka’anapali and Southside have excellent conditions for snorkeling on the Thanksgiving Holiday—particularly in the morning. Underwater visibility is clear, waves are small, and the ocean is mostly calm.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are also nice in North West Zone this AM. As the day progresses, wind and waves will increase in all 3 zones.

North West: 6.5

Napili and Kapalua are looking good this morning! Clear underwater visibility and relatively calm ocean conditions.

AM will be best as strong east winds and possible showers are expected in the afternoon. Waves will increase as well later.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

We expect mostly sunny skies and calm conditions for snorkeling on Thanksgiving 2020 Near Ka’anapali!

Underwater visibility is excellent and waves are small at shore. Morning will be best at Kahekili as waves and wind will increase in the PM. Black Rock should be nice most of the holiday.

Southside: 7.5

Olowalu, South Kihei, the north end of Ulua Beach and Makena Landing all have favorable snorkeling conditions this morning!

Wind will be lightest in these areas in the morning. As the wind picks up today, waves will increase as well. Showers are possible in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, gusty west winds and isolated showers will be present.

Wednesday, November 25


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions have improved in all 3 Maui Zones on Wednesday! Still, watch for patches of brown water from rain run-off in North West, and dark clouds clinging to the mountains.

Ocean conditions Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore are favorable for snorkeling. Wind is mostly calm this AM and we’re seeing mostly sunny skies at the beach.

North West: 6.5

We expect favorable conditions for snorkeling at Napili Bay and at Kapalua Bay this morning.

Please watch for patches of brown, murky water from rain run-off at Honolua Bay from the recent rains—and avoid these. There’s some early sunshine at shore but dark clouds are lingering in the mountains.

Waves are still present in this zone. Morning will be best for snorkeling as calm winds will become gusty in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Wind is calm and ocean conditions are favorable for snorkeling Near Ka’anapali this morning!

Black Rock should be good all day and Kahekili will be best in the AM. Underwater visibility is excellent at most spots and we’re seeing sunshine at shore this morning.

Dark clouds clinging to the mountains could bring occasional showers.

Southside: 7.0

It’s a beautiful morning with favorable conditions for snorkeling on Southside on Wednesday!

Morning is best at Olowalu, the Kamaole Beaches and in Wailea. Wind is calm and shore breaking waves are pretty small.

Tuesday, November 24


the skinny

The sun is peaking out near Ka’anapali & in parts of the southside today. Lots of rain nearby but it looks like the mountains will hold much of it from reaching the shoreline.

Highest chance of showers & strongest wind is in the Northwest & south in Makena.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.

Northwest: 5.0

Rough conditions today. Scattered showers expected all day. Heavy rain at times. It’s been consistently raining for days so there is lots of rain runoff.

Strong currents & waves breaking in the shallows.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

The south face of Black Rock is offering a sweet spot with good wind protection, while Kahekili is more exposed to the strong wind & currents.

We have mostly sunny skies along the shoreline. Strong northeast wind. There is a chance of isolated showers.

Southside: 6.5

Mostly sunny skies & nice snorkeling conditions this morning in South Kihei & Wailea. Rough conditions later with strong winds & there’s a good chance of scattered showers.

Kamaole beaches & the northern corner of Ulua beach are looking good.


Monday, November 23


the skinny

Ka’anapali & South Kihei have improved snorkeling conditions while the Northwest remains stormy. Cloudy to partly sunny off & on today. Chance of solated showers are possible throughout the day.

Strong winds persist, though the wind advisory has been lifted. Larger waves & strongest currents in the Northwest again today.

North West: 4.0

This zone continues to have rough conditions. Trade winds are super strong, lots of scattered showers, the waves have picked up & currents are strong.

There is a chance of becoming partly sunny later, rough seas all day though.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

The south face of Black Rock is looking better today & will probably clean up more by this afternoon. Very windy this morning with partly sunny skies.

Strong winds causing strong currents further out. Isolated showers will come close but probably stay away from the shoreline.

Southside: 6.5

Kamaole 1 & the north corner of Ulua beach have the smallest waves & calmest wind today.There are some small waves breaking in the shallows in areas.

South Kihei & Wailea have mostly sunny skies this morning. Rain clouds are close & may bring scattered showers later.


Sunday, November 22


the skinny

Small pockets of good snorkeling conditions can be found today. High Wind Advisory extended by the National Weather Service as the Trade Winds are blowing steady around 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

Scattered showers are expected today, so keep an eye out for beautiful rainbows! Wind waves & currents increasing in all 3 zones.

North West: 4.0

The Northwest is stormy with extremely strong wind & showers this morning. The waves continue to pick up & the currents are strong.

There is however a chance that the sun will pop out late this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Ka’anapali has strong offshore wind blowing out to sea. Currents are strong today – particularly at Kahekili & out past the tip of Black Rock.

The south side of Black Rock is the spot. It is bit cloudy this morning but will probably become mostly sunny by noon.

Southside: 6.5

South Kiehi & Wailea have calm wind early which will be increasing this morning, becoming very windy this afternoon. There are isolated showers, mainly in Wailea & Makena.

South Kihei & Wailea have the nicest conditions. Kamaole beach 1,2,3 and north end of Ulua are nice. Wind waves breaking this afternoon.


Saturday, November 21


the skinny

Windy & wet weather blowing in from the east. We have a High Wind Advisory issued by the National Weather Service with gusts around 50 mph possible in some areas.

Conditions today are probably going to flip flop from rough to nice, nice to rough & back again throughout the day. Strong winds & a chance of scattered showers in all 3 zones by this afternoon.

North West: 4.5

Stormy weather this morning with lots of rain & super strong wind. There is a growing north swell- rough seas & strong currents.

There is a chance it may clear up a little this afternoon, but not likely.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Very strong winds blowing some rain off the mountain. Will probably become mostly sunny this afternoon with the chance of isolated showers a possibility all day.

The south side of Black Rock has clear visibility & smooth ocean surface- the currents are very strong near the tip of the rock due to the strong winds.

Southside: 6.5

Snorkeling conditions are looking good in South Kihei & Wailea this morning! Strong trade winds are expected this afternoon.

Haleakala is blocking much of the rain clouds from making to the shoreline though showers become more likely later today. The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Polo beach all look good.

 


Friday, November 20


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! We have some sunshine Ka’anapali & areas of the Southside. Lots of rain in the Northwest zone. Pockets of rain clouds moving over the island throughout the day creating lots of rainbows!

Most of the showers will probably stick to the mountains near Ka’anapali & parts of the Southside. Trade winds blowing pretty strong in areas today as well.

North West: 5.0

Heavy rain showers this morning may become scattered showers this afternoon. Strong east/northeast Trade winds gusting around 30 mph.

Currents are strong & the waves are expected to rise throughout the day.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Black Rock has nice & calm ocean conditions this morning with good visibility- the south face will offer good protection from the strong northeast winds that are expected later today.

Mostly sunny by this afternoon as it is highly likely the rain clouds will continue to hug the mountains. Isolated showers are possible.

Southside: 7.0

Conditions are good this morning with mostly sunny skies. Clouds expected to move into the area & there is a good possibility of scattered showers this afternoon.

A slight increase in waves along the shoreline. Strong winds expected in North Kihei & southern Makena today. Kamaole beach 1, Ulua & Makena Landing are looking good.

 


Thursday, November 19


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali and Southside will have favorable snorkeling at beaches that are more protected from stronger than usual trade winds on Thursday!

Ocean conditions in North West Zone are improving, but please be cautious in the water here today: strong currents and waves are present.

North West: 6.0

Waves and currents are still present here on Thursday, though conditions have improved since yesterday.

Be cautious while recreating in the ocean today. Strong northeast winds are expected to bring gusts up to 32 mph in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

We expect mostly sunny skies and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling in this zone!

The south face of Black Rock will be protected from today’s unusually strong trade winds. Currents will be strong around the tip of the rock.

Southside: 6.5

The beaches in South Kihei and Wailea have favorable ocean conditions for snorkeling on Thursday! Most of the other areas in Southside are seeing extremely strong trade winds.

We expect to see mostly sunny skies down here today with some waves breaking at the shoreline.

Wednesday, November 18


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali and Southside have clear underwater visibility for snorkeling on Wednesday despite potentially cloudy skies.

North West Zone has large waves and strong currents. We expect partly sunny weather in some areas today, but overall, Maui is moodier than usual today.

North West: 4.5

Large waves and strong currents are present at all 3 Maui bays in North West Zone on Wednesday.

It’s already raining up here this morning but we expect sun breaks. Gusts of wind up to 25 mph are possible at the beach today.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Snorkeling conditions are favorable Near Ka’anapali today despite cloudy skies! Black Rock has smaller waves than Kahekili Beach.

Sunshine may arrive later but weather is more moody this morning.

Southside: 7.0

Kamaole 1, Ulua Beach, and even the beaches in the Makena area are favorable for snorkeling this morning!

Clouds are moving in and waves may increase throughout the day. Morning is best for the most sunshine and lightest wind.

Tuesday, November 17


the skinny

Awesome day for snorkeling! Calm seas pretty much everywhere this morning. Ka’anapali & much of the Southside are expected to remain mostly sunny all day with variable winds & nice conditions most of the day.

The Northwest Zone has some clouds & isolated showers are possible.

There is a slowly building north swell but we aren’t seeing much of it yet. Very small south swell. Keep an eye out for increasing currents in all 3 zones today.

Northwest: 7.0

Napili, Kapalua & Honolua bays have calm snorkeling conditions this morning! Breezy in this zone along with a good chance of isolated showers. The waves are still small this morning.

However, be aware that the waves & currents are expected to pick up throughout the day.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Beautiful snorkeling & beach day at both Kahekili & Black Rock! Small waves if any, the wind is calm & turtles are cruising!

Breezy east wind this afternoon up to 15 mph. It is not likely but there is still a small chance of isolated showers.

Southside: 7.5

Olowalu, Kamaole beaches, Wailea beaches & Makena Landing are all good today! There are breaking waves along the shoreline, but they are not very big.

Breezy later- expect the strongest winds in North Kihei & the south end of Makena where isolated showers are expected this afternoon.

 


Monday, November 16


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions remain really good today! The sunniest skies & best snorkeling will be in Ka’anapali & South Kihei/Wailea area. There is quite a bit of moisture around the island and isolated showers are a possibility.

Highest chance of some light rain in the Northwest and the far end of the South Zones.

The wind is increasing today. Breezy northeast trade winds. Strongest gusts in the Northwest. Waves are expected to increase in size a little bit more today in the Northwest & far end of the South Zones as well

Northwest: 6.5

Isolated showers this morning & throughout the day. Partly sunny. Breezy northeast wind is already picking up. Waves may pick up in areas today as well. Kapalua bay & Napili bay are looking good.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Black Rock is the spot today with clear visibility & calm waters along the south face! Kahekili beach has stronger currents today. Mostly sunny with passing clouds at times.

Southside: 7.0

South Kihei & Wailea will probably have favorable conditions all day! Wind expected to become strong in North Kihei & down in Makena this afternoon which also has the highest chance of isolated showers.

There are waves along the shoreline. Although not very big, as always, stay aware entering & exiting the water.


Sunday, November 15


the skinny

Ocean conditions are nice & calm this morning! Green light to snorkel in all 3 zones! Trade winds continue to chill out today.

We do have high clouds in the sky this morning leading the way for the scattered showers that are likely this afternoon.

The mountain peaks of Maui are doing a great job of holding much of the moisture from making it to the shoreline, especially in Ka’anapali & the Southside where the nicest snorkeling is happening today.

Northwest: 6.5

Napili bay & Kapalua bay looking good! Partly sunny. It looks like scattered showers are on the way. A bit breezy as well.

Most of the northwest swell energy continues to be blocked by Molokai but larger waves are wrapping around into some parts of the Northwest bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Black Rock & Kahekili beach are again looking great today! It is likely the sun is going to shine through high clouds this morning.

Clouds & a 40% chance of scattered showers this afternoon. Small waves along the shoreline.

Southside: 7.0

Olowalu, Kamaole beach 1 & 2, Ulua beach, Wailea beach & Makena landing all looking good this morning! Partly sunny.

Showers are likely by this afternoon. The waves are mostly pretty small. Sea breeze expected this afternoon.


Saturday, November 14


the skinny

Beautiful morning with mostly sunny skies! Snorkeling conditions are looking good in all 3 zones. There’s a chance of passing showers throughout the day.

Trade winds are trending down slightly, strong gusts are still expected by this afternoon which could affect visibility in areas.

The waves are expected pick up in size in the Northwest & the Southside later today. Keep an eye out for that along with increasing currents- the waves aren’t very big though.

Northwest: 6.5

Better conditions today. Trade winds slowing down a bit, still pretty windy though. Waves are expected to pick up later today.

Napili bay & Kapalua bay are looking good & will probably stay nice all day. Passing clouds & scattered showers are a possibility as well.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Black Rock & Kahekili beach are both looking really good today! Beautiful beach day! The wind is expected to become breezy by this afternoon but probably wont have too much of an affect.

Mostly sunny!! Passing, solated showers are not likely but are possible. Currents increasing later.

Southside: 7.5

Beautiful morning! Olowalu, all 3 Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach, Polo beach & Makena are looking good! Breezy this afternoon. A small south swell is expected to begin flowing into the area later today.

Waves probably won’t affect most of the snorkel spots too much. Currents will increase later.

 


Friday, November 13


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday!! More rainbow weather! Breezy trade winds will continue today. High Wind Advisory through 6 pm tonight. Scattered showers are expected off & on throughout the day.

Some scattered clouds & isolated showers early this morning on the West Side – Sunshine early on the Southside flip flopping this afternoon.

Be cautious of strong winds & currents increasing this afternoon in all 3 Zones.

Northwest: 6.0

Breezy with clouds & scattered showers early this morning. Mostly sunny this afternoon. Wind gusts up to 30 mph. A new northwest swell is approaching but much of the energy is expected to be blocked by Molokai.

Small areas near the shore in Napili & Kapalua bays are ok.

Currents are strong throughout the zone.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

There is a chance of isolated showers early this morning. Mostly sunny today. Strong northeast winds.

South face of Black Rock is looking really good today!

Be cautious of stronger currents further out around the corner.

Southside: 7.5

South Kihei & Wailea are starting the day off sunny with calm wind. Scattered showers & strong wind expected this afternoon.

Conditions are really good at Kamaloe beach 1 & 2 as well as Ulua beach. Strong winds in North Kihei sending wind waves by noon.


Thursday, November 12


the skinny

Similar weather patterns persist on Thursday as gusts of wind up to 50 mph are possible in Maui. Haleakala is blocking much of the wind energy on South Shore, opening up Kamaole Beach Park 1 and Ulua to favorable snorkeling in the AM.

Black Rock serves a similar function in Near Ka’anapali Zone: south of the rock is favorable for snorkeling because the rock is blocking the wind. North West Zone will likely be pretty rough.

Northwest: 5.0

Very windy, gusts up to 40mph possible. Partly sunny with rain showers.

Strong currents today—wind swell wrapping into the area. North end of Napili Bay may be “alright” in the AM.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Mostly sunny. Very windy. South face of Black Rock is looking good.

Be cautious of stronger currents around the tip of the rock. Small chance of isolated showers at times.

Southside: 7.0

Haleakala is blocking most of the wind from South Kihei & the Wailea area. Kamaole 1 & Ulua Beach are good for snorkeling this AM!

South Kihei and Wailea will likely become rough in the afternoon. Chance of scattered showers this afternoon throughout the zone.

Wednesday, November 11


the skinny

A High Wind Advisory has been issued for Maui today and extreme winds are already blowing in North West Zone! Gusts of up to 50 mph are possible here today.

Near Ka’anapali Zone is very windy as well, but Southside is mellow, and snorkeling conditions should be favorable here for at least the first half of the day.

Northwest: 5.0

Rough seas, rain & super strong wind. We’ve had stormy weather in the Northwest zone all night and early this morning.

The sun may pop out in between scattered showers later in day. Strong currents. Napili bay is ok but rain runoff will be an issue.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Very windy this morning. Strong wind from the east/northeast. Black Rock looks good be cautious of strong currents. Conditions may improve mid-morning.

Small waves this morning will probably increase at Kahekili. Mostly sunny- Lots of rain in the mountains again may make it closer to the shoreline from time to time.

Southside: 7.0

Calm wind in South Kihei & Wailea this morning! Kamaole beach 1, Ulua beach & Polo beach are looking good. Nearby strong winds causing waves to pick up this afternoon.

Currents gaining speed later as well. Mostly sunny with scattered showers off and on.

Monday, November 9


the skinny

High chance of rainbows today! The waves are small once again in all 3 Zones. The Trade winds are expected to become very strong in most areas by this afternoon. 

Rain clouds are hugging the mountains which may blow down near the shoreline from time to time. Highest chance of showers is in the Northwest Zone all day & the Southside this afternoon.

Currents have been increasing as well due to consistent strong winds causing a strong east wind swell to flow into the offshore channels. 

Northwest: 6.5

Strong winds & scattered showers already throughout the zone. Conditions are actually still really good in Napili bay & Kapalua bay near the shoreline.

The sun will probably pop out every once & a while as well.The waves may increase this afternoon as the east wind swell wraps into the area.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

The south face of Black Rock is offering protection from the strong wind. Mostly sunny today.

Isolated showers are possible as the clouds may dip down near Ka’anapali but will probably not reach the shoreline. We expect a beautiful, breezy beach day most of the day.

Southside: 7.0

This morning we have excellent conditions throughout South Kihei & the Wailea area. Small waves & sunshine. Clouds, scattered showers & strong winds expected this afternoon.

Wailea may stay nice for most of the day. Ulua beach is looking good!

 


Monday, November 9


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are improving! Ka’anapali and the Southside have good conditions for snorkeling with turtles today. Winds are strong and occasional large waves are still rolling through parts of the Northwest.

Trade winds increasing today carrying moisture from the open ocean elevating the chance of scattered showers. Highest chance of showers is in the Northwest this morning & the Southside this afternoon.

Northwest: 5.5

Waves are getting smaller as the wind & the chance of showers is increasing. Small sections of the 3 main bays are alright.

Be cautious of occasional large waves sneaking through & currents increasing throughout the day. High chance of scattered showers.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Excellent conditions this morning! Black Rock and Kahekili beach have great visibility & only small waves along the shoreline.

Currents increasing this afternoon along with the wind out of the east this afternoon. Mostly sunny with a slight chance of isolated showers.

Southside: 7.0

Kamaole, Ulua & Polo beaches are looking good! Waves are very small. The wind is expected to remain pretty calm in South Kihei & Wailea areas most of the day.

Strong north wind blowing through Ma’alaea will probably send wind waves into the snorkel areas later. Mostly sunny then scattered showers likely this afternoon further south.


Sunday, November 8


the skinny

It is a beautiful mostly sunny Sunday beach day! Trade winds are expected blow pretty strong in areas this afternoon in the usual areas- the Northwest, near Ma’alaea & the far end of the Southside.

The calmest winds can be found in Ka’anapali & Wailea which will also have the nicest snorkeling conditions today. Clouds may also come & go throughout the day.

Large hazardous surf remains in the Northwest Zone today while the waves have dropped down in size in the other 2 Zones. Currents are still flowing pretty good in all areas to be aware of.

Northwest: 4.5

The big dangerous waves have dropped down in size a little bit. Conditions are still hazardous.

There are small sections of the smaller bays that are ok but currents are strong and occasional large waves are washing through.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Sunny today. East Trade winds this afternoon. Small waves along the shoreline. Currents remain stronger further out. South face of Black Rock looks amazing.

Kahekili has a more wind & more water moving around.

Southside: 6.5

Nice conditions at most spots this morning! There are some waves breaking in areas to keep an eye out for but visibility is good. Mostly sunny today.

West breeze in Wailea, strong Trade winds elsewhere could cause wind waves by this afternoon. Olowalu & Wailea beaches are best. Clouds are expected to come & go.


Saturday, November 7


the skinny

Ka’anapali is the star again today with the best chance for sun & smallest waves! Large waves, rain & wind are impacting the Northwest Zone today.

It has been raining in all 3 Zones, however, most of the moisture near Ka’anapali has been sticking to the mountains leaving the beach to remain mostly sunny. 

Trade winds increase today out of the east. Strongest wind in the far Northwest & far end of the south again.

Northwest: 3.5

Conditions are hazardous in the Northwest Zone today. Dangerous waves, strong currents & rain. Strong Trade winds gusting up to 25 mph by this afternoon.

Lots of rain overnight and this morning. Sun may come out this afternoon as the wind blows some of the clouds away.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Smallest waves & best snorkeling conditions on the island today! Black Rock has excellent visibility along the south face. Kahekili has slightly stronger currents. Winds expected to pick up out of the east this afternoon.

The small waves along the shoreline may get a little bigger, along with a 20% chance of isolated showers later today.

Southside: 6.0

Waves picked up yesterday & could increase a little more today. Conditions are still good in areas with light wind through the morning & the sun is beginning to shine. More clouds & scattered showers are expected this afternoon.

Olowalu & the north end of Ulua beach looking good. Strong winds in areas this afternoon.

 


Friday, November 6


the skinny

It’s cloudy in North West Zone and on Southside this morning but skies are likely to clear up Near Ka’anapali shortly.

The best snorkeling on the island will be at Kahekili and Black Rock today. There’s decent visibility at Olowalu and Ulua as well. North West Zone will have strong currents and increasing waves throughout the day.

North West: 4.0

It’s cloudy up here this morning with breezy trade winds.

A north swell will be increasing throughout the day. Waves will grow in size and currents will become stronger. The north end of Napili Bay has the smallest waves. Scattered showers are possible in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

The best snorkeling on the island of Maui is at Kahekili and Black Rock today!

We’re seeing small waves at the shoreline and there are stronger than usual currents today. However, underwater visibility is excellent and we expect mostly sunny skies and lighter wind for the majority of the day.

Southside: 6.5

A considerable south swell is missing a couple of the main snorkeling beaches on Friday. Olowalu and Ulua should have favorable snorkeling today.

Decent sized waves and stronger than usual currents are present at many spots today. Not huge, but please be cautious at shore. It’s cloudy this morning but sun breaks are likely.

Thursday, November 5


the skinny

It is an absolutely beautiful day! The sun is high in the sky and the wind is calm this morning. The waves are picking up in size as well as power in some areas due to building northwest and south swells.

Trade winds increasing in areas by this afternoon with strongest gusts in the Northwest Zone & far south end of the Southside. Chance of isolated showers late today.

North West: 5.5

Waves & currents are gaining strength throughout the day. The north corners of Napili bay & Kapalua bay are alright.

New, longer period northwest swell beginning to fill in today creating hazardous ocean conditions later today. Mostly sunny with strong trade winds by this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Amazing beach day! Kahekili beach & Black Rock are both the best spots on Maui today! Small waves are breaking along the shoreline early may pick up & currents are gaining speed further out.

The wind should stay pretty calm & the sun is shining all day.

Southside: 7.0

Olowalu, Ulua beach & Polo beach looking good! Waves breaking in areas to avoid while entering the water & be aware of stronger currents near the corners of the reef.

Visibility remains good at most spots. Strong winds expected this afternoon. Isolated showers possible but probably just in the Makena area.


Wednesday, November 4


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are fantastic Near Ka’anapali and on Southside on Wednesday! Wind is mellowing out a bit compared with the past few days and we’re expecting plenty of sunshine.

Waves are smaller in North West Zone today and the sun is out. You may find some decent snorkeling at the north end of Napili Bay. Still, currents are strong and waves are present. Be cautious in this zone.

North West: 6.0

There’s more sunshine in North West Zone today and waves have dropped down in size a bit.

Still, conditions are pretty gnarly for snorkeling overall. The north end of Napili Bay may have some decent vibes. Be cautious.

In the afternoon, we expect the clouds may move in.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Snorkeling conditions are fantastic in this zone today! It’s a beautiful, sunny beach day with mellow ocean conditions.

Small waves are present but Black Rock and Kahekili both look fantastic for snorkeling into the afternoon (wind has mellowed out a notch as well).

Southside: 7.5

We expect plenty of sunshine and calm ocean conditions for snorkeling across the Southside zone today!

Olowalu, the Kamaole Beaches and Ulua look fantastic! The beaches in the Makena area are favorable as well this morning. Morning will be best. Increased waves and scattered showers may arrive in the afternoon.

Tuesday, November 3


the skinny

Tuesday morning has brought us a mix of sun and rain along with good snorkeling conditions in Ka’anapali and the Southside, and hazardous conditions in the Northwest again today.

It is raining in the Northwest Zone and it is Sunny in Ka’anapali. The Southside has a mix of sunshine and scattered clouds.

Large waves in the Northwest continue to slam above the reef. Near Kaanapali and on the Southside shores the waves are small and lapping along the shoreline.

Trade winds picking up could cause rough conditions this afternoon.

North West: 4.5

Dangerous ocean conditions! Powerful waves breaking and strong currents. Partly cloudy, scattered showers & strong trade winds today.

Also be extra cautious today of large waves washing high along the shoreline.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Nice conditions this morning! Black Rock & Kahekili beach have great conditions. Mostly sunny skies & small waves. Passing scattered showers are likely this afternoon.

It looks like most of the moisture will stay on the mountain slopes reaching down briefly. Northeast breeze later- Black Rock should stay nice all day.

Southside: 7.0

The Kamole beaches, Ulua beach, Wailea beach & Makena area all really good this morning! Winds increasing this afternoon & may cause wind waves in areas.

Scattered showers are expected, especially in the Makena area.


Monday, November 2


the skinny

Monday morning is bringing us good snorkeling conditions and a return of our Trade Winds out of the east. Partly sunny skies are expected in all 3 Zones as clouds come and go all day. Possible isolated showers late today.

The waves are very small from Ka’anapali all the way into the South Zone.

Large dangerous waves & strong currents picking up in the Northwest Zone.

North West: 5.5

Waves & currents picking up as the northwest swell shifts to a more northerly direction and fills in this afternoon. Dangerous waves expected this afternoon.

Small pockets of mellower water in northern corners of Napili bay & Kapalua bay. Strong trade winds gusting up to 20 mph.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Both Black Rock and Kahekili beaches have small waves & excellent visibility. Partly sunny today with light trade winds this morning picking up a little bit later.

Currents probably increasing later as the trade winds pick up north of the area.

Southside: 7.5

The waves remain pretty small & visibility is looking good this morning at most spots. The Kamaole beach parks, Ulua beach & Polo beach are is particularly nice this morning.

Partly sunny today with a chance of isolated showers catching a ride on the trade winds which will be picking up this afternoon


Sunday, November 1


the skinny

Great day for the beach and excellent snorkeling conditions near Ka’anapali & Southside! Waves are expected to rise in the Northwest Zone throughout the day.

Winds are calm this morning & the sun is shining.

Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon and the highest chance of isolated showers is in the far south this afternoon.

North West: 6.0

North end of Napili & Kapalua bays have a brief window of good snorkeling this morning.

The north swell has faded. However, a new more powerful northwest swell is beginning to show.

Be cautious of larger waves arriving & currents increasing today

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Excellent conditions at Kahekili beach & Black Rock today!

Small waves along the shoreline and visibility has improved!

Currents expected to gain strength out around the tip of Black Rock. Lots of sunshine today!

Southside: 8.0

Olowalu, the Kamaole beaches, the Wailea and Makena areas all look great this morning!

The waves are small & visibility is really good at most spots.

Winds picking up this afternoon along with a chance of isolated showers later.


Saturday, October 31


the skinny

Happy Halloween! Tricks & treats today! Good snorkeling conditions near Ka’anapali & along the shores of the southside with small waves breaking. Large waves in the Northwest.

Mostly sunny and a slight chance of scattered showers along with passing low clouds throughout the day.

Dangerous waves in the Northwest Zone. Small persistent south swell is still causing small waves to break in areas of the south & the currents are slighlty stronger near Ka’anapali.

Northwest: 5.0

Hazardous waves & strong currents. Northern corners of Napili & Kapalua bays have smaller waves.

Be cautious- larger waves are washing through.

Mostly sunny with a chance of scattered showers. West sea breeze.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Black Rock has the best visibility on the island today and has smaller shore breaking waves than Kahekili.

Currents are flowing stronger further out.

Plenty of sunshine & passing clouds.

Southside: 7.0

Good conditions. Small waves are still breaking along the shoreline affecting visibility.

Olowau, Ulua beach & Kamaole 1 looking good once past the small shorebreak

Lots of sunshine with a slim chance of scattered showers. Sea breeze this afternoon.


Friday, October 30


the skinny

It’s Aloha Friday! Conditions cleaning up a here and there although strong winds out of the west along with scattered showers are expected off and on throughout the day as the cold front passes over Maui.

A sizable, shorth period north/northwest swell has already begun to fill in along the reefs of the Northwest Zone causing strong currents and waves are expected to become dangerous by this afternoon.

A small south swell continues to cause waves to break in areas of the southside as well.

North West: 5.5

Conditions are not looking too good today. The waves are picking up throughout the day in the Northwest Zone. Currents are strong and gaining strength all day as well.

The wind is blowing out of the west. The sun may come and go in between scattered showers.

Near Ka’anapali:6.5

Conditions beginning to calm down. Black Rock is better than Kahekili beach this mrning.The wind is out of the west & we suspect it will mellow out & conditions will improve by mid-morning.

Stay aware of stronger currents & small waves breaking today.

The sun is beginning to shine. 30% chance of scattered showers this afternoon.

Southside: 6.5

The wind is pretty calm on the Southside this morning & is expected to pick up by this afternoon from a southwesterly direction by this afternoon.

 A mix of small-ish south swell and consistent strong winds out at sea to the west is causing waves to break along the shoreline at most beaches.

The Kihei area has the smallest waves & Olowalu is looking O.K. Scattered showers are expected this afternoon.


Thursday, October 29


the skinny

It rained a bunch last night, but snorkeling conditions are favorable today at beaches that have avoided patches of murky rain run-off.

Near Ka’anapali Zone looks pretty fantastic today, actually! If the sun comes out, the ocean’s surface is glassy calm and underwater visibility is favorable for snorkeling.

North West: 6.5

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have calm ocean conditions for snorkeling on Thursday. But rain run-off will be an issue at spots.

We expect sun breaks to begin mid-morning and showers to return in the afternoon. It’s mellow this morning, but waves and currents will increase in the afternoon as well.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Black Rock and Kahekili are the island’s best spots for snorkeling today! Rain run-off is less of an issue here (still keep an eye out for brown patches and avoid) and the ocean vibe is really mellow.

If the sun peeks out mid-morning, snorkeling will be favorable here. So far we’ve been seeing mostly cloudy skies with on / off rain.

Southside: 6.5

Olowalu and Ulua will have nice conditions for snorkeling today if the sun comes out. Before entering the ocean, drive to a high spot to check for patches of murky, brown water and avoid these.

The ocean’s surface is glassy and wind is calm in Southside. It’s mostly cloudy this morning with patches of sun peeking through.

Wednesday, October 28


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are favorable across Maui this morning! However, showers are forecast for the afternoon (driving scores down a bit).

You’ll find small waves and some currents at most snorkel spots today. But beyond the shore breaking waves underwater visibility is clear and the ocean’s surface is mostly calm. We’ll see if rain shows up later.

North West: 7.0

Snorkeling conditions are favorable this morning! We’re seeing blue skies with light wind and a calm ocean surface.

Clouds are expected to roll in by the afternoon. Morning will be best.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Black Rock and Kahekili look fantastic this morning! Underwater visibility is clear and the ocean’s surface is calm.

Weather forecasts call for rain in the afternoon. We’ll see.

Southside: 6.5

Waves are beginning to form on Southside already and currents are up a bit. However, beyond the break, underwater visibility is pretty decent.

Olowalu, Kamaole 1 and Ulua are looking nice this AM. Rain is expected in the afternoon.

Tuesday, October 27


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are looking pretty good in all 3 zones despite the gray skies. Although not very big, waves are continuing to break in areas to keep an eye out for.

Today we have gray skies with a 70% chance of showers later this afternoon. Thunderstorms are even possible this late today. As a reminder- if there is thunder, it’s a good idea to get out of the water.

Northwest: 7.0

Waves dropped down in size. Visibility has improved. There are still strong currents & waves in the shallowest areas. Partly sunny & showers likely this afternoon. Kapalua bay looks nice!

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Good snorkeling conditions at Black Rock. Kahekili looks especially nice this morning. Glassy surface. Chance of showers this afternoon but Ka’anapali will probably stay dry most of the day.

Southside: 6.5

Snorkeling conditions are good once past the small waves that are coming and going along the shoreline. Showers are likely to move into this zone first this morning & remain. Olowalu & Ulua beach look good early.


Monday, October 26


the skinny

Good snorkeling conditions with a bit more cloud cover and higher chance of scattered showers later today. The north swell dropped down in size and a small, long period south swell picked up.

The weather is trickier to figure out today- The sun is doing it’s best to burn off some of the morning clouds and will probably shine through high clouds most of the day in areas. Showers are likely late today.

The highest chance of showers is on the Southside beginning late this morning. The most sunshine is expected in Ka’anapali.

Northwest: 5.5

The large north swell has dropped down in size a little bit over night. There are still large waves in areas and currents are strong. The smallest waves are in Kapalua bay and Napili bay & conditions are o.k. Chance of showers later today.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Good conditions at Kahekili beach & Black Rock! The ocean surface is glassy and the waves are small. Currents are flowing stronger out further. Southeast breeze this afternoon may put a bump on the surface near Black Rock. Kahekili nice all day as long as scattered showers stay away. Best chance of sunshine all day here.

Southside: 6.5

The ocean surface is calm & the sun is out this morning with a 40% chance of showers this afternoon. Small but long period south swell causing waves along the shoreline. Visibility is still good once past the small breakers. Olowalu looks like the best spot in the zone. The north end of Ulua beach looks like the call in the southern area of the zone.

 


Sunday, October 25


the skinny

It is a beautiful sunny Sunday today! Really nice snorkeling conditions near Ka’anapali and throughout the Southside! There is a High Suf Advisory issued by the national Weather Service for north facing shore which will impact the Northwest Zone!

A very powerful north/northwest swell is causing waves to become very hazardous in the Northwest Zone today. They arent big yet early this morning but currents are already strong.

Wind is expected to remain pretty calm all day in all 3 Zones. Head to Ka’anapali or your favorite Southside spot today and enjoy!

Northwest: 5.0

High Surf Advisory! Waves are on the rise. Ocean conditions becoming more hazardous throughout the day. New large north/northwest swell is beginning to fill in. Currents are strong & large waves becoming more frequent. Smaller waves in Kapalua bay but please be very cautious in this zone.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Hot & sunny all day! Excellent snorkiling with clear visibility at Black Rock and Kahekili beach! Currents are stronger today around the corners of Black Rock & could increase as the north swell fills into the channel. Small waves breaking along the shoreline.

Southside: 8.0

Beautiful beach day! Hot & humid & the waves are small. Olowalu all the way down into the Wailea area & beyond will probably have great conditons all day. There is a chance of isolated showers moving into the far south this afternoon.

 


Saturday, October 24


the skinny

Blue skies & calm seas this morning. Excellent conditions in all 3 Zones.

There are clouds heading towards the state from the southeast but probably wont affect Maui too much.

Wind increasing a little more today and clouds are expected move in this afternoon bringing a chance of isolated showers in the Northwest and far end of the Southside.

Northwest: 8.0

Conditions are great this morning throughout the Northwest Zone. Waves are expected to pick up late today. Breezy northeast wind & a chance of isolated showers this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Beautiful conditions. Lots of sunshine. Small waves along the shoreling. Breeze picking up from the south this afternoon may put gentile bump on the surface near Black Rock. Very slight chance of isolated showers this afternoon.

Southside: 7.5

The sun is shining & the wind is calm this morning! Smaller waves breaking along the shoreline today- still be aware of occasional larger waves. The entire Zone is looking good. Clouds are expected to move into the south end of the zone this afternoon and bring a chance of isolated showers


Friday, October 23


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday!! Another beautiful day in paradise with lots of sunshine and excellent snorkeling conditions! Calm wind this morning along with small waves means clear visibility.

Calm wind this morning will increase late today in areas bringing a higher chance of isolated showers this afternoon. Near Ka’anapali the wind is expected to remain calm with sunshine all day.

Overall the waves are pretty small at most spots but keep an eye out for the occasional larger wave sneaking through due to the small but long period south swell.

Northwest: 8.5

Honolua bay, Kapalua bay and Napili bay are all great! Wind expected to increase out of the east this afternoon- enough to increase currents & cause areas to have a slight bump on the surface late today along with a chance of isolated showers.

Near Ka’anapali: 9.0

Kehekili beach and Black Rock are phenomenal! Small waves along the shoreline, sunshine and calm wind expected all day. Currents a little stronger out further past the tip of Black Rock.

Southside: 7.5

There are small waves breaking along the shoreline to keep an eye out for. The visibility is really good though. Olowalu, the corners of Kamaole beach 1 & North end of Ulua beach all look great once past the small waves! Winds picking up in Makena this afternoon along with the highest chance of isolated showers.

 


Thursday, October 22


the skinny

We’re getting into Maui Wowie territory in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali today! The ocean’s surface is glassy calm, we expect plenty of sunshine, and underwater visibility is fantastic for snorkeling.

There’s a small south swell, but in a turn of good fortune, most waves are missing the snorkeling beaches. South Shore is also good-to-go at most spots on Thursday.

Northwest: 9.0

Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay, and Honolua Bay look amazing today! The ocean’s surface is glassy calm and underwater visibility for snorkeling is fantastic.

We’re seeing small waves (if any at the shoreline). The sun is out, temps are slightly cooler than average, and wind is mellow.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

We expect plenty of sunshine Near Ka’anapali on Thursday! Black Rock and Kahekili both have very favorable conditions for snorkeling.

Small waves are breaking at shore (scores would be higher otherwise), but beyond the break underwater visibility is excellent.

South Shore: 7.5

Despite slightly larger waves in the Makena area, most snorkeling destinations further north are looking good for snorkeling!

Olowalu, Kam 1, 2 and 3, and the north bend of Ulua Beach look fantastic! The ocean’s surface is glassy calm beyond the shore break and underwater visibility remains clear.

Wednesday, October 21


the skinny

Despite cooler, cloudier weather on Wednesday, ocean conditions are fantastic for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones!

We’d be posting a “Maui Wowie” beach day if it weren’t for the moody skies. The ocean’s surface is calm and underwater visibility is excellent, basically everywhere.

Northwest: 8.0

The ocean’s surface is glassy calm and we’re only seeing tiny waves at shore on Wednesday. Underwater visibility for snorkeling is fantastic!

Patches of sunshine are starting to peek through cloudy skies. We may get some showers today. Temperatures are cooler today as well.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Black Rock and Kahekili are off the charts today—incredible conditions for snorkeling with green sea turtles and tropical fish!

It’s partly cloudy this AM but the best chance of sunny skies are in this zone today.

South Shore: 8.0

Olowalu, The Kamaole Beaches, Wailea and Makena all have favorable conditions for snorkeling today! The ocean’s surface is calm and we’re only seeing small waves at shore.

It’s cloudy this morning but conditions are excellent in the ocean. We expect a light sea breeze this afternoon with a decent chance of scattered showers as well.

Tuesday, October 20


the skinny

It’s a terrific Tuesday for snorkeling with turtles & hanging at the beach! Plenty of sunshine expected throughout the Northwest, Near Ka’anapali and the Southside!

Calm ocean surface and the waves are pretty small- occasional larger waves are possible but not likely today.

The small south swell is rolling right past most of the spots & finding its way only into some of the shallowest areas- Waves may increase a little bit throughout the day. Always stay aware that ocean conditions can change quickly.

South winds picking up this afternoon, clouds passing by later, as well as a chance of isolated showers- a 20% chance.

*Extreme high tide this morning causing flooding in some areas. Affecting visibility near shore early today.

Northwest: 8.0

Excellent conditions on land & sea. The sun is shining. Napili bay, Kapalua bay & Honolua bay all looking great! Waves are pretty small. Occasional larger waves & currents to keep an eye out for.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Wow, it is beautiful on the beach and in the ocean today! Black Rock & Kahekili both look incredible. Small waves are breaking along the shoreline. Slight chance of isolated showers this afternoon along with a sea breeze.

Southside: 7.5

Very nice conditions today! Beautiful sunshine & overall clear visibilty at most spots. Olowalu, Kamole 1, Ulua Beach & parts of Makena looking good. The south swell still causing small waves to break on the shoreline in areas- not very big though & visibility is good once past them. Chance of isolated showers late today.


Monday, October 19


the skinny

Beautiful beach day with favorable snorkeling conditions. Mostly blue skies with passing clouds and a chance of scattered tropical showers off and on. Beach and Snorkeling conditions have improved.

Relatively small south and north swells- Waves are breaking on the shoreline & shallows but the majority of the waves are not very big or powerful & visibility remains good at most spots once past the waves- keep an eye out for the occasional bigger wave. Stay aware of stronger currents around corners of the bays & beaches.

Extreme high tides early in the morning this week causing coastal flooding in areas & could effect visibilty close to shore.

Northwest: 6.5

Good conditions with medium to small waves breaking in areas to be aware of. Napili & Kapalua bays looking good. Mostly to partly sunny with a chance of isolated showers late today. Cooler temps- about 88 f.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Beautiful conditions. Small waves breaking along the shoreline- visibilty is good once past the small breakers. Black Rock & Kahekili look great! Sunny with a chance of afternoon tropical showers. Temperature around 96 f.

Southside: 6.0

Conditions are looking good but waves are breaking along the shoreline. The waves are big enough to be a little more cautious & to effect visibilty. North end of Ulua beach & parts of Olowalu looking good. Chance of afternoon showers.


Sunday, October 18


the skinny

It is a beautiful morning with patches of blue skies mixing in with scattered clouds. Lots of moisture in the air clinging to the mountains and out at sea in areas. The sun will probably burn off most of the clouds along the shoreline.

Possibility of isolated showers off and on throughout the day. Ka’anapali expected to have most sunshine today. Temperatures are a little cooler than yesterday with highs around 90.

Ocean conditions are pretty rough at most snorkel spots. There are waves of various sizes coming in in all 3 zones. A sea breeze from the south is causing bumpy ocean surface in areas.

Northwest: 5.5

Waves breaking above the reef and along the shoreline mixing up the water and currents are strong. There could be long periods between the larger waves. Be cautious. Sun and clouds coming and going throughout the day bringing a chance of isolated showers as well. Waves expected to increase later.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Waves are breaking along the shoreline and currents have gained some strength. Visibility is still decent along the south face of black Rock- be extra cautious today of currents. Sunshine is burning off a lot of the clouds becoming mostly sunny at the beach. Still possible isolated showers.

Southside: 5.0

Waves are breaking along the shoreline, currents are strong and visibility isn’t very good at most spots. Smallest waves are in Olowalu and Kihei. Be cautious. Surf will probably pick up throughout the day. Mostly to partly sunny by late morning but isolated showers are expected later today- highest chance of showers and larger waves in Wailea and Makena.

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