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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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Friday, November 22


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali Zone will have great conditions for snorkeling the first half of your Friday beach day in Maui. A Wind Advisory has been issued for the PM.

There’s a clear champion in the battle of the snorkeling zones this morning. Near Ka’anapali wins the competition this morning with calm ocean conditions and good underwater visibility! The afternoon is expected to become windy.

The other zones will be affected by a mix of swell activity and wind. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay should be alright for snorkeling this AM, but avoid the Honolua Bay area all together: there’s a High Surf Advisory up in that area and beyond to the north. 

You also might find some okay snorkeling on the beaches at South Shore early in the day. But the Wind Advisory is going to make this area extremely windy in the afternoon. Weather conditions are expected to be mostly cloudy with a chance of light, tropical showers here and there.

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Thursday, November 21


the skinny

On a beautiful, mostly sunny beach day in Maui, Near Ka’anapali and some beaches on South Shore will be your go-to spots for snorkeling.

There’s a big swell on north facing shores today. These swells often miss our North West Snorkeling Zone, but this one is large enough that destinations like Honolua Bay and Slaughterhouse Beach will likely be affected. Please avoid these areas today.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay look more mellow this morning. Only small waves. But please be aware that currents are increasing at these beaches today.

Black Rock and Kahekili Beach will be excellent for snorkeling today! Calm ocean conditions and excellent underwater visibility! (Currents will also increase here throughout the day, and especially beyond the tip of Black Rock.)

The Kamaole Beaches and the north end of Ulua Beach will be good for snorkeling today. Beaches further south will have larger waves. Morning is best across the island. Strong trade winds in the afternoon.

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Wednesday, November 20


the skinny

On a beautiful morning in Maui, we’ve got calm conditions for snorkeling with good underwater visibility in all 3 zones!

It’s going to be mostly sunny today with scattered clouds. Snorkeling conditions have improved overnight. 

The ocean’s surface is calm at Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay. You’ll find clear underwater visibility for snorkeling with turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef. A High Surf Advisory will be returning for this zone in the evening. Get it while it’s good this morning. 

Black Rock and Kahekili look beautiful for snorkeling today! The ocean is calm and underwater visibility is good. Currents will pick up throughout the day here. 

Visibility has improved here overnight. Ulua, the Kamaole Beaches and possibly Makena Landing should be good for snorkeling.

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Tuesday, November 19


the skinny

On a lovely morning in Maui with some cloud cover, snorkeling conditions continue to improve after the recent swells. All 3 Maui zones looking good for snorkeling today.

It’s fresh and beautiful out this morning on the island. You’ll find the most sunshine today in Ka’anapali and in Kihei. Scattered showers are possible today, with the greatest likelihood in North West Zone and at the south end of South Shore. 

The north ends of Napili and Kapalua Bays are going to be favorable for snorkeling this morning. Black Rock and Kahekili look great—good underwater visibility and relatively mellow conditions. 

The Kamaole Beaches, the north end of Ulua Beach, and Wailea Beach will be go-to snorkeling spots on South Shore today.

High tide is around 9 AM this morning, so get out there early to find a spot for your Beach Bundle! Currents are still stronger than usual from the swell, and small waves are present at the shoreline.

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Monday, November 18


the skinny

On a beautiful Monday morning in Maui, snorkeling conditions are improving on Maui’s west side! Near Ka’anapali will be your most favorable zone for snorkeling today.

It’s absolutely gorgeous this morning—clear and sunny without many clouds in the sky. The recent NW swell is receding, and spots like the north sides of Kapaua Bay and Napili Bay are calm enough for snorkeling. 

There’s a 2 ft. high tide this morning (the water is high up on the beach), so you will have to wait until the tide goes back down to find space to spread out. 

Black Rock and Kahekili will be the best spots for snorkeling on the island today! Ocean conditions are mostly calm, underwater visibility looks good. We’re still seeing stronger than usual currents, and you’ll find small waves here ant there.

South Shore still has waves breaking high on the shoreline at Ulua Beach. A south swell is still affecting this zone. Kihei beaches have the smallest waves, but be cautious in general down here. 

There’s also a Flash Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service today. It appears there’s a 30% chance we’ll get strong rains at some point today. Trade winds are expected to be strong in the PM. Morning will be best for snorkeling. 

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Sunday, November 17


the skinny

North West Zone still has huge waves and extremely hazardous conditions today in Maui. South Shore and Near Ka’anapali will be harder to predict today. Use caution and watch changing weather.

There’s a flash flood watch in effect today in Maui, which means flash floods are possible. Weather forecast is 50% chance of rain. On days like this, things could improve or deteriorate. Exercise caution as you’re making plans today.

It’s partly sunny in Maui today and we’ve seen on and off showers in NW Zone and a bit Near Ka’anapali this AM. Watch for  murky, brown patches in the ocean (rain run-off) and avoid those. High Surf Advisory is in effect for NW Zone. Dangerous conditions. Stay out of the ocean up there.

Near Ka’anapali and South Shore beaches both have small waves and increased currents today. Both of these zones have very fluid conditions that are hard to predict today. With the small waves, currents and possible showers, we can’t recommend them for snorkeling, but conditions could potentially improve quickly today.

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Saturday, November 16


the skinny

Conditions for snorkeling continue to be dangerous in NW Zone today, especially at Honolua Bay. Near Ka’anapali and South Shore are both in the “green”.

Big waves and strong currents are on their way in North West Zone today as the very strong north west swell increases. The High Surf Advisory continues to be in effect. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay may look mellow in moments, but please exercise caution. Dangerous ocean conditions are only increasing today.

Black Rock has clear visibility and looks good for snorkeling today. Currents will increase throughout the day as the area is affected by the north west swell. Be cautious.

South Shore continues to be the best zone for snorkeling in Maui today. Wailea Beach, Ulua Beach and Makena Landing all have good underwater visibility and relatively calm ocean conditions. Some waves and currents are present.

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Friday, November 15


The skinny

North West Zone has dangerous ocean conditions today: Large waves and strong currents pounding the shoreline. South Shore is looking lovely for snorkeling. It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day, with light wind in Maui. 

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for NW Zone. Waves are coming in sets, so you may not see waves at any one moment. Then 8 big waves in a row will arrive. Conditions are hazardous up here today: stay out of the ocean in this zone.

The NW swell is also affecting Near Ka’anapali Zone, mostly with stronger than usual currents. Black Rock and Kahekili may be okay for snokeling, but be cautious. Currents are especially strong out past the tip of Black Rock.

Weather is going to be lovely in Maui today: We expect it to be mostly sunny with light wind that extends into the afternoon.  

South Shore is your go-to zone for snorkeling this morning! The Kamaole Beaches, the north end of Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach, all the way down to Makena Landing have favorable snorkeling conditions. Small waves and some currents are present. 

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Thursday, November 14


the skinny

Weird one in NW Zone this morning. Snorkeling conditions are epic this AM. But giant, hazardous waves are expected to arrive in the afternoon. Near Ka’anapali and South Shore have calm conditions and excellent underwater visibility today.

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for NW Zone, however, it’s not expected to arrive until later this afternoon, or tonight. 

Right now, Napili, Kapalua, and possibly Honoua have calm, glassy ocean conditions and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling. We expect things to remain calm most of the day. Once the swell arrives, it’s expected to usher in very large waves. 

Black Rock and Kahekili are going to be beautiful today with only small waves on the shoreline, clear visibility for snorkeling with turtles, and light wind. 

Kamaole, Wailea, Ulua and Makena Landing all should be favorable for snorkeling today. Visibility looks great and ocean conditions are calm. 

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Wednesday, November 13


the skinny

We’re back in business for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef in Maui today! Conditions have much improved from the recent swells, but please still be cautious of currents.

The south and north swell combo rom the past few days in Maui have mellowed out on Wednesday, being replaced with a sunny beach day with good snorkeling conditions in all 3 Maui zones.

Most of your go-to snorkeling beaches in each Maui snorkeling zone will be favorable today! Select your favorite beach, or explore a new on from the Maui Beaches Guide, but please keep in mind currents and waves are still present. Especially out beyond the tip of Black Rock, currents remain strong from the fading swell.

Wind is expected to be relatively light most of the day at the beach in Maui. Some spots will be breezy but you may be able to extend your Maui beach day into the afternoon…

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Tuesday November 12


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are still pretty rough today, though they have improved some since yesterday. It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day for the beach in Maui.

We are in between 2 different “swells” at the moment in Maui. The swell that has been creating waves at Maui’s top snorkeling spots the last few days is beginning to fade. A new swell is slowly emerging. 

You may not see waves for a long while. Maybe 10 minutes between sets. But they’re still coming in, and underwater visibility will be affected as a result.

It looks like Black Rock, Kahekili, Kapalua Bay, the north end of Napili Bay and the beaches in Kihei will be your best options for considering the idea of snorkeling today. Be cautious and (as always) practice ocean safety. Currents are up, especially out past the tip of Black Rock. Trade winds will fill in the afternoon. Morning will be best.

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Monday, November 11


the skinny

On a beautiful, mostly sunny Monday in Maui, ocean conditions are hazardous for snorkeling in all 3 Maui zones. Large waves are pounding the beaches, and currents are too strong for snorkeling.

It’s going to be a good day for relaxing at the beach in Maui and watching the waves, but conditions are too hazardous for casual recreating.

strong north swell will be increasing today at Napili, Kapalua and Honolua, and affecting Kehekili and Black Rock as well. Waves are pounding at the shoreline in Ka’anapali this morning.

South Shore has hazardous conditions in the ocean as well. Kihei has the smallest waves here but strong currents and waves are present at all Maui beaches. Trade winds will be up in the afternoon, keeping the beaches cool into the PM.

Boat tours may still be operating today as off-shore snorkeling destinations may be favorable. Check with your tour provider or give us a ring to verify. In general, it’s going to be sunny and beautiful today. Grab a Mobile Cabana and watch the wave action from a safe distance at your favorite Maui beach.

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Sunday, November 10


the skinny

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are pretty much your only potential options for snorkeling today. However, it’s going to be an absolutely gorgeous Maui beach day. 

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for southern facing beaches, and there’s a small north swell happening as well. 

South Shore is hazardous with large shore breaking waves and extra strong currents. Enjoy the beach but stay out of the ocean down there today. Smallest waves are in Kihei. Black Rock and Kahekili also have strong waves and currents today. It’s going to be beautiful for relaxing at the beach here though. 

North West Zone isn’t going to be amazing for snorkeling, but you might be able to find a corner here and there and Napili or Kapalua with mellow enough conditions. Just remember to practice ocean safety, and be extremely cautious near the ocean all 3 Maui zones today. 

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Saturday, November 9


the skinny

Black Rock and Kapalua Bay will be your best spots for snorkeling on the island of Maui today. A north swell and a south swell are moving water around in all 3 Maui zones. 

On a beautiful, mostly sunny day in Maui with some scattered clouds, currents are stronger than usual at all Maui beaches. The beaches at the furthest reaches of the zones—Honolua Bay in the north and Makena Landing in the south—are most affected by these swells with waves and currents.

While Black Rock will have stronger than usual currents as well today, conditions are mostly calm with only small waves. Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay, and the beaches in Kihei will have decent snorkeling as well. As you get down to Wailea, you will have to take each beach on a case by case basis. Be cautious of currents in at all Maui beaches today.

Winds are variable today, which means your beach day may have an opportunity to extend into the afternoon. Some beaches may become breezy in the PM.

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Friday, November 8


the skinny

Maui is looking good today for snorkeling in all 3 Zones! North West Zone today will be best. Some currents and small waves increasing throughout the day.

On a sunny day in Maui the ocean’s surface is glassy and calm at nearly any beach you select. North West Zone is especially mellow this morning with calm conditions at in all 3 bays.

Kahekili Beach and Black Rock will be excellent today for snorkeling. Underwater visibility is very clear here and things are generally calm. Currents will be increasing here and on south shore throughout the day. Especially at the east tip of Black Rock.

The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach and Makena Landing are all looking good for snorkeling today! Excellent underwater visibility and relative calm. Currents will be increasing here throughout the day from a small south swell that is building. Wind is expected to be variable, but some spots could get breezy in the PM. Morning will be best for snorkeling across the island.

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Thursday, November 7


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful Maui beach day with excellent snorkeling in all 3 Zones! Morning will be best as trade winds will fill in the afternoon.

On a sunny day with only scattered clouds, Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay are all looking lovely for snorkeling this morning! Expect calm conditions and great underwater visibility. 

Black Rock and Kahekili have favorable conditions for snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish today as well! Clear visibility and mellow ocean conditions. 

All 3 areas on South Shore are looking good for snorkeling today as well! Kihei, Wailea and the Makena Landing area look great. One note: Currents will pick up the further away from the beach you go. This afternoon, waves, wind and currents will increase in the afternoon on Maui’s south side. Snorkeling will likely remain decent on Maui’s west side into the PM.

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Wednesday, November 6


the skinny

As the north and south swells begin to fade, all 3 Maui Zones will have good snorkeling on this beautiful Maui beach day! The Kamaole Beaches may reopen to the public later today once they are deemed safe by authorities patrolling after a shark sighting earlier in the week. 

We’re expecting mostly sunny skies today with calm conditions in all 3 snorkeling zones! Honolua Bay is a spot that may still be significantly affected by the fading north swell. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay in North West Zone should have clear underwater visibility and mellow conditions for snorkeling! 

Black Rock and Kahekili Beach Park will be excellent spots to spend time snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish today. Morning will be best as trade winds will pick up in the PM. However, snorkeling should remain decent all day long. 

Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach will be excellent for snorkeling today and Makena Landing may be nice as well! You’ll find small waves there but underwater visibility should be good.

After a shark sighting, officials will routinely close the related beaches for at least a 24 hour period while patrolling the area. If there is any subsequent sighting the beach will remained closed for another consecutive 24 hour period. The Kamaole Beaches will follow this pattern and policy as officials make their rounds today.

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Tuesday, November 5


the skinny

UPDATE: There has been a shark sighting between Cove Park and the Kamaole Beaches on South Shore. These beaches are closed down today. Officials are patrolling the area the area will will remain closed for at least 24 hours. Please refrain from recreating here.

Black Rock and Kahekili will be the best spots for snorkeling today on the island of Maui. North West and South swells are creating stronger than usual currents at all beaches.

We’re expecting beautiful weather for the beach today in Maui! Near Ka’anapali Zone will be the least affected by the swells that are compromising visibility and even creating hazardous conditions in other areas. You’ll still find small waves and increased currents at Black Rock and Kahekili, but snorkeling will still be really good here today.

Weather conditions are changing today: trade winds are returning after a few days of variable winds. This means that morning will be best for snorkeling as the beach will become breezy during the afternoon.

There’s a High Surf Advisory in effect for north facing beaches. Honolua Bay has hazardous conditions today—waves and strong currents. Waves will be smaller at Kapalua Bay. It’s going to be beautiful at the beach in North West Zone today but please be cautious near the ocean.

The north end of Ulua Beach will continue to have favorable conditions for snorkeling despite the new South swell, which is affecting underwater visibility at some of the more southern beaches. Be extra cautious near the ocean today as currents have increased everywhere.

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Monday, November 4


the skinny

On a beautiful beach day in Maui, Near Ka’anapali and South Shore Zones will be good for snorkeling while a High Surf Advisory has been issued for north facing beaches. 

The High Surf Advisory will certainly bring stronger currents and waves to Honolua Bay, Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay at some point over the next couple days. We advise erring on the side of caution and observing prudent ocean safety in you’re visiting these beaches today.

This being said, sometimes the island of  Moloka’i will block north west swells from these bays for a while. It’s possible that these beaches may appear to have nicer conditions for recreating than we are reporting here.

Black Rock looks really nice today! Calm conditions with only small waves and plenty of sunshine. This zone may also be affected by the north west swell so please pay attention to the possibility of changing conditions (stronger currents). Morning will be best.

The Kamaole Beaches, Wailea Beach and Ulua Beach are looking good for snorkeling today as well! You’ll find some smaller waves at the beaches further south near Makena.

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Sunday, November 3


the skinny

We’ve got incredible conditions for snorkeling today in all 3 Maui Zones! The ocean’s surface is glassy, underwater visibility is excellent and wind could remain calm into the afternoon. 

North West Zone is looking really nice today! A new north swell is expected some time soon, so if Napili Bay or Kapalua Bay on on your short-list of Maui beaches to discover, you might want to head up there today. You may have some clouds and even occasional tropical showers at moments.

Near Ka’anapali has crystal clear visibility today with a smooth, glassy ocean surface. Scattered clouds will burn off to plenty of sunshine. 

The Kamaole Beaches, Wailea Beach, and Ulua Beach look fantastic today! You’ll find some small waves at the shoreline at the beaches further south. Take a peek out into the ocean this morning: scattered tropical showers at sea are creating some beautiful Maui rainbows!

Please keep in mind that currents are always present in the ocean. They’re usually stronger the further out, beyond the tip of Black Rock, or outside the reef where folks most often snorkel.

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Saturday, November 2


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are off the hook today in Maui. We’ve got light wind, a glassy ocean surface and excellent underwater visibility in all 3 zones! 

Near Ka’anapali Zone has incredible conditions for snorkeling this morning. That means Kahekili and Black Rock will be exceptionally calm and clear for snorkeling with turtles, fish and colorful reef! Currents are still present past the tip of the rock.

North West Zone in in between swells today, making Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay prime snorkeling destinations. It’s going to be mostly sunny with scattered clouds today. Both bays will the best they’ve been in a week. Currents an waves are still possible here.

The Kamaole Beaches, Wailea and Ulua are all looking fabulous this morning! Get out there and enjoy this excellent snorkeling day on South Shore. Wind will be variable across the island, which means good snorkeling could extend into the PM. Please practice ocean safety and have fun today.

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Friday, November 1


the skinny

The 1st day of November is is going to be fantastic for snorkeling on the island of Maui! Today we’ve got calm ocean conditions and good underwater visibility in all 3 zones.

North West Zone continues to improve after the recent swell. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will both be good snorkeling destinations today. You can still expect strong currents and waves in the northernmost reaches of this zone. 

Black Rock and Kahekili are going to be absolutely stunning today! Winds are variable so your beach day will be able to last a little longer into the afternoon. The ocean’s surface is glassy and underwater visibility is really nice.

South Shore looks great as well from Olowalu (mile marker 14) all the way down to Wailea Beach. Excelpt for a few small waves at the shoreline it’s going to be a pretty impeccable day for snorkeling here.

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Thursday, October 31


the skinny

Patches of scattered clouds are providing a moody—dare we say spooky—atmosphere to an otherwise lovely morning in Maui. The sunshine is expected to emerge from behind its veil, and snorkeling conditions should be excellent for your island Halloween.

There are definitely still some currents and waves moving around in North West Zone today, however, conditions are improving, and the north end of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be good for snorkeling.

Black Rock and Kahekili look wonderful today! We’ve got light wind and glassy conditions at the ocean’s surface. Snorkeling should remain nice all day long here.

The north end of Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing look great today! Underwater visibility is excellent. You’ll find some small waves on the shoreline and currents have picked up a little.

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Wednesday, October 30


the skinny

The North West swell finally picked up in earnest on Wednesday. Near Ka’anapali Zone and South Shore look really good for snorkeling today!

The High Surf Advisory remains in effect today. Expect strong currents and some powerful waves in the bays in North West Zone. The swell may also make visibility more murky. Please be extra cautious in this zone today. 

Sun is out on a beautiful morning in Maui! Reports are suggesting that there’s a 50% chance of afternoon showers (and possibility thunder). Maui weather is challenging to predict 🙂

Black Rock and Kahekili will be excellent for snorkeling today! Clear underwater visibility, calm conditions and sunshine this morning. Currents are stronger the further out you go—especially with the north swell.

The north end of Ulua Beach and the Kamaole Beaches look pretty good this morning as well! Waves have picked up a bit, however, so the Makena area may not be optimal. The sun is shining this AM but tropical showers could make an appearance later in the day.

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Tuesday, October 29


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali and South Shore Zones continue to offer excellent conditions for snorkeling on Maui Tuesday. North West Zone has a High Surf Advisory but you may find decent snorkeling at a couple spots. 

Some energy from the north swell is making its way into the bays on Tuesday—strong currents and small waves. Honolua Bay probably has poor conditions for snorkeling, while the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay may have some okay moments. Be cautious in the ocean in this zone.

Black Rock will likely be excellent for snorkeling all day long as afternoon winds will be blocked by the geography of the rock. Kahekili has clear underwater visibility and calm conditions this AM. 

South Shore also continues its streak of favorable conditions for snorkeling! The Kamaole Beaches, Wailea Beach, Ulua Beach and Makena Landing will all be exceptional choices this morning. Be cautious of small waves and stronger currents further out. 

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Monday, October 28


the skinny

North West swell is on its way but large waves haven’t hit yet this morning. We’ve got plenty of sunshine and excellent snorkeling conditions in 2 out of 3 Maui zones. 

There’s a High Surf Advisory in North West Zone today. Currents are picking up and we’re seeing waves breaking over the reefs and shoreline. The north end of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay may still have some serviceable snorkeling this morning, but please be cautious. Large waves and strong currents are on their way.

Near Ka’anapali Zone will be fantastic for snorkeling today! Black Rock and Kahekili will both have calm conditions, clear underwater visibility and lovely weather for the beach. Currents are up in general across the island today, especially beyond the tip of Black Rock. 

South Shore has been fantastic for snorkeling lately! All the prime snorkeling spots in Kihei, Wailea and Makena will be favorable again today. Morning will be best as the PM will be breezy. 

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Sunday, October 27


the skinny

Morning in North West Zone will be good for snorkeling, but it’s going to become dangerous up there by the PM. Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will have excellent snorkeling conditions today.

The High Surf Advisory for north facing shores haven’t become visible quite yet on Maui like they are on Oahu’s North Shore. You’ll be able to get some snorkeling in at Napili and Kapalua this AM, but please be attentive to increasing current and waves as the day moves along. My mid-day we could have extremely dangerous ocean conditions up there.

Black Rock and Kahekili will be incredible for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef today. Conditions are calm and underwater visibility is excellent. Same with South Shore—Kamaole, Wailea, all the way down to Makena Landing look great. AM will be best as trade winds will be strong in the afternoon. Also, currents may pick up near Black Rock once the surf finally arrives in North West Zone.

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Saturday, October 26


the skinny

All 3 Maui zones are good-to-go for snorkeling today, and we can expect that the slightly cloudy morning will burn off to a fantastic beach day filled with sunshine.

The north west swell that was forecast yesterday hasn’t shown up yet, and won’t likely hit until Sunday or Monday. This means Kapalua Bay and north end of Napili Bay are going to be pretty nice for snorkeling this morning! Currents are up a bit and you’ll find some waves here and there.

The Near Ka’anapali Zone is looking fantastic for snorkeling this morning. Black Rock and Kahekili Beach will be off the chain, with calm, glassy conditions and excellent underwater visibility. Beyond the tip of Black Rock you’ll find stronger currents.

South Shore is very favorable for snorkeling this morning! The Kamaole beaches, the Wailea beaches and Makena Landing are all great. Morning will be best as wind will likely pick up in all 3 zones in the PM.

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Friday, October 25


the skinny

We’ve got stunningly beautiful conditions for snorkeling this morning in Maui! It’s going to be a Maui Wowie beach day on one of the world’s most beautiful islands. 

–> There is a High Surf Advisory posted for North West Zone today.Waves have not shown up yet this morning. This weekend, we will see huge surf in that area. Conditions in North West Zone could change quickly. Be cautious in the ocean today. Keep an eye out for increasing currents. 

Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay look incredible this morning! Really exceptional conditions for snorkeling. Honolua Bay will be excellent as well until the swell arrives. Black Rock and Kahekili are looking spectacular this AM. Wind is variable this morning and will pick up a bit in the afternoon.

South Shore is looking really great for snorkeling today! The Kamaole beaches, the Wailea beaches and Makena Landing all have excellent underwater visibility and generally calm conditions. You’ll find a few waves here and there. Morning will be best.

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Thursday, October 24


the skinny

It’s a Maui Wowie beach day across the island: All 3 Maui zones are showing calm, inviting ocean conditions with excellent underwater visibility and plenty of sunshine at the beach.

Some mornings just feel special when it comes to selecting your spots for snorkeling. Today is shaping up to be one of the good ones. 

All 3 bays in North West Zone, Black Rock, Kahekili, the Kamaole beaches, Ulua, Wailea and Makena Landing are looking great for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef. 

There’s a chance we’ll get some light showers here and there. Please be cautious of currents the further out you go. Morning will be best, as trade winds will pick up in the afternoon, especially on South Shore. 

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Wednesday, October 23


the skinny

We’ve got excellent snorkeling conditions in all 3 Maui zones today! Calm with excellent underwater visibility and plenty of sunshine. Air quality will be affected by the Kahana Fires. 

The fires burning above Kahana Ridge are reportedly 45% contained (Mahalo to our brave fire fighters for taking challenge this head-on).  Folks recreating on Maui’s west side may notice decreased air quality today.. 

Ocean conditions, however, are looking fantastic. All 3 bays in North West Zone should be excellent for snorkeling. Expect sunny conditions with the possibility of occasional showers here and there. Black Rock and Kahekili look great today as well! Moderate trade winds in the afternoon.

All the major snorkeling beaches on South Shore have excellent underwater visibility today as well. Expect some small waves in the shallows, and be aware of currents. This zone is looking great this AM!

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Tuesday, October 22


the skinny

It’s going to be an epic Maui beach day! Tuesday will be hot and sunny, and snorkeling conditions are excellent is all 3 Maui zones.

Simple is good when it comes to beach reports in Maui. Today we’ve got plenty of sunshine, calm ocean conditions and excellent underwater visibility. That’s a good recipe for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef! 

You’ll still find some currents further out and some waves to be aware of in each zone. It’s important to exercise caution near the ocean—even on the most beautiful days. Generally speaking, all your favorite beaches will be favorable for snorkeling today. Your beach day should extend into the PM as trade winds are expected to be moderate. 

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Monday, October 21


the skinny

On a mostly sunny, fairly hot day in Maui, snorkeling conditions will be excellent on North Shore, Near Ka’anapali and South Shore! 

Black Rock and Kahekili will be the best spots on the island today. This zone has clear underwater visibility, relatively calm ocean conditions and good geographical protection from PM winds.

North West will be lovely as well today! Visibility will be great for snorkeling, though there are a few waves in the shallows and slightly stronger than usual currents. South Shore’s top spots for snorkeling today will be the north end of Ulua Beach, and the Kamaole Beaches. There are some waves here today. Please be cautious entering and exiting the ocean.

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Sunday, October 20


the skinny

It’s going to be an incredibly beautiful day for the beach today in Maui! Snorkeling conditions will be excellent in all 3 zones.

We’ve got a nearly perfect day for the beach ahead of us today, Maui! We’re expecting plenty of sunshine, mostly calm ocean conditions and trade winds that will remain mostly light in the afternoon.

The ocean surface in glassy in 3 bays in North West Zone this morning! Ka’anapali and Kahekili are looking great. And the Kamaole Beaches and Wailea Beaches are excellent options for snorkeling on South Shore!

There are some currents and small waves in the shallows at some beaches today. Always exercise caution while recreating in the ocean.

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Saturday, October 19


the skinny

All 3 Maui snorkeling zones are looking good today! Near Ka’anapali will be incredible. North West and South Shore will be lovely as well. 

On a hot, mostly sunny day in Maui with a few clouds here and there, Black Rock and Kahekili Beach have calm conditions for snorkeling and excellent underwater visibility.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be excellent for snorkeling as well, though we may get a few waves once the tides drop lower later in the day. Honolua Bay is most affected by the north swell, but things might still by okay up there.

South Shore looks amazing this morning! The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua, Polo and Makena Landing are all worth exploring. It’s forecast to get windy in the afternoon, but yesterday wasn’t as rough as we predicted. Things might stay mellow longer into the afternoon.

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Friday, October 18


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali Zone and South Shore will both have good snorkeling in the morning today! Black Rock will likely remain nice all day while most of the North West Zone is suffering from a north swell.

We’re seeing 2 separate issues today at Maui’s top beaches: wind and waves, and Black Rock is in the best position to overcome both obstacles. 

Waves and currents are affecting Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay. Visibility is compromised in some spots and some places are hazardous. Near Ka’anapali is seeing currents as well, but they’re mostly further out beyond Black Rock.

South Shore will be lovely this morning, but wind will become very strong in the afternoon, blowing out most of the snorkeling action. Again, Black Rock will likely beat the PM trade winds because of it’s geographically protected form (the “arm” rock face). Enjoy snorkeling today at the favorable spots, and please exercise caution in more difficult areas.

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Thursday, October 17


the skinny

On a sunny day in Maui with some scattered clouds, all 3 Maui Zones will have good snorkeling in the AM. Watch for trade winds a building north swell this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali is going to be the best zone for snorkeling today in Maui because it will be the zone that is least affected by wind and waves today. Morning will still be best, as Kahekili will get pretty breezy in the PM. Black Rock could stay nice most of the day. 

South Shore (Kihei especially), will get really blown out with wind in the afternoon (which is a shame because ocean conditions are excellent for snorkeling this morning.

Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay are looking good for snorkeling today, but there’s some water moving around (currents and waves) from a small north swell. This swell will be building throughout the day and will have the strongest affect on Honolua Bay.

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Wednesday, October 16


the skinny

We’ll likely miss most of the cold front that’s passing by the north side of Maui today. Snorkeling and beach conditions are expected to be pretty nice across the island.

There’s definitely a chance that Maui will get some showers at some point today, but it could also be sunny and nice out at the beach all day long.

Kapalua, Napili, Black Rock, the Kamaole Beaches and the north end of Ulua beach should have good underwater visibility and relatively calm conditions for snorkeling today. If we get some showers, visibility could become compromised.

There’s a small south swell that will affect beaches furthest south on South Shore. Honolua Bay might be less favorable for snorkeling today than Napili and Kapalua.

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Tuesday, October 15


the skinny

We expect slightly cooler temperatures today with decreased trade winds, some small waves, and good snorkeling conditions in all 3 Maui zones. 

We’ve got a couple small swells from the west and from the south today. But snorkeling will be excellent at many of your favorite spots across the island of Maui. 

Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay, Black Rock, Kahekili, the Kamaole Beaches and the north end of Ulua all look really nice today. 

Instead of standard trade winds this afternoon, we may get a nice little “sea breeze” instead. Scattered showers are possible as well.

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Monday, October 14


the skinny

Discoverer’s Day, 2019, Monday is shaping up to have excellent conditions for snorkeling across Maui! The ocean’s surface is glassy this AM in all 3 Zones. Underwater visibility is excellent!

The clouds camping out in North West Zone will burn off by mid-day, ushering in sunshine. Napili, Kapalua and Honolua will be excellent for snorkeling with only a light threat of scattered showers. Morning will be best; Trade winds will bring strong winds in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali will be epic today as well, with beautiful conditions for snorkeling and plenty of snunshine. Stick to snorkeling inside Black Rock’s face. Currents are stronger further out. Kahekili will be lovely today!  Strong PM winds will fill in.

Ulua, Kamaole and Polo Beach will be amazing for snorkeling this morning as well. The ocean is calm and underwater visibility is excellent. Further south you’ll find small waves and some currents.

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Sunday, October 13


the skinny

We’ve got calm conditions and excellent underwater visibility in all 3 Maui Zones today! Once the scattered clouds burn off, we should get plenty of sunshine.

It’s going to be a beautiful Maui beach day for snorkeling with turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef! Pick your favorite beach in each zone from our chart above; most spots are looking good today.

The ocean tides will be extra high at the beaches today (shoreline higher up on the sand). This could pull some sand into the snorkeling areas and affect visibility in moments. Morning will be best as trade winds will find their way to the beach in the afternoon. You’ll find stronger currents further out at snorkeling spots today. Be mindful and have fun out there today!

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Saturday, October 12


the skinny

North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali will be excellent for snorkeling today! South Shore will be pretty good in spots as well.

Maui’s ocean conditions have returned to a relatively familiar pattern, with our most reliable snorkeling destinations boasting great underwater visibility. Napili, Kapalua and Honolua are looking great! Black Rock has a choppy “bump” on the ocean surface this AM, but it’s likely to smooth out by mid-morning and be gorgeous there. 

On South Shore, the Kamaole Beaches and the north end of Ulua will be nice for snorkeling! The southern beaches have some waves and stronger currents. Trade winds wil be up in the afternoon across Maui. Morning will be best. 

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Friday, October 11


the skinny

On a hot, humid, moody morning in Maui, underwater visibility for snorkeling is actually pretty good at most spots. Cloudy weather conditions may burn off or we may get some showers today.

The island’s AM cloud cover is forecast to transform into a mostly sunny beach day later. However, there are heavy rain out as sea (to the west), and a chance of showers on land.

Currents are up at most beaches today but underwater visibility for snorkeling is excellent in some areas like North West Zone, Near Ka’anapali, as well as Ulua and Kamaole. There’s a “bump” on the water’s surface on Maui’s west side, but that may clean up a bit mid-morning. It’s an unusual morning for weather in Maui, but snorkeling will be decent if you’re cautious of currents in the ocean. 

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Thursday, October 10


the skinny

The recent north swell has cleared up a bit, opening up all 3 bays—Napili, Kapalua and Honolua—to snorkeling again. Near Ka’anapali will be excellent today. South Shore is hit and miss.

You’ll still find a few waves here and there in the ocean today, and currents further out, but North West Zone is looking good for snorkeling! As always, be cautious in the water, but Napili, Kapalua and are worth exploring today.

Kahekili, Black Rock, Kamaole 1 and the north end of Ulua are some other favorable spots for snorkeling today—especially the beaches Near Ka’anapali. Makena Landing has poor visibility and you’ll find waves the further south on South Shore you travel. Some showers are expected down there as well.

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Wednesday, October 9


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will be excellent for snorkeling on this beautiful Maui beach day! Kapalua Bay will be best in North West Zone.

The recent north swell is slowly improving. There are still sets of small waves rolling in at some beaches with long breaks between them. Currents are stronger than usual here as well. Kapalua looks good. 

Black Rock, Kahekili, and most of the beaches on South Shore have amazing underwater visibility and calm conditions for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef today! Trade winds are slowly returning for the afternoon. Morning will be lovely. 

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Tuesday, October 8


the skinny

On a gorgeous morning with amazing weather for the beach, Near South Shore and Ka’anapali are your prime zones for snorkeling. A north swell has filled in North West Zone with waves and currents.

Honolua Bay has waves breaking at the shoreline and currents have increased here overnight as well. This north swell will affect Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay as well today. Be cautious in the ocean up here. You may be able to find decent snorkeling on the north ends of Napili and Kapalua.

South Shore and Near Ka’anapali look incredible today. We’ve got plenty of sunshine and relatively calm ocean conditions at Olowalu (mile marker 14), the Kamaole Beaches, Ulua, Makena Landing, Ahihi Bay, Black Rock and Kahekili. Be cautious of currents further out in the ocean, especially at Black Rock. 

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Monday, October 7


the skinny

The excellent conditions for snorkeling in Maui continue on a beautiful Monday! We’re keeping an eye on North West Zone: a swell is expected to emerge later today. Snorkeling at Napili and Kapalua remain nice this morning. 

Maui’s beaches are sunny, with light wind and mostly calm conditions today—very favorable for snorkeling with turtles, fish and colorful reef. The caveat is: currents are up the further out into the ocean you go. Stick within the bays to experience an excellent day of snorkeling in Maui. 

Napili Bay, Kapalua, Black Rock and Kahekili all look fantastic this morning! On South Shore, the Kamaole Beaches and the north side of Ulua look amazing as well!Makena Landing may have a few small waves, but it may also remain mellow and nice for snorkeling this AM. We’ll keep you posted if conditions change in North West Zone later today. 

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Sunday, October 6


the skinny

It’s going to be an absolutely incredible day at the beach in Maui! Trade winds have backed off a bit, extending an already beautiful morning for snorkeling into the PM.

Black Rock looks stunning this AM—calm ocean conditions, plenty of sunshine and excellent underwater visibility. Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay, Kamaole, Ulua, Makena Landing and Kahekili look great as well. 

There’s reportedly a north swell developing some time today that may affect Honolua Bay with waves. For now it’s likely still mellow up there, but as always, keep an eye out for currents and waves wherever you snorkel today.

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Saturday, October 5


the skinny

It’s an absolutely beautiful morning in Maui with excellent snorkeling conditions in all 3 Maui zone! 

Maui’s ocean conditions today are mostly calm with generally clear underwater visibility and plenty of sunshine. Wind is forecast to be more mellow than yesterday in the afternoon, but we’ll see: trade winds are possible in the PM.

At 9:30 AM we’ll get a very high tide of 2.2 feet! This means the water will be very high on the shoreline first thing this morning. This could compromise visibility a bit because of sand washing into the ocean.

The go-to Maui snorkeling spots in each zone are looking excellent for snorkeling today! Kapalua, Honolua, Kahekili, Black Rock, Ulua, Kamaole and Makena should be great places to spend your time.As always, be cautious of currents, and please practice general ocean safety.

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Friday, October 4


the skinny

Maui’s 3 snorkeling zones are all going to be excellent for snorkeling this morning! We’ve got calm wind and clear underwater visibility. The afternoon will bring strong trade winds.

It’s one of those days in Maui where you can’t do wrong with selecting your favorite beach for snorkeling. It’s beautiful out and conditions are favorable at most spots. Napili Bay, Black Rock, Makena Landing, the list goes on—take your pick!

This afternoon, trade winds will fill in, making things choppy at some spots, especially in Kihei. Morning will be best across the island, but areas with geographically protected bays will better withstand the afternoon breeze.

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Thursday, October 3


the skinny

We got some scattered showers overnight, and Maui is a little windy already this AM. That being said, snorkeling conditions should be good in all 3 primary snorkeling zones this morning. 

Things are a bit cloudy at some spots in Maui, but the sun is expected to shine soon and stick around throughout the afternoon. Wind will pick up in the PM and could make things a little choppy at the beach.

Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Black Rock should stay nice for snorkeling all day long. Underwater visibility is good and ocean conditions are relatively calm. However, currents are stronger than usual, especially around the tip of Black Rock. As always, be cautious while recreating in the ocean.

The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach and Makena Landing should also be good for snorkeling this morning. Wind will pick up acutely on South Shore mid-day, so AM is best. With the overnight showers, watch for patches of brown, murky water and avoid those.

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Wednesday, October 2


the skinny

Conditions continue to improve in the ocean in Maui! We’re heading into Maui Wowie territory with scores of “8.5” in all 3 zones!

Your go-to snorkel beaches in North West, Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will all have small waves, if any, plenty of sunshine and excellent underwater visibility today. That means ocean conditions are mostly calm and favorable for snorkeling.

There are still some currents flowing, and it’s a lil’ breezy out. Practice ocean safety and have a blast snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef today! 

Though trade winds are expected to fill in the afternoon, spots like Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay, Wailea and Makena Landing may stay nice for snorkeling all day long. 

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Tuesday, October 1


On the 1st day of October, Maui’s snorkeling conditions are looking better than they’ve been in weeks! Expect mostly calm, clear conditions with some currents and small waves still present at the beach.

It’s going to get a little windy in the afternoon today, with a few exceptions like Black Rock and possibly Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay. Morning will be best across the island. Kihei will have strong trade winds by noon. Kahekili will by windy in the PM as well.

Most snorkeling spots are looking really lovely today! Underwater visibility is excellent and we’re going to get plenty of sunshine. Many of your favorite beaches will be calm and lovely for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef. Always use caution in the ocean, but please have a blast today while snorkeling. 

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