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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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Tuesday, August 13  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Monday, August 12  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 11  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, August 10  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Friday, August 9  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, August 8  2019


The skinny

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

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

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

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Wednesday, August 7  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, August 6  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Monday, August 5  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, August 4  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, August 3  2019


the skinny

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

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

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

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

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Friday, August 2  2019


The skinny

On a rainy morning in Maui, underwater visibility is clear in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali. Hurricane Erick was diminished to a Tropical Storm. Maui’s morning rain is related to this storm.

The hurricane near Hawaii never really amounted to much, and it was never very close to Maui. But Tropical Storm Erick is creating some moody weather on the island this AM.

There’s also a High Wind Advisory this AM for stronger than usual trade winds. 

This being said, snorkeling conditions look good on Maui’s west side. Weather conditions could clear up today or the precipitation could continue. Near Ka’anapali Zone will be the area with the best chance for sunshine today.While snorkeling, please keep an eye out for patches of murky, brown water and avoid these. Rain run-off from the mountains is unhealthy for humans. You’ll be able to see these patches from shore or from a vantage point above the beach. 

South Shore has poor visibility for snorkeling and it’s rainy today. Wind will pick up later. 

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Thursday, August 1  2019


the skinny

On a windy morning in Maui, North West Zone and Ka’anapali Zone will be lovely for snorkeling. The wind is from normal trade winds, not from Hurricane Erick, which is at a distance from Maui and will have minimal impact on snorkeling here today.

The imminent hurricane, which will have some affect on the Hawaiian islands is far enough away from Maui that it will only have a small influence on snorkeling this first day of August: we may experience some enhanced currents and a little extra wind in the afternoon.

Coincidentally, trade winds are up this AM (trade winds actually decrease the impact of wind from the hurricane) so many of Maui’s beaches will be windy this morning—especially in Kihei.

Napili, Kapalua and Honolua Bays will be more windy than usual this AM, but snorkeling conditions will be excellent. We expect calm ocean conditions, beautiful underwater visibility and plenty of sunshine.

Same goes for Near Ka’anapali: Black Rock will remain good for snorkeling all day long. Kahekili will be nice in the AM and windy later.

Kihei is already really windy this morning while Wailea and Makena have calm wind at the beach this AM. Underwater visibility is compromised, however, and we are seeing stronger currents than usual in the ocean. Across the island we will see increased wind and currents in the afternoon, and the affects of Hurricane Erick may begin to demonstrate themselves a bit.

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Wednesday, July 31  2019


the skinny

It’s incredibly beautiful in Maui today with excellent snorkeling! Underwater visibility is great across all 3 zones; morning will be best.

Kapalua, Napili and Honolua Bays are going to have calm ocean conditions for snorkeling today! It’ll be mostly sunny with some light cloud cover and a small chance of occasional showers. 

Black Rock and Kahekili are our top spots today, and they should remain nice all day long! However, morning will be your most reliable time period as trade winds will fill in later. The direction of the wind is favorable for a longer snorkeling day.

Kihei, Wailea and Makena all have epic underwater visibility today! Makena Landing is just off the hook. There are still small shore breaking waves at spots, but mostly it’s great for snorkeling down here. 

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Tuesday, July 30  2019


the skinny

Simple is good in Maui! We’ve got plenty of sunshine, calm ocean conditions, clear underwater visibility and light wind this morning in all 3 Maui Zones. To put it simply, it’s a Maui Wowie Beach Day!

Snorkeling conditions are favorable across the island today! All 3 bays in North West Zone—Napili, Kapalua and Honolua—will stay really nice all day long. Black Rock will display longevity today as well. Kahekili will get windy later, but it’s not clear if things will get choppy or if it’ll stay nice all day. 

South Shore looks really nice this morning for snorkeling as well today! Really clear underwater visibility and only a few waves here and there. Kamaole Beaches and Wailea Beach have the smallest waves this AM. Makena area has the largest. It’s forecast to be windy later but it may stay calm all day.

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Monday, July 29  2019


All 3 Maui Zones are good-to-go for snorkeling today! Maui’s west side will be epic while Maui’s south side has a few waves here and there. Underwater visibility is great everywhere.

The favorable streak for snorkeling in Maui continues! North West zone is glassy this morning with light wind and nearly perfect visibility. Should stay nice up there even though trade winds will fill in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali looks will be excellent for snorkeling this morning as well! Black Rock will keep its composure all day long, while Kahekili will get choppy in the afternoon (morning looks great at Airport Beach).

South Shore has a few waves, but generally, it’s looking great for snorkeling! Kam 1 and Wailea Beach will be excellent for snorkeling. Makena Landing has a few waves. Just be cautious getting in and out of the ocean down there today—you may encounter a few shore breaking waves. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit snorkel gear that’s comfortable and safe at the beach, then head out for a beautiful beach day!

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Sunday, July 28  2019


the skinny

It’s a Maui Wowie Beach Day of epic proportions this beautiful Sunday morning! Two different zones scored “9.0” today and all zones are above an “8.5”!

We haven’t seen scores like this in Maui for at least 6 months. Underwater visibility for snorkeling is exceptional for snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish, while ocean conditions are glassy and calm. Morning will still be best in North West Zone as wind will pick up later. However, the direction of the wind should be favorable for continued snorkeling into the PM!

Black Rock and Kahekili are incredibly clear and glassy and the wind should be mellow all day long unless it changes directions in the afternoon. It’s an incredible day for the beach in Ka’anapali.

South Shore has epic underwater visibility with calm conditions at the Kamaole beaches, Wailea and Makena. Wind should remain light here all day as well! You’ll find a few waves further south. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit snorkel gear that’s comfortable and safe at the beach, then head out for an epic Maui Wowie Beach Day!

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Saturday, July 27  2019


the skinny

In addition to calm ocean conditions and clear underwater visibility, wind is also unusually light, making this a Maui Wowie beach day! 

Often, morning is far superior for snorkeling compared with the afternoon in areas like Kihei or Kahekili Beach. However, today, wind patterns have shifted a bit offering us a few more hours of mellow conditions at the beach! 

All 3 bays have incredible underwater ocean visibility for seeing turtles and fish today. Expect calm conditions and light wind. Near Ka’anapali will be amazing as well. It’s going to be an excellent, sunny day for the beach with great snorkeling all day.

Same goes for South Shore. Underwater visibility is epic. Ocean conditions are mostly calm. And though it’ll get breezy in the PM, the wind won’t make the ocean choppy. Should stay good all day long for snorkeling as well! You’ll find a few shore breaking waves down here, so as usual, exercise caution getting in and out of the ocean. 

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Friday, July 26  2019


the skinny

It’s the best kind of Groundhog’s Day in Maui this morning! All 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones have epic underwater visibility to see green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef.

Snorkeling conditions are pretty much the same today as they were yesterday (see Bill Murray below). It’s going to be sunny and nice at the beach, with extremely favorable conditions for snorkeling in the AM!

North West will basically be nice all day and so will Black Rock. Strong trade winds will make Kahekili windy in the afternoon. The 3 bays will get some wind as well.

South Shore is looking lovely this morning. Visibility is epic down there. However, there are a few waves. The smallest waves are in Kihei and the biggest ones are down near the Makena area. Make sure to get out there early—South Shore will be very windy in the PM. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit snorkel gear by the folks who know Maui inside and out, then head out for a beautiful beach day in Maui!

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Thursday, July 25  2019


the skinny

It’s going to be an excellent beach day in Maui with calm conditions in all 3 zones! North West and Near Ka’anapali will be epic, while South Shore has a few nuanced conditions to keep an eye on. 

All 3 bays in North West Zone will have calm ocean conditions with excellent underwater visibility! We’ll get plenty of sunshine today with light wind in the morning and a breezy afternoon. Snorkeling conditions will stay favorable all day up here.

Black Rock and Kahekili look beautiful this morning! You’re in for a treat here today, snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish. Black Rock will remain nice all day, while Kahekili will be windy later.

A small south swell is bringing some waves and currents to the beaches on South Shore. However, underwater visibility is still mostly good for snorkeling.Be cautious getting in and out of the ocean; you may encounter a few shore breaking waves. Kihei beaches (Kamaole 1 and 2) are your go-to zone for the best snorkeling conditions. Makena Landing has 1 to 2 foot waves but good underwater visibility. The waves at Ulua Beach are actually making conditions a bit murky in the ocean.

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Wednesday, July 24  2019


the skinny

Maui’s west side, including Near Ka’anapali and North West Zone will have excellent snorkeling today while South Shore has mixed ocean conditions.

It’s going to be a beautiful Maui beach day with plenty of sunshine and light wind in the morning! Kapalua, Napili and Honolua Bays will be excellent today with calm ocean conditions and great underwater visibility. Napili will have a few waves.

Black Rock will be off the charts for snorkeling all day long, while Kahekili will be nice in the morning and windy in the afternoon.

South Shore will be decent for snorkeling but it’s also beginning to demonstrate a south swell. Visibility is so-so at most beaches. Kamaole 1 and 2 are looking best. Ulua, Makena and Olowalu have shore breaking waves and compromised visibility. Avoid Makena Landing today. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit snorkel gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling!

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Tuesday, July 23  2019


the skinny

We’ve got excellent snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones today: Calm ocean conditions, excellent underwater visibility and light wind in the morning!

Near Ka’anapali Zone will actually have light wind all day—thus the 9.0 score! Underwater visibility is excellent there as well. There’s a tiny south swell happening so you may find a wave or 2, but overall it’s looking great for snorkeling.

Napili Bay has small waves today but Kapalua and Honolua are going to be fantastic for snorkeling! This zone will be best in the AM as trade winds will fill in the afternoon. 

South Shore has incredible underwater visibility today! Olowalu (Mile Marker 14) and from Wailea down through Makena Landing will have light wind all day. Kihei will get windy in the afternoon. Small waves possible down near Makena Landing. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit snorkel gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling!

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Monday, July 22  2019


the skinny

It’s a Maui Wowie Beach Day because of the incredibly calm, lovely ocean conditions out there today! It’s going to be calm, calm, calm in the ocean today—we’re heading out to snorkel with turtles! 

It’s one of those mornings in Maui where it feels like the ocean has nearly come to a stand still. Only the smallest little ripples are lapping the shoreline of beaches like Kapalua Bay and Ka’anapali Beach this AM. 

Underwater visibility for snorkeling is going to be phenomenal today! Some days in Maui just feel like they were created for snorkeling. The weather will be sunny with only high clouds sticking around to moderate things. All 3 Zones are lovely, with only minimal variation on these excellent conditions.

Morning will be best across the island as trade winds will fill in the afternoon, however, wind won’t be as high as the last couple days, and spots like Black Rock will stay nice all day. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get custom-fit with quality snorkel sets you can’t find anywhere else, then head out for snorkeling! Maui Wowie!

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Tuesday, July 23  2019


the skinny

 

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Sunday, July 21  2019


The skinny

It’s the best kind of Groundhog’s Day in Maui today! Expect another morning filled with excellent conditions for snorkeling: calm ocean conditions, unbelievable underwater visibility and plenty of sunshine! 

The last couple days have been off the charts for snorkeling in Maui! Today we’ll continue the fortunate trend of finding green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef nearly everywhere we look.

All 3 Bays in North West Zone will be incredible today. Black Rock will be good all day long. Olowalu and Makena Landing should be good all day long as well. Most other spots will be best in the morning as strong trade winds will fill in the afternoon.

Scores would be higher than “8.5” if it were not for the PM winds. Really it’s going to be beautiful out there today, Maui! Swing by The Snorkel Store to chat with our award-winning Customer Care Team about Maui’s best beaches, then head out for snorkeling!

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Saturday, July 20  2019


the skinny

Snorkeling is going to be excellent in all 3 Maui Zones this morning! Trade winds are the big story for the PM. Each zone has some spots that will continue to be good for snorkeling through the afternoon.

North West Zone has glassy calm ocean conditions with no waves and excellent underwater visibility this morning. The area will get trade winds in the PM but ALL 3 BAYS will remain nice for snorkeling in the afternoon!

Black Rock will have good underwater visibility all day as well, while Kahekili will be lovely in the morning, then really rough in the PM.

The Makena Landing area is your ALL DAY snorkel zone on South Shore. Kihei will become very windy in the afternoon. Visibility may dip a tad bit in Makena in the PM from wind waves, but it should still be an all day experience there.

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Friday, July 19  2019


the skinny

Boom! We’ve got exceptional snorkeling conditions in all 3 Zones in Maui! Underwater visibility is nearly perfect from Honolua Bay all the way down to Makena Landing.

When Maui’s ocean conditions clear up there’s no mistaking it. Today we’re right in the sweet spot for epic snorkeling across the island! It’s going to be mostly sunny with scattered tropical showers. The ocean is calm and glassy with clear underwater visibility for snorkeling.

We would have called this a Maui Wowie beach day except for strong trade winds that will fill in all 3 Zones in the afternoon. Morning will be best today as spots like Kahekili and the Kihei beaches will be very choppy in the PM. Spots like Honolua and Makena Landing will stay nice all day. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling with turtles! 

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Thursday, July 18  2019


the skinny

Maui’s going to be incredible for snorkeling this morning! Calm ocean conditions and excellent underwater visibility across the island. However, we’ll get uncharacteristically strong trade winds in the PM. 

The recent swell is nearly gone. We’ve got small waves if any at most Maui beaches. The ocean in Maui has become extremely favorable for snorkelingwith green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef. 

Since trade winds will pick up in the afternoon (on South Shore this will happen by noon), here’s a list of beaches that will handle the PM winds relatively well:

  • Olowalu (Mile Marker 14)
  • Honolua Bay
  • Kapalua Bay
  • Black Rock

It’s going to be beautiful out there this morning! Swing by The Snorkel Store to chat with our award-winning Customer Care Team about Maui’s best beaches, then head out for snorkeling!

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Wednesday, July 17  2019


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are going to be excellent across all 3 Maui Zones this morning! Underwater visibility has cleared up nicely, ocean conditions are calm and wind will be light in the AM with trade winds in the afternoon.

It finally happened folks. The ocean in Maui’s snorkel zones cleared up!! 

It’s going to be hot and sunny today with a small chance of scattered showers. All 3 bays in North West Zone will be unreal for snorkeling. AM will be best as strong trade winds will fill in the afternoon. Kahekili and Black Rock will be great today as well! In the PM, Black Rock will be better than Kahekili because it’s protected from the afternoon wind. South shore has made a MASSIVE improvement in underwater visibility overnight! The beaches down there look amazing for snorkeling today! Morning will be best, of course. You’ll also still find a few small waves down in the Makena area.

When Maui’s ocean conditions quickly clear up for snorkeling like this, we feel it’s important to remind folks to practice ocean safety. Even though Maui will feel like an ocean playground today, it’s not Disneyland. Please stick together with a pal while snorkeling and stay plenty hydrated. Happy snorkeling! 

Tuesday, July 16  2019


the skinny

UPDATE:

Things really improved today Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore! Kahekili looks excellent for snorkeling.

You’ll want to watch out for shore breaking waves and stronger currents at Black Rock, and at the Kihei beaches, but because conditions improved significantly overnight, we’ve decided to recommend these areas for snorkeling in the AM. Maui will have strong trade winds this afternoon, with the strongest wind in North Kihei.

North West Zone is going to be excellent today for snorkeling, with calm ocean conditions, excellent underwater visibility at Honolua and Kapalua. Napili Bay has had brown water the last couple days. Please avoid these patches. Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit snorkel gear that’s comfortable and safe in the ocean, then head out for snorkeling!

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Monday, July 15  2019


the skinny

North West Zone will have a lot of excellent snorkeling today! The National Weather Service has changed Hawaii’s ocean conditions from a High Surf Warning to a High Surf Advisory. 

It’s going to be beautiful and sunny today with trade winds in the afternoon. Honolua Bay is going to be excellent for snorkeling! Kapalua Bay should be good as well; you may see a couple small waves there. Half of Napili Bay is brown today. You may find strong currents and waves further out at that beach as well.

The beach is looking beautiful in Ka’anapali today! However, there are still powerful, shore breaking waves here. Please be careful near the water here today. AM is best. Strong trade winds in the PM.

The High Surf Advisory is affecting the Makena area most strongly. Kihei beaches are looking much better, but they also have some strong waves that will affect underwater visibility. Kihei may be worth checking out, but please be cautious today while recreating near the ocean.

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Sunday, July 14  2019


the skinny

Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay will be excellent for snorkeling today! The National Weather Service has announced a High Surf Warning for all Hawaiian islands. It’s going to be a beautiful, hot beach day with temperatures in the high ’80’s. 

A High Surf Warning is a step up from a High SurfAdvisory (which we’ve had a number of times during the past few weeks). A “Warning” means conditions have more potential to be dangerous.

South Shore and Near Ka’anapali are no-go areas for snorkeling today. Expect currents, waves and poor visibility in these zones—be careful at the beach here! Also, strong waves have the potential to wash up the entire beach (sending you running). It’s going to be really nice out today, but please keep your wits about you.

The Makena area has the largest waves in the 3 zones today. Kapalua Bay and Honolua bay are mostly unaffected by the new swells.You should be able to find good snorkeling up there! Still be mindful of ocean conditions (even at these beaches). When an advisory is issued you may find strong currents further out, even at beaches with seemingly mellow ocean conditions.

Swing by The Snorkel Store to get set up with custom-fit gear that’s comfortable and safe in the water, then head out for a beautiful Maui beach day!

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Saturday, July 13 2019


the skinny

North West Zone is by far your best snorkeling zone today! It’s going to be a beautiful beach day no matter where you go. But there’s a High Surf Advisory for South Shore and Near Ka’anapali. 

Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay are going to have excellent snorkeling today—mellow ocean conditions, light wind in the morning and great underwater visibility. Head up there to snorkel with turtles! Napili may be affected a smidge by the High Surf Advisory.

Kahekili will have the smallest waves in the Near Ka’anapali Zone. This area will be strongly affected by the surf advisory, so please be careful near the water. Trade winds in the afternoon.

South Shore is the spot where the surf advisory will most strongly demonstrated. Waves and currents will be increasing all day today. Underwater visibility will be decreasing throughout the day. In the end there will be large, dangerous waves in this zone. Please be careful near the ocean down there.

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Friday, July 12  2019


the skinny

There was a huge fire last in Maui last night that spread from Central Maui down to Kihei. Air quality is very poor this morning, roads were closed down last night, but fortunately, there have been no reported injuries. A big Mahalo and Aloha to our brave men and women who kept us all safe!! You are incredible. 

Snorkeling on Maui’s west side will be excellent today. If you’re staying on South Shore, we recommend you drive Near Ka’anapali or to North West Zone. It’s going to be a fantastic Maui beach day up there.

Both Near Ka’anapali and North West Zones have calm ocean conditions and great underwater visibility for snorkeling with turtles today. Morning will be better than the afternoon because strong trade winds will fill in the beaches in the PM. You’ll find a few waves Near Ka’anapali. Black Rock will be better than Kahekili in the afternoon because it’s protected from the wind. Napili, Kapalua and Honolua Bays should be excellent! Swing by The Snorkel Store to chat with our award-winning Customer Care Team about Maui’s best beaches, then head out for snorkeling!

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Thursday, July 11  2019


the skinny

Maui is looking excellent for snorkeling this morning! It’s the first day in ages that South Shore has matched the other zones with its score. You can expect good underwater visibility, calm ocean conditions (with only small waves near Makena) on South Shore today! Head on out for snorkeling!

North West Zone is going to be beautiful—sunny with good conditions for snorkeling. Morning will be best as small waves, light currents and trade winds will pick up a bit in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali will be gorgeous as well today! Only small breaking waves in the shallows. Black Rock will be better than Kahekili in the afternoon because it’ll be more protected from trade winds.  

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Wednesday, July 10  2019


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are improving across the island! All 3 Zone are good to go for snorkeling this morning!It’s been a long time coming, but we’re almost fully in the clear for snorkeling with turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef today. Most spots have calm ocean conditions, clear underwater visibility and light wind this AM. The Makena area is an exception: there are still waves down there. Morning will be best as trade winds will fill in the afternoon. 

It’ll be a mostly sunny day with scattered clouds and a small chance of occasional sprinkles. You’ll still find some small waves in the shallows at your favorite beaches—please exercise usual caution. But for now, hightail it down to The Snorkel Store this AM to get custom-fit with dry-mouth snorkel technology, then head out for snorkeling in Maui!  

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Tuesday, July 9  2019


the skinny

Waves have dropped in size overnight, and underwater visibility has improved across the island  today! Spots like Kapalua Bay should be lovely for snorkeling. 

We’ve still got some swell and currents kicking around in the ocean, but things have cleared up considerably since yesterday. There are also some murky spotsfrom rain run-off from the past day. Please keep an eye out for these and avoid them. Napili Bay and Honolua Bay may have some brown water spots. If they’re clear, they should be good spots for snorkeling.

Black Rock and Kahekili should be good for snorkeling today, but be careful getting in and out of the ocean. You’ll find shore breaking waves and some currents. Morning will be best as trade winds will pick up in the PM.

For the first time in a while, South Shore is in the “green” for snorkeling. Ulua Beach and the Kamaole Beach Parks should be good-to-go. You’ll still find some smaller waves over the shallow reefs and at the shoreline here. Makena has larger waves. Morning is best. It’ll get really windy down here in the afternoon.

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Monday, July 8  2019


the skinny

In the blink of an eye, all the beaches on South Shore got super windy this morning, so we can’t recommend them for snorkeling. In general, snorkeling might be kinda rough today across all 3 Maui Zones. 

It’s going to be a very hot, muggy, tropical feeling day on Maui today with scattered showers on Maui’s west side. This rain could lead to brown, murky conditions in the ocean and poor underwater visibility If you see murky patches of water in the ocean, please avoid these.

The High Surf Advisory from the recent south swell has been lifted, while the advisory for east facing beaches remains in effect. Basically, most snorkeling beaches are still seeing currents or some wavesfrom 1 of the 2 swells above, or both.

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Sunday, July 7  2019


the skinny

With 2 different High Surf Advisories issued, Kapalua Bay is your lone snorkel beach recommendation today.It’ll be a beautiful, mostly sunny beach day in Maui with limited snorkeling available on the island. East and south swellshave brought waves and currents to all the South Shore beaches and Black Rock, and are affecting Kahekili and North West Zone beaches as well. Be cautious getting in and out of ocean in Maui today. 

Kapalua Bay should come out relatively unscathed by the effects of the swells. You may find some decent snorkeling up there. Honolua Bay will have good underwater visibility but stronger than usual currents. Be cautious at that spot particularly. Napili Bay has currents and is looking murky for snorkeling. 

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Saturday, July 6  2019


the skinny

Kapalua Bay and Kahekili Beach are your best bets for snorkeling in Maui today. A new High Surf Advisory generated by Tropical Storm Barbara has been issued.

On a beautiful, sunny beach day in Maui, a new south swell is mixing ocean conditions up on the island again. This swell may cause Honolua Bay to get some waves and currents today. Black Rock will also be affected. Napili Bay is already murky. Try Airport Beach and Kapalua Bay for snorkeling. 

South Shore has waves and poor visibility at all beaches. Waves are largest in the Makena area and smallest at the Kamaole Parks in Kihei. It’ll be pretty at the beach but there’s not much snorkeling going on down there.

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Friday, July 5  2019


the skinny

North West Zone continues to improve today with scores creeping into the green at “7.5”! Near Ka’anapali and South Shore are still affected by the south swell. 

It’s going to be a beautiful Aloha Friday at the beach in Maui today. Though there are a few clouds in the sky this morning, they’ll blow off and we’ll have plenty of sunshine. Honolua Bay and Kapalua Bay should be calm for snorkeling with the best underwater visibility on the island. Napili Bay has some small waves. Head up there to snorkel with turtles today!

Black Rock has swell and current even though the waves aren’t very big this morning. Be cautious getting into the ocean at that beach. There’s a lot of water moving around there. Kahekili might be worth checking out today. It’s possible that underwater visibility is improving there today.

South Shore still has large, dangerous waves in the Makena area with small waves in Kihei. It’s going to be beautiful at the beach but underwater visibility is pretty shot there. You can expect light trade winds in the PM at most beaches, making for a longer Maui beach day.

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Thursday, July 4  2019


the skinny

The National Weather Service has lifted their recent High Surf Advisory, yet conditions are still rough for snorkeling on South Shore and Near Ka’anapali. North West Zone is improving. It’s going to be a beautiful day for the beach this 4th of July! 

Kapalua Bay may be a good spot to check out this morning as our recent swell is beginning to recede. Honolua Bay has been the lone snorkeling hold-out for the past 3 days. Kapalua may be decent this morning as well. Napili Bay has waves this morning.

Ka’anapali Beach feels like a good boogie board spot this AM as waves are about 1 foot smaller today than the past few days. Snorkeling is compromised in that zone.

South Shore still has large, dangerous waves near Makena and Wailea, and poor visibility with currents in the heart of Kihei. Happy 4th of July! 

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Wednesday, July 3  2019


the skinny

Honolua Bay will be your best spot for snorkeling in Maui today. It’s going to be a beautiful and sunny beach day with hazardous conditions at most beaches.

Napili Bay has considerable wave action today and Black Rock has currents with the potential for danger. South Shore is rough today at all beaches, but especially at Makena where we could find 8-10 foot waves!

Kamaole 1 & 2 are the most mellow spots on South Shore but they’re still hazardous for recreation in the ocean. We’ve got a High Surf Advisory for all south and west facing beaches again today.

Honolua Bay should side step these rough condition, and we expect it will be nice up there for snorkeling.

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Tuesday, July 2  2019


We’re still at advisory levels on South Shore and possibly near Ka’anapali. Things are improving, but please pay attention to official signage if you are recreating near the ocean today.

The Makena area is a no-go for getting into the water today. Conversely, Honolua Bay should be pretty nice for snorkeling.

All the beaches in between are where you should use discretion and caution and follow beach signage. It’s going to be beautiful and sunny today—a great beach day, and you’ll find folks getting into the ocean a bit from beach to beach.

Spots like Black Rock and Napili Bay will be a toss up: some waves and currents, but not looking too bad for splashing around if you exercise caution.  

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Monday, July 1  2019


The skinny

Sun with scattered clouds are expected on a day where the National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for most Maui Beaches. Nice beach day. Dangerous ocean conditions at most spots.

Honolua Bay and Kapalua Bay are your long shots for snorkeling on Maui this morning. Napili Bay is choppy, with murky water and currents.

Black Rock through South Shore have considerable swell and currents. Waves are HUGE in Makena. Wind will be light in the morning and strong later in the PM. Be careful near the ocean every day, but especially today when surf is up and the ocean is particularly tempermental. 

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Sunday, June 30  2019


the skinny

On a sunny beach day in Maui, The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui’s south and west facing beaches. You’ll want to stay out of the water on South Shore, while Honolua Bay and Kapalua Bay may have some decent snorkeling. 

Napili Bay will be most affected in North West Zone. Be careful out there—strong currents at Napili can be dangerous. Kapalua and Honolua will be affected as well. However, you may find some decent snorkeling up there, especially at Honolua.

Near Ka’anapali will have large shore breaking waves that will be increasing throughout the day. Enjoy the beach, but be careful near the water.

South Shore is a no-go for ocean recreation. Kihei will have the smallest waves but currents will be extremely strong and dangerous. Stay out of the water down here. Expect light wind in the AM and breezy trade winds in the afternoon at the beach. 

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Saturday, June 29  2019


the skinny

North West Zone will be nice all day long for snorkeling! We are waiting on a south swell to arrive for South Shore and Near Ka’anapali.

Once these waves arrives on South Shore, conditions will be somewhat dangerous down there. Snorkeling will probably be okay this morning, but please keep an eye out for changing ocean conditions. All 3 bays in North West Zone have calm ocean conditions with normal trade winds and sunshine mixed with only occasional clouds!

The south swell won’t affect this zone at all. Near Ka’anapali is looking beautiful this AM as well, but it’ll get waves and currents when the south swell arrives.

Makena area is already showing waves, while Kihei and Wailea are looking good this morning (but awaiting the inevitable swell). 

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