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Friday, January 27 2023


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Lots of rainbows are expected as the storm starts to clear. When it does calm down, Ka’anapali should be the first spot to clear up. Please remember to avoid areas with brown water.

Northwest Zone: 0.0

Stormy conditions with very powerful currents, waves & undertow. Rain runoff is causing brown water & debris to wash into the ocean.

Kapalua Bay tends to clean up pretty quickly although it’s best to stay out of the water today as it is too rough & polluted. Strong winds & heavy rain at times.

Ka’anapali: 4.0

The area along the south face of Black Rock may offer a little calm water later. However, there is likely rain runoff pollution.

Stormy with heavy rain showers at times. Strong north winds causing strong currents. Brown water

South Shore: 1.0

Brown water caused by rain runoff is an issue throughout the Zone. Heavy rain is expected off & on all day. Currents are strong at most beaches as well.

It’s likely going to take a day or so for the water to start to clear up. Kamaole # 1 has the smallest waves.


Thursday, January 26 2023


the skinny

The south face of Black Rock may be a pocket of calm water throughout the day. Snorkeling conditions around the island are less that ideal as wind, rain, and clouds are present on the island. Be on the lookout for some epic rainbows!

Northwest: 0.0

Strong waves, currents and undertow make snorkeling not advised in the Northwest Zone today. Overnight rain has brought sediments into the bays.

Mostly cloudy day with showers likely throughout. Be cautious of strong winds as they will increase in strong as the day goes on.

Ka’anapali: 4.0

There is a small pocket of calm water on the south face of Black Rock but strong currents out passed the point. Currents strong at Kahekili as well. Snorkel in the PM may be preferred and exercise caution if you choose to snorkel.

Today is looking partly sunny but showers are expected before noon. The wind will likely get pretty strong so be caution in the water and on the beach.

South Shore: 2.5

Overnight rain has likely brought sediment into the water affecting visibility. Strong currents and waves present across the zone. Ulua and MM-14 may have alright conditions be caution is advised!

It is looking like we will have a partly sunny day with scattered showers throughout the south shore. Lights winds in the AM may become strong winds in the PM.


Wednesday, January 25 2023


the skinny

Small pocket of calm water on the south face of Black Rock this AM. Strong waves and rough ocean conditions are present across the island. Exercise caution in and around the ocean today.

Northwest: 0.0

Powerful waves across the zone. Strong currents and undertow are present. The shore break is very intense.

Strong currents remain in the Northwest Zone. Partly sunny conditions with isolated showers and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Ka’anapali: 5.0

Small pocket of calm water on the south face of Black Rock. Water is moving a lot and shorebreak at Kahekili and Ka’anapali Beach is something to be aware of.

Partly sunny skies and isolated showers. Moderate winds in the morning and strong winds expected with possible thunderstorms in the afternoon.

South Shore: 1.0

Strong currents and powerful waves throughout the Zone. Powerful shore break are to be avoided.

Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Light winds in the morning and will get stronger in the afternoon.


Tuesday, January 24 2023


The skinny

It’s a beautiful morning on Maui! Mile Marker 14 has the calmest water again. Ka’anapali has improved a bit & may get better this afternoon.

Northwest: 1.0

The waves are a little smaller today but are still too powerful & currents are still too strong! The waves may briefly get smaller inside Kapalua Bay later in the day.

Currents will likely remain very strong. Mostly sunny with possible isolated showers sometime.

Ka’anapali: 5.5

Mile Marker 14 has the calmest & clearest water for good snorkeling again! Kahekili beach has smaller, surging waves that are still strong but snorkeling is decent if the waves are thoughtfully avoided.

Waves are powerful at times in Ka’anapali, especially south of Black Rock & currents are extra strong around the tip of Black Rock. Waves will likely calm down more later.

South Shore: 1.5

Powerful waves & strong currents throughout the Zone. Makena & Wailea are super dangerous. The south end of Kamaole # 1 has smaller waves but it’s not looking good yet for snorkeling.

Head towards the Westside & Mile Marker 14 for good snorkeling. Sunny this morning with a chance of isolated showers this afternoon.


Monday, January 23 2023


The skinny

Mile Marker 14 has the best potential for snorkeling on Maui today. Keep in mind that waves could affect here as well & currents get stronger further out from shore. Also, it is too shallow to swim above the reef here- stick to the sandy channels.

Northwest: 0.0

High Surf Warning through tonight. Powerful waves, currents & undertow continue to make ocean conditions super dangerous!

It is best to just stay out of the water in this Zone today. Mostly sunny with northeast winds. Possible isolated showers.

Ka’anapali: 3.0

High Surf Advisory- There may be 10 minutes or longer between the bigger waves. Mile Marker 14 is the best chance for snorkeling- be aware waves could pick up & currents are stronger further out.

Looks like sunshine & light winds again today! Waves are smallest closer to the south face of Black Rock but still powerful at times.

South Shore: 1.0

Mile Marker 14 is offering a little pocket out of the big waves for snorkeling. But waves could still affect the area. Waves are super powerful & dangerous in Wailea & Makena!

South end of Kamaole # 1 has the smallest waves in that area but are still hazardous. Sunny skies & light winds this morning. Stronger afternoon winds


Sunday, January 22 2023


The skinny

Beautiful beach day today! Be aware that an extra large & extremely powerful northwest swell is starting to fill in. This will cause dangerous ocean conditions to most of the shoreline today.

Mile Marker 14 has nice & calm ocean conditions this morning, however, the waves could pick up here as well sometime. Please be extra cautious & aware.

Northwest: 0.0

High Surf Warning. Extremely dangerous ocean conditions. The waves will keep getting bigger throughout the day. Currents & undertow are super powerful.

Surprise waves will wash high upon the shoreline. Mostly sunny with increasing clouds & maybe isolated showers this afternoon.

Ka’anapali: 1.5

High Surf Advisory. The waves are picking up to dangerous sizes today. Currents & undertow are getting stronger.

It may look calm early this morning but the waves are rising rapidly & will wash high upon the shoreline. Sunshine expected for most of the day. Clouds may move through later.

South Shore: 4.0

Mile Marker 14 is very calm & clear early this morning. Be aware though that a powerful west swell is filling in & could affect here as well sometime today.

The south end of Kamaole # 1 also has smaller waves than the rest of the Zone. Sunny skies & light winds this morning.


Saturday, January 21 2023


The skinny

It’s a beautiful Maui Saturday! Black Rock & Kahekili have the calmest water for snorkeling.

Northwest: 3.0

Huge waves are on the way but exactly when they arrive is difficult to predict. Kapalua Bay will have the smallest waves today & may be call enough through the morning.

Be aware currents & undertow will become very strong. Sunny skies & light winds are expected. Clouds may form sometime.

Ka’anapali: 8.0

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili continue to offer fantastic snorkeling. There is a little south swell causing little waves & stronger currents in areas, especially out near the rock tip.

It’s highly likely to stay sunny with light winds for most of the day.

South Shore: 6.0

Mile Marker 14 is glassy & calm. The south end of Kamaole Beach Park # 1 has only small waves as well. The north little corner of Ulua Beach will probably improve this afternoon.

There are still occasional bigger waves to watch out for. Sunshine & light winds are expected today.


Friday, January 20 2023


The SKinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Ka’anapali has the calmest water for snorkeling & playing today.

Northwest: 3.0

Waves are rising again & ocean conditions are getting dangerous in areas with waves. Kapalua Bay has the calmest water inside the bay. Currents & waves on the sides & outer shelf.

Be aware that there could be 10 minutes or longer between the big waves, however they are breaking. Sunny this morning with increasing chance of clouds this afternoon.

Ka’anapali: 8.5

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili Beach are super nice & calm this morning! As usual currents are stronger out near the rock tip.

Sunny skies & light winds expected. There’s a slight chance the wind may affect the ocean surface later. Clouds may form this afternoon as well.

South Shore: 5.5

Mile Marker 14 has the calmest water today. The south end of Kamaole # 1 is looking pretty calm. The north corner of Ulua Beach is looking OK. Take extra care to avoid waves & be cautious of currents.

Waves could get bigger sometime today. Sunshine with light winds likely for most of the day. Winds may affect the area later & clouds may form.


Thursday, January 19 2023


the skinny

Black Rock and Kahekili Beach Park = Turtle Ready! Ulua Beach and Kapalua have areas of calm as well. Generally going to be a sunny day on Maui but isolated showers are effecting various zones and widespread haze is to be noted.

Northwest: 4.0

Kapalua Bay is the most calm in the zone, waves breaking in Napili and Honolua Bay. Be mindful of currents, waves, and undertow throughout the zone.

It’s looking like it will be mostly sunny throughout the day with isolated showers in the morning. Haze is starting to creep into the Northwest Zone and light winds are expected.

Ka’anapali: 8.0

Kahekili Beach Park and Black Rock are looking great today! South face of Black Rock is looking nice and calm.

Relaxing on Ka’anapali Beach will be nice this afternoon thanks to some sunshine. You may see isolated showers in the AM with light winds. We aware of haze effecting the zone.

South Shore: 4.5

Ulua Beach has some areas of calm water. Waves and current still present at many spots in the zone. Be mindful of shorebreaks in and around the water.

Calm winds are likely but scattered showers in the afternoon with increasing winds may make for a trip to Ka’anapali for snorkeling. Haze continues to be present in the South Shore.


Wednesday, January 18 2023


the skinny

South face of Black Rock and Kahekili Beach Park are Turtle Ready today! Mostly sunny all over the island so be sure to have the umbrella ready today!

Northwest: 4.0

Waves continue to be breaking throughout the Zone & currents are strong. The calmest water is inside Kapalua Bay. Currents are still pretty strong around the sides of this bay & shallow outer reef.

Beautiful sunny day with light winds. Conditions expected to hold throughout the day.

Ka’anapali: 7.5

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili Beach Park are looking fantastic for snorkeling! Ka’anapali is the spot to be today!

Going to be a mostly sunny day complimented by calm winds. Get that umbrella ready for today!

South Shore: 4.0

Mile Marker 14 is likely the best bet. The waves are still too big at most spots. The south end of Kamaole # 1 has smallest waves but the north end at Charlie Young has powerful waves along with Wailea Beach featuring a prominent shore break

Afternoon looking nicer than the morning. Morning brings scattered showers with widespread haze. Winds are expected to calm in the afternoon.


Tuesday, January 17 2023


the skinny

It’s a sunny Maui beach day again today! Black Rock & Kahekili in Ka’anapali are offering the calmest snorkeling conditions.

Northwest: 3.5

Waves are breaking throughout the Zone & currents are strong. The calmest water is inside Kapalua Bay. Currents are still pretty strong around the sides of this bay & shallow outer reef.

Waves will probably get bigger in Kapalua Bay as well. Sunshine & light winds.

Ka’anapali: 7.5

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili Beach Park are looking fantastic for snorkeling! There are occasional 2 foot waves in areas & avoid. Waves could pickup later.

Currents are stronger in deeper water & out near the rock tip. Light winds & clear skies are likely all day.

South Shore: 4.0

The waves are still too big at most spots. Mile Marker 14 is promising. The south end of Kamaole # 1 has smallest waves but the north end at Charlie Young has powerful waves.

Biggest waves are in Makena & Wailea again today. Highly likely it will be sunny with light winds all day.


Monday, January 16 2023


the skinny

On today’s holiday we give special honor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in remembrance of all he did for civil rights & to bring us closer equality.

The best snorkeling can be found in Ka’anapali along the south face of Black Rock & Kahekili Beach Park.

Northwest: 3.0

Ocean conditions are expected to become very dangerous sometime today. So far this morning Kapalua Bay is still mostly calm. However, currents are getting stronger already.

The middle of Honolua Bay may look calm but waves are breaking over the best part of the reef & it will likely become super dangerous soon. Mostly sunny with light wind.

Ka’anapali: 7.0

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili Beach park are both looking great. The waves picked up a little & may get bigger later in the day.

There’s the usual stronger currents out near the rock tip. Sunny skies & light winds are expected all day.

South Shore: 4.0

The waves have picked up a bit more. The south end of Kamaole Beach # 1 & Mile Marker 14 have the smallest waves in the Zone again.

Bigger waves & stronger currents in Makena & Wailea today. Sunny skies & light winds for most of the area.


Sunday, January 15 2023


the skinny

Ka’anapali has the most sunshine & the calmest water for swimming with turtles today!

Northwest: 3.5

Inside Kapalua Bay the waves are smallest & there’s an area that is calm enough. Currents are still very strong further out & along the shallow sides of the bays.

Currents & waves are strong in Napili. Occasional bigger waves everywhere, especially Honolua Bay. Partly sunny with strong winds & isolated showers.

Ka’anapali: 7.5

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili are looking really good this morning. There’s still some elevated waves in areas to be cautious of & avoid.

Mostly sunny this morning. It should be a sunny for mos tof the day. Light east winds are expected but winds may affect Kahekili later.

South Shore: 4.5

The waves have become powerful in Makena & Wailea. Kamaole Beach park # 1 is looking calm but waves could pick up sometime. Mile Marker 14 will likely remain calm unless the winds pick up later.

Sunny skies & light winds this morning throughout the Zone. Stronger winds this afternoon but it should stay pretty calm in South Kihei & Wailea.


Saturday, January 14 2023


the skinny

Another beautiful sunny beach day on Maui! There’s nice conditions for snorkeling with turtles in Ka’anapali & most of the Southside.

Be aware that Vog (volcanic smog) from the Big Island will cause some air pollution in areas today.

Northwest: 0.0

The waves are picking right back up to extremely dangerous sizes. Currents & undertow remain very powerful. Head to Ka’anapali or further south to play in the water.

A small area inside Kapalua Bay has smaller waves than elsewhere but snorkeling is still NOT advised here as currents are still very strong. Sunny skies & light northern breeze.

Ka’anapali: 5.5

The south face of Black Rock is looking good. There are still strong currents out near the rock tip. Kahekili has improved as well but has surging waves affecting visibility.

Elevated waves in areas of the beaches may get bigger this afternoon. Sunny skies & a light north breeze likely all day.

South Shore: 6.0

Mile Marker 14, Kamaole Beach #1,2 & 3 are really nice with the smallest waves. Ulua Beach is good but has some waves in the shallows.

Biggest waves in areas of Makena. Sunny skies & light winds are expected all day.


Friday, January 13 2023


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday on Maui! It’s an incredibly beautiful beach day with light winds, however the waves are still too big for snorkeling. Kihei has the smallest waves for playing in today.

Northwest: 0.0

Extremely dangerous ocean conditions throughout the Zone. Big waves are washing high upon the shoreline. Currents & undertow are extremely strong.

It’s too dangerous for playing in the waves here so head south. Sunny skies & light winds through the morning. Increasing wind this afternoon.

Ka’anapali: 3.5

Amazing beach day. The waves are still too powerful for snorkeling & currents are very strong. They should start getting smaller today but be careful, as the waves start to get smaller there will be longer periods between the bigger ones.

Currents & undertow are strong. Smallest waves are closer to the south face of Black Rock.

South Shore: 4.0

The Kamaole beaches, particularly Kamaole # 1, has the smallest waves & are the most pleasant for playing in the ocean today. Mile Marker 14 may calm down for snorkeling soon.

Powerful waves in Makena & Wailea this morning should start to calm down later. Sunny skies & light winds for most of the day.


Thursday, January 12 2023


the skinny

High Surf Advisory issued for North and West Maui. Ocean conditions will be quite dangerous around the island but sunny skies and light wind make for a nice beach day in Ka’anapali and South Shore. Exercise caution around the ocean today.

Northwest: 0.0

High Surf Advisory issued for the Northwest Zone. Powerful waves and dangerous ocean conditions are present today. Snorkeling is not advised in the Northwest Zone today.

Although ocean conditions are unsafe, mostly sunny skies are expected with moderate to strong winds. Enjoy watching the power of the ocean from a safe distance from shore.

Ka’anapali: 3.0

High Surf Advisory issued for Ka’anapali. Exercise caution around the ocean today. Waves coming in big sets! It may look calm one moment then waves shortly after. Snorkeling is generally not advised in Ka’anapali today.

Mostly sunny skies and light to moderate wind. Still looking like a wonderful beach day but exercise caution near the water.

South Shore: 2.5

High Surf Advisory Issued. The northern swell is still affecting the Shore Shore today. Strong waves across the zone and strength is expected to increase throughout the day. Snorkeling is generally not advise in the South Shore today.

Light to moderate winds with mostly sunny skies. Enjoy the ocean, but from the beach today.


Wednesday, January 11 2023


the skinny

High Surf Advisory issued for North and West Maui. Snorkeling in Ka’anapali (South face of Black Rock) will likely be OK in the AM. Exercise caution in and near the ocean throughout the day, in all zones.

Northwest: 0.0

High Surf Advisory issued for the Northwest Zone. Powerful waves and dangerous ocean conditions are present today. Snorkeling is not advised in the Northwest Zone today.

Although ocean conditions are unsafe, mostly sunny skies are expected with moderate to strong winds. Scattered showers likely in the PM.

Ka’anapali: 5.0

High Surf Advisory issued for Ka’anapali. Waves may start small this morning then get bigger throughout the day. South face of Black Rock OK in AM. Exercise caution in and around the ocean today.

Expect Isolated showers and mostly sunny skies. There are strong winds to be aware of and have the potential to increase in strength as the day goes on.

South Shore: 3.5

High Surf Advisory Issued. Ulua Beach may be ok in the AM. Northern swell is affecting the Shore Shore today. Strong waves across the zone and strength is expected to increase throughout the day. Snorkeling is generally not advise in the South Shore today.

Sunny skies with isolated showers in the PM. Light to moderate winds expected with widespread haze.


Tuesday, January 10 2023


the skinny

It’s a beautiful beach day on Maui! Black Rock & Kahekili Beach Park in Ka’anapali have the calmest water to see turtles today

Northwest: 1.5

The waves will keep getting bigger & ocean conditions more dangerous throughout the day. Powerful waves, currents & undertow getting stronger all day. Waves will likely be huge tomorrow.

Inside & along the north corner of Kapalua Bay is where the waves are smallest. Partly to mostly sunny with a bit of a north breeze.

Ka’anapali: 8.5

Kahekili Beach Park & the south face of Black Rock have really good snorkeling conditions. There are some little surging 1 foot waves to still be cautious to avoid getting in & out. The usual stronger currents past the rock tip.

It should remain mostly sunny for mots of the day although clouds may form at some point, no rain is expected. Light north wind.

South Shore: 7.0

There are elevated waves this morning with the biggest waves in the Makena area. Waves are smallest along Mile Marker 14 & the Kamaole Beaches. Ulua is nice if waves are thoughtfully avoided.

Mostly sunny with light winds likely all day.


Monday, January 9 2023


the skinny

Maui has fantastic snorkeling conditions in Ka’anapali & much of the Southside this morning!

Northwest: 3.5

Ocean conditions are on the more hazardous side today as the waves are bigger & currents are much stronger. Inside Kapalua Bay is where the waves are smallest. However currents are still pretty strong here as well.

Mostly sunny with increasing winds this afternoon bringing a chance of isolated showers later.

Ka’anapali: 8.0

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili continue to have amazing snorkeling conditions. There are some slightly elevated waves at times to take care & avoid, especially around Kahekili.

Sunshine expected. Increasing variable afternoon winds will raise the chance Kahekili may get bumpy later.

South Shore: 7.0

Mile Marker 14, Kamaole Beach # 1, 2 and 3 as well as Ulua Beach & Makena Landing are all looking really nice. Small south swell causing waves that are still a bit elevated, especially in the Makena area.

Stronger afternoon winds will likely make stronger currents & rough seas at most beaches.


Sunday, January 8 2023


the skinny

It is a beautiful Sunday beach day on Maui! Snorkeling conditions are really nice in areas of each of the 3 Snorkel Zones this morning!

Northwest: 6.5

This morning the inside of Kapalua Bay is pretty calm this morning, currents are a bit stronger near the shallow reef on the south end. Honolua Bay has clear visibility with mostly small waves further up the point.

Be aware of powerful waves on the more exposed beaches & the waves are expected to pickup throughout the area sometime today. Partly to mostly sunny with breezy winds.

Ka’anapali: 8.5

Kahekili Beach Park & the south face of Black Rock are super calm with clear visibility this morning. There’s slightly elevated waves at times. The waves could start to pick up later.

Sunny skies & light winds are expected for most of the day.

South Shore: 7.0

Mile Marker 14, all three Kamaole Beaches & Ulua Beach are looking nice & calm this morning. There is a small south swell causing elevated waves at times, mainly in the Makena area.

Sunshine & light winds this morning may give way to stronger winds & some clouds this afternoon.


Saturday, January 7 2023


the skinny

Fantastic snorkeling conditions on Maui! Ka’anapali will have the calmest water for swimming with turtles today.

Northwest: 6.0

Calmed down quite a bit inside Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay. Still some elevated waves at times & currents are strong further out from shore outside of the bays.

Mostly sunny with a chance of isolated showers, mainly this morning.

Ka’anapali: 8.5

Kahekili Beach & the south face of Black Rock have super nice conditions this morning. There’s a slight chance the waves may pickup later but they probably wont get very big.

It will most likely remain sunny with favorable winds for most of the day.

South Shore: 6.5

Conditions are looking really good along Mile Marker 14, the Kamaole beaches & Ulua Beach. Makena is pretty nice but there are elevated waves & they’ll likely get bigger later.

Sunshine & light winds are expected for most of the day although stronger afternoon winds could create wind waves & stronger currents later.


Friday, January 6 2023


The Skinny

Happy Aloha Friday on Maui! Ka’anapali & parts of the South Shore are looking great for snorkeling this morning!

Northwest: 2.5

Powerful currents, undertow & waves today. A small area inside Kapalua Bay & a small area of Honolua has the smaller waves but currents & waves are still affecting the shallow reef, points & sides at these bays.

Strong northeast winds making for rough seas further out from shore. Mostly sunny with possible isolated showers.

Ka’anapali: 7.0

The south face of Black Rock is looking really nice & should stay pretty calm all day. Currents are strong around the rock tip. Kahekili Beach has clear visibility but take care to avoid waves. Waves may pickup later as a south swell arrives

Sunny skies & light winds expected for most of the day. Slight chance the wind may affect Kahekili later.

South Shore: 6.0

The Kamaole Beaches, particularly Kam # 1 are looking calm this morning. Mile Marker 14 will probably be calm until the waves pick up later. The waves will likely pick up later as a south swell fills in.

Sunny skies & light winds this morning. Stronger winds this afternoon.


Thursday, January 5 2023


The skinny

South face of Black Rock and Ulua Beach are Turtle Ready! Waves in the Northwest Zone make Ka’anapali and South Shore much more favorable for snorkeling today. Have a great day and enjoy yourselves.

Northwest: 3.0

Kapalua Bay may have favorable conditions for snorkeling but waves at neighboring Napili Bay and Honolua Bay indicate that the water is stirred up. May be best to avoid Northwest Zone today.

Looking like it will be mostly sunny in the Northwest Zone with scattered showers before noon. Light east wind will provide a gently respite from the sunshine.

Ka’anapali: 7.0

Black Rock is looking good and calm this morning. Kahekili looks nice as well. Minor shore breaks across the beach but looking wonderful for snorkeling in Ka’anapali.

Calm winds and mostly sunny conditions are expected throughout the day. Isolated showers before noon. The Afternoon is set be an amazing beach day!

South Shore: 6.0

Ulua Beach may be the prime snorkeling spot in the South Shore. Olowalu and Kam #1 may have reduced visibility due to some rain yesterday.

A mostly sunny day is expected in the South Shore with light winds. Look out for isolated showers before noon and enjoy the beautiful views of neighboring island Kaho’olawe.


Wednesday, January 4 2023


The skinny

South face of Black Rock and Mile Marker 14 (Olowalu) are looking like the top spots today! Sunshine will be present in the South Shore to enjoy Ulua, Kamaole #1, 2, and 3.

Northwest: 2.0

Waves occurring across the zone with strong currents and undertow. Best to avoid the Northwest Zone for snorkeling today.

Expect showers in the Northwest Zone today with mostly cloudy skies. Rainfall will cause some runoff into Honolua Bay. Moderate to strong winds are likely.

Ka’anapali: 6.5

Black Rock has a pocket of calm water on the south face. Prominent currents further out from the rock tip and at Kahekili Beach park. Be mindful of strong shorebreak

Ka’anapali will likely experience scattered showers and a bit of sun. Winds is expected to be light.

South Shore: 6.5

Mile Marker 14 & Ulua Beach are the best spots in the area with the smallest waves. Makena Landing may be good as well and some shore break is noteworthy at Wailea Beach.

Mostly sunny in the AM with light wind. Scattered showers in the PM with a bit of sunshine.


Tuesday, January 3 2023


the skinny

Ka’anapali has the calmest snorkeling conditions on Maui for swimming with turtles today!

Northwest: 2.0

Waves are breaking throughout the Zone. Currents & undertow are strong. The inside of Kapalua Bay is offering slightly smaller waves but bigger waves are still making it in.

Mostly sunny with light isolated showers in areas. Winds are breezy out of the northeast.

Ka’anapali: 7.5

Kahekili Beach & the south face of Black Rock have great snorkeling conditions. The waves are breaking in areas. As always, be extra cautious getting in & out.

Mostly sunny. Winds are out of a more northerly direction & may affect Kahekili at some point.

South Shore: 5.5

Mile Marker 14 & the south end of Kamaole Beach # 1 are the best spots in the area with the smallest waves.

Waves are not huge but still are a bit of an issue in Wailea & Makena for snorkeling. Sunny skies & light winds this morning. Stronger winds this afternoon causing stronger currents.


Monday, January 2 2023


the skinny

It’s another beautiful Maui beach day! Ka’anapali has the calmest water for snorkeling!

Northwest: 1.5

Powerful waves, currents & undertow. The waves will keep getting bigger & the ocean more dangerous throughout the day.

The waves are slightly smaller on the north corner of the beach in Kapalua Bay. Isolated showers this morning then mostly sunny & breezy.

Ka’anapali: 7.0

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili Beach are both looking really nice for snorkeling. There are occasional waves to be cautious of & currents are strong out near the rock tip.

It looks like sunshine will prevail for most of the day. Winds should stay favorable & relatively light as well.

South Shore: 4.0

The south end of Kamaole Beach # 1 & Mile Marker 14 have the calmest water. Some elevated waves to use caution & avoid.

The waves are not huge but are just still too big & currents too strong for snorkeling at most beaches in Makena & Wailea.


Sunday, January 01 2023


the skinny

Happy New Year!!! We’re starting the 2023 off with absolutely beautiful beach weather! Ka’anapali continues to have the nicest snorkeling conditions.

Northwest: 4.0

The waves jumped up over night. Kapalua Bay & part of the left side of Honolua are looking alright. Visibility is good but please watch out for & avoid the areas with waves.

Sunny skies & breezy east winds expected for most of the day

Ka’anapali: 6.5

Kahekili Beach is looking the calmest with the smallest waves. The south face of Black Rock is really good too, although there are elevated waves in areas & pushing toward the rock.

Take extra care to avoid waves entering & existing the water. Highly likely it will stay sunny with light winds.

South Shore: 2.0

The waves & currents are very powerful in Makena & Wailea. Smaller waves can be found at Kamaole beach # 1. Mile Marker 14 will have the smallest waves.

It should stay sunny all day. The winds will probably get pretty strong later this afternoon.


Saturday, December 31 2022


The skinny

Happy New Years Eve!! It’s looking like the last day of 2022 will be an absolutely beautiful beach day!

Northwest: 5.5

Honolua Bay & Kapalua Bay have improved a bit as the waves are smaller today. There are still waves on the shallow points & sides with occasional larger wave rolling through.

Currents are still strong where waves are breaking, outside of these bays and further out from shore. Clear skies & east winds with just a slight chance of isolated showers.

Ka’anapali: 7.0

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili Beach have really nice snorkeling conditions. The waves picked up slightly in areas so be extra cautious getting & and out. Currents are strong out near the rock tip.

Sunshine & light east winds are expected all day!

South Shore: 3.0

Beautiful beach day. Sunny skies are likely for most of the day. Mile Marker 14 will have the calmest water. The south end of Kamaole # 1 has smaller waves as well.

Makena & Wailea have waves that are very powerful as well as the strongest currents.


Friday, December 30 2022


the skinny

Happy final Aloha Friday of 2022! It is highly likely we’ll have sunny skies & light winds all day again. Ka’anapali has the calmest ocean conditions today!

Northwest: 3.5

The waves are picking up & are already too big in Napili Bay & most of Honolua Bay. Kapalua Bay is still looking pretty good this morning. However there are waves & stronger currents on outer edges.

Mostly sunny with passing clouds & breezy winds later.

Ka’anapali: 7.5

Kahekili Beach Park & the South face of Black Rock have super clear visibility. Just keep an eye out as the waves picked up slightly & may get a bit bigger later in the day.

Highly likely we’ll have sunny skies & light winds all day again.

South Shore: 3.0

A west swell mixing with a small south swell are bringing waves to the area. The smallest waves are along Mile Marker 14 & the south end of Kamaole Beach # 1. They’ll probably get bigger later.

The most hazardous waves are in the Makena area. Beautiful sunny skies & calm winds for most of the day.


Thursday, December 29 2022


the skinny

Black Rock and Kahekili Beach Park are Turtle Ready! Kapalua and Honolua Bay are second best followed by Ulua Beach. Looking like a beautiful day on Maui.

Northwest: 7.5

Calm water can be found at Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay making for a great time snorkeling. Some waves on the outside of Napili Bay but it is also looking good for snorkeling.

Sunshine is expected throughout the Northwest Zone. Light wind will provide a nice breeze while one enjoys the beach and ocean.

Ka’anapali: 8.5

South face of Black Rock and Kahekili are looking wonderful for snorkeling. Definitely the go-to zone on Maui for snorkeling today.

Light wind and sunshine will make for an amazing day in Ka’anapali. Beautiful day for snorkeling and relaxing at the beach.

South Shore: 6.0

Olowalu (Mile Marker 14) may be ok today. Waves and shore break can be found at Wailea Beach and Ulua Beach.

All day sunshine and light wind is expected in the South Shore today. Southern swell coming in today but it’s looking like it will be an amazing beach day.


Wednesday, December 28 2022


the skinny

Maui is Turtle Ready today with great snorkeling all over the island. The best snorkeling conditions are found in Ka’anapali at Black Rock and Kahekili Beach Park

Northwest: 7.0

Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay are going to be the top spots in the northwest zone but Napili is looking good as well. Waves present on the north most part of Honolua Bay. Calm and clear water within Honolua bay.

Although the wind will be moderate to strong throughout the day, sunshine is going to be nice and bright. Wind likely to calm in the evening.

Ka’anapali: 8.5

Snorkeling conditions are looking wonderful today at Kahekili Beach Park and Black Rock. Going to be an awesome snorkeling day.

All day sunshine with light winds along Ka’anapali Beach. Definitely a wonderful beach and snorkel day.

South Shore: 7.0

The waves are smaller & more manageable today but still be extra cautious. Ulua Mile Marker 14 is best in the Zone. Ulua Beach & Kamaole # 1 are pretty nice too. Some waves found at Po’olenalena.

Light winds will make for gently swaying palm trees as the sun shines on the beaches. Enjoy the views of Kaho’olawe and Molokini Crater on this beautiful day.


Tuesday, December 27 2022


the skinny

The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili Beach in Ka’anapali have the calmest & clearest snorkeling conditions today!

Northwest: 5.0

Inside Kapalua Bay there’s some calm water but still waves at times above the shallower areas. Honolua Bay has waves breaking over parts of the reef, mainly on the right side.

Waves & currents are still pretty powerful at some beaches. Mostly sunny with passing clouds & breezy east wind.

Ka’anapali: 8.0

Fantastic snorkeling conditions on the south face of Black Rock & along Kahekili Beach Park. Occasional elevated waves at times but overall it’s looking great with clear visibility.

Sunny skies with relatively light east breeze expected for most of the day.

South Shore: 6.0

The waves are smaller & more manageable today but still be extra cautious. Ulua Mile Marker 14 is best in the Zone. Ulua Beach & Kamaole # 1 are pretty nice too.

Sunshine & a light breeze throughout the day. Stronger winds & maybe increasing clouds this afternoon.


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