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Saturday, May 28, 2022


the skinny

The best snorkeling conditions can be found in the Northwest Zone today. We have partly sunny skies & breezy winds along with isolated showers. The sun will pop out from time to time.

The High Surf Advisory remains in effect for shores exposed to big south swells. This includes the entire southside, most of Ka’anapali & up to Napili Bay. The waves are powerful & the currents are super strong.

North West: 7.0

Clear ocean visibility inside Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay. It has been raining a bit this morning & isolated showers will probably continue off & on. It probably won’t, but if it rains heavily always avoid murky water.

Waves are breaking inside Napili Bay. Seas are rough & currents are strong near the points & outside of the bays. Inside Honolua Bay & Kapalua Bay have great snorkeling conditions.

Near Ka’anapali: 4.0

Partly sunny with the chance of isolated showers rising this afternoon. Winds should remain pretty calm. Powerful waves are breaking. It is very hazardous south of Black Rock with super strong currents & undertow.

The waves are much smaller at Kahekili Beach but there’s still strong shore break in areas & visibility is adversely affected.

South Side: 2.0

Partly to mostly sunny with a slight chance of isolated showers this afternoon. Winds will probably stay light for most of the day. Powerful waves are breaking throughout the Zone.

Currents & undertow are super strong. Visibility is poor. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole Beach Park # 1.


Friday, May 27, 2022


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Snorkeling conditions are best in the Northwest Zone today. There is a High Surf Advisory for shores exposed to south swells. Currents & waves will become super powerful and hazardous throughout the Southside, Ka’anapali & up to Napili.

We have passing clouds in areas this morning which should give way to mostly sunny skies & breezy trade winds for most of the day.

North West: 7.0

There is some cloud cover this morning but mostly sunny skies are expected by this afternoon. Breezy trade winds around 15 mph. The waves are picking up in Napili Bay.

The outside points at Kapalua Bay will have waves & stronger currents but inside Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay have great snorkeling conditions.

Near Ka’anapali: 4.5

Beautiful day with plenty of sunshine & light winds expected. The waves have picked up & are expected to become very hazardous this afternoon as the swell fills in.

Waves are already very powerful in areas. Kahekili Beach may still be ok this morning but be aware bigger waves are coming.

South Side: 3.0

Sunny beautiful day with light winds expected. High Surf Advisory. The waves are on the rise & are already getting powerful in Makena, Wailea & beyond.

Dangerous waves are expected to build throughout the day & become super hazardous later. But, Kamaole Beach park #1 still has smaller waves this morning.


Thursday, May 26, 2022


the skinny

Sunny skies & breezy trade winds are expected. Snorkeling conditions are best in Ka’anapali, the wind protected bays in the Northwest & where the waves are smallest on the Southside.

The south swell will probably start to fill in later in the day. The waves will likely get bigger on the South Side & parts of Ka’anapali later in the day.

North West: 7.0

Cloudy & windy this morning. There are isolated showers but mostly sunny skies are expected by this afternoon. Winds are causing strong currents further out from shore.

Seas are getting rough outside of the bays. Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay are have super clear visibility & large areas of calm water.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Sunny skies & favorable wind this morning. Winds may get strong enough to affect Kahekili later. We have the usual stronger currents out past he rock tip. Waves may pick up in areas.

The South face of Black Rock should remain fantastic all day. Kahekili & Black Rock are both great for snorkeling & have clear visibility this morning.

South Side: 6.0

It is super nice & sunny out. There are light winds & a calm ocean surface. Elevated waves in some areas & the waves are expected to start getting bigger later in the day.

As always, avoid breaking waves. This morning Kamaole Beach Park # 1, the north little corner of Ulua & the north end of Wailea beach are looking pretty good.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022


the skinny

Sunshine is expected along with breezy northeast winds. Clouds & isolated showers may blow down off of the mountains at times, However, it should remain clear along most of the shoreline.

A south swell is slowly starting to build. The waves are not huge but are picking up on the Southside & areas of the Ka’anapali beaches. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly, it can get better as well!

North West: 7.0

Scattered heavy showers early this morning. It should clear up by this afternoon & become mostly sunny. The waves have picked up just a little inside Napili Bay & may get a bit bigger.

Honolua has calm ocean conditions & no waves but rain runoff may be an issue. It will likely clear up though. Kapalua Bay is looking great.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Visibility is good but it’s a little bumpy & windy this morning at Kahekili. There are also slightly elevated waves in areas. Waves may pick up later. Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds.

It is possible it will become too windy for Kahekili. With stronger currents near the rock tip, the south face of Black Rock has a great area of calm water & good conditions.

South Side: 5.5

Sunny skies are expected for most of the day. Light winds this morning will increase & probably create choppy conditions this afternoon. The waves are not very big yet but are affecting some areas & will rise.

We should always avoid waves while snorkeling. The Kamaole Beaches & the north end of Ulua Beach have the smallest waves & pretty clear water.


Tuesday, May 24, 2022


the skinny

We have a mix of sunshine & passing clouds today. Breezy trade winds as well. It is raining in the Northwest Zone this morning. Most of Ka’anapali is sunny & the South Side is sunny.

The waves are small as the south swell continues to diminish. Wind waves will probably pick up in some of the more wind exposed areas. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- it can improve as well!

North West: 6.0

Lots of rain this morning may give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Rain runoff may be an issue in areas such as Honolua Bay. We always want to avoid any murky water.

Wind waves may pick up later. Once it clears up, Napili Bay should be nice. Kapalua Bay will have the calmest & cleanest water

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Mostly sunny. There are rain clouds out at sea & just north of the Ka’anapali Beaches. There may be scattered showers but most of the rain will likely remain just barely out of Ka’anapali snorkel areas.

Wind may affect Kahekili later. The usual stronger currents out past the rock tip. Visibility is super clear this morning at both Black Rock & Kahekili Beach.

South Side: 6.5

Sunny skies are expected for most of the day. Light winds this morning will increase this afternoon. Conditions continue to improve. There are still some elevated waves along much of the shoreline.

Wind waves likely later. The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua beach & Wailea Beach are all looking very good with better visibility this morning.


Monday, May 23, 2022


the skinny

We have sunny skies & improved snorkeling conditions this morning. Increasing clouds this afternoon may bring isolated showers but most of the moisture should stick to the mountains.

Breezy trade winds persist. The strongest winds are in the Northwest & areas of the southside. There are still slightly elevated waves from the still fading south swell. Wind waves may increase in areas later.

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny with breezy winds gusting over 25 mph. Increasing chance of scattered showers this afternoon. Small waves in the shallowest areas.

Very strong currents further out from shore & outside of the wind protected areas. There are large areas of calm, clear water inside Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Sunny skies are expected for most of the day. Slight chance of increasing clouds but the mountains will most likely hold off isolated showers. Slightly elevated waves in some areas.

The usual stronger currents out past the rock tip & the wind may pick up later. Snorkeling conditions are absolutely fabulous this morning at Black Rock & Kahekili Beach!

South Side: 6.0

Sunny skies are expected. Light wind this morning increasing this afternoon may cause wind waves in areas. Still some residual elevated waves in areas, mainly in Makena.

Visibility has improved & the waves are smaller along the north end of Ulua beach, south end of Kamaole Beach # 1 & Wailea beach.


Sunday, May 22, 2022


the skinny

It is another beautiful beach day on Maui. We have mostly sunny skies with passing clouds & breezy trade winds. Snorkeling conditions are best in the more wind protected areas of the Northwest bays & Ka’anapali.

The south swell is starting to fade although there are elevated waves to be cautious of. Wind waves & currents will pick up in the more wind exposed areas this afternoon.

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Strong winds gusting over 25 mph. Currents will be very strong outside of the bays & further out from shore. Isolated showers should stick to the mountains.

Napili Bay still has elevated waves breaking through every 10 minutes or so. Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay have large areas with calm water & super clear visibility.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Sunny skies are expected along with favorable wind for most of the day. There’s a slight chance Kahekili may get too windy this afternoon. The waves are not very big but are breaking in some areas.

Currents will get stronger out past the rock tip while the south face of Black Rock should have a pocket of calm water all day. Kahekili Beach park is looking good this morning.

South Side: 5.0

Sunny skies are expected all day. Light winds this morning in South Kihei & Wailea will get stronger later. The waves are getting smaller but are still breaking just big enough to affect most spots.

The Makena has the most powerful waves. The south end of Kamaole Beach park # 1 & the north end of Ulua Beach have the smallest waves.


Saturday, May 21, 2022


the skinny

Sunshine & improving snorkeling conditions as the trade winds return to Maui. Winds are out of a more easterly direction which will create a smoother ocean surface at most snorkel spots this morning.

The south swell is a little smaller however waves are still breaking & may be hazardous in areas, mainly the far south end of the island. As always, conditions can change quickly- it can improve as well!

North West: 8.0

Near crystal clear visibility inside Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay. Mostly sunny skies are expected. Strong winds will cause some rough seas & stronger currents further out from shore & outside of the bays.

Napili Bay still has areas of powerful little waves from the south swell. Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay have only small waves in the shallowest areas of the points this morning.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Sunny skies & improving visibility. The wind should remain favorable for most of the day. Waves are still breaking in areas at elevated sizes.

Remain extra cautious & avoid waves while entering/exiting the water and good snorkeling can be enjoyed with clear water at Kahekili Beach & the south face of Black Rock.

South Side: 4.5

Sunshine & light winds are expected into the early afternoon. Increasing winds later may create some wind waves. There are powerful waves in areas of the beaches.

The waves are a little smaller, but are still big enough to advise extra caution. Most hazardous in Makena & the smallest waves are along Kamaole Beach park # 1 & the north end of Ulua beach.


Friday, May 20, 2022


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! It’s looking like a beautiful hot & humid beach day on Maui. We have some high clouds with mostly sunny skies along the shoreline. The best snorkeling can be found in the Northwest Zone today.

The waves are pretty powerful at most beaches on the southside & areas of the beach in Ka’anapali. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- it can always improve as well!

North West: 6.5

High clouds blanketing the area but sunshine is expected. Light winds this morning, increasing wind out of the north later. The waves are not huge but powerful waves are breaking in Napili Bay.

Waves may pick up later. There are waves on the outskirts, but most of Kapalua bay is calm & has great visibility. Much of Honolua is looking good too.

Near Ka’anapali: 4.0

Some cloud cover. Will likely become mostly sunny. Light winds for most of the day. Powerful waves are breaking along much of the shoreline & currents are stronger.

The smallest waves are along areas of Kahekili Beach park. Be extra cautious as there could be long periods between bigger waves.

South Side: 2.0

Mostly sunny with light winds this morning. Increasing clouds expected later in the day. Powerful waves of various sizes throughout the entire zone.

It is pretty hazardous with poor snorkeling conditions today. The smallest waves can be found along Kamaole Beach Park # 1. Please listen to local ocean safety officials.


Thursday, May 19, 2022


the skinny

Honolua Bay and Kapalua Bay in North West Zone should be good for snorkeling for most of Thursday.  

Southside has hazardous waves almost everywhere. The swell is creating powerful waves that are also affecting Ka’anapali and Napili Bay.

High humidity will increase the likelihood of scattered showers on Thursday, however, passing clouds in the AM will probably clear to sunshine. If it rains significantly today, please watch for patches of brown water and avoid these.

North West: 6.5

A small north swell is present in this zone today, but Honolua Bay and Kapalua Bay should still have favorable conditions for snorkeling.

Napili Bay has stronger waves from the south and north swells. If it rains heavily, watch for patches of brown water (run-off) and avoid these. Morning is best.

Near Ka’anapali: 4.0

Powerful waves are affecting underwater visibility Near Ka’anapali today. Strong currents are present here as well.

Should stay dry most of the day here as showers will likely stick to the mountain regions. South wind in the PM.

South Side: 2.5

Hazardous waves are pounding the shoreline in Wailea and Makena on Thursday. There are powerful waves just about everywhere here today.

Kamaole Beach Park 1 has the smallest waves in the region but please be cautious entering the ocean at all today. 

We expect partly sunny skies with isolated showers and a south wind picking up in the afternoon.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022


the skinny

It’s going to be hot & humid in Maui today with a south wind raising the chance of occasional tropical showers. It’ll likely remain sunny for most of the day. 

North West Zone is the most favorable zone in Maui today for snorkeling. 

A south swell is creating powerful waves to most of the south & parts of Ka’anapali. There could be 15 minutes between sets of larger waves. Windy conditions may create choppy conditions on the ocean’s surface. 

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds & a chance of scattered tropical showers. Light wind out of the south. 

Waves are up slightly in Napili bay. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay look great.

Near Ka’anapali: 5.0

Partly to mostly sunny with a chance of isolated tropical showers. South wind may make the ocean’s surface a little choppy. 

Powerful waves rolling in at some areas of the beach here today. Kahekili has calmer smaller waves than Black Rock this morning. 

South Side: 3.0

A strong south swell is bringing powerful waves to many of the beaches in this zone on Wednesday. Wind is up here as well. 

Partly to mostly sunny here weather conditions. Humidity is making isolated tropical showers more likely. 

The smallest waves in this area are at Kamaole Beach Park 1. Always remain cautious while recreating in the ocean. #turtleready #maui #hawaii

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


the skinny

It is a beautiful hot & humid beach day. Light winds may allow afternoon tropical showers to form but it looks like it will probably remain clear for most of the day. The waves have picked up out of a southerly direction.

Waves are pretty powerful in the Southside & some areas of Ka’anapali beach. The Northwest has super small waves. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 8.0

Sunshine expected for most of the day. The winds are calm & it will become quite humid. This may cause clouds to form later. But it will likely stay clear for most of the day.

South swells are reaching as far north as Napili Bay. As usual currents are stronger further out from shore, outside the bays. Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay are super calm & excellent for snorkeling.

Near Ka’anapali: 5.5

Sunny skies & calm wind making for a beautiful beach day. As the humidity rises this afternoon so will the chance of clouds. Waves have picked up & will keep getting bigger.

Currents will get stronger. The smaller waves are closer to Black Rock & Kahekili Beach where visibility is still good but we have to avoid the breaking waves. Be extra cautious of shore breaking

South Side: 4.0

Beautiful beach day with sunny skies for most of the day. High humidity this afternoon may cause clouds to form. A south swell is filling in bringing bigger waves & stronger currents.

The waves are becoming pretty hazardous today, especially in Makena. The smallest waves are along Kamaole Beach Park # 1.


Monday, May 16, 2022


the skinny

It is going to be a hot & beautiful beach day with light winds. High humidity may cause increasing clouds & isolated tropical showers this afternoon. It should stay clear along most of the shoreline though.

The small south swell is starting to pick up in size bringing elevated waves to exposed beaches, mainly on the Southside. The smallest waves are in the Northwest Zone.

North West: 8.5

Sunny skies & very light wind. Excellent visibility throughout the area. High humidity will likely cause increasing cloud & maybe isolated tropical showers.

There are some slightly elevated waves making it up the coast near Napili Bay but they are pretty small. Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay are super calm & clear.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Hot & sunny summer day. Light winds & humid. Possible isolated tropical showers this afternoon. The waves are still pretty small but have picked up a bit & may get a little bigger.

Visibility is very clear. Currents are a little stronger, particularly out past the rock tip as usual. Black Rock & Kahekili are both excellent this morning, just avoid the little waves.

South Side: 6.5

Sunny & humid with light winds. Tropical rain showers are likely later this afternoon. There are elevated waves breaking along much of the shoreline. Remember to avoid snorkeling where waves are breaking.

The waves aren’t too big yet, but are big enough to be extra cautious to avoid. Visibility is still very good. The Kamaole Beaches & Ulua Beach are looking best this morning.


Sunday, May 15, 2022


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are absolutely fantastic on this beautiful Sunday morning on Maui. The sun is shining & the winds are light. Wind & clouds will increase in some areas later in the day.

A very small south swell is causing slightly elevated wave heights, but the waves are overall pretty small everywhere. Currents may get stronger as the wind picks up later.

North West: 8.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Breezy east wind gusting close to 20 mph. Passing clouds at times. Ocean conditions are very nice inside of the bays. Small waves.

The currents are stronger further out & outside of the bays due to strong winds. Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay have super clear visibility & great snorkeling.

Near Ka’anapali: 9.0

Sunny skies & only a light east breeze is expected. There are very small waves, if any. There’s just a slim chance the wind may pick up but right now everything is indicating incredible snorkeling conditions for most of the day.

With the usual stronger currents in the deepest water past the rock tip, Black Rock & Kahekili Beach both have amazing snorkeling today.

South Side: 8.5

Sunny skies & light winds are expected for most of the day. There are elevated waves in the shallowest areas. Overall conditions are fantastic at most beaches. Afternoon winds may become stronger.

Clouds may move in later. This morning the Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach & Makena Landing are all looking extremely nice.


Saturday, May 14, 2022


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are fantastic at most spots this morning. Afternoon winds will probably cause wind waves to pick up in the more wind exposed areas. We have mostly sunny skies with passing clouds & just a slight chance of isolated showers.

There are slightly elevated waves caused mostly by wind swell & a very small south swell. Keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- it can get better as well!

North West: 7.5

Ocean visibility is super clear and snorkeling conditions are great inside of the bays. There are elevated waves in the more open ocean exposed beaches. Isolated showers & passing clouds throughout the day.

Strong northeast winds gusting over 25 mph are causing very strong currents further out from shore & around the points. Kapalua bay & Honolua Bay both look excellent

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Sunny skies are expected with a slight chance of isolated showers late in the day. It should stay nice & clear along the shoreline. Stronger winds are likely this afternoon & may get too windy for Kahekili.

Currents will be stronger out past the rock tip but the south face of Black Rock should be great all day. Kahekili & Black Rock both excellent this morning.

South Side: 8.0

Sunshine is expected for most of the day in South Kihei & Wailea. The wind should remain favorable in Wailea for most of the day. Stronger winds elsewhere will likely create choppy seas & stronger currents.

The waves are slightly elevated in areas of each beach. The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua beach, Wailea Beach & Makena Landing all look great this morning.


Friday, May 13, 2022


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! The sun is shining & the snorkeling is sweet! Breezy trade winds may affect some areas. Ocean visibility is super clear at most snorkeling spots.

There’s a very small south swell & a small northwest swell bringing just slightly elevated wave heights. Overall the waves are pretty small at most snorkeling spots. Wind waves will likely pick up in some areas this afternoon.

North West: 8.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds & maybe isolated showers. It should stay very nice all day. East wind gusting over 25 mph will cause very strong currents further out from shore & outside the bays.

There are only waves in the shallowest areas. Ocean visibility is super clear. Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay are looking fantastic.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Sunny skies & favorable east wind is expected. There’s still a slight chance of afternoon clouds & the wind may affect Kahekili later this afternoon.

There are the usual stronger currents out past the tip of the rock. The south face of Black Rock & Kahekili have incredibly clear visibility & excellent snorkeling this morning.

South Side: 7.5

Sunshine & light winds expected through the morning. The wind will likely shift out of a more westerly direction this afternoon which will probably cause some wind waves.

There are areas of each beach with slightly elevated waves to avoid while snorkeling. The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach & Makena Landing are all looking great this morning.


Tuesday, May 12, 2022


the skinny

Sunny skies are expected along with great snorkeling conditions! Most of the clouds should stay close to the mountains for most of the day. Isolated showers may catch a ride on the breezy trade winds, mainly the Northwest this morning.

There are small south & north swells elevating waves slightly. But the waves are pretty small at most spots. Wind waves & currents will pick up later in the day. As always, ocean conditions can change quickly. This means it can improve as well!

North West: 8.0

Clouds are blowing over the mountains this morning bringing a chance of isolated showers, but it should clear up along most of the shoreline by mid-morning.

Strong east winds are causing stronger currents further out from shore & wind waves outside of the bays. Inside Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay there’s clear visibility & very small waves.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Beautiful sunny skies are expected along with a favorable east wind. Small waves along the shoreline. There’s a slight chance that Kahekili may become too windy later.

With the usual stronger currents out past the rock tip, Black Rock & Kahekili Beach will likely remain excellent all day. Super clear visibility!

South Side: 7.5

Sunny skies & light winds this morning. Increasing wind this afternoon. It should stay pretty calm around Wailea for most of the day. Wind waves likely picking up later.

There are slightly elevated waves to avoid in areas of each beach. The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach & Makena Landing are all looking very good this morning.


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