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Sunday, September 19 2021


the skinny

On this beautiful Sunday morning on Maui, we have good snorkeling conditions & mostly sunny skies. Trade winds are still blowing pretty strong. As the south swells fade a new west swell is causing waves to pick up. Although the waves are not necessarily big snorkeling conditions are being affected in some areas. The bays of the northwest are looking best.

There is a higher chance of scattered showers today as well. Please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny with scattered showers from time to time. Winds are pretty strong out if the east. Waves are expected to pick up slightly.

Snorkeling conditions will probably stay nice inside Kapalua & Honolua bay. Currents are very strong further out & outside of the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Beautiful mostly sunny beach day. Passing clouds & moisture may blow down off the mountains, but it will most likely remain sunny along the shoreline for most of the day. Light winds early will increase later.

The waves have picked up & currents are a bit stronger, especially past the rock tip. Black Rock is good, just be cautious of swimming too close to the rock face as swells are pushing toward the rock.

Southside: 5.5

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. Improving but there are still waves at most spots. Light winds early are expected to pick up & become onshore this afternoon causing increasing wind waves.

Kamaole beach 1 & the little north corner of Ulua beach looking nice early. Makena Landing will likely stay nice for most of the day.


Saturday, September 18 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful Saturday with lots of rainbows expected in the mountains & out at sea. We have passing clouds mixing wiht mostly sunny skies. Strong trade winds in all 3 Zones with gusts over 35 mph by this afternoon. A south swell is mixing with local wind swell causing stronger currents & waves to break at many spots.

Please enjoy swimming with turtles from a respectful distance & keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Great visibility for snorkeling inside the bays. There is a fine line where currents become very strong further out & outside the bays. Scattered morning showers are expected to give way to mostly sunny skies. Strong east wind gusting around 30 mph.

Napili bay has improved although the waves may pick up. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are looking super nice.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

More water moving around than usual due to a mix of south swell & wind swell. Currents are stronger, especially past the tip of Black Rock. The waves are not very big but are surging onto the beach in some areas.

Conditions will likely improve along the south face of Black Rock. Passing clouds this morning. It should clear up becoming mostly sunny along the shoreline.

Southside: 5.5

Mostly sunny skies for much of the day. Calm wind this morning in South Kihei, Wailea & Makena. Winds are expected to become pretty strong this afternoon. Waves are still breaking throughout the Zone.

Afternoon wind waves will likely pick up as well. Kamaole beach park 1 & the north end of Ulua beach are looking nice for snorkeling this morning.


Friday, September 17 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! The wind protected bays in the Northwest Zones have the best snorkeling today. The weather is expected to flip flop back & forth in all 3 Zones. High clouds this morning in the Northwest & near Ka’anapali are expected to clear up while mostly sunny skies along the Southside early will likely turn into increasing clouds this afternoon.

Trade winds are very strong and along with a new south swell are causing elevated waves in areas of Ka’anapali & throughout the Southside. Please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better! Have a wonderful day on Maui!

North West: 7.5

Passing isolated showers this morning. Partly to mostly sunny. Winds are strong out of the east gusting over 30 mph. Currents are extremely strong further out & outside of the bays.

Very strong winds. The wind protection inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay will likely offer great snorkeling conditions for most of the day.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

High clouds & strong winds out of the east. Should clear up some by mid-morning. Waves & currents have picked up & may increase a bit more. Strong east wind.

Visibility is good along the south face of Black Rock, although more water is moving around. Kahekili will be affected by wind & waves.

Southside: 5.0

Mostly sunny along with light wind this morning. Increasing clouds & wind expected this afternoon. A new south swell is starting to fill in and is affecting snorkeling with breaking waves.

Wind waves created by super strong winds through Ma’alaea are starting to pick up as well. The smallest waves are at Kamaole beach 1 & the north corner of Ulua beach.


Thursday, September 16 2021


the skinny

We have good snorkeling conditions in the Northwest & Ka’anapali while most spots on the Southside have larger waves breaking along the shoreline. Morning clouds are expected to give way to mostly sunny skies and increasing trade winds. Winds gusting over 30 mph are causing stronger currents & rough seas, especially further out.

A south swell is still causing elevated waves. Please remember that conditions can change quickly, they can also get better, and have lovely day on Maui!

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with possible isolated showers, not much rain, if any, is expected. Morning clouds are starting to clear up. Strengthening winds out of the east causing very strong currents outside of the bays.

Napili bay has waves in the shallows. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are looking really good & will likely remain so for most of the day.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Mostly sunny with a very slight chance of passing isolated showers this afternoon. Should stay nice along the shoreline. Winds are expected to become strong out of the east.

This is a good wind direction, but the wind may become too strong for Kahekili. Stronger currents out past the Rock tip. Black Rock & Kahekili are both have clear visibility.

Southside: 5.5

High clouds this morning should burn off becoming mostly sunny. Light winds early are expected to become onshore this afternoon. The south swell picked up more than anticipated & waves are breaking throughout the Zone.

Larger waves further south & smaller waves at Kamaole beach 1 & the north corner of Ulua beach. Wind waves may increase later today as well.


Wednesday, September 15 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful beach day with excellent snorkeling conditions in the Northwest & near Ka’anapali. Lighter winds expected which will allow more clouds to form closer to the shoreline. It should stay nice & sunny for most of the day. There is a south swell causing bigger waves to break, they are not huge but are making entering & existing the water a bit more difficult at times on the Southside.

Currents remain strong further out from shore. As always, please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- they can also improve! Have an amazing day on Maui!

North West: 8.5

Snorkeling conditions are looking excellent inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. There is a fine line further out from shore where currents become super strong but inside the bays it is expected to stay nice & calm.

Napili bay has slightly elevated waves. Mostly sunny with isolated showers possible at times.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Beautiful beach day with light wind expected all day. There are elevated waves in areas of the shoreline, but snorkeling conditions are looking great at Kahekili beach park & along the south face of Black Rock.

Clouds may make move down off the mountain, but it should stay sunny along the shoreline for most of the day.

Southside: 6.0

Mostly sunny beautiful beach day with light wind this morning. An onshore breeze is expected this afternoon. The waves are not huge but are breaking along much of the shoreline.

Larger waves are breaking every once in a while to be extra cautious of while getting in & out of the water. The waves are smallest at Kamaole beach #1 & the north corner of Ulua beach.


Tuesday, September 14 2021


the skinny

This morning we have a mostly skies in Ka’anapali & the Southside, while the Northwest Zone is starting clear up after morning rain showers. Trade winds may start to mellow out slightly today. We have a higher chance of scattered showers in all 3 Zones, but it should remain mostly sunny along the shoreline.

The waves are expected to pick up in size throughout the day mainly affecting the Southern shores. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 6.5

It is raining this morning causing rain runoff from roads & streams. Mostly sunny skies are expected with passing showers. It may rain enough to cause the stream at Honolua to flow affecting visibility.

There are also elevated waves breaking in Napili bay. After it stops raining, Kapalua bay will be the best.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of isolated showers later. Northeast wind starting to calm down this afternoon. The south face of Black Rock has the best snorkeling condition & clear visibility.

As always, out past the rock tip currents are strong. Kahekili will be more affected by wind. Waves may increase in areas of the shoreline to avoid.

Southside: 6.0

Mostly sunny with light wind this morning. Winds & clouds expected to increase this afternoon. Waves are expected to pick up in size throughout the day.

Wind waves will likely increase later as well. This morning Kamaole 1, the north corner of Ulua beach & Wailea beach are looking nice.


Monday, September 13 2021


the skinny

It is another beautiful sunny day to start the week! Snorkeling conditions are favorable with ocean conditions looking nice at most snorkel spots this morning. Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds & a small chance of scattered showers. Increasingly strong trade winds throughout the day.

There’s still a small south swell causing slightly elevated waves. Wind waves will pick up in some areas this afternoon, mainly on the Southside. Please remember that conditions can change quickly. Have a great Monday on Maui!

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of passing isolated showers passing through the area. Strong winds out of the east. Currents are very strong further out & outside of the bays.

There are some wavs in Napili bay. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay will likely have good snorkeling all day.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Sunny skies with possible passing clouds nearby later this afternoon. Should stay nice & sunny along the shoreline though. Slightly elevated waves.

Strong winds out of the east causing strong currents past the tip of the Rock & will likely affect Kahekili later. The south face of Black Rock should have great snorkeling all day.

Southside: 6.5

Sunshine this morning with increasing clouds expected this afternoon. Light winds early in South Kihei & Wailea increasing throughout the day.

Wind waves will probably pick up later as well. Snorkeling conditions are looking good this morning at most spots. Kam1, Ulua beach & Makena Landing are best.


Sunday, September 12 2021


the skinny

We have a lovely Sunday beach day with good snorkeling conditions this morning in all 3 Zones. There is a higher chance of passing isolated showers this morning with mostly sunny skies expected through the afternoon. Trade winds are starting to pick up a bit more.

Winids will likely affect ocean conditions by creating elevated wind waves, mainly along the southern shores & the northern beach near Ka’anapali. A small south swell is also causing some waves. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly & have a beautiful Sunday on Maui!

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny after scattered showers passing through this morning. Breezy trade winds out of the east. Snorkeling conditions are really good inside the bays. Currents are very strong outside of the bays.

There’s a slight chance the waves may pick up a little but most likely the conditions will remain good inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay all day.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Excellent snorkeling conditions at Kahekili & Black Rock. Mostly sunny with a slightly higher chance of isolated showers. Afternoon winds will likely become too strong for Kahekili.

As usual the currents will become very strong further out past the Rock tip but the South face of Black Rock should stay great all day.

Southside: 7.0

Mostly sunny with light wind & nice conditions this morning. Increasing onshore wind expected this afternoon will likely cause choppy waves later.

There are elevated waves breaking throughout the Zone from the small south swell. Kamaole 1, the north end of Ulua & Makena Landing are looking good.


Saturday, September 11 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful September Saturday! Mostly Sunny skies & really nice snorkeling conditions are expected for most of the day. Some clouds may make it down off of the mountains later in some areas. Increasing afternoon winds will likely create wind waves along the southern shores.

A small south swell is causing slightly bigger waves from time to time. As always, please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly. Have a great day on Maui!

North West: 8.0

Passing clouds this morning. Expected to become mostly sunny. Gusty winds out of the east. As usual the currents are very strong further out from shore & outside the bays.

Great snorkeling inside the bays with Kapalua bay & Honolua bay looking particularly good with excellent visibility.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Sunshine is expected for most of the day. Clouds may move down off the mountains later, but it should stay nice along the shoreline. Breezy east wind this afternoon. Small south swell causing little waves in areas.

Kahekili & the south face of Black Rock are both have great snorkeling. Wind may pick up enough to affect Kahekili later.

Southside: 7.0

Sunny skies with light wind this morning in South Kihei, Wailea & Makena. Stronger wind this afternoon will likely cause wind waves to increase. A small south swell is causing elevated waves to keep an eye out for.

The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach, Wailea beach are looking really nice this morning!


Friday, September 10 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday!! We have lighter wind this morning & good snorkeling conditions in all 3 Zones. Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds in some areas. The lighter wind is slightly raising the chance of isolated tropical showers forming.

We are still seeing signs of a small south swell, but the waves are pretty small. Still keep an eye out for the occasionally larger waves while in the shallows. Please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 8.0

Expected to become mostly sunny after passing isolated showers in some areas. The waves may still pick slightly but are pretty small. Breezy northeast wind creating very strong currents further out.

Visibility is super clear & the ocean surface is glassy inside the bays. Napili bay, Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are looking great.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Sunny skies expected for most of the day. Very slight chance of passing afternoon clouds. Small waves along most of the shoreline. Currents are strongest out past the rock tip.

Kahekili & Black Rock are both excellent this morning. Wind may affect Kahekili later. South face of Black Rock should stay great all day.

Southside: 7.5

Mostly sunny with light wind this morning. Increasing onshore breeze & clouds expected later this afternoon. The waves are up enough to be extra cautious in the shallows along much of the shoreline.

Wind waves may increase later as well. Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Makena Landing are looking good this morning.


Thursday, September 9 2021


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are looking good! Mostly sunny skies are expected along with increasing trade winds this afternoon. There is a small south swell causing waves to break from time to time & the waves may even increase slightly in the northwest, but probably not by much.

Visibility is overall really good in all 3 Zones. However, the stronger afternoon winds will likely cause increasing wind waves & choppy conditions in the less wind protected areas. Please enjoy swimming with turtles from a respectful distance & keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Passing morning showers are expected to clear up giving way to mostly sunny skies. Trade winds will stay relatively strong.

Inside the bays the ocean surface will likely stay nice for snorkeling, with Kapalua bay & Honolua bay standing out. Currents are extremely strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Mostly sunny & snorkeling conditions are looking really good. A northeast wind is expected to pick up which may prove too strong for Kahekili this afternoon.

The south face of Black Rock should offer great wind protection & hold calm water all day. As always, currents become very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 7.0

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. We do have waves breaking along the shoreline. The waves are big enough to be extra cautious of. Visibility is still pretty good.

Kamaole beach park 1, the north end of Ulua & Wailea beach are looking best in the Zone. Wind waves will probably pick up later as well.


Wednesday, September 8 2021


the skinny

We have another absolutely beautiful day on Maui! Snorkeling conditions are looking really good! Winds are light this morning in Ka’anapali & most of the Southside while the Northwest has stronger winds already. Underwater visibility is incredibly clear at most snorkel spots in all 3 Zones with the Northwest & Ka’anapali being especially clear.

The waves are not huge but there is a small south swell causing elevated waves to break along parts of the shoreline from the far south end of Maui all the way to Ka’anapali & beyond. Please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better.

North West: 8.0

Passing isolated showers this morning, mainly near Honolua bay. Mostly sunny skies expected through the afternoon. Visibility is super clear & the waves are small. As usual currents are extremely strong further out.

Inside the wind protected bays are best. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay have the nicest snorkeling.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Sunny beach day with excellent snorkeling. Light this morning is expected to become pretty strong out of the east this afternoon. The winds will likely affect Kahekili beach park later while the south face of Black Rock should stay wonderful all day.

Currents are very strong out near the tip of the Rock and there are waves breaking in areas, but they are not very big.

Southside: 7.5

Sunny skies & light wind this morning in South Kihei, Wailea & Makena. There are waves along parts of the shoreline throughout the Zone to avoid. Visibility is good at most spots.

Wind waves will likely increase this afternoon. The Kamaole beaches, Wailea beaches & Makena Landing are looking good this morning.


Tuesday, September 7 2021


the skinny

It is turtle Tuesday and we have terrific snorkeling conditions this morning. Mostly sunny skies with possible passing clouds, mainly in the northwest this morning. Trade winds are winding back up again with gusts over 20 mph, which may affect snorkeling in areas later in the day.

There are elevated waves breaking in some areas to be extra cautious of. Keep in mind that conditions can change quickly. Please enjoy swimming with turtles from a respectful distance & have another awesome day on Maui!

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny after passing clouds & possible isolated showers this morning. Breezy east wind gusting around 20 mph. Slightly elevated waves making it inside Napili bay.

Inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay have excellent visibility & good snorkeling conditions. Currents are very strong further out form shore

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Sunny skies expected all day. Breezy trade winds this afternoon out of the northeast may affect Kahekili beach park while the South face of Black Rock will likely remain excellent all day.

Currents have picked up out past the tip of the rock & there are slightly bigger waves in areas of the shoreline.

Southside: 7.0

Sunshine expected all day. Light wind this morning in South Kihei south through Wailea & into Makena. Afternoon winds out of the north will probably affect snorkeling. Although not huge, the waves have picked up.

Visibility is still good at most spots. Kamaole beaches, Ulua & Makena Landing looking good this morning.


Monday, September 6 2021


the skinny

Happy Labor Day!! Snorkeling conditions have improved. Light trade winds are bringing an elevated chance of passing clouds & possible isolated showers. Mostly sunny skies are expected to prevail through the afternoon, especially in Ka’anapali.

A south swell is expected to cause waves to pick up, but the waves are still looking pretty small this morning. Please remember to enjoy the turtles from a respectful distance & that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 8.0

Mostly sunny skies expected after isolated morning showers. Lighter winds out of the east. Small waves & excellent visibility inside the bays.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best. Currents remain very strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Sunny skies expected for most of the day. Light winds out of the east & the ocean surface should remain smooth all day. There are waves in some areas to be aware of & they may pick up.

Visibility is very clear at both Kahekili beach & Black Rock. As usual, the currents are very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 7.0

Sunshine expected through the morning with increasing clouds later. The ocean surface is calm this morning. A light onshore breeze this afternoon may cause a bumpy surface in areas.

The south swell is still expected to pick up, but the waves are still pretty small this morning at most spots. Kamaole beach 1, Ulua beach & Wailea beach are looking good.


Sunday, September 5 2021


the skinny

On this beautiful Sunday morning on Maui, we have favorable snorkeling conditions & mostly sunny skies. Trade winds are calming down a little bit more, although gusts are still pretty strong. The south swell has dropped down as a new slightly stronger south swell is expected to fill in later today. This will mainly affect the southside, but waves may pick up in areas near Ka’anapali as well.

The lighter wind will allow for more clouds to form closer to the shoreline. Not much rain, if any, is expected though. As always, please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better.

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with an increased chance of passing isolated showers, especially this morning. Breezy trade winds gusting around 20 mph at times. Currents are very strong further out & outside the bays.

Great snorkeling conditions inside the bays. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are looking best & will likely remain nice all day.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Sunny skies expected for most of the day. The lighter wind may allow for clouds to make it closer to shore, but it should stay mostly sunny. There are some waves in areas of the shoreline and as usual the currents are strong past the tip of Black Rock.

Visibility is super clear! Kahekili may become affected by the stronger afternoon wind, Black Rock will most likely remain excellent all day long.

Southside: 6.5

Mostly sunny with increasing clouds expected to move up the coast from Makena this afternoon. The waves have dropped down but are expected to pick back up throughout the day.

We’ll have to keep an eye out for the arrival of the waves, but snorkeling conditions are looking really nice at Kamaole beach 1, Ulua beach & Wailea beach.


Saturday, September 4 2021


the skinny

Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds on this beautiful Saturday in Maui. Snorkeling conditions are best in the Northwest & parts of Ka’anapali. Strong trade winds continue through the afternoon. The strongest winds will be in the far Northwest, North Kihei & the far South end of the Island.

A series of small south swells are keeping elevated waves breaking along the shoreline along the Southside & some areas of Ka’anapali. They are not huge but are affecting snorkeling. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.5

Passing clouds this morning with sunshine expected by this afternoon. Strong trade winds causing strong currents further out from shore & outside of the bays.

Snorkeling conditions are best inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. Napili bay is nice too but has a little more water moving around.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Mostly sunny skies expected all day. Breezy trade winds out of the east/northeast are keeping currents stronger than usual, they are especially strong further out past the tip of Black Rock.

Snorkeling conditions are good. Winds will likely affect Kahekili while the South Face of Black remains nice all day. Elevated waves in areas. The smallest waves are closer to Black Rock.

Southside: 5.0

Clear skies expected for most of the day. Extremely strong winds from Olowalu down through north Kihei. Lighter winds expected in south Kihei & Wailea. Waves are not huge but are breaking throughout the Zone affecting snorkeling.

Visibility may still be good but watch out for the waves rolling in from time to time. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach 1 & the north corner of Ulua beach.


Friday, September 3 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! We have mostly sunny skies with passing clouds. Extremely strong trade winds have caused a High Wind Advisory to be issued, wind could blow debris onto roadways & make steering difficult at times.

Gusts of over 40 mph are expected. Currents will be much stronger than usual, especially further out from shore. We also have waves of various sizes due to a south swell. Visibility is clear at most spots once past the waves along the shoreline but please avoid areas with waves & be extra cautious of currents today.

North West: 5.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds this morning. Winds are super strong & are causing extremely strong currents further out from shore & may be strong enough to affect inside the bays as well. Wind waves are expected to increase as well.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best. Napili bay has a lot of water moving around & waves breaking.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Mostly sunny with very strong winds. Waves are elevated & breaking in areas of the shoreline, but visibility is very clear once carefully past the waves.

Smaller waves closer to the South face of Black Rock where there is the best wind protection as well. Currents are stronger than usual, especially strong out near the tip of the rock.

Southside: 5.0

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. Winds are pretty light this morning in Wailea & South Kihei but are expected to become stronger this afternoon. Waves are breaking throughout the Zone to be extra cautious of.

Wind waves will increase as well. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach 1 & the north corner of Ulua beach.


Thursday, September 2 2021


the skinny

Good snorkeling conditions & mostly sunny skies. Trade winds are making a comeback today. Extremely strong winds expected this afternoon with gusts over 35 mph in the windiest areas such as Ma’alaea & further out from shore in all 3 Zones.

The south swell has been slow to fill in but waves are breaking & picking up, largest in the South & parts of the Ka’anapali beaches. Please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds this morning. Strong east wind gusting over 30 mph. Clear visibility & great snorkeling inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay.

Waves will likely pick up inside Napili bay this afternoon. Extremely strong currents further out & outside of the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Sunshine expected for most of the day. Strong east wind expected this afternoon will affect Kahekili more than Black Rock. Currents are a bit stronger, especially out past the rock tip.

There is a south swell, although much of the beaches have only small waves this morning. The south face of Black Rock likely excellent all day.

Southside: 5.5

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. Winds increasing & switching to a westerly direction later as well. South swell causing waves at most spots but visibility is still very good.

Waves expected to increase. The north end of Ulua & the Kamaole beaches have smaller waves.


Wednesday, September 1 2021


the skinny

On this beautiful first day of September, we have sunny skies & excellent snorkeling conditions in the Northwest, good snorkeling near Ka’anapali & decent in the South. Relatively light east wind this afternoon is forecast in all 3 Zones. Hot & humid weather expected to bring increasing afternoon clouds raising the possibility of isolated showers later.

There is a south swell causing elevated waves to break along the shoreline, mainly on the southside, but also in areas of Ka’anapali. As always, please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly. Enjoy this gorgeous Maui day!

North West: 8.5

Excellent snorkeling conditions inside Kapalua bay and Honolua bay expected all day. Waves are expected to pick up a little bit inside Napili bay.

Clear visibility throughout the Zone. Sunshine with passing clouds. Passing tropical showers are also possible. Light east wind.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Beautiful sunshine & light east wind expected all day. There’s a very small chance of increasing PM clouds. Visibility is really good. The waves are expected to pick up a little more, although they aren’t very big yet, the currents have increased.

The south face of Black Rock is nice. Kahekili is looking particularly sweet for snorkeling & probably will be for most of the day.

Southside: 5.0

Gorgeous beach weather this morning with light wind & clear skies. Increasing clouds are expected this afternoon & there is a chance of passing tropical showers later. The waves are not huge, but an increasing south swell is indeed causing waves to break at most spots.

Visibility is still pretty good but please avoid snorkeling where waves are breaking & be extra cautious. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach park 1, 2 & 3.


Tuesday, August 31 2021


the skinny

Excellent day for relaxing on the beach! Light & variable wind is expected for most of the day. The waves are starting to pick back up due to a new south swell. The waves are not very big & it is hard to predict just how big the waves will become. The waves are already just big enough to affect the Southern Shores. Parts of the beach in Ka’anapali have elevated waves as well.

The Northwest has very small waves. Please remember to enjoy the turtles from a respectful distance & that conditions can change quickly. Have a great day!

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Light winds expected for most of the day. Slight chance of isolated showers. As usual currents are strong further out from shore & outside the bays.

Waves are starting to pick up a little in Napili bay. Very small waves & great snorkeling inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Mostly sunny & beautiful beach day with lighter wind. Waves are starting to pick back up a little, so there are areas with waves to avoid.

Good visibility & snorkeling along the south face of Black Rock & Kahekili beach park. Expected to stay nice for most of the day.

Southside: 5.0

Mostly sunny skies this morning with increasing clouds expected later today. The waves are starting to pick back up just big enough to affect snorkeling. Largest waves are in Makena.

The smallest waves can be found on either corner of Kamaole beach 1 & 2 as well as the north corner of Ulua beach.


Monday, August 30 2021


the skinny

We are starting the week off with another beautiful beach day! Snorkeling conditions are best in the Northwest Zone. The south swell that has been causing waves along the shoreline is beginning to fade. Waves are still breaking throughout the Southside & parts of Ka’anapali, just not as big or as often. There could be 15 minutes or so between the sets of slightly larger waves.

Mostly sunny this morning with increasing clouds this later this afternoon. Winds are pretty light early out of the northwest & will become westerly later today on the Southside.

North West: 7.5

Sunshine expected for most of the day. Snorkeling conditions are great inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. Napili bay has some waves breaking in the shallows.

Visibility is super clear throughout the Zone. Currents are very strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Sunny beautiful beach day. Snorkeling is good but there are waves breaking along parts of the shoreline & currents are kind of pushing against Black Rock.

Kahekili beach is looking really nice with clear visibility and the smallest waves. Afternoon clouds may make it close to the shoreline.

Southside: 5.0

It is a beautiful morning. The waves are starting to fade away and are not super big but there are waves breaking at most spots.

The smallest waves can be found at kamaole beach park 1 and the little north corner of Ulua beach. Afternoon clouds are expected to move into the Makena & Wailea area later today.


Sunday, August 29 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful beach day with good snorkeling conditions. The waves are not huge but have picked up out of the south affecting snorkeling, mainly on the Southside. Areas of Ka’anapali have elevated waves as well. The Northwest Zone has very small waves inside the main bays.

The trade winds have mellowed out, causing more of a sea breeze to develop which will allow for afternoon clouds to form along the shoreline. Ka’anapali should stay nice & sunny all day. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 8.5

Excellent snorkeling conditions. Relatively light wind out of the east around 10 mph. Mostly sunny skies expected for most of the day. Currents are strong further out form shore.

There are some waves making it into Napili bay but not very big. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Beautiful beach day with clear visibility for snorkeling. There are elevated waves breaking in areas of the shoreline to be cautious of & avoid.

The biggest waves are halfway between Whalers Village & Black Rock. Smallest waves are closer to the south face of Black Rock & Kahekili where snorkeling is really good.

Southside: 6.0

Gorgeous beach day with moslty sunny skies this morning. Increasing afternoon clouds & onshore wind expected later. There are powerful waves breaking along the shoreline throughout the Zone.

The waves are not giant but are affecting snorkeling & are hazardous in areas, especially Makena. The north corner of Ulua beach & Kamaole 1 & Wailea beach have smaller waves.


Saturday, August 28 2021

 


the skinny

It is an absolutely beautiful Saturday beach day! We have excellent snorkeling conditions in all 3 Zones this morning! Mostly sunny skies & lighter trade winds today. There is a small south swell that is expected to bring an increase in waves throughout the day, but we are not seeing much wave action this morning. The southern shores will be affected first if/when the waves do increase.

Currents are still very strong further out from shore. Please enjoy the Turtles from a respectful distance & keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 8.5

Clear visibility & very small waves throughout the Zone. Easterly winds gusting up to 20 mph. Excellent snorkeling inside Napili bay, inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay.

As usual the currents are extremely strong further out form shore. Mostly sunny with passing clouds at times.

Near Ka’anapali: 9.0

Sunshine & lighter wind expected. Excellent snorkeling conditions for most of the day. Clear visibility & very small waves this morning. Slight chance the waves may pick up later. Kahekili beach & Black Rock will likely remain excellent all day.

If the wind happens to pick up stronger than anticipated the south face of Black Rock should stay great. As usual currents are very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 8.0

Sunny skies & light wind expected for most of the day. The waves are small & visibility is excellent this morning. The waves may pick up by this afternoon, mainly in the southern end of the Zone.

The Kamaole beaches, Wailea beaches & Makena Landing are all looking excellent this morning. As usual currents are stronger further out from shore.


Friday, August 27 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Snorkeling conditions are looking good in all 3 Zones this morning. In the northwest we have some passing morning clouds, Ka’anapali is looking like it’ll remain good all day & the Southside has smaller waves & nice conditions this morning before the afternoon winds kick up wind waves later.

Trade winds are blowing out of the northeast. Please remember that currents are extremely strong further out from shore & that conditions can change quickly. Have a beautiful & safe day on Maui!

North West: 8.0

There are passing isolated showers this morning which are expected to clear up. Snorkeling conditions are good Inside Napili bay, Kapalua bay & Honolua bay.

Currents are extremely strong further out & outside the bays. Breezy northeast trade wind gusting around 25 mph.

Near Ka’anapali:8.5

Mostly sunny beach day with breezy east wind gusting to 22mph. Snorkeling conditions are very good at Kahekili beach park & Black Rock.

The wind may become strong enough to affect Kahekili beach while the south face of Black Rock should stay great all day. Currents are very strong out pas the rock tip.

Southside: 7.5

Mostly sunny skies expected for most of the day. Light wind his morning from South Kihei into Wailea & Makena. Stronger winds this afternoon will likely cause wind waves to pick up along the shoreline.

Good snorkeling conditions at most of the spots. The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Makena Landing are looking good today with small waves this morning.


Thursday, August 26 2021


the skinny

There are beautiful conditions across all 3 Snorkel Zones this morning. Visibility is super clear & the waves are small. Trade winds are expected to pick up this afternoon with gusts just under 30 mph in the windiest areas. This will likely cause an increase in wind waves along the more wind exposed beaches. Currents are extremely strong further out from shore.

As always, conditions can change quickly. Please remember to enjoy swimming with turtles from a respectful distance. Have a great day on Maui!

North West: 8.0

Mostly sunny with some passing morning clouds. Breezy trade winds gusting over 25 mph. Inside the bays snorkeling conditions are really good.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay looking the best. Currents & winds are extremely strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali:8.5

Sunny skies expected all day. Breezy afternoon trade winds will probably affect Kahekili causing a bit of bumpy surface.

The south face of Black Rock stays in the excellent range all day. As usual the currents are very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 7.0

Mostly sunny skies for most of the zone. Increasing clouds further south this afternoon. Snorkeling conditions have improved. Strong wind in the northern area, lightest in Wailea. There are areas of waves but they are pretty small.

The Kamaole beaches, Wailea beaches & Makena Landing are looking good this morning. Wind waves are expected increase this afternoon.


Wednesday, August 25 2021


the skinny

We have clear skies & good snorkeling conditions on this beautiful Wednesday morning. Trade winds will increase throughout the day causing elevated wind waves in some areas & passing clouds. The usual wind protected areas should stay nice all day. Currents are strong further out from shore. There is a small south swell, although the waves are not very big at most snorkeling spots this morning.

Please remember to enjoy the majestic turtles from a respectful distance- Touching the wildlife is never permitted in Hawaii. As always, the conditions can change quickly. Have an awesome day on Maui!

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds from time to time. Winds are strong but are not really affecting snorkeling conditions inside the bays. Currents are strong further out & outside of the main bays.

Waves are breaking in some areas & may pick up a little. Inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are looking best & should remain good all day.

Near Ka’anapali:7.5

Clear sunny skies expected for most of the day. East/northeast winds gusting around 30 mph by this afternoon. Kahekili & Black Rock are both looking great for snorkeling this morning.

Currents are very strong further out & past the tip of the rock. Kahekili will likely become too windy by noon. There are some waves in areas of the shoreline to avoid.

Southside: 6.0

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds, mainly in south end of the Zone. Very strong winds in the northern part of the Zone, lighter wind in Wailea for most of the day becoming on shore later.

A small south swell & strong winds out at sea are causing elevated waves. Snorkeling conditions continue to improve. The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Wailea beach are looking nice.


Tuesday, August 24 2021


the skinny

Conditions are improving as the tail end of yesterday’s rainstorm moves further west of Maui. Trade winds are picking up and will be quite strong with gusts over 30 mph from a northeast direction. Strong winds along with a new south swell is causing waves to break along parts of the shoreline to be cautious of & avoid. Currents are very strong further out from shore in all 3 Zones.

Passing isolated showers are possible today but not much rain is expected in the 3 Snorkel Zones along the shoreline. Flash Floods are still likely in areas with streams & waterfalls. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 6.0

Isolated showers this morning then mostly sunny this afternoon. Strong winds gusting around 30 mph. Conditions are fair inside Napili bay & Kapalua bay.

Currents are extremely strong further out & outside the bays. Honolua bay will probably need more time for the stream to stop flowing.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Partly sunny this morning then mostly sunny this afternoon. Strong northeast wind. There are elevated waves in areas of the shoreline.

The south face of Black Rock is best as it is offering good protection from the wind. Currents are very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 5.0

Calm wind in South Kihei & Wailea this morning. Increasing wind & clouds this afternoon. Extremely strong wind in Ma’alaea & North Kihei.

The strong winds nearby & a south swell are causing elevated waves in some areas. Kamaole 1 & The north corner of Ulua beach have fair snorkeling once past the smaller waves.


Monday, August 23 2021


the skinny

Keep an eye out for rainbows today. We have a passing rainstorm moving over Maui. We can expect partly sunny skies from time to time. This is a tough storm to predict. It seems like the rain is letting up a little but more rain, which could be heavy at times, is expected off and on throughout the day.

There has been lots of rain runoff washing all sorts of debris into the ocean causing murky, not very clean water throughout Maui.

*FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE NIGHT* Please avoid playing in streams or near waterfalls. Flash floods are extremely dangerous and can occur suddenly even if it is not raining where you are. Give yourself extra drive time & please drive carefully.

North West: 4.0

Lots of rain runoff & the water is not very clean. The stream at Honolua bay is flowing, washing debris into the ocean. Partly sunny with heavy rain expected from time to time.

As the storm passes stronger winds are expected to kick up wind waves later today. Smallest waves inside Kapalua bay & Napili bay. Strong currents further out.

Near Ka’anapali: 5.0

Skies are clearing up a bit this morning. It is highly likely that heavy rain will pass through the area this afternoon followed by a strong south winds & increasing currents.

Visibility isn’t too bad at Black Rock & the waves are small. Pollution from rain runoff may be a problem. Currents are very strong out pas the rock tip. Conditions will probably change quickly.

Southside: 4.5

Mostly sunny skies early this morning. Heavy rain & increasing wind is expected later this afternoon. There are waves breaking due to a small south swell & increasing wind waves are expected this afternoon. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach park 1, 2 and 3.


Sunday, August 22 2021


the skinny

Sunday morning is starting off with mostly sunny skies. This is the calm before the storm. The weather & ocean conditions will be changing as the remnants of tropical cyclone Linda moves over the island. Heavy rain is expected, extremely strong north wind, extremely strong currents & increasing waves as the storm passes.

Heavy rains & flash flooding will impact the east & north sides of the island first. Please do not play in streams & be extra cautious today as the weather will change quickly.

*FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS MORNING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT* Heavy rain capable of producing flash flooding will develop over the area today through Monday night. Significant flooding and property damage due to rapid runoff.

North West: 4.5

Waves & currents are already picking up and will likely become rough quickly once the storm gets closer this afternoon. Partly sunny with increasing clouds. Heavy rain expected later today. Inside Kapalua bay has the smallest waves.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Mostly sunny with good snorkeling this morning. The south face of Black Rock is best & will likely stay nice for much of the day but be aware conditions could change quickly & currents are already strong out past the rock tip.

The approaching storm probably won’t affect this Zone until later this afternoon. Currents will increase. Heavy rain & wind expected by this evening.

Southside: 4.0

Mostly sunny this morning with increasing clouds this afternoon. A south swell is causing elevated waves. Extremely strong winds blowing through Ma’alaea are also causing increasing wind waves & currents already. Conditions expected to remain rough through Monday.


Saturday, August 21 2021


the skinny

We are starting the weekend off with mostly clear skies & good snorkeling conditions. The large south swell has dissipated to small waves at most spots. Trade winds are the big factor today & are expected to become very strong which will cause choppy conditions in some areas along with stronger currents.

Inside the bays of the Northwest Zone and the south face of Black Rock will be the least affected by the strong winds. Currents remain extremely strong further out from shore. There is also a small chance of isolated showers.

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of isolated showers. Strong east wind gusting around 30 mph. Snorkeling conditions are looking good inside the wind protected bays.

Currents are extremely strong further out from shore & outside the bays. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Sunny skies expected with only a very slight chance of isolated showers. Strong northeast wind is already picking up. Kahekili beach & Black Rock are both looking good this morning.

The wind will probably become too strong for Kahekili while the south face of Black Rock should remain nice all day. Currents are extremely strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 5.0

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. This morning the winds are light in South Kihei, Wailea & Makena but the wind is expected to become very strong throughout the Zone.

Waves are still elevated, mainly in the Makena area. Smaller waves & best conditions this morning can be found at Kam 1/Charlie Young beach & the north corner of Ulua beach.


Friday, August 20 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Mostly sunny skies & improving snorkeling conditions. Strong trade winds expected again today. Slight chance of isolated showers. The wind protected areas in the Northwest & Ka’anapali have the best snorkeling today. The large south swell is continuing to drop down in size.

Powerful waves are still breaking in some areas, mainly on the southside & near Lahaina on the westside. Currents remain extemely strong further out from shore. Please remember conditions can change quickly

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Strong winds increasing all day. Snorkeling conditions are good inside the wind protected bays.

Currents are extremely strong further out & outside the bays. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Sunny skies expected & breezy afternoon wind. Snorkeling conditions have improved along Kahekili & the south face of Black Rock this morning.There are still some waves in areas to avoid.

Strong afternoon winds will likely cause Kahekili to become choppy, but the south face of Black Rock should stay nice all day. Currents are very strong out pas the rock tip.

Southside: 4.0

Mostly sunny with increasing clouds later today. Extremely strong winds this afternoon, strongest in Ma’alaea. Dangerous waves are still breaking & snorkeling conditions need more time to improve.

Waves have been washing high on the shoreline all week carrying debris into the water in some areas to avoid. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach 1 & the north corner of Ulua beach.


Thursday, August 19 2021


the skinny

It is another beautiful day with changing weather as the trade winds make a return. Inside the bays of the Northwest is where the best snorkeling can be found. We have a strong northeast wind gusting up to 30 mph in some areas.

Snorkeling conditions are starting to improve near Ka’anapali although there are still hazardous shore breaking waves & the currents are very strong further out around Black Rock. Conditions are still extremely hazardous throughout the Southside. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.0

Passing morning clouds & strong east wind. Mostly sunny skies expected by this afternoon. The waves are small & snorkeling conditions are good inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay.

Napili bay is still a bit rough. Currents are extremely strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 4.5

Mostly sunny beach day. Breezy northeast wind. Conditions are starting to improve. There are still powerful shore breaking waves washing up the beach, but the waves are smaller than they have been.

Close to the south face of Black Rock and Kahekili have the smallest waves. The wind will likely cause bumpy conditions later at Kahekili. Currents are still very strong.

Southside: 2.5

Mostly sunny with increasing clouds. Strong winds expected this afternoon. Waves are slowly starting to get smaller but are still powerful & crashing along the shoreline. Conditions are very hazardous.

Poor snorkeling with dangerous ocean conditions. Currents are extremely strong. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach park # 1.


Wednesday, August 18 2021


the skinny

We have another beautiful beach day. Sunny, clear skies in all 3 Zones this morning & for much of the day. There’s an increasing chance of tropical showers later this afternoon. It’s looking like most of the moisture will stay on the mountains. Snorkeling is looking good in Kapalua bay & Honolua bay.

The High Surf Advisory remains in effect. Dangerous, powerful waves are breaking throughout the Southside & near Ka’anapali. The swell is slowly fading, which means longer periods of time between the largest sets of waves. So, waves could look small but every 20 minutes or so big waves wash through & high up on the shoreline.

North West: 7.0

Conditions are improving as the small northwest swell fades more today. Sunny skies for most of the day with a slight chance of tropical isolated showers later this afternoon.

Napili bay has waves breaking in the shallows. Inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are both really looking good with clear visibility & smaller waves.

Near Ka’anapali: 3.5

Seriously beautiful beach day. Later this afternoon clouds are expected to from in the mountains, but it will likely stay nice & sunny on the beach. High Surf Advisory.

Powerful & dangerous waves are still breaking along most of the shoreline & currents are very strong. The waves are a bit smaller close to Black Rock & the southern area of Kahekili.

Southside: 1.5

Beautiful sunny beach weather this morning. Increasing clouds this afternoon & an onshore breeze. Waves are very dangerous & breaking powerfully along the shoreline throughout the Zone. High Surf Advisory.

Extremely dangerous ocean conditions! It is recommended to stay out of the ocean, especially at Makena beach.


Tuesday, August 17 2021


the skinny

On this gorgeous Tuesday morning we have clear skies, light wind & incredible beach weather. Sunshine is expected for most of the day with a chance of increasing tropical clouds this afternoon. It’s an amazing beach day but it is a rough day for snorkeling. Honolua bay is pretty much the only spot for snorkeling today.

There is a High Surf Advisory issued due to extremely dangerous waves breaking throughout the Southside up the coast into Ka’anapali. Currents are extremely hazardous & swimming is not advised in these areas.

We also have a small northwest swell that is causing elevated waves in areas of the Northwest Zone as well, though the waves are not as big as the south swell.

North West: 6.5

Honolua bay has the best snorkeling conditions on the island today. There are waves breaking in areas of the bay, although they are not very big this morning. Visibility is really clear.

Kapalua bay has some waves making into the bay & Napili bay has rough waves & poor conditions- both bays have very strong hazardous currents & waves further out.

Near Ka’anapali: 2.5

Beautiful beach weather! Clear skies & light wind. But we have a High Surf Advisory issued- EXTREMELY Dangerous shore breaking waves! Hazardous currents & poor visibility.

Waves are slamming on the shoreline & occasionally washing high up on the beach. It’s still hazardous but the smallest waves are on the southern part of Kahekili beach closer to Black Rock.

Southside: 1.5

Beautiful clear skies this morning with increasing afternoon clouds. High Surf Advisory- EXTREMELY dangerous ocean conditions!

Powerful waves slamming on the shoreline & washing high up on the beaches. Avoid swimming throughout the Zone & be careful of waves washing high on the shoreline.


Monday, August 16 2021


the skinny

We are starting the week off with absolutely beautiful beach weather! Clear skies & lighter wind today. The best snorkeling will be INSIDE Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. The light wind may alllow for tropical afternoon showers.

The waves are on the rise & are expected to reach extremely Hazardous high surf advisory heights later today. This is a powerful south swell. Ocean conditions are becoming hazardous throughout the Southside, Near Ka’anapali & waves may reach as far as Napili.

Currents will be extremely strong. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.0

Sunny skies & light east wind for most of the day. Scattered tropical afternoon showers expected. Inside Kapalua bay & Honolua are best.

Waves are crashing inside Napili bay & currents are very strong further out from shore & outside of the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 4.0

Lots of sunshine & light east wind. Isolated afternoon tropical showers possible. Powerful waves are crashing along parts of the shoreline already & are getting bigger. Currents will become extremely strong.

Kahekili beach has smaller waves & good visibility this morning, but waves will rise here as well.

Southside: 3.0

Sunny skies & light wind this morning. Tropical isolated showers likely this afternoon. Dangerous waves are breaking throughout the Zone & will be getting bigger & more powerful throughout the day.

The waves are smaller at Kamaole beach park 1 but snorkeling is not advised. Currents & undertow increasing as well.


Sunday, August 15 2021


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali & the Southside have the most sunshine on this Sunday morning while morning showers in the Northwest begin to clear up. Mostly sunny skies expected by this afternoon in al 3 Zones. Trade winds are starting to calm down, with winds becoming onshore in areas.

A powerful south swell is starting to arrive with waves already breaking. Waves are expected to become extremely hazardous throughout the Southside & probably Ka’anapali by this evening. Good snorkeling can still be found but please be aware that conditions will likely change quickly.

North West: 7.0

Heavy rain showers overnight have likely caused the steam at Honolua bay to flow which will likely affect visibility. It will probably clear up by mid-morning into this afternoon.

Avoid any brown, murky water. Kapalua bay is best & should remain so all day. Waves may increase in Napili bay.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Kahekili beach & the south face of Black Rock are looking good this morning. We have mostly sunny skies with passing clouds. Will probably stay clear all day.

The waves are expected to pick up & become hazardous this afternoon. Currents will increase & already have out past the rock tip. Smallest waves will be closer to Black Rock.

Southside: 4.5

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. The waves are beginning to pick up already. Hazardous waves expected by this afternoon along with increasing currents & undertow.

The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach park 1 & parts of Wailea beach.


Saturday, August 14 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful Saturday beach day! Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds & breezy trade winds. The waves have picked up a little more today, mainly affecting the southern Zone & small areas of the westside. Wind waves will probably pick up later as well.

Please enjoy swimming with turtles from a respectful distance & as always remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with isolated showers & passing clouds, the winds are already blowing but inside the bays conditions are nice with clear visibility & small waves.

Further out & outside the bays currents are very strong. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

The sun is shining & winds are light this morning. Northeast wind is expected to increase throughout the day along with passing clouds. The wind will probably get too strong for Kahekili this afternoon.

The south face of Black Rock should stay great all day. Currents are very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 6.0

South Kihei & Wailea areas have light wind & sunshine this morning. Clouds & wind are expected to increase this afternoon. The waves have picked up & are expected to pick up as well.

The smallest waves are at Kamaole beach 1, the north & south ends of Wailea beach & Mile Marker 14.


Friday, August 13 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! It’s beach time! We have mostly sunny skies with passing clouds and passing showers in areas, mainly the northwest. Breezy trade winds increasing throughout the day.

The waves are smaller today but are still breaking in areas of the beaches & currents are very strong further out from shore. Please remember that conditions can change quickly & have a great day on Maui.

North West: 7.0

After isolated showers this morning, mainly near Honolua bay, mostly sunny skies expected with passing clouds. Small waves & good visibility.

Good inside Napili bay & Kapalua bay is best. It may have rained enough to affect Honolua bay but it is worth a look.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Beautiful morning with great snorkeling conditions. Mostly sunny & breezy northeast wind. Winds may pick up enough to affect Kahekili later.

The south face of Black Rock will likely remain great all day. Currents become very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 6.5

Mostly sunny beautiful morning. North wind picking up throughout the day. Waves are a bit smaller but still breaking in areas.

Decent snorkeling at Wailea beach & Kamaole beach 1 & the north end of Ulua this morning. Waves will likely pick up this afternoon.


Thursday, August 12 2021

 


the skinny

Clear sunny skies expected in all 3 Zones for most of the day. Breezy trade winds picking up this afternoon, strongest in the north Kihei area. Currents become very strong further rout from shore.

The south swell that has been causing powerful waves is starting to fade away, however waves are still breaking & affecting snorkeling in some areas, mostly along the Southside. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Sunny skies expected through the afternoon. Breezy trade winds. There are elevated waves & currents are super strong further out & outside the bays.

Inside the bays snorkeling conditions are near great with Kapalua & Honolua being best.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Sunny beach day. Snorkeling conditions are improving. Black Rock & Kahekili are both looking great this morning.

Wind may affect Kahekili this afternoon. Waves are still breaking in some areas of the shoreline & currents are very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 4.0

Sunny beach day. Light wind this morning will increase. Lightest winds expected in the Wailea & Makena areas.

Waves are still breaking throughout the Zone causing poor snorkeling & even hazardous conditions in areas. The smallest waves can be found at the Kamaole beaches, particularly Kam 1.


Wednesday, August 11 2021


the skinny

Lighter wind & more sunshine expected today. It is a beautiful Wednesday beach day. Waves are continuing to break throughout the South & are elevated along parts of the beach in Ka’anapali. The best snorkeling conditions can be found in the northwest where the waves are smallest.

For their safety, please enjoy the turtles from a respectful distance & keep mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny, breezy with passing clouds. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best. Napili bay has some waves breaking. Currents are very strong further rout from shore & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Beautiful beach day with sunny skies expected all day with lighter wind. There are elevated waves along the shoreline. Currents are stronger.

The south face of Black Rock is good, just please avoid areas with breaking waves Kahekili has the smallest waves.

Southside: 2.5

Mostly sunny with a slight onshore breeze in areas. Waves are causing poor snorkeling & hazardous ocean conditions. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole Beach Park 1 & 2.


Tuesday, August 10 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful tropical day on Maui. Trade winds have calmed down while tropical moisture moves over the island throughout the day bringing a higher chance of isolated showers this afternoon.

The south swell has picked overnight, and powerful waves are breaking along the southern shores, parts of Ka’anapali & even slightly elevated waves in Napili bay. Waves will increase throughout the day.

Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly & avoid snorkeling in areas with breaking waves.

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny along the shoreline with increasing clouds later today. Isolated tropical showers are likely this afternoon.

Good snorkeling conditions inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. Napili bay has elevated waves in the shallows. May rain enough for the stream at Honolua to flow- if so, avoid brown water.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Sunny skies this morning with increasing clouds later. Very slight chance of tropical showers later. Increasing south swell.

Waves have picked up along the shoreline & are powerful in areas. Closer to Black Rock & along Kahekili the waves are smallest. Visibility is still good once past the breakers. Be extra cautious to avoid waves.

Southside: 3.5

Powerful waves are breaking along the shoreline throughout the Zone. Poor snorkeling conditions & hazardous currents & dangerous waves. Smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach park 1.

Mostly sunny at the beach, with increasing clouds this afternoon & possible isolated tropical showers


Monday, August 9 2021


the skinny

Clear skies & great snorkeling on this beautiful Monday morning. The trade winds are beginning to slow down a bit making for calmer waters. Tropical showers possible later today.

There is a south swell on the way & we are already starting to see the waves pick up in some areas of the south Zone. The waves may pick up in Ka’anapali as well while the northwest will likely remain flat & calm inside the bays. Currents are still strong further out & please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 8.5

Sunshine & light wind for most of the day. Chance of isolated tropical showers later. Small waves if any inside the bays.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best. Currents remain strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Sunny beach day with excellent snorkeling conditions. Slight chance of isolated tropical showers later. Winds are expected to shift to a more northerly direction which may affect Kahekili as well.

Black Rock will likely remain excellent all day. A south swell may cause waves to increase later as well.

Southside: 6.5

Sunshine & lighter wind expected for most of the day. The waves are already starting to pick up in some areas such as Ulua beach.

Mile Marker 14, Kamaole 1 & Wailea beach looking good this morning. Chance of isolated tropical showers later, mainly in the Makena area.


Sunday, August 8 2021


the skinny

Things are shaping up to be a beautiful sunny Sunday for relaxing on the beach & playing in the water. Trade wind pattern continues today with gusts around 28 mph.

Currents are very strong further out from shore. There are slightly elevated waves along the shoreline. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.5

Lots of sunshine with occasional passing clouds. Visibility is fantastic. Honolua bay & Kapalua bay are best. Breezy trade winds and strong currents further out from shore & outside of the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Sunny skies expected all day. Snorkeling conditions are great at Black Rock & Kahekili this morning with clear visibiity.

The wind may become too strong for Black Rock this afternoon. Currents are strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 7.0

Great beach day with mostly sunny skies. The waves are still elevated just enough to be extra cautious entering & existing the water, but visibility is pretty good.

Increasing afternoon winds. Kamaole beach 1 & the north end of Ulua & Makena Landing look best.


Saturday, August 7 2021


the skinny

It’s a beautiful day for relaxing on the beach & snorkeling. Sunny skies expected in all 3 Zones. Winds are forecast to remain fairly strong. There are slightly elevated waves in areas. Visibility is still really clear at most spots. Currents are very strong further out from shore.

Please have an awesome day, enjoy the turtles from a respectful distance & remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.0

Sunny skies with passing clouds this afternoon. Snorkeling conditions are good inside the bays with Kapalua & Honolua bay looking best.

Strong trade winds continue out of the northeast with gusts around 30 mph. Currents are very strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Beautiful sunny skies expected all day. There are slightly elevated waves in areas of the shoreline, but they are pretty small.

The south face of Black Rock will likely remain great all day while the wind may become too strong fir Kahekili by this afternoon. As usual, the currents are strongest out past the tip of the rock.

Southside: 6.5

Sunny & beautiful with winds this morning. Winds increasing this afternoon, blowing pretty strong in North Kihei & out at sea which will cause an increase in wind waves.

Waves are slightly elevated but still pretty small this morning. Kamaole 1, Wailea beach & Makena Landing are best.


Friday, August 6 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds & breezy trade winds to end the week. Snorkeling conditions remain good at most spots. Super strong winds & extreme currents further out from shore. There are slightly elevated waves breaking along areas of the shoreline. Wind waves will likely pick up this afternoon as well.

Please do not venture too far from shore & keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds & possible isolated showers. Conditions are good inside of the bays. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best. Currents & wind become extremely strong further out from shore & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Sunny skies expected for most of the day. Light winds early will probably become quite strong this afternoon. Visibility is very clear. Kahekili & Black Rock are both great this morning.

Winds will probably become too strong for Kahekili while the south face of Black Rock stays great all day. Currents are very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 6.5

Sunshine & light wind expected for south Kihei & Wailea for most of the day. Increasing clouds further south. The waves are not big but are still elevated along the shoreline.

Extremely strong winds in the north part of the Zone. The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Wailea beach are best.


Thursday, August 5 2021


the skinny

We have another gorgeous Maui beach day with great snorkeling conditions. Winds are pretty strong with gusts around 30 mph & currents are super strong further out from shore. There’s a higher chance of clouds catching a ride on the wind making it closer to shore, mainly in the far northwest & far south.

Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly. Enjoy swimming with turtles from a respectful distance & have a great day on Maui!

North West: 7.5

Great snorkeling conditions & clear visibility inside the bays. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best.

Mostly sunny along the shoreline with some isolated showers making it down off the mountain, mostly near Honolua bay. Windy with extremely strong currents further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Excellent snorkeling conditions this morning. Visibility is just about crystal clear & the waves are small along most of the shoreline. Sunny skies expected all day.

Winds picking up this afternoon will likely affect Kahekili. The south face of Black Rock should stay excellent all day. Currents are very strong out past the rock tip.

Southside: 7.0

Visibility is good at most spots, though there are some elevated waves in areas. Winds will likely remain light in Wailea & Makena for much of the day. Stronger winds in Kihei & South Makena.

Sunny early with increasing clouds this afternoon. Mile Marker 14, Kamaole 1, Wailea beach are best. Wind waves increasing later.


Wednesday, August 4 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful day with mostly sunny skies. Visibility for snorkeling is good at most spots. Strong Trade winds continue this morning along the westside. Winds are lighter in South Kihei & Wailea this morning & increasing later.

Currents are very strong further out from shore & wind waves will likely increase throughout the day. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.5

Really good snorkeling conditions with clear visibility inside the bays. Winds are gusting around 35 mph in some areas & currents are extremely strong further out & outside the bays.

Inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay conditions are good. Mostly sunny with passing isolated showers.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

The sun is shining & snorkeling conditions are good. Visibility is super clear. Black Rock should stay great all day.

It is very windy & currents are very strong further out near the rock tip. Kahekili is good as well. It may become too windy for Kahekili by noon.

Southside: 6.5

Mostly sunny with increasing clouds in areas this afternoon, mainly further south. Winds are strong in the north & south ends of the Zone & lighter in South Kihei & Wailea.

The wind waves have picked up a bit. Visibility is still good once past the waves. Best at the Kamaole beaches, Wailea beach. Makena Landing may stay nice.


Tuesday, August 3 2021


the skinny

It’s shaping up to be another mostly sunny, beautiful day on Maui. The trade winds are expected to remain very strong. The bays of the Northwest, the south face of Black Rock & Wailea beach are expected to stay nice all day.

Wind waves will pick up in areas this afternoon and currents are strong further out from shore. Please enjoy the turtles from a respectful distance & have fun! Conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Passing morning clouds with sunshine mixed with sunshine. Trade winds are strong out of the east but are not affecting snorkeling INSIDE the bays too much.

Currents are extremely strong outside of the bays. Kapalua bay & Honolua are best.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Mostly sunny & a bit breezy this morning. The waves are very small & visibility is good. Winds are expected to become quite strong which will likely affect Kahekili.

The south face of Black Rock should remain great all day. Currents are very strong out near the rock tip.

Southside: 6.5

We have calm winds this morning in South Kihei, Wailea & northern Makena. Wind & wind waves are expected to pick up throughout the day.

The waves are small but just big enough to be extra careful entering & exiting the water in areas. The Kamaole beaches, Wailea beach & Makena Landing are looking good.


Monday, August 2 2021


the skinny

We are starting the week off with mostly sunny skies & strong winds. The best snorkeling will be in areas offering protection from the wind. These places may become rough as well.

The lightest winds can be found this morning in Wailea & Makena Landing, although the winds will likely pick up there as well. Along the south face of Black Rock there is a nice little pocket of calm water and INSIDE the main bays of the Northwest conditions are looking good. Currents will remain extremely strong further out from shore.

North West: 6.5

Passing clouds this morning, should clear up. Strong east wind. Super windy outside of the bays. There is a fine line further out from shore where currents & wind become extreme. Please do not swim too far out. Inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are looking best.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Strong east/northeast wind. The wind is causing stronger currents today.The south face of Black Rock is offering protection from the wind and has the best conditions. Great visibility. Currents become very strong out near the rock tip.

Southside: 6.0

Mostly sunny with calm winds in South Kihei, Wailea & north Makena this morning. Winds are expected to become strong by this afternoon. There are waves breaking along the shoreline.

The smallest waves are in Makena Landing and Wailea beach where visibility is the best in the Zone. Wind waves will likely increase this afternoon.


Sunday, August 1 2021


the skinny

On this beautiful first day of August we have mostly sunny skies and favorable snorkeling conditions in some areas. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory. The winds will be extremely strong & will affect the ocean conditions.

Currents will be extremely strong further out from shore. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Very windy with gusts close to 40 mph. Great conditions inside the bays. Currents are extremely strong further out from shore & outside the bays.

INSIDE Napili bay, INSIDE Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best. Please stay inside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Sunny & beautiful with very strong winds. Gusts around 40 mph are possible. Crystal clear visibility at Kahekili & Black Rock. The wind will affect Kahekili beach & currents are already very strong out near the tip of Black Rock.

The south face of Black Rock will offer a good wind block, probably providing a nice snorkeling all day.

Southside: 6.5

Sunny skies expected all day. Calm wind this morning in South Kihei, Wailea & most of Makena. Wind will pick up this afternoon. Extremely strong winds in Ma’alaea & out at sea will send increasing wind waves into the Zone..

There are some waves along the shoreline, but visibility is pretty good if the waves are avoided. Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Makena Landing are looking good this morning.


Saturday, July 31 2021


the skinny

It is an absolutely beautiful Saturday morning with mostly clear skies in all 3 Zones. The winds are expected to pick up with guests around 40 mph in the windiest areas. Wind and currents become extremely strong further out from shore. There is a small south swell bringing waves to some areas, mainly affecting the south Zone.

Inside the main bays in the Northwest, Black Rock in Ka’anapali & the north corner of Ulua beach in the South conditions will likely remain good. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Very windy with gusts over 38 mph. Small waves & inside the bays, rough seas further out & outside the bays.

Snorkeling conditions should remain good inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay for most of the day. There is however a small chance the wind may get too strong even for these areas.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Beautiful snorkeling conditions this morning at Kahekili and Black Rock. Strong wind may affect Kahekili this afternoon, but it will likely be nice for most of the day.

Black Rock will most likely remain excellent all day with increasing currents out past the rock tip. The waves may pick up in areas due to wind swell later today.

Southside: 6.5

Mostly sunny & beautiful clear skies expected all day. Snorkeling conditions are a bit rough due to a small south swell & increasing wind waves throughout the day.

Mile Marker-14 and the north corner of Ulua beach are looking good. The wind may become too strong for the Mile Marker 14 area as well.


Friday, July 30 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! We have really nice snorkeling conditions & a mix of weather today. Ka’anapali is especially nice today with mostly sunny skies expected. The Northwest has scattered showers & good conditions inside the bays. Most of the Southern Shore has nice conditions with increasing in waves.

The winds are forecast to become stronger than they have been with gusts over 35 mph in the windiest areas. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Scattered showers & partly sunny. Along the shoreline inside Napili bay & Kapalua bay conditions are very nice.

Outside of the bay’s conditions are pretty rough with strong winds & extreme currents. Honolua bay may be affect by the stream flowing but is worth a look. Avoid rain runoff.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Excellent conditions this morning. The ocean surface is glassy & smooth at Kahekili & Black Rock. In creasing wind out of the east will cause currents to pick up out near the rock tip.

Wind may become too strong for Kahekili this afternoon. Mostly sunny, possible passing isolated showers.

Southside: 7.0

The waves have picked up just enough to be extra cautious while entering & exiting the water & is affecting visibility in some areas but it’s still pretty good at most spots.

Mostly sunny with light wind this morning increasing clouds & strong wind in the northern areas this afternoon. This morning Mile Marker 14, north corner of Ulua & Makena Landing are looking nice.


Thursday, July 29 2021


the skinny

On this beautiful Thursday morning we have calm ocean conditions at all the top spots. Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon, gusting around 30 mph, which will affect certain areas. Passing clouds off & on throughout the day.

Scattered showers are possible as well, particularly in the Northwest this morning. Avoid areas with running streams. Please remain aware that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 8.0

Mostly sunny along the shoreline inside Kapalua bay & Napili bay where snorkeling conditions are good. The stream at Honolua bay may be flowing affecting snorkeling there.

Scattered showers this morning should clear up becoming mostly sunny. Wind & currents are very strong outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Closer to a 9.0 this morning with glassy conditions. Winds are expected to pick up this afternoon, probably affecting Kahekili while Black Rock probably remains great all day.

Passing clouds & mostly sunny skies expected. Waves are small. Currents increasing further out near the rock tip.

Southside: 7.5

Good snorkeling conditions with small waves. Wind waves expected to pick up this afternoon. Mostly sunny with increasing clouds, possible isolated showers, mainly in the south end.

The Kamaole beaches, the Wailea beaches & Makena Landing all looking good. Wailea & Makena likely nice for most of the day.


Wednesday, July 28 2021


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are looking particularly good this morning in all 3 Zones. Nice tropical day with temperatures around 90F. Mostly sunny skies expected all day in Ka’anapali, partly sunny with scattered showers in the Northwest & mostly sunny morning with increasing clouds in the South.

Increasing winds this afternoon with gusts around 25 mph will create areas increased wind waves & stronger currents further out. Please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

The ocean surface is nice & calm inside the bays. Scattered showers throughout the day is keeping the score from going higher.

Inside Napili bay & Kapalua bay are looking really good. The stream at Honolua bay may be flowing due to lots of rain in the mountains.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Great snorkeling conditions at Kahekili & Black Rock. Calm ocean surface. Strong east wind this afternoon may affect Kahekili later & is keeping the score from climbing.

Visibility is super clear & the waves are very small. Mostly sunny skies expected all day.

Southside: 7.0

Nice snorkeling conditions & good visibility. Calm ocean surface with slightly elevated waves. Mostly sunny this morning with increasing clouds. Increasing wind & wind waves this afternoon as well.

Mile Marker 14, Kamaole beaches, Makena Landing & the Wailea beaches looking good this morning.


Tuesday, July 27 2021


the skinny

We have small waves & good visibility. Mostly sunny skies along the shoreline with passing clouds & isolated showers possible, mainly in the Northwest & far end of the Southside.

The winds are expected to increase with gusts around 30 mph in the windiest areas which will cause increasing wind waves in some areas. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Passing clouds this morning & isolated showers. It’s expected to become mostly sunny. Strong winds out of the east around 25 mph. Conditions should stay good inside the bays.

Napili bay, Kapalua bay & Honolua bay all looking great. Wind waves may pick up in areas & currents are very strong outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Sunny skies expected for most of the day. Breezy northeast wind will probably affect Kahekili this afternoon with slightly choppy conditions.

Black Rock is expected to remain excellent for snorkeling all day. Currents are strongest out past the rock tip.

Southside: 6.5

Mostly sunny skies. Increasing clouds expected further south. Increasing wind. Lightest winds in Wailea. Strongest winds in Ma’alaea & offshore channels will likely cause wind waves to pick up by this afternoon.

The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Wailea beach are looking good. There is a slight bump on the surface already though.


Monday, July 26 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful Monday with great visibility in all 3 Zones. Mostly sunny skies with increasing clouds in the mountains which may come close to shore from time to time. The rain will probably stick to the mountains. The waves are small although wind waves will likely pick up due to strong trade winds out of the northeast.

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds & isolated showers. Inside Kapalua & Honolua bay’s conditions are really nice. Currents & wind are very strong further out & outside the bays but inside the bays conditions are great.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Black Rock & Kahekili both have excellent visibility. The wind is expected to pick up out of the northeast this afternoon.

Kahekili may get too windy & currents are strongest out past Black Rocks tip. Mostly sunny, clouds will probably stick to the mountains.

Southside: 7.0

Partly to mostly sunny. Light wind in South Kihei & Wailea. There’s a little bump on the surface with small waves along the shoreline. Wind waves caused by strong winds nearby will likely increase in areas this afternoon.

Visibility is pretty good at most spots. The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach, Makena Landing looking good.


Sunday, July 25 2021


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are looking good in all 3 Zones. The weather is different in each Zone. In the Northwest we have breezy isolated showers but in the bay’s conditions are nice. Ka’anapali will become hot & mostly sunny with great snorkeling. The Southern Shores are mostly sunny with slightly elevated waves but good snorkeling if the waves are avoided.

Please remember conditions can change quickly, which means they can also get better! Please enjoy swimming with turtles from a distance.

North West: 7.0

It is raining this morning. Partly sunny with isolated showers off & on. Good snorkeling & the driest areas are inside Kapalua bay & Napili bay.

Snorkeling may be adversely affected at Honolua bay if the stream is flowing. Very windy in the zone, especially further outside the bays where currents are strongest as well.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Hot & mostly sunny by this afternoon. East wind around 15 mph. Kahekili & Black Rock are both looking good.

The wind may pick up enough this afternoon to cause a little bit of a choppy surface at Kahekili. Black Rock most likely great all day. Currents strongest further out past the tip.

Southside: 7.5

Mostly sunny skies expected all day. Light winds in South Kihei, Wailea & much of Makena picking up a little this afternoon. There are slightly elevated waves.

Avoid any breaking waves & visibility is good at most spots. The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Makena Landing are looking good.


Saturday, July 24 2021


the skinny

It’s a beautiful Saturday for snorkeling & relaxing on the beach. Breezy trade winds & passing clouds in areas may bring isolated showers but for the most part things should remain dry along most of the shoreline in all 3 Zones.

There is a small south swell & the strong winds are causing wind waves which may increase throughout the day. As always, please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.0

Partly to mostly sunny. Isolated morning showers will probably clear up. Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are looking best.

It may rain enough in the mountains to affect Honolua- please remember to avoid areas with flowing streams & brown water.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Mostly sunny after passing clouds early this morning. Nearby clouds should stick to the mountains. Snorkeling conditions are looking great at both Black Rock & Kahekili this morning.

Northeast winds will probably make things a bit choppy at Kahekili by this afternoon. Highly likely Black Rock will be great all day. Currents strong out past the tip.

Southside: 7.5

Mostly sunny this morning with increasing afternoon clouds may bring isolated showers. Winds are light in South Kihei into Wailea & Makena. There are some waves in areas but they are fairly small.

The Kamaole beaches, Ulua & Makena Landing looking good. Increasing afternoon winds probably increasing wind waves.


Friday, July 23 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! We have good snorkeling conditions today! Mostly sunny with passing clouds at times. Trade winds are very strong in most areas causing strong currents further out & increasing wind waves.

There is a small south swell causing elevated waves along the shoreline to avoid while snorkeling. Visibility is good at most spots. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.0

Scattered showers this morning but it should clear up by this afternoon. Good snorkeling inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay.

Winds are very strong out of the northeast but inside the bays snorkeling should remain pleasant. Currents very strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Really nice snorkeling conditions along the south face of Black Rock expected all day, currents are strong out past the rock tip. Kahekili is looking good this morning.

The wind will probably create some wind chop later at Kahekili. Mostly sunny skies expected & strong northeast wind gusting around 30 mph.

Southside: 6.5

Mostly sunny this morning. Increasing clouds expected this afternoon. Very strong winds in North Kihei & lighter in South Kihei & Wailea. Small south swell causing waves to avoid in some areas, they aren’t very big though.

The best snorkeling conditions in the Zone can be found at the Kamaole beaches, north corner of Ulua beach & Wailea beach.


Thursday, July 22 2021


the skinny

On this beautiful Thursday morning we have mostly clear skies with passing clouds along the shoreline & light wind early. Clouds are expected to increase throughout the day, mainly in the Northwest & far South. Breezy trade winds again today but they will likely start weakening soon.

There is an increasing little south swell with long periods between most of the waves right now to be aware of. The waves are pretty small at most spots. Please remember that conditions can change, sometimes several times a day.

North West: 7.5

Partly to mostly sunny. Passing clouds throughout the day. Isolated showers possibly but for the most part, things should stay dry inside the bays. Strong winds & strongest currents further out from shore.

A bit cloudy but Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are looking good. Napili bay is nice too but with more water moving around. Waves may pick up here as well.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Breezy northeast wind. Snorkeling conditions are really good, especially at Black Rock. Kahekili is looking nice too.

The northeast wind will likely affect Kahekili by this afternoon, while Black Rock remains great all day. Waves may increase in areas but will probably stay pretty small in area.

Southside: 7.0

Mostly sunny with increasing clouds expected this afternoon. Breezy. There are increasing waves in areas but also areas of the same beaches with only small waves.

The north end of Ulua beach has almost no waves while the south end has bigger waves. Same thing at the Kamaole beaches & Mile Marker 14. Visibility is good as long as we avoid the sections with waves.


Wednesday, July 21 2021


the skinny

Good snorkeling conditions with smaller waves today. It is a bit overcast this morning with passing clouds in all 3 Zones. Once the sun rises higher things should clear up in all 3 Zones. Strong trade wind pattern is persisting causing very strong currents further out, creating wind waves in areas & is blowing more moisture down off of the mountains today.

Please remember to enjoy the awesome Sea Turtles from a distance. And conditions can change quickly- this means it can get better too!

North West: 7.0

It’s raining off & on this morning but should clear up becoming partly sunny this afternoon. Good snorkeling conditions inside Kapalua Bay & Honolua Bay.

There is the slight possibility of rain runoff- if so avoid any brown water. Winds gusting around 30 mph. Currents are strong further out from shore, outside the bays. Wind waves may increase as well.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Good snorkeling conditions at black Rock & Kahekili. Some clouds early this morning but will likely become mostly sunny & nice by mid-morning.

Strong northeast winds will probably cause Kahekili to become a bit too rough & increase currents out past Black Rock. Small waves along the shoreline.

Southside: 6.5

The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Makena Landing have nice snorkeling conditions this morning. it is a bit overcast, but will probably clear up once the sun rises above Haleakala.

Strong winds this afternoon will probably send wind waves into the Zone later. Lightest winds in the Wailea & Makena areas. The waves are pretty small.


Tuesday, July 20 2021


the skinny

We have a mix of changing weather in all 3 Zones today. It’s mostly sunny this morning on the Southside with increasing clouds later, the Northwest has scattered morning showers that will probably clear up soon, Ka’anapali has passing clouds early & is expected to become sunny.

Strong winds gusting over 35 mph in areas are causing increase in wind waves in the south & northwest & stronger currents further out from shore in all 3 Zones.

North West: 7.5

Scattered showers, heavy at times, then mostly sunny. Strong northeast wind gusting up 35 mph. Currents are extremely strong outside of the bays today.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay will be the best spots in the Zone. Napili bay is a little more exposed to the wind & waves.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Windy with areas of light rain this morning. Expected to become sunny by this afternoon. The south face of Black Rock will be the best spot in the Zone as it offers good protection from the northeast wind.

Currents are strongest further out & past the tip of the rock. Slightly elevated waves in areas of the shoreline- smallest closer to Black Rock.

Southside: 6.5

Mostly sunny this morning with increasing clouds expected this afternoon. Winds are pretty light in South Kihei, Wailea & Makena this morning. Wind waves will likely increase throughout the day due to increasingly strong winds.

The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Makena Landing are the best spots in the Zone. There are some waves along the shoreline & currents are strong further out from shore.


Monday, July 19 2021


the skinny

We are starting the day off with a little change in the weather. There are scattered showers this morning in the Northwest which are expected to dissipate by this afternoon, a bit cloud cover near Ka’anapali will likely become mostly sunny & the Southern Shores are starting off mostly sunny with increasing clouds expected this afternoon.

Strong winds are in the forecast for today in all 3 Zones and the south swell that’s been causing waves continues to fade, although waves still breaking in areas.

Please remember conditions can change quickly. This means they can also get better!

North West: 6.5

Snorkeling conditions are kind of rough this morning but will likely improve this afternoon inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. Scattered showers this morning. Partly sunny & cooler today.

Currents are very strong further rout & outside the bays. The stream at Honolua bay may start flowing affecting visibility. Avoid any brown water.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Snorkeling conditions are improving. Waves are still breaking in areas of the shoreline. The south face of Black Rock is looking good.

Partly sunny this morning, will probably clear up by this afternoon. Strong northeast wind increasing throughout the day. Currents are strongest further out past the tip of the Rock.

Southside: 5.0

Improving conditions with the waves slowly getting smaller. Waves still breaking in much of the Zone & winds increasing sending wind waves to much of the Zone.

Mostly sunny this morning with increasing clouds this afternoon. Mile Marker 14 has better visibility, but wind & waves are still an issue. The smallest waves can be found in the north corner of Ulua beach.


Sunday, July 18 2021


the skinny

It is a lovely Sunday on Maui; we have mostly sunny skies with passing clouds. The best snorkeling can be found in the Northwest & small areas of Ka’anapali.

The main thing affecting snorkeling are the waves from the south swell which are still breaking along most of the shoreline & strong trade winds. Be cautious of waves. Please avoid breaking waves & please keep in mind that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.0

Partly sunny early with passing clouds & isolated showers, should become mostly sunny by this afternoon along the shoreline. Strong east wind probably won’t affect conditions inside the bays.

Waves are coming into Napili bay affecting visibility, Kapalua bay & Honolua bay have the best conditions on Maui today. Currents are very strong further out, & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 5.5

Mostly sunny with passing clouds from time to time. Winds are expected to become pretty strong this afternoon which will likely affect Kahekili beach. The south face of Black Rock will probably be nice snorkeling once past the waves.

Waves are breaking along the shoreline- the largest waves are half way between Whalers Village & Black Rock, while smaller waves are closer to Black Rock.

Southside: 3.5

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. Winds are forecast to pick up throughout the day, lightest winds will be in Wailea. Afternoon isolated showers expected further south.

Waves are still breaking along most of the shoreline affecting visibility. The smallest waves can be found at the Kamaole beaches, though it is too rough for snorkeling.


Saturday, July 17 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful Saturday. Breezy trade winds are blowing more clouds over the island with a slightly higher chance of isolated showers in the Northwest this morning & the Southside this afternoon. The clouds near Ka’anapali will probably stay in the mountains leaving the shoreline sunny.

The waves continue to get bigger throughout the Southern shores into parts of Ka’anapali & even reaching up to Napili bay. The best snorkeling will be in Kapalua bay & Honolua bay today, although parts of Ka’anapali & small areas of the South may still be nice.

*Avoid snorkeling where waves are braking & please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.0

Partly to mostly sunny with passing isolated showers throughout the day, mainly further north near Honolua bay. Strong east wind gusting around 30 mph.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay have the best chance for really good snorkeling on Maui today. Currents are very strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 5.5

Beautiful, mostly sunny beach day. Nearby clouds may come & go but probably won’t stick around the shoreline. Waves are on the rise & currents are picking up in areas. East winds gusting near 20 mph.

Waves are smallest closer to the south face of Black Rock. Visibility is still good this morning, just please be cautious of waves picking up today.

Southside: 4.0

Mostly sunny & beautiful this morning. Increasing clouds this afternoon, mainly further south. Breezy trade winds. Lightest wind in Wailea. The waves have picked up & are breaking powerfully along the shoreline throughout the Zone.

Snorkeling conditions are poor & waves will be getting bigger. Smallest waves can be found at the Kamaole beaches.


Friday, July 16 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! It’s another beautiful day on Maui! Passing clouds early this morning should clear up leaving mostly sunny skies for most of the day. Trade winds are strong again creating wind waves & stronger currents in areas.

There is a south swell that is filling in causing waves to break along the shoreline. Right now, the waves are not very big at most spots, but they are expected to get bigger throughout the day in the South & maybe in areas of Ka’anapali. Please remeber that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 7.5

Passing clouds & isolated showers early this morning. Should clear up becoming mostly sunny. Strong east wind around 30 mph.

Conditions are best inside Napili bay, Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. Currents are very strong further out, outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Really nice conditions this morning. Passing clouds but will likely become sunny soon. Calm wind early becoming northeast around 20 mph this afternoon. Kahekili & Black Rock are both good this morning.

Wind will probably affect Kahekili later while the south face of Black Rock stays nice. Waves are expected to pick up along areas of the shoreline sometime today.

Southside: 6.0

Sunny skies for most of the Zone. Increasing clouds on the sound end in Makena. The waves are not very big yet but have started to pick up. Long periods of 15 minutes or so between the sets of waves to keep an eye out for.

The smallest waves are at the Kamaole beaches, Mile Marker 14 & the north corner of Ulua beach. Waves are expected to pick up throughout the day becoming hazardous later.


Thursday, July 15 2021


the skinny

We have good snorkeling conditions in all 3 Zones! Strong Trade winds are bringing passing clouds throughout the day. Wind protected areas should stay nice all day.

We are seeing signs of a new south swell barely starting to show which is expected to bring elevated waves along the shoreline in areas. This will affect the Southern Shores first.

Please remember to enjoy the turtles from a distance & that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. It is very windy with gusts over 30 mph. Down along the shoreline & inside the bays snorkeling & beach conditions are good. Currents become very strong further rout & outside the bays.

Napili bay & Kapalua bay are looking best. The wind may affect parts of Honolua bay, but it’ll still probably be nice & clear.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Sunshine expected for most of the day. Some passing clouds may move through but along the shoreline conditions are beautiful. Wind out of the east gusting over 20 mph at time.

Kahekili beach & Black Rock are both looking great this morning. Kahekili may be affected by the stronger afternoon wind while Black rock most likely really good all day.

Southside: 6.5

Sunny with good snorkeling conditions. Waves are starting to increase which is why the score isn’t higher, but the waves will likely stay small for much of the day. Breezy afternoon winds, onshore in areas. Wailea will have the lightest wind.

Kamaole beach 3, Ulua beach & Makena Landing looking good. Please stay aware the waves should pick up sometime soon.


Wednesday, July 14 2021


the skinny

It’s a beautiful day with great snorkeling conditions! Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds in areas. There is a small chance of isolated showers, highest in the northwest, but most of the moisture should stay in the mountains. The waves are small & only slightly elevated at some beaches.

Trade winds are still strong but will probably not affect snorkeling at most spots. Please remember conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 8.0

Really good snorkeling conditions expected inside most of the bays. Strong east wind gusting around 25 mph. Mostly sunny with passing clouds & maybe isolated showers in areas.

Best inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. Strong currents outside the bays & further out from shore.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Mostly sunny, with really good snorkeling conditions. There’s a chance it may get too windy for Kahekili, but it looks like the wind will remain favorable for most of the day. Both Black Rock & Kahekili beach have increased visibility.

There are some waves in small areas of the shoreline to avoid while snorkeling & currents are flowing strongest out near the rock tip.

Southside: 7.0

Mostly sunny skies expected for most of the Zone for most of the day. Increasing afternoon clouds possible this afternoon, mainly in Makena. Light wind increasing this afternoon.

Really nice snorkeling conditions with slightly elevated waves. Mile Marker 14, the Kamaole beaches, north end of Ulua & Makena Landing looking good.


Tuesday, July 13 2021


the skinny

Mostly sunny with good snorkeling conditions this morning. Trade winds are gaining more speed today & passing clouds will likely blow down off the mountains from time to time. There is a very small south swell causing slightly elevated waves, mainly along the southern shores.

The best snorkeling will be in the bigger bays of the Northwest & Ka’anapali. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 8.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds from time to time. Strong east wind gusting up to 30 mph. Visibility is really good inside the bays.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay are best. Currents are super strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Beautiful sunny beach day expected all day. Light wind early will be increasing out of the northeast this afternoon gusting near 25 mph in areas.

Black Rock should have great snorkeling & lighter wind all day. Kahekili may become too windy by this afternoon.

Southside: 7.0

Mostly sunny & beautiful with increasing afternoon clouds further south. There are slightly elevated waves. Light wind early becoming very strong, gusting close to 40 mph in Ma’alaea.

Wailea will have the lightest wind. Good snorkeling at Kamaole 3, the north corner of Ulua & Polo beach once past the shoreline waves.


Monday, July 12 2021


the skinny

Good snorkeling in all 3 Zones. We have a bit more cloud cover in areas today mixed with sunshine. Visibility has improved. There are slightly elevated waves in the south. Strong east wind in the Northwest & a chance of isolated showers in Ka’anapali, although things should stay dry along the shoreline.

Please remember that things can change quickly & to avoid any areas with rain runoff. Conditions can also get better at any time!

North West: 7.0

Partly sunny with scattered showers expected from time to time. Inside Napili bay, inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay looking good. East wind gusting near 30 mph.

Currents very strong further out, outside the bays. Not much rain is expected but please remember to avoid any areas with brown, murky water.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Mostly sunny with a very slight chance of passing, isolated showers nearby this afternoon. Good snorkeling & visibility is looking good at Black Rock & Kahekili beach.

East wind around 10 mph increasing later this afternoon with gusts near 20 mph. Wind may stay favorable for much of the day but may become too strong for Kahekili. Black Rock should be nice all day.

Southside: 6.5

A bit cloudy in areas this morning. Expected to become mostly sunny with passing clouds. Winds are pretty light this morning. Mile Marker 14, Kamaole beaches, Ulua & Makena Landing looking good.

There waves are up a bit more in areas & strong winds out at sea may cause wind waves to increase this afternoon. Wailea & Makena will have the lightest wind & most pleasant conditions.


Sunday, July 11 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful Sunday for relaxing on the beach & snorkeling. The waves are pretty small in most areas & visibility has improved. Trade winds are ramping back up with gusts over 35 mph or so in the windiest areas.

Increasing passing clouds & isolated showers are possible in areas but things should stay dry along the shoreline. Please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better.

North West: 8.0

Partly to mostly sunny with possible isolated showers. Trade winds out of the east around 20 mph gusting close to 30 mph. Extremely strong currents further out, outside the bays.

Good snorkeling conditions inside Napili bay, Kapalua bay & Honolua bay, although the wind may become strong enough to affect Honolua.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of isolated showers later. Will probably stay nice & dry along the shoreline. Wind out of the northeast around 20 mph. Small waves.

Wind will likely affect Kahekili this afternoon while the south face of Black Rock stays great all day. Currents strong further out past the rock.

Southside: 7.0

Mostly sunny with increasing afternoon clouds. Strong winds gusting near 35 mph in North Kihei & out at sea. The waves are smaller this morning, but wind waves will pick up throughout the day.

The Kamaole beaches, Ulua beach & Makena Landing looking good this morning. The Makena & Wailea areas will have the lightest afternoon wind.


Saturday, July 10 2021


the skinny

It is a beautiful Saturday for relaxing on the beach & playing in the ocean! Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds. Snorkeling conditions continue to improve, although there are still elevated waves breaking in some areas mainly in the South & parts of Ka’anapali.

Trade winds are expected to pick back up today gusting around 30 mph in the windiest areas. Please remember that conditions can change quickly.

North West: 8.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. East wind about 25 mph. Kapalua bay & Napili bay have near crystal clear water, calm waves & great snorkeling. Stronger currents further out.

Honolua bay to D.T. Flemings beach had a brown water advisory issued yesterday afternoon by the Department of Health. Please avoid swimming in brown or murky water. May clear up soon.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Sunny skies expected all day. Clouds may come down off the mountain but probably won’t reach Ka’anapali beach. Waves are still breaking on areas of the shoreline to be cautious of.

Relatively light east wind. Both Kahekili beach & Black Rock have good snorkeling & visibility.

Southside: 6.5

Sunny with increasing afternoon clouds, mainly further south. Winds are expected to become strong in North Kihei & the far south end. Snorkeling conditions have improved.

There are still elevated waves breaking bigger in areas, such as Makena. Mile Marker 14, Kamaole 1 & Ulua beach are looking nice.


Friday, July 9 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Snorkeling conditions continue to improve! Mostly sunny skies this morning & lighter wind making for a great beach day. Increasing tropical clouds expected this afternoon.

The waves are getting smaller but are still breaking along the shoreline at many spots throughout the south & parts of Ka’anapali. Visibility will improve as the waves keep fading.

North West: 8.0

Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds. Breezy east wind around 15 mph. Visibility is really good. Currents are strong further out, outside the bays.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay have great visibility & the calmest waters.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Sunshine expected for most of the day. Clouds may form nearby but should stay sunny along the shoreline. Waves have dropped down in size but are still breaking in areas of the shoreline.

Black Rock & Kahekili have both improved tremendously & will likely keep clearing up throughout the day.

Southside: 5.5

Sunny skies expected for most of the day. Increasing clouds likely this afternoon, particularly in the Makena area. Lighter wind today becoming onshore in areas.

Waves are still breaking but are a getting smaller. Improving conditions at Mile Marker 14, Kamaole 1 & the north little corner of Ulua beach.


Thursday, July 8 2021


the skinny

The best snorkeling conditions are in the Northwest today. The south swell that has been causing hazardous waves all week is slowly fading away, but powerful waves are still breaking in the other 2 Zones. Conditions are slowly improving near Ka’anapali & in the Southside.

The most sunshine & lightest wind is expected along the beaches of Ka’anapali. The Southern beaches are sunny this morning with increasing clouds expected this afternoon. Please remember that conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.5

Passing clouds this morning, expected to become mostly sunny. East wind around 15 mph with stronger gusts.

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay have the best snorkeling conditions on Maui today. Napili bay still has waves breaking. Currents strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 4.5

Sunny skies & light east breeze expected all day. Waves are continuing to get smaller but are still breaking along much of the shoreline. Snorkeling may improve late this afternoon.

The smallest waves are closer to Black Rock & also near Kahekili, there could be longer periods between the bigger waves.

Southside: 5.0

Sunshine this morning with increasing clouds & wind expected this afternoon, particularly further south in Makena. The waves are smaller, but larger waves are still breaking at most beaches, especially in Makena.

The smallest waves can be found at the Kamaole beaches & the north corner of Ulua near the rocks. Conditions may get better late this afternoon depending how fast the swell declines.


Wednesday, July 7 2021


the skinny

It is a gorgeous sunny Maui morning. Increasing clouds in some this afternoon. Winds are expected to be slightly lighter today. There are still gusts around 30 mph in the windiest areas. The Northwest Zone is the best area for snorkeling today with the smallest waves & best visibility.

The High Surf Advisory remains in effect through tonight- Hazardous waves are still breaking fiercely throughout the southern shores & into Ka’anapali but will slowly begin getting smaller later today.

North West: 7.0

Honolua bay & Kapalua bay are the best spots for snorkeling today. There are still some waves making it into Napili bay though they are slightly smaller.

Currents remain very strong further out, outside all of the bays. Winds are lighter. Passing clouds increasing this afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 3.0

Beautiful beach day with sunshine expected all day. Winds are lighter & out of the northeast. Waves are breaking along the shoreline, dangerous in areas.

Smaller waves are closer to Black Rock & the biggest shore break waves just north of Whalers Village. Visibility is not very good. Waves should slowly start getting smaller.

Southside: 2.5

Sunny beautiful beach day with increasing clouds. Most of the clouds will be forming in the Makena area. Winds are slightly lighter today but still very strong in North Kihei.

Waves are still breaking powerfully throughout the Zone causing dangerous & poor snorkeling conditions. Kamaole beach 1 & the north corner of Ulua have smaller waves than elsewhere.


Tuesday, July 6 2021


the skinny

Another beautiful beach day! Mostly sunny skies expected all day. Strong trade winds persist with gusts around 30 mph or so. The Northwest Zone has the best snorkeling again today due to the very powerful south swell causing dangerous waves in most areas.

High Surf Advisory issued by the National Weather Service for shores exposed to south swells- Expect powerful breaking waves, shore break, strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Please avoid trying to snorkel where waves are breaking. If you want to play in the waves please find areas with smaller waves & be extra cautious of rip-currents.

North West: 6.5

Honolua bay & inside Kapalua bay have the best snorkeling conditions today. Currents are still very strong further out & outside these bays. Napili bay has waves breaking inside the bay.

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Maybe some isolated showers this morning but it should stay dry along the shoreline.

Near Ka’anapali: 2.5

Sunny skies expected all day. It’s a beautiful beach day. Powerful waves continue to slam along the much of the shoreline. Closer to Black Rock the waves are sightly smaller.

Currents are strong throughout the Zone. Visibility is not very good either. There could be longer period between the largest waves.

Southside: 2.0

Mostly sunny skies for most of the Zone. Strong trade winds. Lightest wind is in South Kihei & Wailea. Waves continue to break throughout the Zone.

The smallest waves are in South Kihei at the Kamaole beach parks, particularly Kam 1. Visibility is poor. The most dangerous waves are in Makena.


Monday, July 5 2021


the skinny

We are starting the week off with a beautiful beach day in all 3 Zones. The Northwest Zone has the only spots that are good for snorkeling today. Ocean conditions are extremely Hazardous in the Southside & Ka’anapali today.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Surf Advisory for Maui shores affected by south swells! There are very powerful & dangerous waves breaking throughout the Southside, near Ka’anapali & even parts of the Northwest Zone. Strong rip-currents, powerful shore breaking waves in these Zones & the waves will keep getting bigger today.

North West: 7.0

Mostly sunny with passing clouds. Some isolated showers this morning. East wind around 25 mph. Waves are breaking in Napili bay.

Inside Honolua bay & Kapalua bay snorkeling conditions are nice. Strong currents further out & outside the bays. Waves may pick up inside these bays as well due to a small north swell & wind swell.

Near Ka’anapali: 2.0

Mostly sunny beautiful beach day. Dangerous ocean conditions with powerful shore breaking waves & extremely strong currents.

Kahekili has slightly smaller waves but is still hazardous & the waves will pick up more throughout the day. East wind near 20 mph.

Southside: 1.5

Mostly sunny beach day with increasing PM clouds & wind. Dangerous ocean conditions with powerful shore breaking waves & extremely strong currents throughout the Zone.

Snorkeling is not advised. Kamaole beach 1 has slightly smaller waves, but they will get bigger soon.


Sunday, July 4 2021


the skinny

Happy Independence Day! It’s a beautiful day to celebrate the 4th of July at the beach! We have an approaching powerful south swell to be aware of which will most likely start to affect snorkeling in some areas today. 

The waves are small this morning at most spots but are expected to become big & dangerous sometime this afternoon in the South & probably near Ka’anapali as well. Most of the bays in the Northwest should have only small waves.

Strong trade winds will persist throughout the day. With gusts over 36 mph in the windiest areas & out at sea. Currents are extremely strong further out in all 3 Zones.

North West: 7.5

Kapalua bay & Honolua bay have the best snorkeling & smallest waves all day. Passing clouds & isolated showers this morning. Expected to become mostly sunny. Strong east wind gusting near 30 mph.

The wind probably will not affect snorkeling inside the main bays closer to shore. Currents & wind become strong further out & outside the bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Beautiful beach day! Sunny & breezy with possible passing clouds. Good snorkeling this morning & probably for much of the day. Black Rock is the best spot as Kahekili is more affected by the wind.

*Please be aware the waves are expected to pick up in size & could become dangerous, but probably won’t until late this afternoon.

Southside: 5.5

Beach day with beautiful sunshine this morning. Increasing clouds further south. Breezy trade winds this afternoon. *The waves are expected to become big & dangerous sometime today. Waves are already increasing in the Makena area.

Kamaole beach park 1 & the north corner of Ulua are looking nice this morning. The northern part of Mile Marker 14, closer to Olowalu may stay decent for much of the day but currents are very strong further out.


Saturday, July 3 2021


the skinny

We have a mix of sun, clouds, rain & wind. The best snorkeling can be found in areas with wind protection such as the south face of Black Rock & Kapalua bay. Currents are extremely strong further out from shore in all 3 Zones.

The south swell that has been causing waves to break along much of the shoreline recently has dropped down in size, however the winds have picked up with gusts near 40 mph in the windiest areas such as Ma’alaea. This wind is creating choppy wind waves in areas. Please remember conditions can change quickly.

North West: 6.0

It is very windy with passing clouds & rain showers in areas. Sunshine is expected from time to time along the shoreline. The wind is powerful today with gusts over 35 mph.

Currents are extremely strong outside of the bays & further out from shore. Inside Kapalua bay is looking like the best spot in the Zone.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Beautiful mostly sunny skies expected for most of the day. The south face of Black Rock is looking good for snorkeling with clear visibility.

The wind is strong out of the northeast & currents are flowing fast further out near the tip of the rock. Kahekili has strong currents & is more exposed to the wind which is why the score is not higher.

Southside: 5.5

Mostly sunny & beautiful with increasing clouds as the day progresses. Winds are extremely strong in North Kihei & become lighter in the Wailea & north Makena area. Wind waves are being blown into the areas from the strong winds.

Inside the bay at Makena Landing may be alright. The smallest waves are at the Kamaole beaches this morning. Wind waves & currents will probably increase this afternoon.


Friday, July 2 2021


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday!! We have mostly sunny skies & areas with nice snorkeling conditions.

Light wind this morning near Ka’anapali & in the South Kihei/Wailea area. Winds will be increasing, becoming strong in all 3 Zones this afternoon which may send wind waves to many spots. Winds are already very strong in the Northwest.

Waves are still breaking along the shoreline but are a little smaller today & are expected to drop down in size. Please remember that conditions can change quickly & have a great day at the beach!

North West: 6.5

Partly to mostly sunny at times & very windy. Strong east wind over 35 mph. Wind & currents are super strong further out for shore, outside of the bays where seas are rough. Waves are picking up out of the north as well.

Good snorkeling can still be found inside Kapalua bay & probably Honolua bay for much of the day depending on how much the waves pick up & if the wind changes direction.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Mostly sunny with calm wind this morning south of Black Rock. Northeast wind increasing this afternoon. The south face of Black Rock will probably have good snorkeling all day.

Currents are already very strong out past the rock tip & at Kahekili. There are still waves breaking in areas as well.

Southside: 5.0

Mostly sunny with light wind this morning in Wailea. Super strong winds in North Kihei & Ma’alaea. Waves are still breaking powerfully throughout the zone affecting snorkeling but should drop down soon.

The largest waves are in the Makena area & smallest waves in South Kihei at the Kamaole beaches & the little north corner of Ulua beach.


Thursday, July 1 2021


the skinny

On this first day of July we have beautiful conditions for relaxing on the beach & areas of good snorkeling. Mostly sunny skies with passing clouds. Trade winds ramp up today gusting over 30 mph in the windiest areas such as Ma’alaea, the far north & far south of Maui.

The best snorkeling can be found inside a couple of the Northwest bays. The waves are bigger today affecting pretty much every spot in the Southside and even parts of Ka’anapali, although the waves are smaller in some areas. Napili bay also has some waves making it in. Please remember conditions can change quickly- they can also get better!

North West: 7.5

Mostly sunny with a slight chance of isolated showers & passing clouds. Good snorkeling inside Kapalua bay & Honolua bay. Napili bay has elevated waves in the shallows.

Strong east wind gusting around 30 mph. Currents are very strong further out & outside of the larger bays.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Beautiful day with lots of sunshine. Passing clouds nearby but it will probably remain sunny on the beach. East wind gusting around 15 mph. Waves are breaking powerfully in areas. Largest waves are halfway between Whalers Village & Black Rock.

Close to the south face of Black Rock has smaller waves & good snorkeling. Please be extra cautious of waves & stronger currents in areas.

Southside: 4.0

Mostly sunny beautiful beach day with increasing clouds & wind. Very strong wind in North Kihei. Lightest wind in Wailea.

The waves picked up more over night & are breaking powerful throughout the Zone. The smallest waves can be found at Kamaole beach 1. Please be extra cautious of breaking waves.

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