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The weather in Maui changes from day to day, and from one beach to the next. Sign up for the Maui Snorkel Report to learn where to snorkel each morning of your trip!

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Wednesday, February 26


the skinny

On a moody morning in Maui, weather conditions may improve mid-day. Underwater visibility for snorkeling is good in some spots like Black Rock and Ulua Beach, but every zone is seeing increased wind, waves and currents on Wednesday. 

A High Surf Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for north facing shores. Honolua Bay is most strongly affected by this swell on the Maui Snorkel Report, but you may see waves and currents at other beaches. With changing ocean conditions, exercise particular caution in the water on Wednesday. 

Maui’s partly cloudy this morning but there’s a decent chance it’ll burn off to sunshine by mid-day. 

The north end of Napili Bay could have decent conditions for snorkeling on Wednesday, despite the strong wind and the new swell. Kapalua may be more rough. Be on the lookout for waves and currents.

Near Ka’anapali Zone is windy this AM but the south face of Black Rock will have good snorkeling today. Underwater visibility is clear. Please stay inside the tip of the rock as currents will be stronger further out. Kahekili will be windy with stronger currents.

The north end of Ulua Beach and Olowalu are beaches with decent snorkeling conditions on South Shore this morning—as long as wind remains light. The north end of Kihei will have the strongest winds. Wind is lightest in Wailea and Makena. We’re seeing waves at the shoreline at most beaches but snorkeling is decent just beyond at some.

Be very cautious of shore breaking waves and currents increasing today. Changing ocean conditions can make swimming difficult and dangerous. Exercise caution and practice ocean safety while recreating.

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Tuesday, February 25


the skinny

The ocean’s surface is glassy calm and underwater visibility is excellent for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones today! A north swell is arriving this afternoon, but waves and currents will be mostly blocked from affecting these snorkeling zones by neighboring islands.  

Beaches in North West, Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore are going to be very favorable for snorkeling today.

Mostly we’re seeing calm ocean conditions with only small waves at the shoreline. In spots where waves are present, snorkeling is often good just beyond the shore break. Wind will be stronger today than we’ve seen this weekend.

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for far north areas like Ho’okipa in Haiku. Honolua Bay will be the first spot on the Maui Snorkel Report to be affected by currents. However, it’s pretty calm at Honolua this morning. 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will have excellent snorkeling on Tuesday! The ocean is glassy, and the right and left sides of the bays are calm for snorkeling with green sea turtles.

Black Rock will have favorable conditions for snorkeling all day long. Kahekili is already windy this morning, but ocean conditions are calm and visibility is clear. 

South Shore has smallish waves at shore, but wind is light in the Wailea and Makena Landing areas and the ocean’s surface is glassy, with excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling. Olowalu (mile marker 14) will also be a great spot for snorkeling on Tuesday. The north end of Ulua Beach is also prime-time. 

With a north swell approaching, please be aware that currents and waves may increase a bit toward the end of the day. Please practice ocean safety at all times while snorkeling.

—>> One more note: While snorkeling with turtles this week we’ve been able to hear “whale song” consistently underwater. It’s a special time in Maui. Listen for the whales’ high pitched chirping while enjoying the ocean today.

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Monday, February 24


the skinny

We’re on a hot-streak of consecutive snorkeling days in Maui! Monday’s going to be calm, clear and beautiful with excellent conditions for snorkeling and trade winds returning in the afternoon.

Mostly sunny weather will be paired with mellow ocean conditions for snorkeling on Monday! We’re seeing only small waves at the shoreline at some spots, but snorkeling conditions are favorable beyond the small shore-breaking waves.

This is especially true at South Shore where Olowalu (at mile marker 14), the north end of Ulua Beach and Makena Landing will all have small shore-breaking waves but excellent snorkeling conditions beyond the waves.

Black Rock and Kahekili will have excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling with only small waves as well!  Morning will be best at Kahekili because trade-winds will fill in the beach. Black Rock will be more protected in the afternoon.

Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay will be calm today with excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling and very small waves. Morning will be best as trade winds will pick up in the PM.

As always, currents and waves are present in the ocean. Please practice ocean safety while recreating in Maui.

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Sunday, February 23


the skinny

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Snorkeling conditions will be excellent in all 3 Maui zones on Sunday! Light wind, clear underwater visibility and calm conditions are expected nearly everywhere. 

It’s going to be absolutely beautiful at the beach today in Maui! Plenty of sunshine with calm wind with a glassy ocean surface is and excellent recipe for good snorkeling.

In North West Zone, Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay will all be favorable spots for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef. Please remember to wear turtle-safe, mineral based sunscreen while recreating in the ocean.

Near Ka’anapali Zone has a slight “bump” on the water early morning but we expect Black Rock and Kahekili to become glassy by mid-morning. Underwater visibility will be exceptionally here, and with light wind, this zone will be good for snorkeling all day long.

South Shore will be calm and clear with light wind all the way from Kihei down to Makena today! The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach, Olowalu and Makena Landing will have favorable conditions for snorkeling.

You can expect small waves at the shoreline (if any) and normal currents, as the swells have dissipated over the past 2 days.

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Saturday, February 22


the skinny

It’s a Maui Wowie Beach Day with excellent snorkeling conditions in all 3 Zones! Nearly all your favorite spots will have plenty of sunshine, calm ocean conditions and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling today. 

It’s been weeks (possibly months) since we’ve had a Maui Wowie beach day! Saturday is going to be exceptionally beautiful at the beach.

Snorkeling destinations like Honolua Bay in North West Zone will have favorable snorkeling conditions for the first time in a while. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be calm, clear and sunny!

Black Rock and Kahekili Beach Park have a glassy ocean surface, small waves, if any, and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling. Morning will have the most reliable conditions as waves could increase a bit in the PM.

South Shore will be gorgeous with excellent snorkeling conditions as well on Saturday. The Kamaoloe Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing all have favorable snorkeling conditions today! Small waves if any. Morning may be best as wind could pick up in the afternoon.

Enjoy this exceptional day in Maui, and as always, please practice ocean safety.

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Friday, February 21


the skinny

We almost gave the beaches in Maui “8.0”‘s today but wind is still strong and small waves are still receding. The recent swell is basically gone on South Shore and underwater visibility for snorkeling is excellent in all 3 zones.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous, sunshine filled morning in Maui! The wind from the past few days will calm down this weekend (fortunately). Friday is going to be sunny and beautiful at the beach!

Underwater visibility will be excellent at Napili Bay and at Kapalua bay today. Open up a Tommy Bahama beach chair, throw on some turtle safe, reef-safe sunscreen and enjoy the beginning to a fantastic weekend of beach weather in Maui.

Black Rock is going to have fantastic conditions for snorkeling today, and Kahekili Beach will be pretty great as well. Only small waves at the beach here today. The wind is still hanging around, so morning will be best for snorkeling with turtles.

The recent swell has basically evaporated on South Shore today, opening up a couple new areas to snorkeling. Makena Landing and Kahekili Beach Park (Kam 1,2,3) in Kihei will have favorable snorkeling conditions for the first time in a week.

The wind is still a factor, but it’s mostly affecting ocean conditions at the far southern and northern regions of South Shore and North West Zone. For example, Honolua Bay may still get “wind-waves” today. We’re expecting trade winds to recede dramatically this weekend.

As always, please be cautious while recreating in the ocean. Have a lovely day at the beach, Maui!

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Thursday, February 20


the skinny

While wind is still the story of the day, snorkeling will be pretty dang good at many beaches. Underwater visibility will be clear and waves will be small at popular Maui destinations such as Kapalua Bay, Napili Bay, Black Rock, Kahekili Beach and Ulua Beach on Thursday. 

After yesterday’s high wind advisory, we expect wind to be blowing strongly today as well. Some moisture from the mountains is catching a ride on the wind-train so if we get showers they should be brief.

Waves have mellowed out at Maui’s favorite beaches on Thursday. So if the wind is at an acceptable level for you at your favorite spot, snorkeling should be favorable. 

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are looking nice this morning. Plant your beach chair in the AM and snorkel with green sea turtles along the edge of the bay.

The south side of Black Rock will have phenomenal underwater visibility with only small waves today! This spot will also be more protected from wind. Currents and wind will be stronger at Kahekili Beach but visibility is good and waves are small. 

On South Shore, the Wailea area will have lighter wind than Kihei. Ulua Beach down through Makena Landing has a bump on the ocean’s surface this AM but by mid-morning they should mellow out. As long as wind remains at a reasonable level for you, snorkeling should be pretty good. 

With strong winds, currents can increase as well. Please exercise caution in the ocean, and have fun at the beach today!

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Wednesday, February 19


the skinny

Maui’s has good underwater visibility for snorkeling in all 3 Zones on Wednesday. However, it’s going to be a moody, partly sunny day for weather with gusts of wind around 30 MPH. 

A Wind Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for Maui today. We’ll get very strong trade winds this afternoon—likely around 30 MPH, but wind could reach speeds of up to 50 MPH, especially in North West Zone.

In spite of the moody weather, ocean conditions are actually pretty favorable for snorkeling at many popular destinations.

Black Rock’s south face has excellent underwater visibility this morning and will likely remain good for snorkeling all day long. Kahekili Beach will likely become very windy by mid-day. If it’s nice at the beach, Black Rock will be a good spot to snorkel.

In North West Zone, Kapalua Bay will have the best snorkeling conditions, and Honolua Bay may have good visibility this morning as well. Success at these destinations will depend on how much wind and precipitation we get. Morning will be best as waves will be smallest here in the AM.

South Shore will have more sunshine than Maui’s west side today. The north end of Ulua Beach and other beaches in Wailea will have the best conditions for snorkeling. Morning will be best because strong trade winds will bring “wind waves” that will compromise underwater visibility in the PM.

Small waves and regular currents are present today, as always. Please exercise caution while recreating in the ocean.

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Tuesday, February 18


the skinny

It’s gonna be a breezy, mostly sunny Tuesday in Maui. Waves and currents are up a bit but each zone has its good snorkeling destinations.

There’s a High Wind Advisory issued in Maui today. Areas like South Kihei, Wailea and geographically protected spots like Black Rock and the bays in North West Zone will be least affected by the strong wind.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have some waves at the shoreline. But just beyond the waves, on the right sides of the bays, underwater visibility is clear and calm for snorkeling. 

This is a common theme today at Maui’s beaches. You’ll want to be cautious of shore-breaking waves entering and exiting the ocean. However, snorkeling will still be good at some spots.

Black Rock has favorable conditions for snorkeling today. Kahekili may get pretty windy. Stay closer to show while snorkeling at Black Rock today. We are seeing elevated currents, especially beyond the tip of the rock.

Wind will be very strong in north Kihei today. Wailea will be the area with the lightest wind on South Shore. The Kamaole Beaches and the north end of Ulua Beach have the most favorable conditions for snorkeling on Tuesday. Be cautious of shore breaking waves here as well.

Some moisture is catching a ride on the trade winds, so there’s a chance of brief scattered showers today.

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Monday, February 17


the skinny

Happy Birthday to George Washington! Some of you following the report may have work off today—please enjoy! 

Maui has intermittent waves at the shoreline today, but underwater visibility for snorkeling is excellent at many of our favorite destinations. Be cautious getting in and out of the ocean, and enjoy a fabulous, sunny Maui snorkeling day!

The north ends of Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay have occasional waves rolling in, however, snorkeling should be excellent otherwise. Be cautious entering and exiting the ocean here, and you should be alright.

Currents and swell are picking up in North West Zone today so Honolua Bay may not be the best spot for snorkeling.

It’s breezy in Ka’anapali this morning, but Kahekili and Black Rock have splendid snorkeling conditions. Again, we’re seeing intermittent waves at the shoreline, but visibility is excellent. Black Rock will continue to be a favorable spot for snorkeling in the PM (when trade winds arrive).

South Shore has some swell energy as well today but the north end of Ulua Beach will be good for snorkeling. The Wailea area in general will be less windy than other spots. Waves and currents increase in size and strength the further you head south toward Makena.

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Sunday, February 16


the skinny

Maui’s going to be sunny and beautiful in Maui today (although we’re getting moments of random rain in Ka’anapali this AM) with excellent snorkeling in all 3 Zones! 

We expect clear underwater visibility and mostly mellow conditions at the beach today. Predicted trade winds never arrived yesterday, but we’re expecting them to show up for realsies this afternoon.

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are going to be favorable areas for snorkeling with green sea turtles and tropical fish on Sunday! Some waves are present at the shoreline. Currents are up a notch.

Black Rock will be excellent for snorkeling today! Nearby Kahekili Beach Park will be good as well. Waves and currents are present. Morning will be best. We’re expecting wind in the PM. Black Rock will be better than Kahekili in the afternoon.

Ulua Beach—and the Wailea area in generalwill be the most favorable spots for snorkeling on South Shore today. Other areas in this zone may be pretty good as well. It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day down here, with plenty of sunshine. Waves will slowly be on the rise throughout the day. Morning will be best for snorkeling. The afternoon is expected to get windy.

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Saturday, February 15


the skinny

Saturday will be sunny and beautiful in Maui with excellent conditions for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef in all 3 Zones! Morning will be best as strong trade winds will fill in the beach in the afternoon. 

Sun’s out; fun’s out. Waves are mellow, and underwater visibility is clear for snorkeling with green sea turtles and tropical fish.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be your best best in North West Zone, while both Black Rock and Kahekili Beach will be very favorable Near Ka’anapali today.

The first half of the day is going to be the sweet spot for snorkeling and general beach fun because strong trade winds are expected to fill-in during the afternoon hours. Black Rock will fare better than Kahekili in the PM.

South Shore is also going to be and excellent destination for snorkeling in Maui on Saturday. Olowalu (at mile marker 14) and Wailea are the prime areas to explore this morning. Again, AM will be best because trade winds will be VERY strong on South Shore in the afternoon.

South Shore is seeing small waves at the shoreline today. Please, always exercise caution when recreating in the sea.

Sit in a beach chair today and check out the Humpback Whales breaching the ocean’s surface. It’s an excellent pass-time.

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Friday, February 14


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Snorkeling conditions are going to be excellent in all 3 Maui Zones today: clear underwater visibility and mostly calm. Morning will be best at some beaches the afternoon may become a lil’ windy.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have good snorkeling this morning! Clear underwater visibility with mostly mellow ocean conditions. Honolua Bay may be good too. Expect some elevated currents and waves there.

In general today waves are mostly calm, but occasionally a larger one will roll in. Even on a nice day like this, please always be cautious of waves and currents in the ocean.

Black Rock and Kahekili will have favorable snorkeling conditions on Friday! Black Rock will be better than Kahekili in the afternoon if the forecasted wind picks.

Olowalu (mile marker 14), the Wailea area (Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach) and Makena Landing will have good underwater visibility for snorkeling today! If the wind picks up strong in the PM, conditions could become rough. Morning will likely be best here. Of course, always please be cautious of waves and currents.

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Thursday, February 13


the skinny

Boom! Maui’s ocean conditions have improved dramatically over the past 24 hours. We expect to see plenty of sunshine, mostly mellow surf and clear underwater visibility in all 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones on Thursday. 

The recent north swell has mostly receded and snorkeling will be favorable at most beaches today!

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay look fantastic! For the first time in more than a week, you may also find decent conditions at Honolua Bay as well. Please keep in mind, the ocean is still in transition so you can expect some waves and currents.

Black Rock and Kahekili Beach should have much clearer underwater visibility for snokeling! The waves at Kahekili are significantly smaller than they’ve been this week.

Olowalu (at mile marker 14) will have fantastic conditions for snorkeling on Thursday! The north end of Ulua Beach is recommended as well. Makena Landing
has improved as well; may be worth checking out for the first time in a week.

The tide is high this morning so smaller waves may pack more of a punch than usual. The ocean will relax as the day rolls along. Trade winds are making a comeback today. Morning will be best as the beaches may become windy in the PM.

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Wednesday, February 12


the skinny

On a mostly sunny Wednesday with light wind, ocean conditions are showing strong improvements. 

Snorkeling will be good at Black Rock and Olowalu today, and worth checking out at Kahekili, Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay. Currents and waves are still present. Please be cautious in the ocean

There was an extremely high tide on Maui’s beaches this morning. During high tides, sand gets washed into the ocean, affecting underwater visibility for snorkeling. Because of this, visibility will improve as the day moves along.

The south face of Black Rock is looking good today for snorkeling! You’ll find some waves and currents here so be cautious. Kahekili Beach may also be good today. Depends on how quickly waves and currents dissipate after the recent storm.

Honolua Bay is still probably a no-go today, but the north ends of Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay could have decent underwater visibility. Worth checking out, but be cautious. Waves and currents are present.

Most beaches on South Shore still have waves and currents, and with the high tide, underwater visibility won’t be great this AM. However, Olowalu (at mile marker 14) should have favorable conditions for snorkeling. The north end of Ulua Beach may be decent in the afternoon, once the sand clears out of the water.

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Tuesday, February 11


the skinny

Weather conditions have improved overnight, making Tuesday today a pretty nice day for enjoying the beach. Most ocean destinations will still be hazardous for snorkeling, but Olowalu (mile marker 14) and Black Rock may be exceptions. 

Maui is expected to be partly sunny today with a mix of scattered rain clouds, blue skies and occasional shower. The showers are most likely take place in North West Zone and they’ll likely be brief because strong north wind will push them out.

A High Surf Warning is in effect: big waves and strong currents. This is most pronounced in North West Zone and in parts of Near Ka’anapali Zone. But there are strong waves, currents and poor underwater visibility on South Shore as well today.

Basically, it’s a transition day in Maui. It’s going to be a pretty day for the beach. But most spots are hazardous for snorkeling.

The exceptions might be Olowalu (at mile marker 14). This spot might be decent for snorkeling because it’s geographically positioned to miss some of the “swell energy”. Keep an eye out for patches of murky, brown water and avoid.

The south side of Black Rock may be worth checking out as well. There are waves at the shore here, but underwater visibility has improved overnight. Please don’t snorkel beyond the tip of the rock today. Strong currents are present here.

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Monday, February 10


the skinny

Let’s just say off the top: It’s not a snorkeling day in Maui. 

Stormy weather conditions will oscillate back and forth between rainbows and patches of blue sky Monday. Ocean conditions are extremely dangerous in all 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones. Stay out of the ocean today. 

Maui’s beaches have terrible underwater visibility today, and most importantly the ocean is filled with very hazardous currents with strong, powerful waves at the shoreline. Don’t go in the water today. 

There’s also a chance of flooding at the beach and on low-lying coastal highways. Be aware of the possibility of waves sweeping the beaches. Most areas have very strong northeast winds as well today.

Hit The Maui Ocean Center today (discounted tickets online with code: MAUI10), grab a nice meal with your family, or play Scrabble. Be safe, Maui.

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Sunday, February 9


the skinny

On a cool, clear, mostly sunny Sunday in Maui, snorkeling will be favorable at Black Rock, on the north end of Ulua Beach and at Olowalu.

It’s a little chili this morning by Hawaii standards. Temperatures are expected to reach highs of  ony 79 degrees today. 

Beautiful beach day in Maui! We’re seeing sunshine and blue skies with only scattered clouds, but a few showers are expected in the afternoon—most likely in North West Zone. 

Strong waves and dangerous currents are everywhere in North West Zone. Hazardous conditions in the ocean up here.

Black Rock will have mostly calm conditions for snorkeling today!Stick to the south face of the rock, and please snorkel inside the tip of the rock. Currents are strong beyond the tip.  

The north end of Ulua Beach and Olowalu (mile marker 14) are your snorkeling beaches that are “in the green” for snorkeling on South Shore.Most other spots in this zone have compromised underwater visibility from waves and currents. Exercise caution at the beach today.  

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Saturday, February 8


the skinny

We have a rainbow color Maui Snorkel Report today. It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day for the beach with mostly rough conditions in the ocean. Black Rock will have good snorkeling despite the swell.

Saturday will be excellent for relaxing in a beach chair and watching whales breach the ocean’s surface.

There’s a lot of swell and current that’s affecting our 3 snorkeling zones today. North West Zone has large waves and dangerous currents that will be increasing throughout the day. Be cautious near the ocean here.

Near Ka’anapali will be affected by the north swell, but Black Rock is still mostly protected from much of that “swell energy”. Stick to the south side of the rock, and closer to the beach today.

South Shore will have mostly poor underwater visibility, however, the north end of Ulua Beach and Olowalu (mile marker 14) may be worth checking out. Those 2 spots would definitely be your best bests, but no guarantees today. Normal trade winds expected this afternoon.

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Friday, February 7


the skinny

It’s the morning after the storm in Maui—and it feels like it. For now it’s partly cloudy, but sunshine is expected to win the day. Snorkeling will be decent at Black Rock and at the north end of Ulua Beach.

There’s still some rain in the mountains this AM, but for the most part, the storm has passed. Rain run-off is making the ocean murky at many spots this morning. Look for patches of brown water and avoid these areas.

Black Rock should have decent underwater visibility today for snorkeling! Stick to the south face of the rock for the best conditions. Kahekili Beach will have poor visibility and it’s expected to get pretty windy in the afternoon.

The north end of Ulua Beach will be the most favorable spot on South Shore this morning. However, be cautious because waves and currents are up. Conditions may improve in the afternoon or it could become choppy later.

North West Zone has poor underwater visibility today, caused by murky rain run-off, currents and waves. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for this zone. Surf isn’t huge, but both currents and waves are stronger than usual. Please be cautious in this zone.

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Thursday, February 6


the skinny

Moody weather conditions and cooler temperatures have arrived in Maui this morning: it’s mostly cloudy this morning with rain expected in the afternoon. Snorkeling will be good at Black Rock, Olowalu, Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay early today.

A shark was spotted on South Shore yesterday. The beaches from Keawakapu down to near Polo Beach will be closed through mid-day on Thursday.

When a shark sighting occurs in Hawaii, officials will close the beaches for at least 24 hours. This is to protect people recreating and also to protect the shark (who may need time to return to deeper waters). No injuries have been reported.

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for north facing shores today. The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will still be good for snorkeling this morning. Currents and waves will fill in throughout the afternoon. Be cautious in this zone. Honolua Bay is a no-go.

Black Rock has clear underwater visibility today! However, stick in close to shore because currents are strong beyond the tip of the rock. Some waves are present at the beach here. 

Currents and waves are gaining strength on South Shore today. Olowalu at mile marker 14 on Highway 30 is the lone spot down here that we recommend for snorkeling.

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Wednesday, February 5


the skinny

On a gorgeous, sunny beach day in Maui, all 3 Zones will be favorable for snorkeling! Moody weather is expected tomorrow. 

North West Zone is in between swells today. That means Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be calmer than they’ve been in a week! A new swell is expected to arrive in the next couple days. 

Slap on some mineral-based, turtle-safe sunscreen and enjoy the bays before strong waves return to this zone. Rainy conditions are forecast for tomorrow (we’ll see), and we could get showers as early as this evening.

Black Rock and Kahekili will both be excellent destinations for snorkeling with turtles as well today! Wind is expected to remain light into the PM. Conditions are mostly calm. With new swells expected to arrive soon, currents and waves will still be present. Please be aware of the possibility of changing condition. Always exercise caution while recreating in the ocean.

Kihei and Wailea beaches will be very favorable for snorkeling on Wednesday! Two top pics today are Kamaole Beach Park 3 and Ulua Beach. 

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Tuesday, February 4


the skinny

Are you Turtle Ready? 

Ocean conditions have improved dramatically overnight, and Tuesday is going to be a fantastic day for snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish in Maui! We’re expecting plenty of sunshine, mostly calm waters and clear underwater visibility in all 3 zones.

Time to break out that reef-safe, mineral based sunscreen. Maui’s beaches are looking fantastic today!

The recent swell that has kept Maui Snorkel Report scores in the yellow the past week has mostly departed. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have cleared up nicely for snorkeling,!  Honolua Bay is likely still hazardous this morning, but it may be clearing up. Please exercise caution.

Black Rock and Kahekili will both be excellent destinations for snorkeling today! It’s going to be sunny and calm here; wind is expected to remain mostly mellow into the afternoon.  

South Shore has shaped up nicely! The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach, Makena Landing and Olowalu—all have favorable snorkeling conditions today! You’ll still find some small waves and currents at the beach today. Please practice ocean safety while recreating in the ocean. Have fun!

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Monday, February 3


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are improving greatly Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore (especially in Wailea)! The north west swell is still hanging around, causing currents and waves in NW Zone.  

On a gorgeous, sunny beach day in Maui with a few high clouds sticking to the mountain, snorkeling will be favorable on South Shore at beaches like Ulua Beach, Polo Beach, Wailea Beach and at Olowalu (mile marker 14). Underwater visibility has improved overnight and ocean conditions are more mellow. 

Please keep in mind, all Maui beaches have some swell today. Please be cautious of waves and currents.

Black Rock will also be a fantastic destination for snorkeling with green sea turtles and tropical fish this morning!  Kahekili will be more strongly affected by the north west swell (waves and currents)—and trade winds in the PM. 

Honolua Bay is off limits for recreating in the ocean. Big swell up there. The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have the clearest underwater visibility in this zone. Please exercise caution at these beaches. Trade wind will fill in the afternoon, especially in Kihei. 

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Sunday, February 2


the skinny

It’s going to be a sunny, beautiful, slightly cooler beach day in Maui. Temperatures have dropped a bit. Snorkeling conditions will be favorable at Olowalu and Black Rock (and possibly at a couple other spots).

We’re seeing snorkeling conditions beginning to improve. This may be a transition day from the recent swell. 

For now, Honolua Bay is absolutely hazardous. The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay may have decent snorkeling in moments. Be cautious in this zone. 

Black Rock is fairly protected from the swell. Snorkeling will be good here! Kahekili Beach has waves breaking along its shoreline. Be cautious of currents. We may see things improving here in the PM. 

We’re seeing signs of improvement on South Shore today. Conditions are mellowing out. There are still some waves at the shoreline. Olowalu (mile marker 14) will be your best spot. The north end of Ulua Beach would be our 2nd recommendation. Trade winds will fill in the afternoon and could become somewhat strong. 

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Saturday, February 1


the skinny

Black Rock and Olowalu (mile marker 14) will be good spots for snorkeling on Saturday, the first day of February in Maui! The north swell is still active. Be cautious of shore breaking waves and currents in all 3 zones.

It’s going to be a pretty day for the beach across all Maui zones today! Mostly sunny with scattered clouds. Weather will be cooling off a few degrees in the upcoming days.

You may find some decent snorkeling on the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay, but in general this zone has a lot of swell and currents. Honolua Bay is hazardous. 

Black Rock will have good underwater visibility for snorkeling today! Please be cautious of shore breaking waves entering and exiting the ocean. And please refrain from snorkeling beyond the tip of the rock where currents are elevated.

Olowalu (at mile marker 14) will likely be a favorable spot for snorkeling in Maui today! This location has the right geography to miss most of the swell action that’s mixing up ocean conditions at other beaches.

Humpback whales will be visible from your beach chair at shore today! There are lots of them and they’re relatively close in.

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Friday, January 31


the skinny

Friday, the final day of January will be a beautiful, partly sunny day for relaxing at the beach. However, currents are up and waves are breaking along the ocean’s shoreline. Black Rock, Olowalu and the north end of Ulua Beach will be your best spots for snorkeling. 

The High Surf Advisory continues today for north facing beaches. Spots like Honolua Bay will be hazardous. The swell is affecting all 3 Maui snorkeling zones, but some beaches have more favorable conditions.

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay may have decent moments for snorkeling. Be cautious of currents and waves in this zone today.

Black Rock will have good underwater visibility for snorkeling. Be on the lookout for shore breaking waves and currents.

South Shore is seeing waves and currents as well today, but Olowalu (mile marker 14) and the north end of Ulua Beach have more favorable snorkeling conditions this AM.  Underwater visibility is affected by the swell today but some areas will be more calm and clear.

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Thursday, January 30


the skinny

Continuing yesterday’s pattern, it will be a beautiful day for the beach in Maui on Thursday! Ocean conditions are still affected by the High Surf Advisory, however, this morning you’ll find decent snorkeling in all 3 zones. 

The High Surf Advisory has been extended through Saturday, but things have mellowed out a bit this AM. Be cautious while recreating in the ocean today. Here are some spots that have favorable conditions for snorkeling this morning:

  • The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay
  • Black Rock
  • Olowalu (mile marker 14)
  • The north end of Ulua Beach

Waves have long periods of time between sets today (maybe 10 to 15 minutes). If the ocean seems calm, you may be in between sets. Shore breaking waves are small but powerful. 

Underwater visibility for snorkeling has cleared up quite a bit overnight. The swell is expected to become stronger again this afternoon. Have fun snorkeling but be cautious. 

Honolua Bay is still a hazardous zone today. 

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Wednesday, January 29


the skinny

We’ve been watching many humpback whales breach the surface of the ocean from our beach chairs in Maui this week! Today will be another beautiful beach day for watching whales. Snorkeling will be best at Black Rock and Olowalu (mile marker 14).

Maui is seeing some scattered clouds this morning but the island is expected to be mostly sunny with light wind into the afternoon. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for north facing shores—but it will affect all 3 zones. 

Black Rock and Olowalu (at mile marker 14) are geographically positioned to avoid some of the swell and currents that will strongly affect other beaches. Snorkeling will be more favorable here.

The beaches in Kihei, Wailea and Makena have shore breaking waves and stronger than usual currents that are affecting underwater visibility. It will be beautiful at the beach, but be cautious in the ocean. 

Honolua Bay is a no-go today. Hazardous conditions up there. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be okay in the AM. But the swell will be increasing today so be cautious. Excellent day for watching whales from shore! 

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Tuesday, January 28


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day for the beach in Maui! The ocean still has a lot of water moving around from the recent swell but Black Rock, Kahekili and the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will have good snorkeling.

We’re expecting blue skies and sunshine today for the beach! Shore breaking waves and stronger than usual currents are present this morning at many of the beaches on Maui—especially on South Shore and at Honolua Bay.

The southern face of Black Rock will be the best spot on the island for snorkeling! Mostly calm conditions and clear underwater visibility here. Kahekili Beach will also be good, however, be cautious in the ocean, especially at the shoreline and beyond the tip of Black Rock.

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will have favorable conditions for snorkeling this morning—improving throughout the day. The north ends of Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach may improve this afternoon. Normal trade winds will be present in the PM.

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Monday, January 27


It’s going to be a gorgeous day at the beach in Maui! Mellower “Kona” winds (from the south) will replace trade winds and we’re expecting plenty of sunshine. Snorkeling conditions are improving after yesterday’s swell.

The High Surf Advisory for north facing shores is still in effect this morning. Honolua Bay will likely have dangerous waves. 

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay should be clear for snorkeling today!We’re seeing calm conditions with clear underwater visibility. Please remain cautious of larger sets of waves and currents left over from the swell.

Black Rock will have excellent snorkeling conditions! Kahekili should be pretty decent as well. The “Kona” winds will likely allow for a longer beach day. Please be cautious of waves at the shoreline.

South Shore is improving for snorkeling but we’re still seeing some hazardous waves in Makena. Olowalu (at Mile Marker 14 on Hwy 30) could be a favorable spot for snorkeling today.

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Sunday, January 26


the skinny

Black Rock will be favorable for snorkeling today in Maui! It’s going to be a beautiful beach day in Maui but North West Zone and South Shore are seeing strong waves and currents. 

A High Surf Advisory is in effect for north facing shores. Honolua Bay will be extremely dangerous: strong waves and powerful rip currents. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be less dramatic, but strong waves and currents are present here. North West Zone is not recommended for snorkeling. 

Black Rock has clear underwater visibility for snorkeling today. Be cautious getting in and out of the ocean here. Shore breaking waves and stronger than usual currents are present.

The beaches on South Shore will be beautiful and sunny. However, shore breaking waves and currents are affecting underwater visibility—especially in Wailea and Makena. Conditions may improve in the afternoon.

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Saturday, January 25


the skinny

Saturday is going to be a fantastic day for the beach across Maui! Morning will be excellent for snorkeling in all 3 Zones. Mid-day, a large swell will rise rapidly in North West Zone. 

HIGH SURF ADVISORY: At some point today strong shore-breaking waves and strong currents will descend upon North West Zone. Water could sweep high on to the Napili and Kapalua in the afternoon. Morning will be calm here. Please be prepared for changing ocean conditions. It will become dangerous up here later this afternoon.

The northern ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua are calm with clear underwater visibility this AM! It’s going to be a beautiful day for the beach up here. When the swell arrives in the afternoon these beaches will become heavily affected. Be cautious.

Black Rock and Kahekili will be excellent destinations for snorkeling on Saturday! Both these beaches have calm conditions with clear underwater visibility for snorkeling with turtles. Trade winds are returning to Maui today. AM will be best at Kahekili as the beach will become windy in the afternoon. As the NW swell arrives in the PM, currents will increase in Near Ka’anapali Zone (especially beyond the tip of Black Rock). 

South Shore is going to be incredibly beautiful today! The Kamaole Beaches, the north end of Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach are expected to have calm conditions with clear underwater visibility for snorkeling. Ocean conditions are expected to shift in the afternoon. Be on the look-out for increasing waves and trade-winds in the afternoon.  

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Friday, January 24


the skinny

It’s going to be an epic beach day in Maui. We’ve got gorgeous weather conditions today with exceptional snorkeling conditions in 2 of the 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones. 

North West Zone mostly cleared up last night after the recent swell. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be calm for snorkeling today. Please keep an eye out for the occasional larger wave rolling through. Honolua Bay is still probably a no-go today because an even larger NW swell is arriving tonight.

Near Ka’anapali Zone will be very favorable for snorkeling on Friday! Both Black Rock and Kahekili Beach have calm conditions with light wind and excellent underwater visibility. Be cautious of currents and small waves beyond the tip of Black Rock.

The beaches on South Shore looks absolutely beautiful this morning! When wind is light and the sun is out, Kihei, Wailea and Makena really shine. The ocean’s surface is calm and glassy. Underwater visibility for snorkeling is excellent in most areas. The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing are all favorable spots for  snorkeling.

Conditions may change throughout the day, so please exercise caution while enjoying the ocean today!

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Thursday, January 23


the skinny

It’s going to be an incredible day for the beach in Maui! We’ve got plenty of sunshine with light wind—it’s really beautiful out here today. 

North West Zone has hazardous ocean conditions, but snorkeling will be favorable at Black Rock and on the north end of Ulua Beach. 

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for North West Zone today in Maui. Ocean conditions are dangerous at Honolua Bay—and even at Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay. Large waves and strong rip currents are present here. Be extremely cautious near the water today.

Black Rock in Near Ka’anapali Zone will be really good for snorkeling today! Mostly calm conditions with occasional waves at the shoreline. It’s going to be beautiful at the beach here today!

Kahekili has stronger currents and small waves that are a result of the north swell. Also, further beyond the tip of Black Rock, currents are stronger. Even though this zone is favorable for snorkeling, be cautious because the north swell could also have an effect on this zone.

South Shore is another spot where weather is extremely favorable for the beach this morning! The north end of Ulua Beach has good snorkeling conditions but many of the other beaches are seeing occasional waves roll in. These waves are compromising underwater visibility for snorkeling at some spots.

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Wednesday, January 22


the skinny

It’s a strikingly beautiful morning in Maui! We’re seeing sunny skies with light wind that will likely remain calm all day long. Snorkeling is good in all 3 zones today, however, a large north swell is on its way. 

A High Surf Advisory has been issued this morning for north facing shores. Huge waves from 25 to 30 ft. in height are building today further north beyond our snorkeling zones. Honolua Bay will be the area most affected on the Maui Snorkel Report today. Honolua is a no-go for today. 

This north swell could have an affect on all 3 zones as early as this afternoon. However, snorkeling will be really excellent this morning and it may stay favorable throughout the day. 

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are calm this morning with excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling! Black Rock looks incredible this AM, and with the light wind, Kahekili will be really good into the afternoon as well today.

All the snorkeling beaches on south shore will be excellent for snorkeling today! The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing are all favorable this morning. Please be cautious and pay attention to ocean conditions, especially in the PM. The emerging north swell could have an effect on other zones later today.

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Tuesday, January 21


the skinny

We are expecting a gorgeous Maui beach day, with excellent conditions for snorkeling today! Maui has mostly clear skies with plenty of sunshine this morning, and light wind that will extend all day long. 

Near Ka’anapali Zone and South shore will be more favorable than they’ve been in more than a week for snorkeling today! Calm conditions and clear underwater visibility with a gently, light breeze. 

North West Zone still has some waves and currents in the furthest northern regions, but the north ends of Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay will be good for snorkeling. Honolua Bay will have larger waves and stronger currents. 

Black Rock, Olowalu, The Kamaole Beaches, Wailea Beach, Ulua Beach and Makena Landing will all have good snorkeling! Kahekili Beach will also be decent for snorkeling but you’ll find a few extra waves there. Enjoy the beautiful day in Maui, and as always, please practice ocean safety.

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Monday, January 20


the skinny

Happy MLK JR Day, MauiWe’re seeing some really excellent snorkeling conditions down on South Shore and Near Ka’anapali. On a partly sunny MKL Day, there’s a High Surf Advisory issued for North West Zone. 

South Shore is looking really nice today for snorkeling! Wind is light from Kihei all the way down through Makena Landing, which is notable since conditions are breezy elsewhere. 

The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing all have a calm ocean surface and good underwater visibility. Small waves are possible in the shallows.

Black Rock will be excellent for snorkeling today as well! Stick inside the geographical parameters of the rock: currents from the North West swell are stronger further out. Kehekili has small waves mixing things up from the swell.

Honolua Bay is a hazardous zone today. Strong waves and currents are present at Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay as well. Trade winds will pick up in the afternoon.

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Sunday, January 19


the skinny

On a beautiful Sunday morning in Maui with mostly sunny skies and strong AM breezes, you’ll find favorable snorkeling in all 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones.

Black Rock really stands out as an excellent destination for snorkeling today because it’s protected from wind and underwater visibility is very clear. Kahekili will be good too, but it’s less protected from wind. 

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will also be decent for snorkeling this AM. A north swell is still present in this zone so be cautious of waves and stronger than usual currents, and it might a good idea to avoid Honolua Bay. 

The Wailea area is best for snorkeling on South Shore again today! Wind is lightest down here compared with in Kihei. The north end of Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing will all have clear underwater visibility and relatively calm ocean conditions. There is a small south swell present, so waves are possible in the shallows. Trade winds will increase in the afternoon. 

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Saturday, January 18


the skinny

Blue skies are back in Maui, finally. Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will be favorable for snorkeling while North West Zone will be a little more rough today.

It’s wonderful to see that Maui sunshine above our heads this AM! With the blue skies, it’s also pretty windy, but we’re hoping the breezes will calm down a bit for the bulk of the day before picking back up in the PM. 

Black Rock will have favorable conditions for snorkeling today! It’s very windy, but the ocean’s surface is smooth and underwater visibility is good. Currents are up beyond the tip of Black Rock, so please remain closer to shore and be cautious. Waves are possible at Kahekili today. These windy conditions may mellow out before returning again in the afternoon.

North West Zone is experiencing a north swell today. Waves are on the rise; currents are gaining strength. Underwater visibility is decreasing. The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be “okay” for snorkeling this morning. Strong gusts of wind will also be a factor up here. 

South Shore will best for snorkeling in the Wailea area. Unlike in the other zones, wind is expected to be pretty mellow in Wailea and Makena. Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach are looking good for snorkeling. 

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Friday, January 17


the skinny

We got some rain last night in Maui. Conditions are decent for snorkeling in all 3 Zones this morning, however much depends on if the sunshine emerges. 

Black Rock will be favorable for snorkeling Friday if the sun peeks its head out. Clouds, sun and rain are alternating at the moment. Kahekili Beach will have good snorkeling as well but there’s a bump on the ocean’s surface from wind today. 

Watch for patches of murky, brown water (rain run-off) in all 3 zones and avoid those.

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are the best spots for snorkeling in North West Zone on Friday. However, rain is expected and there’s a bump on the ocean’s surface here as well from wind. Sunshine is trying to peek through.

It’s raining on South Shore this AM. Patches of sunshine are possible later in the day. The north end of Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach will be your best spots for snorkeling here if weather conditions improve.

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Thursday, January 16


the skinny

It’s one of the nicest days for snorkeling we’ve seen in a while! We’ve got some high clouds with sun breaks, but the ocean’s surface is glassy, waves are small, and underwater visibility is excellent. 

All 3 Maui Zones are demonstrating exemplary conditions for snorkeling today. It may not be Maui Wowie sunshine this Thursday morning yet, but underwater things have cleared up nicely.

Ulua Bay on South Shore is particularly inviting this morning with a calm surface and mellow conditions. Wailea and the Kamaole Beaches will be good for snorkeling too. You’ll find slightly larger waves the further south you go.

Black Rock and Kaheklii Beach are stunning this morning! Clear and calm with only small waves lapping at the shoreline. Currents are strongest further into the ocean.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be gorgeous destinations for snorkeling and relaxing this morning! Wind is lighter than it’s been in a week. Underwater visibility has cleared up nicely here. Honolua Bay may be nice as well, but there’s a greater chance of waves, drizzle and murky patches because it’s further north.

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Wednesday, January 15


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions will be favorable in all 3 Maui zones today! The blue skies we predicted yesterday didn’t fully materialize. Today we expect an alternating mix of clear skies, high clouds and occasional showers. 

Near Ka’anapali Zone and South Shore are looking really nice for snorkeling today! Black Rock, Kahekili Beach, the north end of Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and the Kamaole Beaches all have relatively calm ocean conditions with clear underwater visibility.

North West Zone is experiencing drizzle with stronger than usual wind this morning. If the weather clears up here, the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will have clear underwater visibility for snorkeling.

In all snorkeling zones, keep an eye out for patches of murky brown rain run-off in the ocean and avoid these. Also, waves may begin building on South Shore later today so please be cautious there. Morning will be best as trade winds will pick up in the PM.

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Tuesday, January 14


The skinny

Blue skies are back in Maui! All 3 Maui snorkeling zones have made huge improvements overnight! There’s a ton of good snorkeling to be enjoyed today. 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are looking great for snorkeling this AM! The ocean’s surface is calm. Underwater visibility is great. Some waves are present. 

Honolua Bay will likely take a little longer to “clean up”. Watch for waves, murky patches and stronger currents at the furthest north regions of North West Zone today. 

Black Rock looks stunning this morning! Glassy ocean surface. Clear underwater visibility. Calm conditions inside the south tip of the rock. Kahekili Beach will also be good for snorkeling this AM for the first time in many days! 

There are some waves at the shoreline to be aware of, but South Shore has really cleared up overnight as well. The north end of Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach look great. Watch for stronger currents and larger waves the further south you travel in this region. 

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Monday, January 13


the skinny

Monday is what we would call a “transition” day in Maui for snorkeling. Weather conditions are beginning to improve after our recent storm. Black Rock will be favorable for snorkeling, and some beaches in the other 2 zones might clear up by the afternoon.

Although rain is still in the official forecasts for Maui today, it appears that most of the heavy rain will miss our 3 snorkel zones. We’re more likely to see scattered showers, clouds, and sun breaks alternating throughout the day.

The snorkel beaches in North West and South Shore Zones still have compromised underwater visibility from wind, swells, and from murky rain run-off. However, by the afternoon, spots like Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay, Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach have improved enough to be decent for snorkeling.

Conditions at Black Rock remained good for snorkeling during the recent storm, and this destination will continue to be favorable today! Wind is light and underwater visibility is excellent. Stay close to the south side of the rock and inside the furthest tip to avoid stronger currents.

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Sunday, January 12


the skinny

It rained overnight in all 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones and showers are coming down again this morning. There’s a chance weather conditions could clear up at some point today, but the rains may also continue.

North West Zone has patches of brown, murky water in some areas. Watch for these an avoid them. Honolua Bay is a no-go zone today. If conditions clear up, Napili Bay would be your best bet for snorkeling. 

It’s raining Near Ka’anapali this AM but if it clears up, the south side of Black Rock will be good for snorkeling. Small waves and some elevated currents here.

It’s also raining on South Shore this morning. The skies may clear-up in moments today, then return to showers. The Wailea area would be your best bet for snorkeling if weather turned favorable. However, small waves are affecting underwater visibility.

The Flash Flood Advisory is still in effect. Please do not cross streams of flowing water in an automobile or on foot.

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Saturday, January 11


the skinny

It rained overnight in all 3 Maui Snorkeling Zones and showers are coming down again this morning. There’s a chance weather conditions could clear up at some point today, but the rains may also continue.

It’s rainy in Maui today. A Flood Advisory has been issued for the island. If you see fast moving water on a highway or elsewhere, please do not cross the stream in your automobile or on foot. 

If things clear up today, Black Rock actually has pretty nice snorkeling conditions: calm ocean surface and clear underwater visibility. 

The Honolua Bay area is dangerous today. South Shore has light wind, small waves and compromised underwater visibility from the rain. Basically, snorkeling on Maui today depends on whether or not it continues to rain. If the sun comes out, head over to Black Rock, but avoid spots with murky water. 

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Friday, January 10


the skinny

Black Rock looks beautiful this morning! Smooth ocean surface with excellent underwater visibility. The other 2 zones may also have decent snorkeling at spots. A lot depends on if it rains.

The High Wind Advisory and Flash Flood watch have been extended into Friday. Please keep your wits about you while driving and recreating. 

Maui’s skies will be a constantly changing mosaic of blue skies, patchy dark cloud, and dark rain clouds—with some actual rain at different times today. The south side of Black Rock will be excellent for snorkeling today, even with the unpredictable weather.

North West Zone has experienced more rain and swell. Watch for patches of brown, murky water and avoid these. If weather conditions clear up here today (like they did yesterday), the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be your best spots for snorkeling. You should probably avoid Honolua Bay.

Wind is actually pretty light in the Wailea area on South Shore. The ocean’s surface is mostly calm at the north end of Ulua Beach and at Wailea Beach. Waves are possible here, and there’s a high tide this morning. Watch for patches of brown rain run-off and avoid these. The Kamaole Beaches may also be decent for snorkeling this morning. There’s a 40% chance of rain throughout the day.

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Thursday, January 9


the skinny

Black Rock will be very good for snorkeling today until rain arrives—very good underwater visibility and relatively mellow conditions.

A Wind Advisory and a Flash Flood Advisory have been issued today by the National Weather Service today. The storm is arriving from the east, so it is unclear to what degree it will affect our west and south facing beaches (there are a lot of mountains between the storm and our beaches).

If rain arrives in full force, scores on the Maui Snorkel Report will drop.

North West Zone is seeing strong wind and rain this AM. Watch for patches of brown, murky water in this zone and avoid these. The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay might be “okay” for snorkeling during dry periods. Honolua Bay will likely have waves and murky rain “run-off”. 

Wind on South Shore is actually pretty calm this morning. However, small waves are affecting underwater visibility for snorkeling a bit. The Wailea area has the best snorkeling conditions in this zone at the moment: the north end of Ulua Beach, Polo Beach, and Wailea Beach. Rain is forecast for later, and if it arrives, scores will drop.

Black Rock in Near Ka’anapali zone is the spot that’s least affected by swells and weather today.Stick to the south side of the rock for snorkeling. Also, currents are more strong beyond the tip of the rock.

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Wednesday, January 8


the skinny

It’s a very moody weather morning in Maui. Wind is so strong in some areas, you can feel rain on your head while looking up at blue skies. If the weather clears up, Black Rock and the Wailea area will have good underwater visibility for snorkeling.

The High Wind Advisory has been extended through Thursday in Maui. 

Snorkeling depends a lot today on whether rain continues throughout the day, or if the skies become sunny. 

Wind is so strong today that you’ll likely be limited to a few geographically protected spots. The south side of Black Rock. Possibly the north end of Napili Bay. The Wailea area. 

There are small waves on South Shore and in North West Zones, but today you’ll want to watch for currents and weather conditions to determine if snorkeling is possible. On extremely windy days, the power of currents often increases. If the rain turns into sunshine this morning, the spots we mentioned above will be most favorable.

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Tuesday, January 7


the skinny

The wind advisory in Maui will continue through tomorrow evening. Snorkeling conditions are favorable at Black Rock, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and perhaps at the north end of Napili Bay.

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Advisory. In spots like north Kihei and Ma’alaea, gusts of wind could reach 50 mph. Be cautious in general today while driving, and while recreating in the ocean, be extra aware of currents. 

The ocean’s surface is glassy at Black Rock since these winds are “off-shore” (moving from land toward the ocean). Underwater visibility is excellent here, and snorkeling should be nice. Stay in close. Currents are stronger beyond the tip of the rock. 

Wailea Beach and the north end of Ulua Beach had very little wind this AM with clear visibility for snorkeling. Wind may arrive later. We’ll have to see. 

It’s very windy in North West Zone this morning but the ocean’s surface isn’t choppy and underwater visibility is good. Be cautious of currents that could pull you out. Avoid spots with waves today. The north end of Napili Bay looks decent for snorkeling this AM. 

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Monday, January 6


the skinny

On a very windy day in Maui, snorkeling will remain favorable at Black Rock, and in select areas of North West Zone and South Shore.

A High Wind Advisory has been issued for regions in north Kihei and at Ma’alaea. Gusts of northeast winds could reach speeds as high as 47 mph.

The Wailea area is likely to be less affected by wind and underwater visibility is still clear at the north end of Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and at the Kamaole Beaches. There’s a small south swell here so you’ll see small waves and some currents. 

Black Rock will be good for snorkeling today because offshore winds (moving from land toward the sea) are allowing the ocean’s surface to remain mostly calm. Underwater visibility is excellent here this morning! Kahekili will likely be very windy today.

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay also will be pretty good for snorkeling this AM. The ocean’s surface is smooth here and the small north swell has remained fairly mellow. Some trade winds will wrap into these bays today, so please remain cautious while recreating in the ocean.

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Sunday, January 5


the skinny

Black Rock, the north end of Ulua Beach, and the Kamaoloe Beaches will have favorable snorkeling conditions this morning. North West Zone is beginning to feel the effects of a north west swell. 

On a partly sunny morning in Maui, Black Rock has a calm ocean surface, excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling, and only small waves at Ka’anapali Beach. Stick closer to the beach because currents have increased beyond the tip of Black Rock. 

The north end of Ulua Beach and The Kamaole Beaches will have some good snorkeling this morning as well. Mostly calm conditions with improving underwater visibility. Morning will be best as trade winds are expected to strong in the PM—especially in Kihei.

North West Zone is dealing with strong winds, waves, currents and some rain today. Napili and Kapalua may mellow out a bit in the afternoon, but so far this zone will not be good for snorkeling.

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Sunday, January 4


the skinny

Black Rock wins the day again today, however, the north ends of Napili, Kapalua and Ulua look good this AM as well. 

It’s super windy on Maui this AM, but Black Rock’s south side is geographically protected from the wind, and will probably remain nice all day for snorkeling. Beyond the tip of the rock, currents will increase because of the wind.

South Shore is trying to improve from the recent swell, but you’ll still find waves and compromised visibility at many spots. The north end of Ulua Beach looks good this AM.

The swell in North West Zone is emerging slowly. Honolua Bay already has dangerous conditions, but Napili and Kapalua only have small waves so far. The swell is expected to increase.

Maui is expected to be mostly sunny today with a chance of scattered showers. 

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Friday, January 3


the skinny

Black Rock is basically your lone recommended snorkeling destination on Maui this morning. We’ve got calm conditions there with only small waves and good visibility. North West and South Shore are dealing with rain, wind, swells and poor visibility.

On a rainy morning in Maui, Near Ka’anapali Zone is looking to clear up and offer good snorkeling today! Black Rock will be better than Kahekili because the surface of the ocean at Kahekili is already a little bumpy from wind. 

North West Zone is experiencing wind, rain and waves from a swell that is expected to increase today. 

South Shore’s recent swell is dissipating yet waves are still strong in the Makena area and underwater visibility is compromised. Kihei area beaches have the smallest waves today. Wailea is expected to get really windy later. 

Watch for patches of murky, brown rain run-off in the ocean and avoid those today.

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Thursday, January 2


the skinny

Black Rock and Kahekili will have excellent conditions for snorkeling this morning in Maui! The north ends of Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay will be decent as well. 

Yesterday we were surprised by an off season swell on South Shore. Waves and currents showed up and underwater visibility ended up being murky. These unfavorable conditions will continue on South Shore today, but won’t affect Near Ka’anapali Zone.

There’s also a small north west swell this AM which is making Honolua Bay dangerous for snorkeling. Some waves and currents are present at Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay, however, the right sides of those bays have good visibility for snorkeling this AM.

Black Rock and Kahekili will have excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling with only small waves at the shoreline. Maui is expected to be mostly sunny today with normal trade winds in the afternoon.

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Wednesday January 1


The skinny

—> > Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)! 

Black Rock has incredibly calm and mellow snorkeling condition today! The ocean’s surface is glassy and calm and wind is light. Be cautious of elevated currents beyond the tip of the rock.

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalu Bay are decent for snorkeling but waves from the North West swell are indeed trying to make their way in to the bays. Honolua Bay is dangerous and murky.

Ulua Beach and Polo Beach are good for snorkeling today in Wailea! Be cautious of small waves and elevated currents. Maui is a little cloudy today and rain is possible.

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Tuesday, December 31


the skinny

—> > Happy New Year’s Eve from The Snorkel Store family! Thank you so much for following the Maui Snorkel Report this wonderful year of 2019 in Maui. We look forward to exploring the island with you in 2020!

It’s going to be a gorgeous Maui beach day in all 3 zones! We’re expecting sunny blue skies with light wind this morning. Black Rock, and the north ends of Ulua Beach, Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be favorable for snorkeling.  

There’s a High Surf Advisory for north facing beaches this morning in Maui. Honolua Bay is a no-go for snorkeling today. 

The swell will begin to affect snorkeling in North West Zone and Near Ka’anpaali over the next couple days, however, this morning, Black Rock looks amazing! Kahekili is a little bumpy this AM. 

Currents are stronger the further out in the ocean you explore. But today the north ends of Napili and Kapalua Bays will also be favorable for snorkeling. 

South Shore has some waves and currents rolling through, but the Wailea area is looking good this morning. The north end of Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach are the most favorable spots for snorkeling. Morning will be best as trade winds will arrive in the afternoon.

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