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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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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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Monday, December 30


the skinny

Maui is going to be gorgeous today in all 3 Zones! The island is offering plenty of sunshine with calm ocean conditions this AM pretty much everywhere. However, a huge North West swell is arriving later today or tomorrow morning.

It’s a weird day for the Maui Snorkel Report because snorkeling conditions are nicer than they’ve been for weeks this morning, yet a High Surf Warning has been issued and we await a large NW swell. 

Most likely, snorkeling will be nice most of today, and the huge waves and currents will begin tomorrow morning. Please be cautious and know that ocean conditions could change today as well.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be excellent for snorkeling this morning! Same goes for Black Rock and Kahekili! The Wailea area looks gorgeous: north end of Ulua and Polo are stunning. Makena Landing will be nice too. AM will be best. Trade winds will arrive in the afternoon.

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Sunday, December 29


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day in Maui! Snorkeling conditions look good in all 3 Zones.

The skies are blue this morning in Maui and wind is calm this AM—it’s going to be an excellent day for the beach.

The north ends of Napili and Kapalua Bay have excellent underwater visibility this morning. Though there are small waves, conditions are generally calm for snorkeling. Honolua Bay is beginning to be affected by a new North West swell:  increased currents and waves. This swell will begin to strongly affect this region over the next few days.

Black Rock and Kahekili will be great destination for snorkeling today! Still, be cautious of currents and waves out beyond the tip of Black Rock. Black Rock will remain nice all day as it should be blocked from afternoon trade winds.

Underwater visibility is excellent on South Shore today! However, there’s a small south swell that’s bringing some currents and waves to the region. The north end of Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach will be your most favorable snorkeling destination down here today. 

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Saturday, December 28


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions will be excellent today in all 3 Maui Zones! It’s going to be a gorgeous, sunny day for the beach in Maui.

Across most of the island this morning both beach and ocean conditions have really shaped up to be beautiful. We’ve got light wind, calm ocean conditions and plenty of sunshine! 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have exceptionally clear underwater visibility today. You’ll find a few small waves on the south ends of each of those beaches. 

Black Rock and Kahekili are clear as a bell this morning! When trade winds arrive in the PM, Black Rock will likely continue to have good snorkeling.

The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach are all looking very good for snorkeling this morning! Makena Landing is worth a look as well. Always practice general ocean safety, and have a blast today at the beach! 

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Friday, December 27


the skinny

Weather and snorkeling conditions have improved overnight in Maui. All 3 Zones will likely have spots worth checking out today. 

Skies are mostly blue and sunny this morning. There’s a slight chance that the recent showers will make a brief comeback at some point. 

Underwater visibility is excellent at Black Rock and conditions might stay nice all day long. Trade winds are back today, so we’ll have to see how they behave.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are looking good for snorkeling this morning! The stream is flowing a bit up at Honolua Bay (rain run-off). Watch for patches of brown, murky water and avoid these today. 

The Wailea area will be the area that’s most immune to the increasing trade winds today. Underwater visibility is generally good on South Shore today. Wind and small waves will be the question mark from beach to beach. 

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Thursday, December 26


the skinny

Things are looking a little rough Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore this AM for snorkeling. North West Zone has improving underwater visibility and mellow conditions.

It’s a little cloudy and windy this morning, but Maui’s forecast to be mostly sunny later in the day. Snorkeling conditions could improve later in the day if wind conditions change.

A south swell is bringing waves and currents to many of Maui’s popular snorkeling beaches this morning. The waves aren’t large, but they’re powerful enough to mess up visibility.

We also have an extremely high tide that’s washing some dry sand into water and compromising visibility.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are looking really nice this morning: Clear underwater visibility and calm ocean conditions. You’ll find some small waves at the shoreline here. Honolua Bay has increasingly large waves from a north swell.

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Wednesday, December 25


the skinny

Mele Kalikimaka from The Snorkel Store’s family to yours. On a partly sunny Christmas morning in Maui, snorkeling conditions should be decent at Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Ulua Beach. 

Merry Christmas from Maui to everyone on the island, abroad, or on the mainland! We wish your family warmth, friendship and joy on this holiday season. 

This morning, southern winds are causing “wind swell” (waves and currents caused by wind) at some beaches on South Shore and Near Ka’anapali.These waves aren’t large, but just significant enough to mess up snorkeling a bit. Be cautious in those zones. 

North West Zone may continue to have occasional scattered showers today. However, Napili and Kapalua look good for snorkeling. Watch for murky spots and waves at Honolua Bay and avoid those.   

On South Shore, Ulua Beach in Wailea is the area that will be least affected by “wind swell”. 

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Tuesday, December 24


the skinny

On Christmas Eve morning in Maui, snorkeling conditions will be excellent in all 3 Maui zones! Near Ka’anapali, Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be gorgeous.

Black Rock and Kahekili are going to be beautiful for snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef today. Underwater visibility is excellent and conditions are mellow. Wind is expected to remain mostly light in to the afternoon.

There’s a small north swell that’s affecting North West Zone at Honolua Bay mostly, but Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay look great for snorkeling this morning! 

Kamaole Beach Park 3, the north end of Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing are all favorable snorkeling destinations on South Shore as well. As always, be cautious of waves at the beach, and be aware that currents can be stronger the further out you go into the ocean. 

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Monday, December 23


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions have improved quite a bit overnight in all 3 Maui Zones. Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will be excellent for snorkeling today.

The ocean’s surface at Black Rock is glassy and calm! Underwater visibility will be excellent here for snorkeling with green sea turtles today. Kahekili has improved as well but more waves are present and this could affect visibility. 

The National Weather Service issued a special statement today about high tides: Ocean tides will be extremely high on the beach this AM, and this may affect underwater visibility from sand washing into water.

South Shore has improved as well overnight! Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing are all favorable for snorkeling this morning. Only small waves in the shallows. Normal trade winds in the PM.

Though North West Zone has improved, it is still suffering from the recent swell: waves, tides and currents are compromising underwater visibility. The north end of Napili Bay might be “okay” for snorkeling today.

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Sunday, December 22


the skinny

On a mostly cloudy day in Maui, Black Rock and South Shore have good conditions for snorkeling. 

A High Wind Advisory has been issued for today in Maui, but some spots will still have favorable conditions for snorkeling. For example, the area closest to the beach at Black Rock has calm conditions, with good underwater visibility. The wind here is mostly off-shore, so the surface of the ocean is not choppy nearest the beach. 

South Shore has good snorkeling in some spots this morning as well. The Wailea area has the best chance for the lightest wind. The Kamaole Beaches and Makena Landing will also be possible spots. 

Be cautious out beyond the tip of Black Rock and on South Shore. Currents have increased because of the strong wind. North West Zone is probably a no-go for snorkeling today: large waves and strong currents up there. The High Wind Advisory could bring waves up to 50 mph. Watch for debris on the road while driving. 

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Saturday, December 21


the skinny

It rained overnight at some spots in Maui. Watch for patches of brown, murky water and avoid those today. 

Decent snorkeling is theoretically possible at a couple places like Olowalu, Black Rock or in Wailea this morning, but a High Wind Advisory is issued for today and weather conditions are questionable.

North West Zone is experiencing a swell, causing strong currents and waves today. This is also the zone that saw the most rain overnight. Be cautious of rain run-off.

The small area around Black Rock is relatively calm today. However, currents are strong around the tip of the rock and rain and wind are expected throughout the day. Watch for patches of brown water and avoid those.

There’s a bump on the ocean’s surface at the beaches on South Shore, but wind is relatively mellow down here this AM. Spots in Wailea, Kamaole and at Olowalu look “okay”, but wind, rain or currents could mess things up at some point soon today.

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Friday, December 20


the skinny

Morning conditions are excellent for snorkeling in Maui in all 3 zones: calm conditions and clear underwater visibility. A High Wind Advisory will begin to affect the island at some point today.

We’re expected to see strong winds today, beginning in the afternoon or evening. However, conditions look really nice for snorkeling in the morning. 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay look great this AM. We are seeing good underwater visibility for snorkeling with turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef. Around 6 PM the High Wind Advisory will become a High Wind Warning. At this point, gusts of wind could reach 50 mph. 

When the wind picks up later today, exercise caution: keep both hands on the wheel while driving, snorkel closer to shore (as to not get blown further out), keep an eye out for debris blowing, and be aware of increased currents.

Black Rock will likely have good snorkeling conditions most of the day! Kahekili will become breezy before Black Rock.

Ulua, Wailea, Kamaole, Wailea and Makena Landing have clear visibility and calm conditions this morning.  Wailea is the area that will be least affected by the Wind Advisory today. Once the wind picks up, please exercise caution.

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Thursday, December 19


the skinny

We’ve got excellent snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones this morning! You can expect sunny skies, calm ocean conditions and clear underwater visibility.

Things have really cleared up overnight, and we are seeing the best snorkeling conditions of the past couple weeks this morning. 

From Kapalua Bay all the way down to Makena Landing on South Shore the ocean surface is calm, wind is light and conditions are favorable for snorkeling with green sea turtles, colorful fish and tropical reef.

Pick your favorite snorkeling beach from the Maui Beaches Guide and head out! 

In North West Zone there is a high surf advisory for north facing beaches. Honolua Bay is hazardous this morning. Over the next 24 hours, the other beaches in North West Zone may see increased waves and currents from this swell. However, this morning Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are calm with good conditions for snorkeling.

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Wednesday, December 18


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day in Maui with clear underwater visibility for snorkeling in all 3 zones! The beach will be somewhat windy today, so try to stick to the bays and coves.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will have calm ocean conditions for snorkeling today! Honolua Bay is suffering from a north swell—waves and currents.

Black Rock will be better than Kahekili today because the south side of the rock is more shielded from the wind: clear underwater visibility and small waves at the shoreline. Be cautious of currents beyond the tip of the rock.

The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua, Wailea and Makena Landing will be nice and sunny today, with mellow conditions and good underwater visibility. However, the wind will be the largest determining factor. It’s expected to be strong this afternoon, so morning will be the best time for snorkeling.

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Tuesday, December 17


the skinny

On a partly sunny, party moody morning in Maui, snorkeling conditions will be favorable Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore . Wind will be a factor at the beach in some spots.

Black Rock looks amazing this morning! Underwater visibility is excellent along the south side of the rock, and waves are small or absent altogether. However, it’s already windy in this zone this AM. Kahekili Beach wont be great because of the breezy conditions. Black Rock is more geographically protected.

From Ulua Beach down to Makena Landing, snorkeling conditions are looking pretty good! Calm conditions with only small waves at the shoreline. Morning will be best as it’s going to become very windy in the afternoon. 

North West Zone has small waves this morning, but a new NW swell will be building throughout the day here. The north end of Napili Bay may be “okay”, but be cautious in this zone as conditions are evolving today. Wind is already strong this AM. Tides are extremely high this morning. 

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Monday, December 16


the skinny

Ocean conditions are relatively mellow in all 3 Maui zones this morning, however, there’s strong wind at the beach at many spots. Black Rock is looking good again this AM.

North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali are windy this morning, but spots like the north ends of Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Black Rock will likely be good for snorkeling. Avoid Honolua Bay, as there is a swell building in NW Zone today that will affect that beach first.

Wind may mellow out mid-day before returning later in the afternoon. 

On South Shore, the beaches in Wailea may be the most favorable destinations for snorkeling. Ocean conditions are fairly mellow in Kihei and Makena Landing, but the strength of the wind will likely determine how things go. Some showers are expected in Kihei today. 

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Sunday, December 15


the skinny

On a moody morning in Maui, South Shore will be excellent for snorkeling today! The favorable conditions should extend into the afternoon hours at the beaches in Wailea.

UPDATE: Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be decent for snorkeling this AM. Mellow conditions with only small waves in the shallows.

Polo Beach, Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach have calm ocean conditions and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling today! It’s a little cloudy and drizzly this AM, however, it’s expected to burn to be replaced by sunshine.

Maui’s west side, including Near Ka’anpali Zone has a “bump” on the ocean’s surface this AM from unusual morning trade winds. Conventional patterns may be reversed today—the wind may mellow out by the afternoon, making the PM better for snorkeling at destinations like Black Rock.

North West Zone is still cleaning up from the huge NW swell that brought large waves this past week. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are looking okay this AM! Only small waves at the shoreline.

Watch for patches of brown, murky water in this zone and avoid these. You may find heightened currents and some waves in this zone, especially at spots like Honolua Bay.

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Saturday, December 14


the skinny

Black Rock will likely be the best spot for snorkeling today in Maui. The north end of Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach may also be decent once the high morning tide recedes.

The recent NW swell is winding down today, but North West Zone is still pretty filled-in with strong waves and currents. Be cautious in the ocean in this zone today. The weather forecast for the beach is expected to be mostly sunny.

Black Rock in the Near Ka’napali Zone looks good today—calm conditions with good underwater visibility! There’s a high tide on Maui’s beaches this AM that will mix sand into the water this morning. But as the tide goes out you’ll see visibility improve. Kahekili will be affected by trade winds in the afternoon, but Black Rock should remain favorable until later in the day. Be cautious of stronger currents out past the tip of Black Rock. 

South Shore isn’t looking great for snorkeling this AM because of the combination of a high morning tide and a small south swell. However, Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach will likely become favorable for snorkeling in a couple hours, as the tide gets lower at the beach. 

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Friday, December 13


the skinny

The mega North West swell continues for another day. Anyone scrolling through our Instagram (@thesnorkelstore) account yesterday saw the jumbo 35 ft. waves. South Shore is the best snorkeling zone on the island today.  

Morning clouds are expected to burn off in Maui this AM and sunshine will prevail. The High Surf Advisory for north facing beaches will continue today, and through tomorrow morning. Conditions are dangerous in the ocean in NW Zone and snorkeling conditions are poor.

In Near Ka’anapali Zone, Black Rock should also be decent for snorkeling today. However, be cautious in the ocean here because some of the “swell energy” from the North West swell—currents and waves—is sneaking in to the other zones. 

On South Shore, Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach look nice for snorkeling this morning! The most mellow conditions for snorkeling are down here today: good underwater visibility with small waves at the shoreline. 

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Thursday, December 12


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day for the beach in Maui—however—you’re going to need to stay out of the ocean in North West Zone. We’ve got extremely dangerous conditions up there. South Shore is a short drive away, and it has excellent conditions for snorkeling! 

The north west swell has brought waves as large as 35 ft. in height to north shore overnight (beaches north of our NW Zone on the Maui Snorkel Report). There’s a High Surf Advisory today for this area because of currents, waves and generally hazardous conditions.

South Shore, on the other hand, has not been much affected by the NW swell, and snorkeling conditions are favorable here today! Olowalu (at mile marker 14) looks great! The Kamaole Beaches, the north end of Ulua and Wailea beach have clear underwater visibility and only small waves at the shoreline. Morning will be best as trade winds will fill in later.

Near Ka’anapali Zone will be nice for the beach today, but snorkeling won’t be good. The area is affected by the NW swell: increased currents and stronger waves. 

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Wednesday, December 11


the skinny

It’s one of those surreal morning is Maui where a large NW swell is on its way, yet things are still pretty mellow this AM. We expect today to be beautiful and sunny with good snorkeling Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore.

A High Surf Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service. This is for north facing beaches, which are primarily beaches beyond the Maui Snorkel Report’s “North West Zone”. 

Waves haven’t shown up yet, but we expect them later today and tomorrow. Waves are expected to reach heights of greater than 25 feet in the north, beyond our snorkeling zones.

Often when we get big swell like this, our snorkel zones are somewhat “shielded” by the other Hawaiian islands and by Moloka’i. Sometimes the swell “energy” is so strong that all of our Snorkeling Zones will see increased currents and stronger waves. 

We will have to wait and see how this plays out over the next 48 hours. 

For now, Black Rock, Wailea Beach, and the north end of Ulua Beach have good underwater visibility for snorkeling with relatively calm ocean conditions! North West zone will be more vulnerable to the approaching swell and will be hit and miss at various spots. Avoid Honolua Bay today.  

We expect weather to be sunny and beautiful for the beach in Maui today. Morning will be best for snorkeling as trade winds will pick-up in the afternoon.

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Tuesday, December 10


the skinny

It’s going to be a beautiful Maui beach day with good snorkeling in all 3 zones: plenty of sunshine, light wind and clear underwater visibility! However, a new north swell is creating increased currents and waves throughout the day.

Snorkeling is looking good today in Maui, but be cautious in the ocean (as always) because conditions are changing beneath the surface. 

Kapalua Bay, Black Rock, the north end of Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach will be the most favorable spots for snorkeling on the island. Airport Beach and Napili Bay will likely be more affected by the new north swell.

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Monday, December 9


the skinny

—> We want to offer sincerest apologies for the missing Maui Snorkel Report email yesterday. Our email delivery software system was down globally. It’s back up and running today. We appreciate your patience.

Overnight, the recent North West swell has improved dramatically, and Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have become favorable snorkeling destinations this morning. South Shore and Near Ka’anapali have excellent conditions for snorkeling.

The recent swell has receded in North West Zone and underwater visibility is improving in this area. Currents and some larger waves are still present, especially at Honolua Bay. Be cautious in this zone.

Black Rock and Kahekili look excellent this morning for snorkeling! It’s going to be sunny with light wind this AM, and conditions are calm with good underwater visibility. Be cautious of currents beyond the tip of Black Rock.

South Shore will be excellent for snorkeling today! The Kamaole Beaches, the north end of Ulua and Wailea Beach are particularly lovely this AM. You’ll still find small waves here and there at the shoreline. A “sea breeze” (gentle off-shore wind) is expected in the afternoon. this could brings some moisture to the beach in the PM.

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Sunday, December 8


Saturday, December 7


the skinny

It’s a beautiful Maui morning with clear blue skies, plenty of sunshine and calm wind! South Shore will have excellent snorkeling conditions today while North West Zone is an absolute no-go.

Underwater visibility is clear fpr snorkeling and ocean conditions are calm at the Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and in the Makena Landing area this morning! The weather is excellent down here as well. Morning will be best as trade winds will pick up in the PM.  

Olowalu at Mile Marker 14 will be beautiful today, and excellent for snorkeling as well! 

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for the North West Zone today by the National Weather Service. HUGE waves and dangerous currents are building throughout the day. Stay out of the ocean up here. 

The swell is also affecting snorkeling Near Ka’anapali. Kahekili (Airport Beach) does not have good snorkeling today because of currents. However, the south face of Black Rock looks pretty decent. Be careful of currents further out beyond the rock. 

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Friday, December 6


the skinny

You don’t need to be a meteorologist to discern that Maui is looking pretty rainy this morning. This will naturally deter some folks from snorkeling. Watch for patches of brown, murky water (rain run-off) and avoid these. 

When it rains in Maui, run-off from the mountains can carve a path into the sea. You can often see these murky patches from a vantage point above. Avoid snorkeling in brown, murky water. If the sun comes out in the PM, snorkeling conditions will likely improve.

Currents and waves are beginning to pick up in North West Zone today. A new swell is on the way. Honolua Bay is not good for snorkeling.

The surface of Black Rock is calm this morning. Visibility could be okay here. Currents are strong past the tip of the rock. It’s rainy in this zone as well.

The ocean surface is also calm on South Shore beaches. However, visibility is questionable with the presence of brown water, and it’s rainy so far this AM. Trade winds expected later.

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Thursday, December 5


the skinny

On a partly cloudy morning in Maui, the sunshine will likely emerge soon, and all 3 Maui Zones will be excellent for snorkeling! 

All 3 Zones are generally pretty calm this AM. There’s a high tide at 10:30 AM this morning, which means underwater visibility will improve after the tide begins to recede. 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay continue to improve after the large north swell of the past week. Things are much more calm there today. Some small waves and currents are present.

Black Rock will be better than Kahekili this morning. Kahekili’s underwater visibility is affected by the high tides. 

Wailea, Ulua, Polo, the Kamaole Beaches, and Makena Landing are all favorable for snorkeling today! Conditions will improve as the tide drops a bit mid-day. Though we’ve had some wind this morning, it will likely mellow out during the day, then pick back up again in the PM. 

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Wednesday, December 4


the skinny

All 3 Maui Zones will have excellent snorkeling today! The recent swell in North West Zone has much improved. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are much more calm. The Kamaole Beaches are closed until at least noon because of shark activity. 

Yesterday, a shark bit an inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard 200 yards from shore in Kihei (link to location). No one was injured, but some beaches are closed today while officials check things out. This incident took place at a location much more deep in the ocean than any snorkeling activity would be taking place. For more general info on shark activity, check out our article in the Maui Vacation Blog below.

The Wailea area is looking fantastic for snorkeling today! It’s expected to be beautiful and sunny with calm ocean conditions and good underwater visibility at Ulua Beach, Polo Beach and Wailea Beach.

Black Rock and Kahekili will also be excellent for snorkeling! Calm with plenty of sunshine and good visibility. Currents are still up a bit in this zone.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have much improved overnight for snorkeling. You’ll still find some small waves and currents. Honolua Bay is likely murky with waves still.

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Tuesday, December 3


the skinny

Black Rock has improved for snorkeling overnight and South Shore has favorable options for snorkeling. North West Zone is still plagued by large waves and strong currents today.

On a sunny Maui beach day, Near Ka’anapali should be a pretty good spot to enjoy some snorkeling! Visibility is improved, and conditions have calmed down a bit. Please be cautious of currents, especially past the tip of Black Rock.

South Shore looks pretty great this morning. Ulua, Wailea, Kamaole and Makena Landing all should have favorable conditions for snorkeling. Visibility could be hit and miss at some spots because of currents.

North West Zone has large waves and strong currents. Please stay out of the ocean up there. Weather is expected to be sunny on Tuesday with normal to strong trade winds in the afternoon.

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Monday, December 2


the skinny

You can expect to find good snorkeling conditions on South Shore today, especially in the Wailea area. Black Rock will also be decent for snorkeling. The High Surf Advisory continues for North West Zone until 6PM tonight. 

Ulua Beach and Wailea beach will have excellent underwater visibility today for snorkeling with only small waves. Makena Landing may also be good as well. 

Near Ka’anapali Zone is a mixed bag. Currents are stronger than usual, especially out past the tip of Black Rock. However, the south side of Black Rock looks good. Be cautious here, but snorkeling conditions have improved overnight. 

North West Zone has huge waves and treacherous currents. It’s extremely dangerous up here, so please stay out of the ocean in this zone. Also, please be cautious at the shoreline. Waves will be crashing high on the beach today. 

Weather is partly sunny in Maui with lighter wind than yesterday. Trade winds will pick up in the PM, making things quite breezy. 

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Sunday, December 1


On the 1st day of December North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali Zone are extremely dangerous. Please stay out of the ocean in these 2 zones. It’s not dangerous on South Shore but snorkeling conditions aren’t good.

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for Maui’s west side today. A huge north swell is hitting the island and increasing in strength all day. Huge waves and extremely hazardous currents are present in North West Zone. Avoid going into the ocean here. Weather conditions include rain and strong wind.

Near Ka’anapali Zone has also been strongly affected by the north west swell. You can expect strong, hazardous currents here. It’s also very windy here today. Please stay out of the ocean in this zone as well. 

South Shore does not have dangerous ocean conditions but it’s very windy this morning and snorkeling conditions aren’t great. A High Wind Advisory has been issued for Maui this morning, in addition to the High Surf Advisory. Morning would be best for attempting to snorkel; currents are up and wind is increasing throughout the day.

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