Snorkel With Turtles Every Day

Maui has more swimmable beaches than any other Hawaiian Island. But you’ve got to know where to go.

Ka'anapali Beach Maui


Daily Maui Snorkel Report

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!

  • We’ll show you the beaches that are calm, sunny and safe for snorkeling.
  • Get a 1-10 rating on South Shore, Near Ka’anapali, and Upper West, Maui’s top 3 snorkeling zones.
  • Skip the beaches that are windy, or have big waves and snorkel with turtles instead.

 

free customized beach map

Join us in the store to get your free, customized beach map based on the island’s weather during your stay. We’ll circle all the best snorkeling spots and free parking near your lodging.

free Beach Chair Or Boogie Board

  • Reserve 2 or more snorkel sets online. Get a free Tommy Bahama beach chair or boogie board for the same time period.
  • Simply write your choice in the “notes” section at checkout (1 freebie per party).

—>The Snorkel Store received the Hall of Fame Award from Trip Advisor in 2019 for 5 straight years of Certificate of Excellence. 

(Find out “How We Compile The Maui Snorkel Report” by following this link. The report comes out between 7 a.m and 8:30 a.m. each morning.) We can’t wait to meet you in Maui!

—>> During the Covid-19 quarantine the Maui Snorkel Report will become a community resource for navigating this crisis together. We will be featuring up-to-date information on how it is affecting Maui, as well as sharing photos and stories from memorable Maui vacations.

Friday, April 3


the skinny

After announcing our partnership with Maui Ocean Center’s Marine Institute yesterday, we’re back to sharing your Maui pics!

Only one day away from you, and we really miss you guys (and gals).

It’s remarkable how unique each person, couple, family or group of friends’ stories and photos have been from one another. You each have varying photographic styles. You have different purposes for your Maui trips.

Your experiences are much appreciated here at The Snorkel Store—and we hear every day that you’re much appreciated by folks on the mainland, dreaming of the island.

Please continue to share your fave Maui pics at [email protected]. We’ll share them here on the Maui Snorkel Report—Home Edition!

One note on our Turtle Adoption Program. During shelter in place, Maui Ocean Center’s web portal for adoptions appears to be temporarily inactive. Mahalo to folks who tried to adopt a turtle yesterday!

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we’ll follow up with your adoption once things start rolling again in Maui. Thank you for preserving Maui’s turtle population for generations!

Thursday, April 2


the skinny

Today we have a special announcement we wanted to share with our community on the Maui Snorkel Report first.

The Snorkel Store is now partnering with Maui Ocean Center’s Marine Institute to preserve turtle populations in Maui! —>> Learn More About Our Partnership With Maui Ocean Center here.

Have you ever been to the Maui Aquarium in Ma’alaea? It’s a lot of fun. There’s so much sea life here to discover here.

Maui Ocean Center ‘s Marine Institute also has a Turtle Rescue Team completely dedicated to turtle preservation and ocean restoration in Hawaii.

When you join us at The Snorkel Store in the future, you’ll have the opportunity to adopt a green sea turtle right in our shop!

Every dollar will go to support turtle restoration in Maui.

You’ll also get an awesome bundle of gifts—including a wooden Hawaiian cutlery set, 2 quality, bamboo drinking straws, a plush green sea turtle animal—and most importantly, an incredibly warm feeling in your heart.

Wednesday, April 1



the skinny

Normally, we’d do an April Fool’s prank.

A photo with chunks of ice on Ka’anapali Beach captioned: “It snowed last night in Maui!” Maybe a golfer’s “hole in one” in a beachside tide-pool.

But sincerity wins the day this year—April 1, 2020.

What’s most heartwarming about the Maui Snorkel Report during this time is that we get to meet our community. We’ve shared time in the shop together in the past. But once you head out on an adventure to snorkel with turtles or to relax beneath a palm tree, our interactions are more limited.

It’s such a joy to discover the details of your Maui trips with you. To fill in the blanks. To share in the incredible beauty. We really appreciate you, especially today; no joke.

Please continue to share your Maui stories with The Snorkel Store at [email protected].

Tuesday, March 31


the skinny

Tuesday feels just a little better. Getting through the first day of this week has been an accomplishment.

We want to give a special shout-out to people in our communities who have acquired the Covid-19 virus. As the days move along, our circles of friends and family will be touched more personally by it.

We’re here with you. Please get the care you need. Please stay safe.

In the meantime, we’ll continue sharing the beautiful photographs and stories of Maui you’ve sent to us at [email protected].

Monday, March 30


the skinny

Let’s face it: It’s a pretty ridiculous Monday morning.

Mondays during the best of times can be rough. We’re coming up on the end of the month. Makeshift home offices and classrooms are constructed like children’s forts throughout our living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens.

Honestly, if we can get through this week together, we may be alright. This week is a template for future weeks.

Let’s breathe. Keep our heads down. Stay connected with one another.

We can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be able to share the Maui photos you’ve sent to The Snorkel Store—at [email protected]—with our community.

Can you imaging how inferior the Maui Snorkel Report would be with “stock” Maui photos? Because you’ve consistently responded to this email, we get to see your radiant faces smiling in the Maui sunshine each day! We get to share your unique island experiences.

Mahalo to you for getting us through this most ridiculous Monday!

Sunday, March 29


Happy Sunday! There’s enough jibber-jabber during the week. Let’s get right into exploring your Maui pics. Mahalo nui loa.

Saturday, March 28


the skinny

It kinda feels like the first weekend where (nearly) everyone’s on the same page.

We’ve spent a full week with the entire fam in the same house. Stimulus package was passed in congress. We’re no longer impressed by an empty isle of paper products in Safeway.

It’s a surreal feeling: a bit like a detention; and for some kids, it may even feel like a holiday.

While we’re making coffee, figuring out what to do with our Saturday, let’s keep in mind the people in our families and in our communities who are really struggling. Call your sister. Check in with a buddy. Keep in touch.

In the meantime, here are some rainbows, whales and parasails in Maui to brighten your day. Mahalo to our community for sharing your stories!

Friday, March 27


One-week in, we’re so inspired by you!

Your family stories, Maui pictures, kudos, local insights, creative endeavors and humorous anecdotes rolling into [email protected] are a true blessing for us and for our community.

We are so grateful to have earned your trust. Mahalo to you!

CJ’s Deli Donation—$5.00 Meals

—>> We want to give a special shout-out to our neighbor, CJ’s Deliin The Fairway Shops, at The Snorkel Store’s Ka’anapali location. CJ’s Deli received a $4000.00 donation from their food supplier and they’re passing this bounty on to you.

Beginning today, CJ’s Deli will offer $5.00 breakfast and lunch specials for take-out!

That’s right, we’re talkin’ 3 eggs + your choice of potatoes or rice for breakfast, and a large salad with fresh vegetables, avocado and chicken for lunch. Hungry? Head down to CJ’s for a delicious, affordable meal! (Deal is good while supplies last—maybe 3-4 days, or longer).

Thursday, March 26


the skinny

We’re getting hints at the new ways things will operate in Maui during this period.

Tape of the floors at the Post Offices to delineate space. Empty streets. Even suspicious glances: “Is that activity essential?”

The last few days, we’ve done a great job heading indoors. Since that first week when beaches were slammed, we’re beginning to take this seriously.

Let’s continue to be be generous with one another while we adjust to the new rules. If we can shut Maui down properly the first time, we’ll be snorkeling in the ocean with turtles before we know it.

Maui Snorkel Report: Today we’ll be featuring images from The Goldberg Family from Canada!

Jeff Goldberg and ‘da fam (4 people, including a cousin) visited us in Maui in November of 2019. When they wrote The Snorkel Store at: [email protected], they did an excellent job sharing the significance of each photo with a simple one-off sentence.

Mahalo Jeff, and the Goldberg clan! Stay warm in Canada!

Wednesday, March 25


the skinny

It’s day 5 of no-ratings for Maui’s best snorkeling beaches on the Maui Snorkel Report.

Feels like a milestone. 

We’re all settling in to this new, temporary reality together. A month may feel more like a year in our minds, and since we all don’t have a clear idea of when things will return to normal, anxiety can become an obstacle.

Fortunately, we still have our communities.

Your stories mean so much to us. Please continue to share your Maui adventures with The Snorkel Store at the places below. It makes all the difference for folks at home, patiently waiting for Maui to reopen 🙂

Yesterday, Nick @maui_experience on Instagram shared with us:

“I love what you are doing with your snorkel report. I wanted to let you know that you can feel free to repost any of our insta photos!  We would love to help you keep it flowing ;).

Mahalo Nick! – The Snorkel Store Turtle Team

Tuesday, March 24


the skinny

Snorkel Report: The Home Edition

—>> A Quick note: Please keep in mind, we are always evaluating when is the best time to restart the Maui Snorkel Report ratings for beaches in Maui.

For local folks who rely on the report, we’re excited to get it going as soon as it’s responsible to do so. Thanks for understanding.

Yesterday we asked…

Besides Netflix and Scrabble, what are your go-to indoor activities in Maui?

In this edition of the Maui Snorkel Report, we’ll take a look at what ya’ll have been up to at home.Your responses have been hilarious, creative, heartwarming and altogether Maui-tastic!

Monday, March 23


the skinny

Good Morniiiiiiiiing Maui!

From March 24 – April 30, returns for rental gear will by by appointment. Please hit us up on email, [email protected] or over the phone: 808 669 1077. Thank you for understanding!

News Of The Day

On Sunday (yesterday), Maui’s Mayor Victorino issued a new “stay at home and work from home” order for all residents and visitors of Maui. This is essentially a “shelter in place” regulation for people on the island. Learn more about it here.

This new regulation will go into effect Wednesday, March 25 and last through Thursday, April 30. This step is in-line with some of the boldest actions taken by major U.S. cities.

The gist of the regulation is: Public or private gatherings of any number of people are prohibited outside the home. Essential businesses will remain open: grocery stores, hardware stores, etc. Beach parks are closed.

Here are some details:

  • This order applies to residents and visitors alike
  • People are required stay at home except for “essential activities”
  • We can participate in solitary outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, or running
  • Gas stations, grocery stores, etc. will remain open
  • Restaurants may offer take-out food

Hang in there, Maui. We’re heading into the most important period. It’s going to feel a little wacky. Let’s connect here to bond, vent, cry, share essential Maui memories, and most importantly, to be here for one another.

Here’s your Maui Snorkel Report for Monday, March 23 2020

Sunday, March 22


the skinny

The outpouring of support from our community for for our decision to adjust the Maui Snorkel Report email during quarantine has been humbling and overwhelmingly positive. Mahalo for your sincere (and often funny) comments and emails! —> see below

Some folks have asked the understandable question: “What’s wrong with snorkeling during quarantine?”

Our Answer

—>> There’s definitely nothing wrong with snorkeling. Snorkeling is a relatively solitary, and often a very healthy activity for people. For some folks—especially residents of the island—walking to the beach and jumping into the ocean to snorkel with tropical fish and green sea turtles may be an essential part of your routine during the Covid-19 crisis.

But at this moment, moving around the island of Maui is problematic. State parks are closed, driving is discouraged and busy beaches can be dangerous for our community.

We’re encouraging people to stay close to home for now. When we get the go-ahead, we’ll resume The Maui Snorkel Report and show you exactly where to go each day in Maui. Mahalo for understanding!

Saturday, March 21


we’re turtle ready. but it’s time to play scrabble.

Yesterday, the Department of Land And Natural Resources (DLNR) in Maui announced new, more restrictive regulations limiting activity on Maui’s beaches. Please learn more about this here.

Essentially, the message is: Stay home for now. Our vulnerable, island community’s safety is in jeopardy. The Snorkel Store has received this message loud and clear.

The Maui Snorkel Report

The community of the Maui Snorkel Report is so dear to The Snorkel Store, and also to many folks in Maui, on the mainland and abroad.

But with quarantine, we feel offering daily recommendations for beaches in Maui is sending mixed messages for safety.

For now, driving in Maui is only recommended for essentials. Social distancing is the norm. It’s time to hunker down for the safety of the island community we love.

Share Your Stories

For the next couple weeks The Maui Snorkel Report is going to focus on the things we all cherish about Maui.

We will be featuring the most beautiful rainbows, beaches, turtles and all-time-classics from The Snorkel Store’s Instagram feed.

We’d also ike to share your Maui pictures and stories here as well. Please share your Maui pics and vacation stories with us over Instagram or Email. We’ll feature them on the Maui Snorkel Report and on Instagram.

We feel it will be healing to share the magic of Maui, together, even while we’re playing Scrabble.

Instagram: @thesnorkelstore or #turtleready or #snorklife
email: [email protected]

Morale is high. Please be safe. Keep Maui in your hearts.

Friday, March 20


the skinny

It’s a beautiful morning in Maui with mostly sunny skies and favorable conditions for snorkeling in all 3 Zones. Wind is light, underwater visibility is clear, and ocean conditions are mostly calm. 

There’s moisture in the air and ocean conditions may change later in the day. Please be cautious.

Because wind is light in Maui this morning, the ocean’s surface is especially calm. Underwater visibility is excellent at most spots.

There’s some moisture in the air and we may get moments of light showers. Sea breezes are expected throughout the day.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are looking really good for snorkeling this morning in North West Zone! However, currents are up and waves are expected to increase later in the day. Morning will be best. Be aware of your surroundings while snorkeling.

Both Black Rock and Kahekili Beach have excellent conditions for snorkeling as well on Friday!  Only small waves at the shoreline with clear underwater visibility. Currents could increase in the afternoon.

Olowalu (at mile marker 14) and the north end of Ulua Beach will be your top spots on South Shore today! Snorkeling is expected to be favorable here. Please remain aware of changing conditions throughout the day, and enjoy the beach.

Stay safe today Maui. 

Thursday, March 19

—>> It’s a beautiful morning in Maui with a mix of blue skies and high clouds. Snorkeling conditions will be excellent Near Ka’anapali this morning and decent at a few other spots today. 

We are still in the shadow of a storm that’s circling Hawaii. We may experience moments of quick moving rain or thunderstorms. Be on the lookout for changing conditions.

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be decent for snorkeling this morning, however, we’re seeing elevated currents and there may be long periods between swells of waves. 

Be cautious in North West Zone today. Honolua Bay is probably a no-go for snorkeling. It’s also breezy up here.

Near Ka’anapali Zone has light wind with excellent conditions for snorkeling this morning. Black Rock, especially, has clear underwater visibility with mostly calm ocean conditions. Kahekili Beach Park will be nice as well. Weather conditions could change quickly, so be aware of your surroundings, and please practice ocean safety. 

South Shore has waves breaking at the shoreline but visibility is favorable for snorkeling at some spots. The north end of Ulua Beach and Olowalu (at mile marker 14) will likely have decent snorkeling. There’s a bump on the ocean’s surface further south, near Makena. 

Wind is light this morning on South Shore as well today.   

Wednesday, March 18


the skinny

It’s a beautiful morning in Maui with high clouds and some sunshine. Weather conditions could change throughout the day (like they did on yesterday). Please be aware of changing conditions and exercise caution. 

Black Rock, Olowalu and the north end of Ulua Beach have favorable conditions for snorkeling this morning: calm ocean surface, clear visibility with light wind. Watch for patches of murky, brown water (rain run-off), especially in North West Zone and avoid these.

A storm is hanging around the Hawaiian Islands (currently west of Kauai) and is occasionally dipping in to Maui. Yesterday we felt the dramatic change in weather patterns from this storm mid-day. 

Wednesday in Maui will have a similar dynamic: It’s beautiful this morning with favorable snorkeling at some spots. But there’s a 50% chance of rain or rough ocean conditions by mid-day. 

It rained overnight in Maui and some spots in North West Zone have patches of murky “run-off”  in the ocean. If you see patches of brown water today, please avoid them. 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay in North West Zone have strong currents with waves breaking at the shoreline today. Honolua Bay is a no-go for snorkeling. Please be cautious up here.

Black Rock has favorable conditions for snorkeling this morning. The ocean’s surface is calm, wind is light and underwater visibility is good. There are some waves breaking at the shoreline here. Kahekili will have stronger currents and waves. 

On South Shore, Olowalu (at mile marker 14) will probably be nice this morning. The north end of Ulua Beach will have calm conditions for snorkeling as well. Again, please be cautious of changing weather conditions today. Morning will likely be best for snorkeling.

Wind is expected to remain light in all 3 Zones today in Maui.

Tuesday, March 17


the skinny

Maui is gorgeous this morning with plenty of blue sky and high, scattered clouds. Conditions for snorkeling will be excellent in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali. South Shore is favorable as well but there’s more swell here. 

A heavy rain storm is present to the west of Maui, near Kauai. There’s a 60% chance our island will get some of the moisture from that storm later this afternoon.

It’s shaping up to be a really beautiful March morning in Maui. 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay have excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling, and ocean conditions are mostly calm here. Honolua Bay is also likely to be favorable for snorkeling as well. 

If we end up getting rain later today, please watch for patches of brown water (rain run-off) and avoid these. 

Black Rock and Kahekili Beach Near Ka’anapali will also have excellent snorkeling conditions today! Underwater visibility is very clear in this zone. You’ll want to be conscious of elevated currents and small waves at the shoreline while entering and exiting the ocean.

South shore has stronger swell today than the other 2 zones, but snorkeling conditions will be decent at Olowalu (mile marker 14) and on the north end of Ulua Beach. Watch for elevated currents and some waves at the shoreline.

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Monday, March 16


the skinny

Monday morning in Maui will have favorable conditions for snorkeling in all 3 Zones! Underwater visibility is excellent and the ocean is mostly calm. However, there’s a 70% chance of rain this afternoon. AM will likely be best at the beach. 

A large storm is present, far west of Maui—mostly affecting Kauai and Oahu. There’s a 70% chance that we will get some of the rain from this storm later this evening. A Flood Advisory has been issued for Tuesday in Maui as a precaution. We’ll take a “wait and see” approach.

Monday in Maui, Kapalua Bay and Napili Bay will have excellent conditions for snorkeling with green sea turtles and tropical fish! Underwater visibility is good and the ocean is mostly calm. Skies are partly sunny.

Black Rock and Kahekili will both have favorable snorkeling conditions this morning as well! Visibility is clear and the ocean is calm. However, currents are up, especially beyond the tip of Black Rock and at Kahekili Beach. Waves at the shoreline are small but stronger than usual. Be cautious while recreating today.

South Shore has excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling today but stronger than usual waves are expected at the shoreline here. The north end of Ulua Beach and Olowalu (at mile marker 14) are the best destinations for snorkeling on South Shore on Monday. Rain is expected in the PM. 

Get a FREE boogie board or beach chair rental when you reserve 2 or more snorkel sets online. Simply write your selection in the “notes” at checkout. GET YOUR FREE ITEM NOW! 

Sunday, March 15


the skinny

Sunday morning in Maui is unusually calm with excellent snorkeling in all 3 Zones. The ocean’s surface is glassy and underwater visibility is very clear! There’s a lot of moisture in the air with a 50% chance of showers for this afternoon.

High clouds, light wind and favorable ocean conditions have created an incredibly calm atmosphere for snorkeling in Maui this morning.

The specter of rain is with us—it’s already drizzling in some areas—but proper rain may not arrive until later this afternoon or this evening. In the meantime, snorkeling will be really great.

In North West Zone, Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will have excellent conditions for snorkeling today! However, precipitation is most likely in this zone so our scores reflect this possibility. If rain appears, please avoid patches of brown water (rain run-off).

Black Rock has a glassy ocean surface and very clear underwater visibility for snorkeling with green sea turtles this morning! Kahekili Beach will also have favorable snorkeling conditions. Scores will drop if the rain arrives.

On South Shore there are a litany of beaches worth checking out on Sunday. Olowalu (at mile marker 14), Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and the Kamaole Beaches are all propitious destinations for snorkeling this AM.

Get a FREE boogie board or beach chair rental when you reserve 2 or more snorkel sets online. Simply write your selection in the “notes” at checkout. GET YOUR FREE ITEM NOW! .

Saturday, March 14


the skinny

Weather conditions and ocean conditions have improved overnight, raising the scores on the Maui Snorkel Report overnight! We’re expecting good snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones on Saturday.

Mostly sunny skies are the first indication that things may be more favorable Saturday than yesterday’s semi-apocalyptic feeling Friday 13th. 

—>> A note on recent worldwide events from The Snorkel Store family here at the snorkel report. on the island, on the mainland and abroad: Please be good to one another, even though we feel confused, nervous or slightly distanced from each other at the moment. We will get through this together!

We’re expecting mostly sunshine today in Maui and rain is forecast for later this afternoon or this evening.

North West Zone is experiencing a swell, but the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are favorable for snorkeling this morning! Honolua Bay likely has strong waves. Underwater visibility has improved in this zone overnight. However, be cautious of sneaky waves with long period between sets.

The south face of Black Rock will be excellent for snorkeling today! Kahekili Beach will also have good snorkeling but more currents and shore breaking waves are present here. Wind is expected to remain light throughout the day.

On South Shore waves are present at most beaches but Olowalu (at mile marker 14) and the north end of Ulua Beach are favorable spots for snorkeling. There’s a south swell here so be cautious at spots like Makena Landing.

Get a FREE boogie board or beach chair rental when you reserve 2 or more snorkel sets online. Simply write your selection in the “notes” at checkout. GET YOUR FREE ITEM NOW! .

Friday, March 13


the skinny

Weather is expected to be mostly cloudy today with possible sunshine at times. It rained overnight. When the sun comes out, conditions for snorkeling may be favorable at spots like Black Rock and Olowalu.

There’s a 60% chance of rain in Maui today. We expect sun breaks as well, but this morning we’re seeing mostly cloudy weather conditions. 

Black Rock has a glassy ocean surface this morning; if the sun emerges, snorkeling conditions will likely be favorable here! Watch for shore breaking waves Near Ka’anpali, and please stay inside the tip of the rock while snorkeling; currents are stronger the further out you go. 

Wind is expected to be light across the island today.

North West Zone is feeling the effects of a strong north swell this morning. Waves have filled in at Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay. There may be long periods between sets of waves, so be very cautious. Currents are strong here as well. Since it rained overnight, please watch for patches of brown water (rain run-off) and avoid these.

South Shore is experiencing a south swell this morning. Waves are breaking at the shoreline in Makena, Wailea and in Kihei. Olowalu (mile marker 14 on hwy 30) may be the most favorable spot for snorkeling in this zone (if the sun comes out). The north end of Ulua Beach may improve in the afternoon. 

Get a FREE boogie board or beach chair rental when you reserve 2 or more snorkel sets online. Simply write your selection in the “notes” at checkout. GET YOUR FREE ITEM NOW! .

Thursday, March 12


the skinny

Moody weather on Maui is the story of the day: we’re expecting beaches to be partly cloudy with on-off showers. The good news is snorkeling conditions are favorable at many of your go-to spots.

Wind will be light, underwater visibility is often clear and ocean conditions are mostly mellow at many Maui beaches.

Our apologies for missing the rain in Ka’anapali yesterday. We didn’t see it coming and it wasn’t reflected in our report.

Despite the clouds and drizzle this morning in Maui, Black Rock will have excellent ocean conditions for snorkeling! Underwater visibility is clear and ocean conditions are mostly mellow. Since wind will be light today, Kahekili will also have decent snorkeling conditions.

Same goes for South Shore. The north end of Ulua Beach is expected to have calm conditions today and the Wailea area will likely have the least amount of rain of the areas on the Snorkel Report. Waves are expected to be up a notch at the shoreline.

North West Zone will have the moodiest weather on Maui: showers off and on all day long. However, the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will still have decent conditions for snorkeling on Thursday.

A High Surf Advisory has been issued for north facing shores. This will mostly affect beaches north, beyond the Maui Snorkel Report. But waves are expected to increase in NW Zone today. Be cautious in the ocean today, especially at spots like Honolua Bay. If we get some rain in this zone, also watch for patches of brown water (rain run-off) and avoid these.

Get a FREE boogie board or beach chair rental when you reserve 2 or more snorkel sets online. Simply write your selection in the “notes” at checkout. GET YOUR FREE ITEM NOW! .

Wednesday, March 11


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions will be fantastic for snorkeling across Maui today! All 3 Zones have mostly calm conditions with clear underwater visibility and light wind. There are a few clouds in the sky this morning but sunshine is expected to prevail.  

It’s going to be an exceptional day for snorkeling in Maui on Wednesday! 

Mostly calm ocean conditions mixed and lighter wind patterns are creating a very favorable set of circumstances. 

Near Ka’anapali will be the best zone on the island for snorkeling today with South Shore coming in a close 2nd.There are a few more clouds in the sky on South Shore. Black Rock and Kahekili Beach in Near Ka’anapali Zone will be fantastic! 

North West Zone is calm this morning but waves are expected to increase in the afternoon. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will have excellent snorkeling conditions this AM! Please be aware of the possibility of changing ocean conditions throughout the day, especially at Honolua Bay.

On South Shore, Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach will be excellent destinations for snorkeling with green sea turtles and tropical fish! Olowalu (at mile marker 14 on Hwy 30) will also be extremely favorable. 

It’s going to be mostly sunny in Maui today with a few clouds and the possibility of occasional, brief showers. Light, variable winds in the morning will switch over to a light sea breeze in the afternoon.

Get a FREE boogie board or beach chair rental when you reserve 2 or more snorkel sets online. Simply write your selection in the “notes” at checkout. GET YOUR FREE ITEM NOW! .

Tuesday, March 10


the skinny

It’s going to be gorgeous Maui beach day with light wind and plenty of sunshine in all 3 Zones on Tuesday! Snorkeling conditions are fantastic Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore: calm conditions with clear underwater visibility. 

Swell is on the rise in North West Zone.

The strong wind we’ve experienced this past week is finally expected to mellow out today. Combined with clear, sunny weather and calm conditions in many areas, you’ll find plenty of excellent spots for snorkeling in Maui today. Here’s a quick list of favorable beaches for snorkeling on Tuesday:

  • Kahekili Beach
  • Black Rock
  • Olowalu (mile marker 14)
  • The Kamaole Beaches 
  • Ulua Beach
  • Wailea Beach
  • Makena Landing

You’ll find good snorkeling at other spots as well today but these are a few of our flagship, go-to spots.

Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will have sunny weather with light wind and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling today. Small waves are present at the shoreline. 

North West Zone is less favorable for snorkeling today but the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay should still be pretty decent.

A north swell is expected to develop in North West Zone on Tuesday, ushering in stronger currents and more powerful waves. There may be long periods between sets of waves, so please be cautious in this zone. Honolua Bay will feel the affects of this swell most acutely.

While wind is forecast to become much lighter today than it’s been this past week, it may hang around a little longer. If wind sticks around, ocean conditions will be more choppy than forecast here. All signs point to lighter wind today. Please wear turtle-safe sunscreen and always practice ocean safety while recreating! 

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Monday, March 9


the skinny

The Wailea area will have excellent snorkeling and plenty of sunshine today in Maui! Near Ka’anapali Zone is also looking pretty great. Conditions are improving for snorkeling across all 3 zones.

Ocean conditions are mellowing out today and Maui’s weather conditions are improving as well. Trade winds and showers are still present, especially up in North West Zone. Waves are strongest up there as well.

The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will be “okay” for snorkeling today. Watch for waves in the shallows and increased currents. 

Black Rock is very calm this morning with excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling with green sea turtles! Kahekili has improved as well: currents are receding a bit today. Things are mellowing out. Brief, scattered showers are likely. Breezy morning in this zone. 

The Wailea area features the most sunshine and the lightest wind in our 3 snorkeling zones on Monday! Ulua Beach, Waliea Beach, and even the Kamaole Beaches and Olowalu (mile marker 14) will all have excellent snorkeling today.

As always, please practice ocean safety while recreating. Have fun at the beach today!

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Sunday, March 8


the skinny

South Shore will continue to be the best spot on the island for snorkeling on Sunday! A Wind Advisory, which will continue through 6 PM tonight, is making things more complicated in the other zones.

On a mostly sunny day in Maui, the recent Wind Advisory has been extended through 6PM tonight. Wind speeds are expected at 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

North West Zone is very windy this morning with very powerful waves in the shallows and strong currents. A new swell is gaining strength here today. 

It’s windy Near Ka’anapali as well but the ocean’s surface is smooth and the south face of Black Rock has excellent underwater visibility. Currents are up beyond the tip of the rock and at Kahekili Beach. 

Wailea continues to provide reprieve from the wind today in Maui! We expect light, variable wind here today with mostly sunny conditions. The Kamaole Beaches, Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach will be most favorable for snorkeling. 

One note on South Shore: A small south swell is creating small but semi-powerful shore-breaking waves today. Even though snorkeling conditions are good down here, please be cautious entering and exiting the ocean.

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Saturday, March 7


the skinny

Wailea will be the best area in Maui for snorkeling and for recreating at the beach on Saturday! It’s going to become very windy from North West Zone all the way down through Near Ka’anapali Zone and into north Kihei. 

A Wind Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service on Saturday for West Maui. Trade Winds as strong as 55 mph are possible (even in Ka’anapali) today. Please be cautious of objects blowing around. 

In many areas, precipitation is catching a ride on the strong wind. We’re experiencing off and on showers at many beaches this AM, especially in NW Zone. The wind is also creating swell in this zone and some waves at Napili, Kapalua and Honolua. 

The south face of Black Rock has clear underwater visibility for snorkeling but the wind is blowing very hard. Be cautious if you go into the ocean here today. Showers are coming and going here today as well.

The Wailea area is the bright spot for the beach today in Maui! Maui’s dormant volcano Haleakala is blocking much of the wind from negatively affecting much of South Shore. Ulua Beach will be the best spot on the island for snorkeling. The Kamaole Beaches are looking alright too. Winds may remain light in the Makena Landing area as well. Mahalo Haleakala! 

Wailea looks great, but also, nearby wind could create some waves at the shoreline. Please exercise cautious at the beach! Scattered showers are possible here as well.

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Friday, March 6


the skinny

Windy conditions will set the tone for selecting a good snorkeling beach today in Maui. The south end of South Shore, in Wailea and at Makena Landing, will have your most reliable snorkeling spots on Friday.

It’s going to become very windy today in Maui, especially on Maui’s west side and in north Kihei. 

Wind and drizzle will affect North West Zone especially, (this area actually has pretty good ocean conditions for snorkeling) because weather conditions at the bays (Napili, Kapalua, Honolua) will likely become rough. 

Because of the moody weather, we expect to see many arching rainbows appearing above the island today.

Kahekili and Black Rock will both have excellent snorkeling conditions in the AM, but Kahekili will likely become very windy in the afternoon. Black Rock will stay nice all day as long as weather holds up.

Wailea and Makena Landing should have excellent conditions for snorkeling today! The ocean is mostly calm, wind is expected to be light for much of the day, and underwater visibility will be clear for snorkeling with green sea turtles. 

Please, always remember to wear turtle-safe, mineral based sunscreen in the ocean. Weather conditions are somewhat unpredictable this afternoon, so things could become rough later in the day. Rain is also a possibility. 

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Thursday, March 5


All 3 Maui Zones will have excellent snorkeling today! Maui’s beaches are expected to be mostly calm with clear underwater visibility, plenty of sunshine and mostly light wind on Thursday.

When it comes to the Maui Snorkel Report, simple is good. 

Thursday in Maui is expected to be calm and clear with excellent snorkeling most everywhere! Please enjoy a favorable snorkeling day for snorkeling in Maui.

Here’s a quick list of our recommended snorkeling destinations today for all 3 zones:

  • Honolua Bay
  • Kapalua Bay
  • Napili Bay
  • Kahekili Beach
  • Black Rock
  • Olowalu (mile marker 14)
  • Wailea Beach 
  • Ulua Beach

Most of these beaches have clear underwater visibility for snorkeling with tropical fish and green sea turtles, relatively light wind and only small waves at the shoreline!

Waves are strongest at the south end of South Shore today, but they are still relatively small. Trade winds will pick up in the PM but are expected to remain manageable.

Conditions could change throughout the day. As always, be cautious of currents, and practice ocean safety at the beach and have fun!

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Wednesday, March 4


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions have completed a full return to glory after a 3-day transition from recent swells! All 3 zones have calm ocean conditions, clear underwater visibility and plenty of sunshine this morning. Showers are forecast at 40% for this afternoon, but we’ll see.

The sun’s out, the air is fresh, and the ocean is calm. Time to go snorkeling! It’s one of those beautiful March mornings in Maui you’ll remember fondly for years.

Honolua Bay will be favorable for snorkeling this morning for the first time in about a week! Napili and Kapalua will have excellent snorkeling conditions today as well: clear visibility and not much wave action.

Black Rock and Kahekili will both have calm conditions with clear underwater visibility! Near Ka’anapali is going to be absolutely gorgeous today.

Kamaole Beach Park 1 is in play for the first time in a while on South Shore!. Kam 1, Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing will all have favorable conditions for snorkeling on Wednesday.

Weather reports say there’s a decent chance showers may arrive in the PM.

It’s an excellent day for snorkeling! As always, please practice ocean safety while recreating in the ocean.

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Monday, March 3


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions will be improving significantly in Maui today! All 3 zones will have spots with calm conditions and clear underwater visibility. Continue to exercise caution—we’re on the back end of a swell. 

As the swell recedes today in Maui, waves and currents will slowly become less significant than they’ve been the past few days. You may see long periods between sets of waves. Be on the look-out or you may be surprised by a wave entering or exiting the ocean. 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay are looking better for snorkeling this morning than they’ve been in many days. Wind is expected to ease up a bit today here too. Honolua Bay may take a bit longer to clear up.

Black Rock will be absolutely gorgeous today! We’re expecting calm conditions with excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling with green sea turtles. Please remember to  use turtle-safe, mineral based sunscreen while recreating today (we’ve got it in the shop).

Kahekili Beach Park will improve quite a bit for snorkeling on Tuesday. Wind is expected to become lighter today and currents are receding. Might be a good spot to check out—especially if your family’s looking to spread out a bit at the beach.

South Shore will be mostly sunny with the most favorable conditions for snorkeling in Wailea. The north end of Ulua Beach will be excellent today! We’re seeing small waves at most beaches. Lightest wind will be in Wailea and north Kihei will become very windy in the afternoon.

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Monday, March 2


the skinny

Weather is improving in Maui on Monday! We’re expecting mostly sunny skies with the possibility of occasional light tropical showers. Snorkeling conditions will be favorable Near Ka’anapali and especially on South Shore.

Sunshine is burning off the moody weather conditions we experienced in Maui yesterday. Wind will also be lighter than we’ve seen the past few days. 

Swells are fading today, however, you’ll want to be cautious of waves at the shoreline and stronger than usual currents in the ocean. 

Ocean conditions are most difficult for snorkeling in North West Zone today. The north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will have decent underwater visibility for snorkeling. But larger waves are coming in every once in a while and currents are up. Be cautious up here.

The south face of Black Rock will be the best spot for snorkeling Near Ka’anapali. Plenty of sunshine and clear visibility. You’ll want to be cautious of small shore breaking waves entering and exiting the water. Kahekili may improve later (as the swell recedes), but currents are stronger than usual here in the AM.

South Shore will be mostly sunny on Monday with mostly calm wind and occasional brief showers. Olowalu, Ulua Beach and Makena Landing will all have excellent conditions for snorkeling!  

Morning will be best for snorkeling in Maui as showers may blow in on moderate trade winds in the afternoon.

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Sunday, March 1


the skinny

It’s raining in North West Zone and intermittently Near Ka’anapali today. However, snorkeling conditions will still be favorable at the south face of Black Rock and also beyond the shore break at the north end of Ulua Beach. The Wailea area will have the least amount wind and rain on the Maui Snorkel Report on Sunday.

On a moody 1st day of March, most of Maui’s beaches will battle intermittent rain and strong wind. 

A north swell is creating waves and stronger than usual currents at Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay and Honolua Bay. It’s also raining pretty hard up here this AM. Wind is up. 

We’re seeing showers off and on Near Ka’anapali, however, underwater visibility is excellent at the south face of Black Rock and this destination is mostly protected from waves on Sunday. If the weather condition clears up, snorkeling will be favorable here!

Kahekili Beach is more affected by the north swell: more currents, waves and wind. Stay within the parameters of Black Rock for snorkeling. Currents will be much stronger beyond the tip of the rock

You’ll find the least amount of wind and rain of any of the areas on the Maui Snorkel Report in Wailea today. A small but mighty south swell is creating powerful shore breaking waves that are affecting underwater visibility at most beaches. However, beyond the shore break at the north end of Ulua Beach, underwater visibility is more clear. 

Please be cautious of strong waves today, especially when entering and exiting the ocean. Currents are up so please practice ocean safety. Snorkel with a friend. Drink plenty of water. Snorkel 10 – 15 yards from shore, not further out.

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Saturday, February 29


the skinny

The last day of February is looking a little rough for snorkeling in Maui. Swell is increasing today and a high wind advisory has been issued. However, you’ll find favorable conditions at spots like Black Rock—and potentially at Olowalu or Ulua. 

There’s a lot of water moving around in the ocean this morning in Maui and wind and waves are expected to increase throughout the day.

However, there’s still a chance of snorkeling with green sea turtles, tropical fish and colorful reef today. 

The south face of Black Rock will be mostly protected from conditions caused by the north swell today. Underwater visibility should be mostly clear. Please snorkel inside the parameters of the rock. Currents are very strong beyond the tip.

A High Wind Advisory has been issued for Maui today. Kahekili Beach will be windy and currents are up there as well. North West Zone will be strongly affected by wind and swell today. Napili Bay has currents and waves and you can expect the same at Kapalua and Honolua. Be cautious in this zone.

Olowalu (mile marker 14 on Hwy 30) should have decent underwater visibility for snorkeling—it’s likely to avoid much of the swell energy—but the beach could get pretty windy. Could be worth rolling the dice. 

On South Shore, the north end of Ulua Beach looks just “okay” for snorkeling today. Waves at the shoreline are affecting underwater visibility near shore. Currents are stronger than usual throughout the area. Wailea will have the lightest wind in this zone.

Be cautious everywhere you recreate in the ocean today in Maui. Swell is increasing throughout the day.

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Friday, February 28


the skinny

Happy Aloha Friday! Despite winds of up to 38 mph in some places, Maui’s beaches will have clear underwater visibility for snorkeling at many of your favorite spots. We’re expecting plenty of sunshine today as well. 

Black Rock is going to be a fantastic spot for snorkeling today because it’s geographically protected from the strong wind that’s present throughout Maui’s west side.

The south side of the rock on Ka’anapali Beach has virtually no waves, clear underwater visibility and a calm ocean surface. A High Surf Advisory has been issued for north facing shores today, so please stay inside the tip of the rock while snorkeling today. The swell will create stronger currents beyond the tip of the rock. 

It’s going to be a beautiful February day with plenty of sunshine and possible, intermittent light showers in Maui.

North West Zone has increased currents and waves but the north ends of Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will also have good snorkeling. Honolua Bay is probably a no-go. Wind is very strong up here. 

South Shore is less windy in general today. The north end of Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Makena Landing have favorable snorkeling conditions, especially in the morning. North Kihei will become very windy today. Be cautious of small shore breaking waves at the shoreline—as the wind increased in the PM, waves will increase as well. Morning will be best for snorkeling.

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Thursday, February 27


the skinny

Morning clouds will burn off today, replaced by plenty of sunshine and strong winds. Snorkeling conditions will be good at some beaches despite the breezy weather. Be aware of increased currents and shore-breaking waves. 

Geographically protected spots like Black Rock will have clear underwater visibility and mostly calm conditions for snorkeling on Thursday! Strong wind will still be present at the beach and more exposed beaches like Kahekili will become very breezy early. 

Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay will also have good snorkeling even though the bays will be windy by mid-day. Honolua Bay has strong currents and waves from the north swell. You should probably avoid this spot today.

The Wailea and Makena area have the lightest wind on South Shore. Kihei will become very windy. The north end of Ulua Beach and Makena Landing are your top spots for snorkeling. Be cautious of small shore breaking waves entering and exiting the ocean.

Morning will be best for snorkeling in all 3 zones today as wind will pick up as the day moves along.

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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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