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Wednesday, October 21


the skinny

Despite cooler, cloudier weather on Wednesday, ocean conditions are fantastic for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones!

We’d be posting a “Maui Wowie” beach day if it weren’t for the moody skies. The ocean’s surface is calm and underwater visibility is excellent, basically everywhere.

Northwest: 8.0

The ocean’s surface is glassy calm and we’re only seeing tiny waves at shore on Wednesday. Underwater visibility for snorkeling is fantastic!

Patches of sunshine are starting to peek through cloudy skies. We may get some showers today. Temperatures are cooler today as well.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Black Rock and Kahekili are off the charts today—incredible conditions for snorkeling with green sea turtles and tropical fish!

It’s partly cloudy this AM but the best chance of sunny skies are in this zone today.

South Shore: 8.0

Olowalu, The Kamaole Beaches, Wailea and Makena all have favorable conditions for snorkeling today! The ocean’s surface is calm and we’re only seeing small waves at shore.

It’s cloudy this morning but conditions are excellent in the ocean. We expect a light sea breeze this afternoon with a decent chance of scattered showers as well.

Tuesday, October 20


the skinny

It’s a terrific Tuesday for snorkeling with turtles & hanging at the beach! Plenty of sunshine expected throughout the Northwest, Near Ka’anapali and the Southside!

Calm ocean surface and the waves are pretty small- occasional larger waves are possible but not likely today.

The small south swell is rolling right past most of the spots & finding its way only into some of the shallowest areas- Waves may increase a little bit throughout the day. Always stay aware that ocean conditions can change quickly.

South winds picking up this afternoon, clouds passing by later, as well as a chance of isolated showers- a 20% chance.

*Extreme high tide this morning causing flooding in some areas. Affecting visibility near shore early today.

Northwest: 8.0

Excellent conditions on land & sea. The sun is shining. Napili bay, Kapalua bay & Honolua bay all looking great! Waves are pretty small. Occasional larger waves & currents to keep an eye out for.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Wow, it is beautiful on the beach and in the ocean today! Black Rock & Kahekili both look incredible. Small waves are breaking along the shoreline. Slight chance of isolated showers this afternoon along with a sea breeze.

Southside: 7.5

Very nice conditions today! Beautiful sunshine & overall clear visibilty at most spots. Olowalu, Kamole 1, Ulua Beach & parts of Makena looking good. The south swell still causing small waves to break on the shoreline in areas- not very big though & visibility is good once past them. Chance of isolated showers late today.


Monday, October 19


the skinny

Beautiful beach day with favorable snorkeling conditions. Mostly blue skies with passing clouds and a chance of scattered tropical showers off and on. Beach and Snorkeling conditions have improved.

Relatively small south and north swells- Waves are breaking on the shoreline & shallows but the majority of the waves are not very big or powerful & visibility remains good at most spots once past the waves- keep an eye out for the occasional bigger wave. Stay aware of stronger currents around corners of the bays & beaches.

Extreme high tides early in the morning this week causing coastal flooding in areas & could effect visibilty close to shore.

Northwest: 6.5

Good conditions with medium to small waves breaking in areas to be aware of. Napili & Kapalua bays looking good. Mostly to partly sunny with a chance of isolated showers late today. Cooler temps- about 88 f.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Beautiful conditions. Small waves breaking along the shoreline- visibilty is good once past the small breakers. Black Rock & Kahekili look great! Sunny with a chance of afternoon tropical showers. Temperature around 96 f.

Southside: 6.0

Conditions are looking good but waves are breaking along the shoreline. The waves are big enough to be a little more cautious & to effect visibilty. North end of Ulua beach & parts of Olowalu looking good. Chance of afternoon showers.


Sunday, October 18


the skinny

It is a beautiful morning with patches of blue skies mixing in with scattered clouds. Lots of moisture in the air clinging to the mountains and out at sea in areas. The sun will probably burn off most of the clouds along the shoreline.

Possibility of isolated showers off and on throughout the day. Ka’anapali expected to have most sunshine today. Temperatures are a little cooler than yesterday with highs around 90.

Ocean conditions are pretty rough at most snorkel spots. There are waves of various sizes coming in in all 3 zones. A sea breeze from the south is causing bumpy ocean surface in areas.

Northwest: 5.5

Waves breaking above the reef and along the shoreline mixing up the water and currents are strong. There could be long periods between the larger waves. Be cautious. Sun and clouds coming and going throughout the day bringing a chance of isolated showers as well. Waves expected to increase later.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.0

Waves are breaking along the shoreline and currents have gained some strength. Visibility is still decent along the south face of black Rock- be extra cautious today of currents. Sunshine is burning off a lot of the clouds becoming mostly sunny at the beach. Still possible isolated showers.

Southside: 5.0

Waves are breaking along the shoreline, currents are strong and visibility isn’t very good at most spots. Smallest waves are in Olowalu and Kihei. Be cautious. Surf will probably pick up throughout the day. Mostly to partly sunny by late morning but isolated showers are expected later today- highest chance of showers and larger waves in Wailea and Makena.


 

Saturday, October 17


the skinny

High clouds & glassy ocean surface mixed with increasing clouds and increasing waves later today. Another nice tropical, hot and humid day. The sun is beginning to burn off some of the morning clouds. However, isolated showers are expected this afternoon in the Northwest and far south.

This morning the Northwest Zone has the best snorkeling conditions on Maui. The snorkeling conditions on the Southside is being affected by a new small but longer period south swell that picked up more than expected. The waves are stirring up sand in areas. There are small waves in areas near Ka’anapali as well- not too big though. The north swell isn’t showing much yet in the Northwest Zone but is expected to increase sometime, possibly late today.

Northwest: 7.0

Excellent visibility and small waves this morning. Napili bay and Kapalua bay are looking really good! Partly sunny with more clouds expected late this afternoon. A bit cooler temperature than the other zones- high around 89 degrees. Waves are expected to increase so keep an eye out for forerunners on the north swell.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Good conditions but small waves are kicking sand up in areas. Ka’anapali will have the most amount of sunshine this morning and afternoon becoming partly sunny late this afternoon. Along the south face of Black Rock looks nice with a slight bump on the ocean surface. Kahekili is good with very glassy conditions and patchy visibility. Be cautious of small waves along the shoreline. Sunshine is already burning off a lot of the clouds. Heat index of 95 degrees.

Southside: 6.0

Conditions are looking a little iffy throughout the southside. Waves along the shoreline have increased mixing up sand and sediments. Currents have increased as well. The sun is burning off some of the morning clouds which are expected to return later today. South Kihei has the smallest waves in the area. Hot and humid- heat index of 96 degrees.


Friday, October 16


the skinny

It’s Aloha Friday!! The beach is the place to be! Ocean and beach conditions are looking excellent this morning in all 3 Zones! The wind is calm and the temperatures are rising. This afternoon may bring a sea breeze and isolated showers.

Full on tropical paradise today- hot, humid and a chance of isolated showers this afternoon throughout the island. A south breeze up to 13 mph in some areas.

The south small swell is slowly fading and there is a north swell that may begin to show along the shores of the Northwest Zone later today.

Northwest: 8.0

Excellent conditions! Calm wind and scattered clouds in areas. Napili bay, Kapalua bay and Honolua bay are all good!

Waves are small this morning but may increase later today but not much swell energy is expected to make it into the Zone today. The breeze from the south is converging with a slight east breeze this afternoon may mix things up slightly. Ocean conditions should be nice all day.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Black Rock and Kahekili both have incredible conditions today! Calm wind, clear visibility and small waves along the shoreline.

Mostly sunny today with high scattered high clouds. As the humidity rises the chance of isolated tropical showers will increase later today.

Southside: 7.5

Olowalu, South Kihei and Wailea are the call! Improving conditions as the south swell fades a bit more today!

There may be some waves breaking on parts of the beaches- North end of Ulua beach has very small waves and slightly larger waves on the south end. Visibility is really clear at most spots. A heat index of 100 degrees today. High chance tropical showers by this afternoon throughout the Zone.


Thursday, October 15


the skinny

On the 1st day that mainland visitors are allowed to visit Maui (without quarantine) in 6 months, there’s barely a cloud in the island’s bright blue sky.

We expect hot, humid conditions on Thursday with barely any wind. Ocean conditions for snorkeling are fantastic! Underwater visibility is excellent at most spots and the ocean’s surface is glassy calm.

Small waves are breaking on South Shore and Near Ka’anapali. There’s a 20% chance of isolated showers in moments today.

North West: 8.5

Ocean conditions are fantastic for snorkeling on Thursday! Underwater visibility is clear. The ocean’s surface is calm. It’s going to be hot and humid with clear, sunny skies.

In the afternoon, we may see isolated showers and scattered clouds (which is why the score isn’t even higher). All 3 bays are good-to-go for snorkeling.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Near Ka’anapali looks excellent today! It’s going to be hot and sunny on Thursday with barely any wind.

Small waves are present, especially south of Black Rock, but underwater visibility remains excellent. Kaheklii has the smallest waves in the zone. Great day for snorkeling with turtles!

South Shore: 7.0

Olowalu, Kamaole 1 and Wailea are looking really nice for snorkeling today! Waves are present from a south swell—but they’re not too big.

It’s going to be a gorgeous day for the beach: hot and sunny with clear skies and light wind. There’s a chance of isolated showers in the afternoon. enty of sunshine. Kihei and Wailea will have the smallest waves and a light sea breeze.

Wednesday, October 14


the skinny

Trade winds have calmed down on Wednesday, resulting in a gorgeous, sunny beach day in Maui with high humidity. We expect a light sea breeze to cool things off a bit.

There’s barely a cloud in the sky and the ocean’s surface is glassy calm. Snorkeling conditions are excellent in all 3 zones, however, South Shore is seeing a small swell that’s compromising visibility near the shore break.owever, South Shore is seeing a small swell that’s compromising visibility near the shore.

NW: 8.5

Visibility is excellent for snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish this morning! The ocean’s surface is glassy and we’re only seeing small waves at shore.

It’s going to be hot and sunny on Wednesday! Trade winds are mellow so you should be able to get in some good snorkeling into the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Snorkeling conditions are excellent all day long near Ka’anapali! There’s barely a cloud in the sky and wind is light today. Underwater visibility is fantastic.

A small south swell is bringing some waves to the shoreline. Also, currents are up a bit beyond the tip of Black Rock.

Southside: 7.5

Ocean conditions are favorable today despite a small south swell that’s compromising underwater visibility right at the shoreline.

Beyond the shore break you’ll find clear visibility at many spots. It’s an absolutely fantastic day for the beach with clear skies and plenty of sunshine. Kihei and Wailea will have the smallest waves and a light sea breeze.

Tuesday, October 13


the skinny

—>> THE SNORKEL STORE’S MAUI REPORT

It is a terrific Tuesday morning for snorkeling with turtles! Visibility is really good throughout the 3 Zones! The wind is calm this morning in all 3 zones and is expected to become strong by this afternoon in the Northwest Zone and in parts of the Southside.

The waves remain pretty small early today but are expected to increase as the wind picks up out in the channels sending local wind waves toward the shoreline. The small south swell and a small northwest swell may increase as well today- most of the energy is being blocked by the nearby islands.

NW: 6.5

Fair conditions. Ocean surface is glassy this morning and the waves are small. Visibility is good, however dark clouds are moving into the area and with it a chance of scattered showers. Trade winds are forecast to blow pretty strong this afternoon with gusts up to 26 mph which will make for some wild conditions in all but the most wind protected areas. Wind is already starting to pick up. Northwest swell has been mostly blocked by the nearby islands, waves could pick up later today.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Great conditions for snorkeling today! Calm ocean surface and visibility is looking really good at Black Rock and Kahekili beach this morning. Small waves breaking along the shoreline to keep an eye on. Waves and currents may increase as the wind picks up in the Northwest Zone sending wind waves into the area this afternoon. Scattered clouds early this morning becoming mostly sunny. There’s a chance that isolated showers will make it down off the mountains, but they probably won’t reach the shoreline until late this afternoon.

Southside: 7.0

Snorkeling conditions are looking good. Glassy ocean conditions this morning. There are small waves breaking along the shoreline, but visibility remains pretty good at most spots throughout the Southside.  Partly sunny today and there is a higher chance of scattered showers this afternoon. Trade winds are also expected to gust up to 28 mph. Earliest and strongest wind in the northern and far southern areas of the Southside. Waves will probably pick up more this afternoon as well due to slightly building south swell and strong winds in the channels sending wind waves toward the shoreline.


Monday, October 12


the skinny

—>> THE SNORKEL STORE’S MAUI REPORT

On this beautiful Maui Monday the snorkeling conditions are looking really good! There are high clouds throughout the island and a slight chance of isolated showers far north and far south. Trade winds will pick up a little more today out of the east gusting up to 23 mph. There’s a small south swell and a smaller north swell in the water. The waves are just big enough to keep an eye on while entering the water and to make currents stronger in some areas.

Northwest: 7.5

Snorkeling conditions are looking good in the bays! The waves are small and visibility is good. Partly sunny today. Scattered high clouds with thicker cloud cover coming and going and there is a slight chance of isolated showers. Trade winds are expected to reach about 20 mph today. Winds will be out of the east so Napili bay & Kapalua bay should be nice most of the day. The small north swell is slowly filing in. Waves in this zone have increased in the most exposed areas further north.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.0

Beautiful snorkeling conditions! Kahekili looks great! There is a small mid period south swell causing elevated currents but still relatively small waves to break along the shoreline near Black Rock. Visibility is very good throughout the zone! Scattered clouds early this morning becoming mostly sunny. Stronger gusts of winds may reach the area late this afternoon.

Southside: 7.0

Very nice snorkeling conditions! South Kihei and Wailea are best! The small south swell is causing some waves to break along the shoreline in some areas. Visibility remains good once past the small waves. Mostly sunny in Kihei becoming partly sunny further south. Breezy this afternoon. North end of Ulua beach is looking nice!

 


Sunday, October 11


the skinny

—>> THE SNORKEL STORE’S MAUI REPORT

Gorgeous Sunday morning with beautiful conditions for hanging at the beach and snorkeling! Waves are small today and visibility is really good throughout the 3 Zones!

There are moisture filled clouds slowly approaching from the east- the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala will probably keep a lot of the moisture from reaching the shoreline for most of the day- there is an increased possibility of isolated showers this afternoon in all zones by this evening.

Northwest: 7.5

Conditions are looking really good in the bays of the Northwest Zone with only small waves and a light breeze this morning. There are some clouds and a slight chance of isolated showers throughout the day. Partly sunny with clouds coming and going. Napili bay and Kapalua bay have more sunshine than Honolua bay. East/northeast wind with gusts up to 20 mph this afternoon. A northwest swell is heading our way but probably will not have much impact today.

Near Ka’anapali: 8.5

Beautiful sunny Sunday beach day! Excellent visibility! Black Rock and Kahekili have awesome conditions this morning! Small waves along the shoreline. Calm wind this morning- Breezy this afternoon. Wind is expected to gust up to 22 mph in the northern reaches of the zone, which may cause conditions to become a little rough this afternoon at Kahekili beach. The south face of Black Rock will most likely remain nice all day long. Lots of moisture in the mountains so there’s a chance that a few clouds may reach out off and on later today.

Southside: 8.0

Beautiful conditions throughout the Southside. Olowalu, South Kihei, Wailea into Makena all have excellent visibility this morning. Waves are small and wind is calm. Trade winds expected to pick up this afternoon and clouds will probably move into the area later today possibly making some spots a little rough this afternoon- strongest wind & highest chance of isolated showers in the Makena area.

 


Saturday, October 10


the skinny

—>> THE SNORKEL STORE’S MAUI REPORT

Beautiful beach day and favorable snorkeling conditions! Lots of sunshine today! Winds are expected to remain calm near Ka’anapali and throughout the Southside. An east wind with strong gusts expected in the Northwest Zone. The south and north swells continue to fade- the waves are not very large, however waves are still breaking on the shoreline and in the shallows.

Northwest: 7.5

Snorkeling conditions are looking really good this morning in the Northwest Zone. Napili bay, Kapalua bay and Honolua bay have excellent visibility this morning! There are still some waves breaking in the shallowest areas to keep an eye out for. Mostly sunny and breezy this afternoon. Trade winds are forecast to gust up to 23 mph out of the east this afternoon before calming down again.

 

Ka’anapali: 8.5

Excellent conditions this today. Kahekili beach and Black Rock both have excellent snorkeling conditions. Mostly sunny all day and the wind is expected to remain a light breeze all day. Although not very big, there are still waves breaking on the shoreline in areas of the beach and currents are flowing around the tip of Black Rock.

 

Southside: 7.0

Conditions continue to improve! Smaller waves on the shoreline today. Once past the small breakers visibility is looking really good at most spots from Kihei into Wailea. North end of Ulua beach and the Kamaole beaches are looking good! The Makena area will have slightly larger waves. Wind is expected to remain light for most of the day. There is a 20% chance of isolated showers this afternoon moving into Makena.


Friday, October 9


the skinny

—>> THE SNORKEL STORE’S MAUI REPORT

Happy Aloha Friday!!! Conditions have improved in all 3 Zones. Waves are still breaking in areas due to the continuing south swell and a new smaller north swell. Mostly sunny skies with a chance of scattered clouds and isolated showers in all 3 zones at some point today. Ka’anapali is looking best for snorkeling with turtles on Maui today. Keep an eye out for waves as there may be longer periods between sets of the slightly larger waves.

Northwest: 6.5

Conditions and visibility have improved in the smaller bays of Napili and Kapalua. Small north swell causing waves to break over the shallowest parts of the reef. Please be aware that waves are expected to increase in this zone at some point today. Mostly sunny with a chance of scattered clouds and isolated showers moving through the zone late this morning. Trade winds picking up this afternoon as well.

Ka’anapali: 7.5

Black Rock and Kahekili both have improved visibility and conditions. There are still small waves breaking along the shoreline and slightly elevated currents, but things have calmed down quite a bit. Mostly sunny today. There is a slight chance that scattered clouds and isolated showers may come and go this afternoon. Only a light breeze is expected today.

Southside: 6.0

Waves and currents have slowed a little but are still breaking along the shoreline throughout the Southside. Visibility has improved slightly but keep an eye out for sets of waves- there may be long periods between the slightly larger sets. Mostly sunny with scattered clouds & possibility of isolated showers moving in from the Makena area. Trade winds increasing this afternoon.


Thursday, October 8


the skinny

—>> THE SNORKEL STORE’S MAUI REPORT

Black Rock and Kahekili have clear visibility for snorkeling beyond the shore breaking waves on Thursday! It’s a beautiful beach day Near Ka’anapali, however, be cautious of strong currents beyond the tip of Black Rock.

South Shore and North West Zone are experiencing swell conditions. Waves aren’t huge but they’re big enough to mess up visibility at many spots.

North West: 6.0

It’s a gorgeous, sunny day in North West Zone but waves are strong and underwater visibility for snorkeling is very hit and miss. Sand is affecting visibility at the 3 bays.

Trade winds are expected to increase in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Black Rock and Kahekili have excellent visibility for snorkeling beyond the shore breaking waves on Thursday!

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day with a light breezy expected for most of the day. Currents are strong beyond the tip of Black Rock. Be extremely cautious while snorkeling further out.

South Shore: 5.5

The recent south swell continues on Thursday. Waves are present at most beaches across South Shore.

It’s a gorgeous day for the beach but underwater visibility for snorkeling is compromised at most spots. We expect full sunshine with an onshore breeze in the afternoon.

Wednesday, October 7


the skinny

—>> North Ka’anapali Beach will likely be your best spot for snorkeling on Wednesday as south and north swells are negatively affecting visibility in other areas.

Kahekili still has waves, but beyond the break, visibility for snorkeling with turtles is favorable. We expect mostly sunny skies and light wind Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore today while North West Zone may become a lil’ cloudy later.

North West: 6.0

On a beautiful, sunny morning in North West Zone, decent sized waves are present at the 3 main snorkeling bays. A north swell is filling in and strong currents are affecting underwater visibility.

Mid-morning we expect scattered clouds to roll in, possibly bringing isolated showers. Trade winds with gusts up to 22 mph will arrive in the afternoon. Be extra cautious while recreating in the ocean in this zone today.

Near Ka’anapali: 6.5

Kahekili Beach is the spot today. Waves from the south swell are present throughout this zone but underwater visibility is favorable beyond the break at North Ka’anapali Beach.

It’s a sunny, gorgeous beach day here with light wind that should extend into the afternoon. Currents are strongest beyond the tip of Black Rock.

South Shore: 5.5

It’s gorgeous down here today but ocean conditions are not cooperating for snorkeling.

A south swell has fully filled in, bringing with it strong waves and currents that are negatively affecting underwater visibility. Waves are smallest in Kihei and largest in Wailea and Makena. However, it’s an excellent day for the beach with plenty of sunshine and light wind for most of the day.

Tuesday, October 6


The skinny

___>> Beautiful beach day and excellent snorkeling conditions. Mostly sunny skies expected all day near Ka’anapali and in the Northwest Zone! Waves are breaking at most of the snorkeling spots on the Southside.

The south swell is still slowly building in size causing visibility to slowly diminish and currents to gain strength at many snorkeling spots along the Southside. Ka’anapali has the best conditions and most sunshine! The Northwest Zone is looking excellent today as well. There is the possibility that waves may increase near Ka’anapai late today.

Northwest: 7.5

Great snorkeling conditions this morning! The waves have subsided drastically, although there are some waves rolling through every once & a while. The currents have mellowed out a lot and visibility has improved. There are some scattered clouds near Kapalua early this morning and trade winds are expected to gust up to 18 mph this afternoon. Inside the wind protected bays of the Northwest Zone, along the shoreline, conditions should stay nice most of the day then may become a little rough this afternoon before calming down again.

Ka’anapali: 8.0

Awesome snorkeling conditions this morning! Small waves along the shoreline as the south swell has been slow to reach Ka’anapali- waves are expected to increase later today- Please stay aware of the possibility of currents and shore breaking waves increasing. Excellent visibility at Black Rock and Kahekili this morning! Mostly sunny skies and light breeze expected all day!

Southside: 6.0

Beautiful morning. Waves are breaking on the shoreline and currents have picked up. Waves and currents are expected to gain strength throughout the day throughout the zone. Mostly sunny this morning. Clouds and a chance of scattered showers are expected to move in from the south late this morning. Trade winds expected to gust up to 20 mph in the usually windier areas. The Wailea and Makena areas have the largest waves crashing on the shoreline. South Kihei spots such as Kamaole Beach Park 1 have smaller waves and good visibility.


Monday, October 5


The skinny

__>>>It is a gorgeous Maui Monday morning! Sunny skies and light wind this morning. Snorkeling conditions are great near Ka’anapali all day and throughout the Southside most of the day! Trade winds expected to gain some speed in the usual areas later which could cause choppy conditions on the Southside. Conditions in the Northwest Zone still aren’t quite safe & clear enough yet as the dangerous north swell effecting this zone continues to slowly drop in size.

Northwest: 5.5

The large north swell continues to slowly fade. Waves are still flowing into most of the bays and crashing over the reef. Small sections of Napili & Kapalua bays have somewhat smaller waves but currents remain strong. Visibility and conditions are not looking good for snorkeling in this zone. Isolated showers expected later today. Gusty east/northeast trade winds this afternoon.

Ka’anapali: 8

Mostly sunny today! Great beach day with great snorkeling conditions. Along the south face of Black Rock is the best spot in this zone with smaller waves and not much sand being kicked around- stronger currents past the tip of the Rock.A little breezy this afternoon with gusts up to 13 mph. There are some waves on the shoreline near kahekili to keep an eye on while entering the water then visibility improves not too far from shore.

Southside:7.0

Mostly blue skies today and good snorkeling conditions this morning. Olowalu, South Kihei, Wailea and the Makena spots are all looking really nice this morning. Winds expected to increase in the usual areas later today and could cause conditions to become choppy later. Waves along the shoreline are still very small. There is a small but long period south swell in the water that is expected to build so please keep an eye out for the possibility of larger waves increasing at some point.


Sunday, October 4


The skinny

___>>Beautiful Sunday beach day! Sunny skies expected in all 3 Zones! Trade winds picking up later today. Snorkeling conditions are good throughout the South Zone and Ka’anapali. The Northwest Zone still has powerful waves breaking and strong currents. Ka’anapali and the South Side have smaller waves. South swell heading our way could begin to show late today in some areas. Winds possibly up to 20 mph in the Northwest Zone and parts of the South Side this afternoon.

Northwest: 3.5

Dangerous Ocean conditions persist today! Large waves breaking and strong rip currents throughout the Northwest Zone. The large and powerful north swell is expected to begin slowly winding down later today. There may be slightly longer periods between the larger waves so please be aware and use caution. Trade winds out of the east this afternoon & mostly sunny skies.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.0

Another beautiful beach day! Trade winds out of the northeast pick up a little more today. The conditions along Black Rocks south face are looking really good with clear visibility- stronger currents around the tip. There are some waves breaking on the shoreline along with stronger than usual currents to be aware of. Kahekili beach has slightly larger shore break and stronger currents caused by the north swell making it further south than usual.

South Shore: 7.5

Beautiful beach weather and small waves! Mostly Sunny skies.  Calm wind this morning, breezy conditions expected this afternoon as trade winds pick up today. Small waves breaking along the shoreline to be aware of. Visibility is good once past the small waves at most beaches. South Kihei, Wailea and Makena looking good. There is an approaching south swell – Waves could start picking up later today so please keep an eye out.


Saturday, October 3


The skinny

__>>It is a beautiful Maui day filled with sunshine! South Shore and Near Ka’anapali have favorable snorkeling conditions while the Northwest Zone remains hazardous. Trade winds are beginning to make a comeback bringing mostly sunny skies and less humidity to Maui. There is a very small south swell and a very large and powerful north swell. Entering the water is not recommended in the Northwest Zone. Black Rock in Ka’anapali and most of the South Zone are the call!

Northwest: 2.5

Very dangerous Ocean conditions again today. The new north swell has filled in and very large, powerful waves are crashing throughout the zone. Currents are extremely strong in most areas. Skies are expected to remain sunny today along with breezy trade winds this afternoon. Please be extra-cautious while along the shoreline today as larger waves can seemingly come out of nowhere and wash far up the beach.

 

Ka’anapali: 7.0

Absolutely beautiful beach day. Sunny skies expected all day. There are some waves on the shoreline and currents have gained strength due to power from the north swell making it further south than usual. Visibility is being effected by this along the shores of Kahekili where currents and waves are stronger which is keeping the score from being higher. Along the south face of Black Rock snorkeling conditions look great!

 

South shore: 8.0

Snorkeling conditions are to excellent in the South Zone this morning! Small waves along the shoreline at most beaches. Blue skies and sunshine is expected for much of the zone for most of the day. Clouds could begin to form in far south in the Makena area later today with the slight possibility of scattered showers. Could become breezy in the the zone this afternoon.


Friday, October 2


 

The skinny

—>>Absolutely beautiful morning with light wind and mostly clear skies. Clouds are expected to increase this afternoon and bring a chance of scattered showers and heavy rain along with the possibility of thunderstorms. Conditions are looking really good this morning near Ka’anapali and in the South ZoneThere is a low pressure system that is approaching and is expected to move from east to west over Maui today.

A larger and more powerful north swell is expected to fill in today overlapping the current north swell. This will continue to effect the Northwest Zone. Conditions are already dangerous in the Northwest.

Northwest: 3.0

Hazardous ocean conditions. Large waves expected to increase in size as a new north swell is expected to begin to fill in. Very strong currents and rip tides throughout the Zone. Mostly sunny early this morning becoming partly cloudy by this afternoon. 30% chance of showers and possible thunderstorms with heavy rain at times later today.

Near Ka’anapali: 7.5

Conditions are looking good early this morning in Ka’anapali. Good visibility. The blue skies early this morning are expected to give way to clouds along with a 30% chance of scattered showers and possible thunder storms with a chance of heavy rain at times. Hot and humid today. Kahekili and Black Rock have a calm ocean surface this morning although currents are strong in areas due to the north swell. Black Rock is best throughout the day

South Shore: 7.0

Very nice conditions early this morning. Mostly clear skies early. Clouds are expected to increase throughout the day. 40% chance of heavy scattered showers and possible thunder storms later this afternoon. There are small waves on the shoreline in some areas affecting visibility close to shore. South Kihei, Wailea and northern Makena area have the best conditions today.


Thursday, October 1


The skinny

—>> Conditions are favorable for snorkeling near Ka’anapali and in the South Zone this morning. Strong north swell causing hazardous conditions in the Northwest Zone.

Hot and humid throughout the 3 Zones today. Sunny early this morning with clouds moving in by this afternoon which may bring some tropical showers later today.

North West Zone 3.5

There is a powerful north swell causing hazardous conditions in many areas in this zone.

Beautiful morning. Blue skies and light wind out of the east early this a.m. expected to become hot, humid and breezy this by early this afternoon with a chance of scattered tropical showers.

Most spots have waves breaking over the reef, on the shoreline and currents have become strong.  Use caution and keep an eye out for larger waves washing onto the beach.  It is possible to find little corners of the smaller bays where conditions are good but please remain cautious that conditions can change quickly with the tide.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5

Beautiful, mostly sunny, very hot and humid day today with a heat index of 103 degrees.

There is a slight chance of isolated tropical showers later, although not very likely. Winds expected to become a little breezy out of the north. There are some waves breaking on the shoreline effecting visibility- larger waves along Kahekili and smaller waves south of Black Rock where visibility looks pretty good. Be cautious of strong currents.

South Shore 7.0

Beautiful mostly sunny early this morning. Clouds are forecast to move into the zone by this afternoon bringing a chance of scattered showers. Hot and humid with light winds in most areas of this zone for much of the day. Stronger sea breeze this afternoon will probably make ocean conditions a bit choppy this afternoon in many areas. There is a small south swell causing some waves on the shoreline to be cautious of and currents stronger than usual as well. The Wailea are looks best.


Monday, August 31


The skinny

—>> Tomorrow will be the first day of our pause of the Maui Report. We’re not going to make a big deal about it because we plan to resume the Maui Report when business activity picks up on the island.

We’ll be thinking of you every single day. You’re in our hearts. Please keep The Snorkel Store in yours.

Now let’s get out there and snorkel with turtles!

The Red Flag Warning has been extended through this evening for Hawaii: Dry brush mixed with strong trade winds make for enhanced fire danger.

Conditions are favorable for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones on Monday! Morning will be best as trade winds will become strong in the afternoon.

South Shore and Near Ka’anapali are sunny and beautiful this morning. North West Zone is a little cloudy this AM, moving to full sunshine by mid-day.

North West Zone 7.0

It’s cloudy up here this morning with isolated showers coming and going. By mid-day we expect full sunshine.

Underwater visibility is favorable for snorkeling at the most protected corners of the bays today. Strong trade winds are keeping the scores from being higher. Currents will be up a bit from the strong wind.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Near Ka’anapali is sunny this morning with light wind and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling!

The ocean’s surface is calm and we’re only seeing small waves lapping at the shoreline. There’s lots of moisture in the mountains so we may see some sprinkles here and there. Breezy trade winds will arrive in the afternoon.

South Shore 8.0

Monday morning is very favorable for snorkeling on South Shore! Kihei, Wailea and Makena have excellent underwater visibility with only small waves at the shoreline.

This afternoon, ocean conditions may become a little rough with the arrival of strong trade winds. Scores would be higher if it weren’t for the windy afternoon.

We expect full sunshine for most of the day. In the afternoon we may get some isolated showers in Wailea and in Makena.

Sunday, August 30


the skinny

On the 2nd to the last day of the Maui Report before our PAUSE, a Red Flag Fire Weather Warning has been issued for the state of Hawaii for the next 24 hours.

This means there’s excessive risk of fire danger because of insufficient precipitation and strong wind. Maui County should have more precipitation than other areas in Hawaii, but the the Red Flag Warning is something to be aware of.

—>> We expect Sunday to be favorable for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones!

Trade winds will be strong in the afternoon but the ocean’s surface is mostly calm, waves are small, and underwater visibility is favorable at many spots.

North West Zone 7.0

Scattered clouds and morning wind will turn into full sunshine this afternoon. Underwater visibility is excellent for snorkeling at the bays this morning.

Waves are very small, however, they could increase in size with stronger afternoon wind. There’s a 30% chance of AM showers but overall, ocean conditions should be favorable for snorkeling in this zone.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

It’s going to be sunny and breezy here today, however, the ocean’s surface should remain calm because of the favorable direction of the wind.

Underwater visibility remains fantastic in this zone. We expect Near Ka’anapali to be beautiful today. Currents have gained some strength due to consistent wind overnight.

South Shore 7.5

South Kihei and Wailea will have the lightest wind on Sunday—making them the most favorable areas for snorkeling.

Underwater visibility is still favorable at most spots, even though waves have increased in size by a few inches. We expect sunny weather conditions today.

In the afternoon, strong wind will fill in the beaches. Makena may get some light showers in the PM as well.

Saturday, August 29


the skinny

Conditions for snorkeling are fantastic Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore on Saturday! In North West Zone the weather is a little moody this morning, but we expect full sunshine by the afternoon.

This afternoon, things are going to get pretty windy in North West Zone and Near Ka’anpali. Scores would be higher but for strong trade winds.

North West Zone 7.5

Ocean conditions for snorkeling are fantastic at the bays. Weather is moody this morning with clouds coming off the mountains and isolated showers threatening.

We expect full sunshine this afternoon with normal trade winds. Underwater visibility is fantastic at Kapalua, Honolua and Napili. The ocean’s surface is calm and we’re barely seeing any waves.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s an epic day for snorkeling Near Ka’anapali on Saturday! The ocean’s surface is glassy calm, underwater visibility is fantastic and we aren’t seeing any waves at shore.

We expect full sunshine with possible scattered clouds here and there. Trade winds will be present in the afternoon.

South Shore 8.0

South Kihei and Wailea have incredible conditions for snorkeling on Saturday! The entire region should be pretty good for most of Saturday.

Underwater visibility is fantastic this morning, the ocean’s surface is calm, and we’re only seeing small waves at shore.

In the afternoon, things could become a little choppy but overall it’s going to be an excellent day for snorkeling on South Shore.

Friday, August 28


the skinny

It’s a Maui Wowie beach day with incredible conditions for snorkeling in all 3 zones!

The ocean’s surface is glassy (no waves to speak of), underwater visibility is crystal clear, and we’re expecting warm, sunny weather at the beach. Enjoy this exceptional day for snorkeling with turtles and tropical fish in Maui.

North West Zone 8.5

Conditions are fantastic for snorkeling at the bays this morning! Underwater visibility is ridiculously clear. The ocean’s surface is glassy. We expect full sunshine all day long.

It’s already a little breezy, and in the afternoon, trade winds will pick up. Overall, it’s an exceptional day for snorkeling in this zone.

Near Ka’anapali 9.0

It’s an epic day for snorkeling Near Ka’anapali! The ocean’s surface is glassy calm and underwater visibility is off the charts for clarity. There are barely any waves at the shoreline.

We expect the weather to remain sunny, hot, and beautiful all day long. In the afternoon, the northern beaches will become a little breezy. Grab your gear and head out to snorkel with turtles.

South Shore 8.5

Ocean conditions are amazing on South Shore this morning! We’re not seeing any waves—not even a ripple on the ocean’s surface. Snorkeling conditions will be favorable across this zone. Underwater visibility is fantastic.

We expect sunny, hot, beautiful weather all day long. Strong trade winds will arrive in the afternoon. Until then, head out for an epic day of snorkeling.

Thursday, August 27


the skinny

The recent south swell has almost fully receded, opening up South Shore and Near Ka’anapali Zones to excellent snorkeling.

North West Zone looks good too but strong trade winds are mixing things up a bit. Morning will be best across the island.

North West Zone 7.0

We’re seeing clouds and isolated showers up here this AM. By mid-day North West Zone should get full sunshine.

Underwater visibility is excellent at the most protected corners of the bays. However, we’re seeing some small wind-waves from trade winds already this morning.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Snorkeling should be fantastic throughout the morning Near Ka’anapali! The recent south swell has receded, mellowing out waves and currents.

Underwater visibility is excellent and we’re expecting plenty of sunshine today. In the afternoon, trade winds will affect the north end of Ka’anapali Beach.

South Shore 8.0

Waves are flat as a pancake this morning on South Shore. The recent south swell has receded and snorkeling will be extremely favorable this morning across the zone.

It’s going to be windy this afternoon, and things could become rough.

In the meantime, it’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day with excellent conditions for snorkeling.

Wednesday, August 26


the skinny

We expect plenty of sunshine and excellent snorkeling conditions across all 3 Maui Zones on Wednesday! The recent south swell has mostly receded overnight.

Trade winds will fill in most beaches in the afternoon.There are still small waves at the shoreline, but overall, underwater visibility has greatly improved.

North West Zone 8.0

It’s going to be mostly sunny in North West Zone on Wednesday with the possibility of isolated showers here and there.

Ocean conditions look really nice at the bays. Clear underwater visibility for snorkeling and a mostly calm ocean surface. Small waves if any.

This afternoon, trade winds will become gusty—speeds up to 28 mph.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

We expect beautiful, hot, sunny weather Near Ka’anapali today! The recent swell has receded, waves are smaller, and underwater visibility is excellent for snorkeling.

This afternoon, strong trade winds will arrive—especially at the northern end of Ka’anapali Beach.

South Shore 7.5

Waves have become smaller overnight as the recent south swell is receding. Underwater visibility for snorkeling is improving across South Shore.

We expect beautiful, sunny weather for most of Wednesday. This afternoon we may get some cloud cover near Makena.

It’s a transition day, so some waves and currents are present at the beaches. Strong trade winds are expected this afternoon.

Tuesday, August 25


the skinny

It’s a gorgeous morning in Maui with more reliable sunshine today than we’ve seen over the past week.

North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali will have fantastic snorkeling conditions today. The recent south swell is still creating strong currents and waves on South Shore.

North West Zone 8.0

It’s extra calm and beautiful up here this morning! Showers are possible but we expect weather to be mostly sunny here today.

Ocean conditions are excellent for snorkeling! Underwater visibility is fantastic and we’re only seeing very small waves at shore.

The afternoon will still be breezy, and currents will increase further out in the ocean as the day moves along.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day Near Ka’anapali on Tuesday!

Moisture will likely stick to the mountains and Ka’anapali Beach will probably have blue skies all day long.

The beaches north of Black Rock are super calm with a glassy ocean surface and clear underwater visibility! South of Black Rock, currents are up a bit and you’ll find more waves at the shoreline.

Trade winds will fill in the beaches in the afternoon.

South Shore 6.0

Swell waves and currents are affecting underwater visibility for snorkeling in this zone. Waves aren’t large but they’re surprisingly powerful. Be cautious at shore down here today.

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny day for the beach on South Shore. South Kihei has the smallest waves in this zone for recreating in the ocean.

In the afternoon, we expect scattered showers in Makena and possibly in Wailea.

Monday, August 24


the skinny

On Monday we expect slightly cooler temps in Maui with similar ocean condition that we’ve experienced this past week.

Snorkeling will be favorable in all 3 Zones, however, waves, currents, and wind will affect underwater visibility at different spots throughout the day.

North West Zone 7.0

Isolated morning showers are likely to burn off to mostly sunny skies in North West Zone afternoon. Slightly cooler temps are expected today.

Snorkeling is favorable at the most protected areas of the shoreline. Underwater visibility is excellent and we’re only seeing very small waves.

Breezy trade winds are expected in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5

It’s going to be a gorgeous, sunny beach day with plenty of sunshine and slightly cooler temps.

Snorkeling conditions are excellent this morning. We’re seeing small waves at the beaches but underwater visibility is favorable beyond the shore break.

Please be cautious currents from the small south swell. Breezy trade winds will be present in the afternoon.

South Shore 6.5

A small south swell continues to create waves and currents many beaches on South Shore. Underwater visibility is still favorable at beaches with less sand.

It’s going to be a beautiful beach day with sunny skies and mellow wind in the morning. Snorkeling will be best in the AM. Things could become more rough in the afternoon as trade winds pick up.

Please be cautious of currents and waves today.

Sunday, August 23

the skinny

North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali Zones will have excellent conditions for snorkeling on Sunday.

A south swell is affecting the beaches south of Black Rock and most areas on South Shore today. Waves aren’t big, but water is moving around quite a bit, affecting visibility.

It’s going to be hot, sunny, and humid today with occasional scattered showers and breezy wind in the afternoon.

North West Zone 8.0

North West Zone looks fantastic this morning! Ocean conditions are inviting and underwater visibility is clear.

We expect weather to be mostly sunny here today with occasional scattered showers.Small waves will be present throughout the day. Breezy trade winds later.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5]
Kahekili and North Kana’apali Beach will be the most mellow part of this zone for snorkeling today. A small south swell is creating a bit more motion in the ocean on the beaches south of Black Rock.

It’s going to be hot, sunny, and humid here today with breezy trade winds in the afternoon.

South Shore 6.5

There are more waves at the shoreline and currents in the ocean on South Shore today. Waves aren’t large in size, but underwater visibility will be affected.

You still may be able to find decent spots for snorkeling, but overall it’s going to be very hit and miss.

Weather is gorgeous down here today: hot, humid, and sunny. Occasional showers may arrive in Makena and Wailea in the PM.

Saturday, August 22


the skinny

North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali may be a little moody this morning—clouds and isolated showers are present—but we expect full sunshine by mid-day.

Snorkeling conditions are favorable across the island. However, currents, small waves and wind are affecting underwater visibility at some beaches.

North West Zone 7.0

Weather is mostly cloudy with isolated showers in North West Zone this morning. Snorkeling conditions are favorable and we expect full sunshine by mid day.

It’s going to be a hot and humid today but strong trade winds will likely provide a cooling affect. Shoreline ocean conditions at the bays look really nice.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5

Precipitation is threatening to move off the mountains Near Ka’anapali. We may get a few scattered showers in the AM.

By mid day it’s going to be sunny and humid with a heat index of 99 degrees.

Underwater visibility is still favorable for snorkeling despite stronger waves and currents from of a small south swell. Strong trade winds are expected in the afternoon.

South Shore 7.0

Morning is going to be sunny and beautiful across South Shore. In the afternoon some clouds and isolated showers will make their way into Wailea and Makena.

Snorkeling is hit and miss today. The south swell is affecting underwater visibility at some beaches and visibility is crystal clear at other spots.

Waves aren’t large but currents are up a bit so please be cautious in the shallows.

Friday, August 21


the skinny

Snorkeling conditions are excellent across all 3 Zones on Friday morning!

It’s going to be hot and humid again today with clouds coming and going—eventually settling on sunshine. Trade winds will become strong this afternoon but the ocean is mostly calm and underwater visibility is favorable this morning.

North West Zone 8.0

Snorkeling conditions are excellent at the bays this morning! It’s really nice along the shoreline this AM.

It’s going to be mostly sunny and breezy today with isolated showers coming and going. We’re only seeing small waves in the shallows.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

It’s going to be a gorgeous, hot, humid day Near Ka’anapali! Ocean conditions are excellent for snorkeling. Underwater visibility is favorable.

A small south swell is present. You’ll find some waves and stronger than usual currents in areas. Trade winds will be strong in the afternoon.

South Shore 7.0

Scattered morning clouds are expected to burn off to full sunshine today. It’s going to be hot and humid on South Shore.

Small waves and increased currents are affecting visibility in areas where a lot of sand is moving around. Underwater visibility is clear at spots without a lot of sand.

Snorkeling in general will be very good this morning. It’ll probably get a little rough this afternoon with strong trade winds.

Thursday, August 20


the skinny

On a moody Thursday morning in Maui, skies are mostly cloudy and we expect hot, humid temperatures across the island. A patch of tropical precipitation is moving our way as well.

The heat index for the island is expected to reach 100 degrees in areas today. Underwater visibility is still favorable for snorkeling at spots, but strong wind, small waves and currents, and tropical showers are keeping the scores down.

North West Zone 6.5

It’s a moody morning in North West Zone. Skies are cloudy and scattered showers are already present. It’s going to get windy as well up here today.

Ocean conditions are still favorable for snorkeling at the protected corners of the bays. Underwater visibility is clear and the ocean’s surface is mostly calm.

Some water is moving around but waves and currents aren’t particularly strong. Heat index expected to reach 96 degrees today.

Near Ka’anapali 6.0

It’s cloudy and humid Near Ka’anapali this morning. There’s a 40% chance of tropical showers in the AM. Sunshine will probably arrive at some point today.

Small waves and currents are moving water around in the ocean. Underwater visibility is good at some spots and less favorable at others. Conditions may improve in the afternoon. The heat index is expected to reach 100 degrees.

South Shore 6.5

South Shore is partly sunny and humid this morning. The heat index will reach 99 degrees in Kihei. Slightly cooler temps are expected in Wailea and in Makena.

Small waves and currents mixing things up in many areas but you can still find decent visibility for snorkeling if you search.

Wind is mostly calm this morning but strong trade winds are expected in the afternoon with gusts of wind up to 34 mph.

Wednesday, August 19


the skinny

Waves have increased in all 3 zones on Wednesday. They’re mostly small in size, but paired with stronger currents, underwater visibility is compromised at beaches with much sand.

Visibility may be more clear for snorkeling at spots that have rocky shorelines. High tides will sweep the beaches in the afternoon, though the National Weather Service has dropped the recent “Nuisance Warning” for flooding.

North West Zone 6.5

Isolated showers will be coming and going throughout the morning in North West Zone on Wednesday. Watch for rainbows.

Small waves are moving quite a bit of water around at the bays. Underwater visibility is compromised at many of our favorite snorkeling destinations.

Strong trade winds are already present this AM.

Near Ka’anapali 6.5

We expect Wednesday to be sunny and hot with strong trade winds picking up at North Ka’anapali Beach in the afternoon.

Waves have increased at the shoreline and currents are up a bit. Underwater visibility is still favorable here but please be more cautious while recreating today.

High tides will sweep the beaches in the afternoon.

South Shore 6.5

It’s a beautiful, sunny morning on South Shore. Currents and small waves are kicking up sand and compromising underwater visibility in many areas.

Beaches with fewer waves will have better underwater visibility for snorkeling. Kihei and Wailea will be your best bet today.

Strong trade winds will make things rough in the afternoon. Clouds may roll in to the southern regions of this zone in the PM as well.

Tuesday, August 18


the skinny

Ocean conditions are favorable for snorkeling Near Ka’anapali on and in North West Zone on Tuesday. A south swell has brought small waves to many South Shore beaches. Visibility is still clear at some spots, and murky at others.

This afternoon, extreme high tides will wash out some beaches that usually remain dry. Low lying roads may see some flooding.

North West Zone 7.0

Ocean conditions are most favorable for snorkeling at Kapalua Bay and at Honolua Bay today. A small south swell has increased currents a bit at Napili.

Weather is expected to be partly sunny on Tuesday. We’re seeing some dark clouds in the mountains above Kapalua Bay. Scattered tropical showers are possible.

Underwater visibility is excellent at the northern bays. Breezy trade winds will be present most of the day.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5

The ocean’s surface is glassy calm Near Ka’anapali and underwater visibility is fantastic in this zone!

Snorkeling will be favorable for most of the day, however, strong trade winds may make things a little rough on North Ka’anapali Beach in the afternoon.

We expect hot, sunny weather in this zone on Tuesday. Extreme high tides may wash out areas near Olowalu in the afternoon.

South Shore 6.5

The small south swell we’ve been talking about recently has finally arrived. Small waves are present at the shoreline at many beaches. Currents are up as well.

Underwater visibility is still favorable for snorkeling at some spots—Kihei and Wailea have the smallest waves. Visibility will vary from beach to beach and from moment to moment.

Weather is forecast to be sunny with clouds rolling in to Makena in the afternoon. Wind is mostly calm this morning.

Monday, August 17


the skinny

Most spots in Maui will have favorable snorkeling this morning. However, a mix of higher than usual sea levels and seasonal high high tides will create “Nuisance Coastal Floods” this afternoon.

Basically, dry parts of beaches, rocky areas, and some roads near Olowalu may flood around 3 PM. This will also affect underwater visibility for snorkeling.

North West Zone 6.5
We expect mostly sunny conditions in North West Zone today. Underwater visibility will be clear at the bays until the Nuisance Tide drags sand and debris into the ocean around 3 PM.

It’s already a bit windy up here this AM, and some clouds are present. Snorkeling is best at the protected corners of the bays.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0
It’s a beautiful, sunny Monday morning on Ka’anapali Beach! Snorkeling conditions are excellent this AM, despite slight increased currents from the small south swell.

In the afternoon, the beaches will likely flood, negatively affecting underwater visibility. Trade winds will pick up as well.

South Shore 7.5
Snorkeling will be favorable in Kihei and in Wailea in the morning on South Shore! Underwater visibility is still mostly clear this AM despite an increase in the size of waves and swell currents further south.

In the afternoon, we expect more clouds in the Makena area and Nuisance Flooding will wash out some beaches. Visibility will be affected by wind, currents and tides later.

Sunday, August 16


the skinny

Sunday will be favorable for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones! Waves have picked up a bit on South Shore, affecting visibility—Kihei and Wailea still look nice.

Near Ka’anapali will have excellent visibility for snorkeling with plenty of sunshine today. In North West Zone the bays look pretty nice as well.

North West Zone 7.0

The 3 main snorkeling bays look really inviting this morning! Underwater visibility is clear and there are only tiny waves at shore.

It’s going to be mostly sunny on Sunday with a chance of isolated showers in the morning and breezy trade winds in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

It’s going to be sunny and more breezy Near Ka’anapali on Sunday. Snorkeling conditions are fantastic this morning, but we could see an increase of waves and currents in the afternoon.

Underwater visibility is excellent in this zone.

South Shore 7.0

Kihei and Wailea have excellent snorkeling conditions this morning, despite a small south swell creating some waves further south. Visibility will be negatively affected in areas with more waves.

We expect sunny, beautiful weather on South Shore on Sunday!

By the afternoon, currents and choppy conditions may be present as the trade winds roll in.

Saturday, August 15


the skinny

This weekend is going to be hot, sunny and humid in Maui with a heat index reaching upwards of 98 degrees Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore.

Snorkeling conditions are fantastic across the island! A small south swell is expected to arrive over the next few days. Keep an eye out for waves.

North West Zone 7.5

We expect mostly sunshine in North West Zone on Saturday, though there’s a 30% chance of showers before noon.

Underwater visibility is fantastic at the bays. Ocean conditions are calm, and we’re only seeing small waves at shore.

It’s going to become hot, humid and breezy this afternoon. Some areas may become choppy in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s a gorgeous morning Near Ka’anapali! Snorkeling conditions are excellent: clear visibility, calm ocean surface, small waves at shore.

The heat index will reach 98 degrees on Saturday. We expect blue skies and sunshine most of the day. It’s an exceptional day for recreating in the ocean.

South Shore 8.0

Ocean conditions in south Kihei and Wailea are particularly inviting this morning! Sunny skies paired with calm ocean conditions are a difficult combo to beat.

It’s going to be hot down here as well—heat index forecast to reach 97 degrees.

A small south swell is arriving in the next few days. Keep an eye out for waves building in areas over the next 24 hours.

Friday, August 14


the skinny

South Shore and Near Ka’anapali will have excellent conditions for snorkeling again today! North West Zone will be decent too, but we’re seeing clouds and feeling wind this morning and more water is moving around in the ocean.

Morning will be best in all 3 Zones as stronger trade winds will arrive in the afternoon. It’s going to be hot and mostly sunny by mid-day.

North West Zone 6.5

The ocean’s surface is calm up here this morning but there’s more water moving around compared with the past few days.

Snorkeling will be favorable at the most protected corners of the 3 main snorkeling bays. However, it’s already a little cloudy and windy up here this morning. By the afternoon we expect full sunshine and stronger trade winds.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Conditions are excellent for snorkeling in this zone on Friday! Underwater visibility is fantastic; the ocean’s surface is mostly calm; skies are sunny; temps are hot.

In the afternoon, strong trade winds may blow out the beaches further north. Overall, it’s going to be a fantastic day for recreating in the ocean in this zone.

South Shore 8.0

South Kihei and Wailea have particularly good conditions for snorkeling this morning! Underwater visibility should be clear throughout the zone, down into Makena this AM as well.

It’s going to be hot and sunny on South Shore with a heat index reaching 96 degrees.

This afternoon, strong trade winds will arrive, creating rough conditions in some areas. There’s also a chance of isolated showers later in Makena later today.

Thursday, August 13


the skinny

Favorable snorkeling is expected in all 3 Maui Zones on Thursday! Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will be hot and humid while North West Zone will have slightly cooler temperatures with occasional clouds breaking up mostly sunny skies.

Trade winds are down a notch today. The afternoon will still be breezy but there’s a greater chance that beaches will remain favorable for snorkeling into the afternoon.

North West Zone 7.5

Weather will switch back and forth between scattered clouds and full sunshine on Thursday. Scattered showers are possible, but we expect today to be mostly sunny.

It’s gorgeous up here this morning. Snorkeling conditions are fantastic and trade winds are down a notch from the past couple days. It’ll still become very breezy in the afternoon but you may be able to get some snorkeling in later in the day.

Temps will be cooler than in the other 2 zones.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Snorkeling conditions are incredible Near Ka’anapali this morning! Underwater visibility is crystal clear, the ocean’s surface is calm and we’re only seeing very small waves at shore.

It’s going to be sunny and humid on Thursday with a head index of 95%.

Scattered showers may make their way off the mountain in moments but it’s more likely to be a day of full sunshine. Trade winds will be more mellow this afternoon.

South Shore 8.5

It’s absolutely gorgeous down here this morning! Clear skies are expected all day long. Snorkeling conditions are favorable across the zone.

Waves have increased in size about 1/2 foot, but underwater visibility remains clear at most spots and the ocean’s surface is calm.

Trade winds will increase in the afternoon but ocean conditions should remain pretty nice at most beaches until late in the day.

Wednesday, August 12


the skinny

We’re getting into Maui Wowie territory Near Ka’anapali today! Morning snorkeling conditions are exceptional: crystal clear visibility, calm ocean surface and plenty of sunshine.

North West Zone and South Shore will be fantastic as well today (with a bit more wind). It’s one of those gorgeous summer mornings on the island of Maui.

North West Zone 7.5

Regardless of how breezy conditions may become in other areas of this zone, down near the shoreline snorkeling is fantastic. There are no waves and underwater visibility is clear.

It’s mostly sunny this morning, but isolated showers are likely before noon. Wind will pick up in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali 9.0

It’s an exceptional morning for snorkeling in this zone! The ocean is calm, underwater visibility is crystal clear, and gentle waves are lapping at the shoreline.

We’ll get plenty of sunshine today with wind picking up in the afternoon. Snorkeling may remain favorable all day long.

South Shore 8.0

South Kihei through Wailea look fantastic this morning! Wind is light and ocean conditions are calm.

In the afternoon, ocean conditions may become choppy from wind in areas, but Kihei and Wailea should remain golden for most of the day. The sun is out and it’s going to be a beautiful beach day on South Shore.

Tuesday, August 11


the skinny

Conditions for snorkeling will be favorable in all 3 zones on Tuesday! Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will be excellent earlier in the day. As trade winds blows in later, may become more rough.

North West Zone will see isolated showers early but sunshine is expected in the afternoon. Ocean conditions are really nice along the shoreline.

North West Zone 6.5

Isolated showers are expected this morning but by the afternoon we should see full sunshine in this zone.

It’s pretty windy in this area but ocean conditions at the shoreline are excellent for snorkeling. Once the sunshine comes out, stick to the most protected areas of the bays. Visibility is clear and we’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Snorkeling conditions are going to be fantastic here in the morning! It’s sunny, the ocean is mostly calm, and underwater visibility is crystal clear.

We expect temperatures in the low ’90s today.

Trade winds will become fairly strong this afternoon. Snorkeling conditions may remain favorable all day long, but if the wind changes directions slightly things could get rough in areas further north.

South Shore 7.5

Morning will be best for snorkeling on South Shore as strong wind will affect ocean and beach conditions everywhere this afternoon.

Underwater visibility is clear at most spots this morning and the ocean’s surface is calm.

We expect mostly sunny weather on Tuesday with isolated showers in Makena in the afternoon. There are some small waves at the shoreline to be aware of.

Monday, August 10


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali and South Shore are going to be sunny and humid today with a heat index reaching 96 degrees and excellent conditions for snorkeling.

North West Zone is cloudy and windy this morning but there is still favorable snorkeling in areas if sunshine arrives mid-day.

North West Zone 6.0

Clouds are rolling in to North West Zone this morning and it’s going to be breezy all day long. We expect isolated showers in the AM, then skies should clear up later in the day.

Ocean conditions are really nice at the wind-protected corners of the bays. Visibility is good and we’re not seeing any waves. However, with the cloudy weather conditions and showers it’s hard to raise the score higher.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

It’s going to feel like 96 degrees at the beach today Near Ka’anapali—hot and humid with breezy trade winds.

Ocean conditions are fantastic for snorkeling here this morning: underwater visibility is crystal clear, small waves are lapping the shoreline.

In the afternoon, currents may increase with strong trade winds. Moisture from the mountains may bring isolated showers in moments.

South Shore 7.5

Snorkeling conditions will be favorable across South Shore this morning: underwater visibility is excellent and the ocean is mostly calm.

It’s going to be sunny, hot, and humid here today.

In the afternoon, the ocean’s surface will likely become choppy in areas (which is why the score isn’t higher). We’re only seeing very small waves at shore. Isolated showers may pepper the beaches in south Makena in the afternoon.

Sunday, August 9


the skinny

South Shore will be hot and sunny today with favorable conditions for snorkeling in Kihei and in Wailea!

It’s a moody Sunday morning Near Ka’anapali and in North West Zone. Dark clouds from the mountains are threatening, and scattered showers are likely in areas in the AM. All 3 zones should be mostly sunny by the afternoon.

North West Zone 6.0

We’re already seeing showers, clouds, and strong wind in North West Zone this morning.

Weather is expected to clear up by the afternoon and become mostly sunny. Ocean conditions at the most protected areas of the bays are favorable for snorkeling. However, strong trade winds with gusts up to 34 mph will fill in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali 7.0

Dark clouds off the mountains are threatening to bring scattered showers this morning Near Ka’anapali. We may get some drizzle early.

By mid-day we expect things to be hot, humid, and mostly sunny. Visibility is excellent for snorkeling. We’re only seeing small waves at shore and a few ripples on the ocean’s surface. Trade winds will be strong in the afternoon, especially at the north end of Ka’anapali Beach.

South Shore 7.5

South Shore is the best zone on the island for snorkeling this morning! We expect mostly sunny skies, hot, humid weather, and clear underwater visibility in Kihei and in Wailea.

The heat index will reach 96 degrees today. Ocean conditions are mostly calm with small waves at shore.

In the afternoon we expect scattered showers in the Makena area and trade winds will be strong in North Kihei and in Makena.

Saturday, August 8


the skinny

We expect a heat index of 95 degrees Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore today. Morning will be best as strong trade winds may mix things up a bit in the afternoon.

Snorkeling conditions will be favorable in all 3 zones. Underwater visibility is clear at most spots. Clouds, sunshine and isolated showers will oscillate in North West Zone throughout the day.

North West Zone 6.5

It’s already drizzly and windy up here this morning but snorkeling conditions are favorable in the protected areas of the bays.

Sunshine will emerge at some point today and beach conditions will be really nice in moments. Underwater visibility is clear. Trade winds with gusts as strong as 37 mph are expected in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

Near Ka’anapali will be beautiful, sunny and hot on Saturday with excellent conditions for snorkeling for much of the day.

The heat index will reach 95 degrees today. Trade winds are forecast to be strong in the afternoon, however, it’s unclear if wind will greatly affect snorkeling conditions. Keep an eye out for an increase in wind waves in the PM.

South Shore 7.5

Small waves are breaking at the shoreline, but snorkeling conditions are pretty great in Kihei and in Wailea this morning.

It’s going to be hot, humid and sunny on Saturday with a heat index of 95 degrees. Underwater visibility is clear at spots with fewer waves.

Wind is calm this morning and we expect it to increase in the afternoon up north and further south. Ocean conditions are mostly calm but be cautious of the occasional strong sets of waves in the shallows.

Friday, August 7


the skinny

Familiar summer weather patterns continue in Maui on Friday. It’s absolutely beautiful outside this morning.

We expect weather to be hot, sunny and humid with favorable conditions for snorkeling in most areas despite strong trade winds and a small south swell.

North West Zone 7.0

Ocean conditions are excellent at the protected bays this morning: clear underwater visibility, mostly calm, small waves.

It’s already partly sunny and windy, and we expect isolated showers to arrive at some point in the AM. However skies should clear up, later and snorkeling will be favorable for most of the day.

Strong trade winds are expected in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s going to be beautiful at the beach in Near Ka’anapali Zone on Friday! Underwater visibility is excellent and we’re only seeing very small waves at shore.

Breezy trade winds are present and wind could become an issue in the afternoon. We expect hot, humid weather with a slight chance of scattered showers.

South Shore 7.5

It’s a gorgeous morning on South Shore with favorable conditions for snorkeling in Kihei and in Wailea!

Energy from the small south swell is mostly being blocked by neighboring islands. Some waves may sneak through, and visibility could be hit and miss at some beaches further south. Currents are a little stronger than usual.

Weather conditions will be hot and humid with lighter wind in the morning and stronger trade winds in the afternoon.

Thursday, August 6


the skinny

Maui is going to be hot and humid on Thursday with a 50% chance of scattered showers throughout the snorkel zones.

North West Zone will be a cooler because of breezy trade winds. Underwater visibility is good for snorkeling at the usual spots. A small south swell is affecting visibility in some areas of South Shore.

North West Zone 6.5

North West Zone is beautiful this morning with calm conditions for snorkeling and partly sunny skies.

Underwater visibility is excellent but clouds and strong wind are expected to move in mid-day. There’s a 50% chance of scattered showers. This zone will be less hot than other regions because the wind will cool things off a bit.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5

It’s going to be hot and humid Near Ka’anapali on Thursday with small waves at the shoreline and excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling!

As clouds roll off the mountains today, there’s a 50% chance we’ll see isolated showers in this zone. Currents are up a tiny bit because of the small south swell.

South Shore 7.0

Ocean conditions in South Kihei and into parts of Wailea are favorable for snorkeling this morning. Underwater visibility is clear and we’re only seeing small waves at shore.

We expect weather to be hot and humid today with mostly sunny skies.

A southwest swell is not creating much of an impact in terms of waves but visibility will be affected at some beaches in Wailea and in Makena, and currents are stronger further out. There’s a 40% chance will see scattered showers in Makena and in parts of Wailea at some point today.

Wednesday, August 5


the skinny

We expect sunny skies and favorable snorkeling in all 3 zones again today, however, trade winds are increasing in strength.

North West Zone will be very breezy. A small south swell is creating some small waves and currents on South Shore.

North West Zone 6.5

It’s already pretty breezy this morning in North West Zone. Gusts of wind are expected to reach speeds of 30 mph by this afternoon.

However, it’s sunny, and underwater visibility is pretty dang good at the bays. The most protected areas will have favorable snorkeling. Wind, possible clouds and showers are keeping the scores from being higher.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

Underwater visibility is fantastic in this zone! It’s going to be sunny and beautiful today with trade winds increasing in the afternoon. Snorkeling may remain favorable at the shoreline into the afternoon.

A small south swell and strong wind are working together to create some currents.

South Shore 7.5

A small south swell is creating increased currents and waves at some spots. Underwater visibility is excellent at most spots, however, it will fluctuate at different beaches at different times throughout the day.

It’s going to be sunny and gorgeous down here on Wednesday with moderate morning wind picking up in the afternoon. Isolated showers are possible in Makena, Wailea and Kihei in the afternoon. Morning will be best for snorkeling as ocean conditions will become choppy in the PM.

Tuesday, August 4


the skinny

Familiar weather and ocean patterns continue in Maui on Tuesday, including a lot of sunshine and crystal clear underwater visibility for snorkeling.

There’s more moisture in the air today and the possibility of scattered showers is greater today as precipitation catches a ride on the breezy trade winds.

North West Zone 7.5

It’s mostly sunny in North West Zone this morning, however, scattered showers are likely to arrive mid-morning. Skies should clear up again in the afternoon, making for a favorable beach day, overall.

Along the shoreline, ocean conditions are really nice. Underwater visibility is fantastic, and we’re only seeing small waves. The protected areas of the bays will have good conditions for snorkeling.

Trade winds may reach speeds of 23 mph in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Morning is going to be excellent for snorkeling Near Ka’anapali as underwater visibility is crystal clear and ocean conditions are calm.

It’s a beautiful, sunny beach day in this zone. As trade winds pick up throughout the day, light precipitation may catch a ride off the mountains. However, snorkeling should remain pretty good throughout the day.

South Shore 8.0

Sunshine is expected throughout most of the day on South Shore. It’s one of those gorgeous summer morning in Maui that you dream about.

Snorkeling conditions are excellent in the AM but ocean conditions could become a little rough in the afternoon. Strong trade winds will likely arrive in North Kihei and in the south end of Makena first, then reach south Kihei and Wailea a little later.

Isolated tropical showers are expected in Makena this afternoon. Kihei and Makena will have the best snorkeling this morning—we’re only seeing small waves at shore.

Monday, August 3


the skinny

Ocean conditions are very calm across all 3 Maui zones this morning! It’s going to be sunny and beautiful at the beach today with favorable snorkeling conditions until breezy trade winds bring wind-waves to some areas in the afternoon.

There’s a chance of isolated showers far south near Makena and far north in North West Zone.

North West Zone 7.0

It’s going to be sunny and beautiful all day in North West Zone on Monday! Trade winds are already blowing pretty strong but ocean conditions are still mellow. We’re only seeing very small waves at the shoreline.

The protected corners bays will be very favorable for snorkeling. The ocean’s surface is bumpy in other areas. Later in the day, small wind-waves may appear.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Near Ka’anapali has light wind and plenty of sunshine this morning, with very clear underwater visibility for snorkeling!

In the afternoon, wind-waves may appear (which is keeping the score down a bit), but overall it’s a fantastic day for snorkeling in this zone.

South Shore 8.0

Underwater visibility is favorable for snorkeling across South Shore on Monday! It’s going to be sunny down here today with mostly calm wind in the morning.

Wind will begin to pick up most early in North Kihei, then in South Kihei and in Wailea much later in the afternoon. A small south swell is causing some waves in the Makena area. Showers are possible down there as well later today.

Sunday, August 2


the skinny

Underwater visibility is favorable for snorkeling across the island of Maui on Sunday. South Shore and Near Ka’anapali will be mostly sunny while North West Zone will see patches of clouds mixed with blue skies.

Trade winds are down a notch, but it’ll still be breezy at spots and scattered showers are possible this morning. South Shore and Near Ka’anapali will be mostly sunny while North West Zone has patchy blue skies.

North West Zone 7.0

Trade winds are down a notch today but it’ll still be breezy at the usual spots. Isolated showers are likely. The sky blue with patchy clouds this morning.

Underwater visibility is very clear for snorkeling at the bays. We’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline.

Breezy wind and cloud cover are keeping the scores from being higher.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

Scattered morning clouds will burn off to full sunshine on Sunday. It’s going to be beautiful here today.

Ocean conditions are fantastic: underwater visibility is very clear and small waves are lapping at the shoreline. Breezy trade winds will be present for most of the day. Scattered showers may make it down from the mountain in moments.

South Shore 8.0

Trade winds are down a notch today, which means there’s a chance wind could remain mellow into the afternoon on South Shore.

Underwater visibility is excellent from Kihei, down through the northern part of Makena. If wind picks up later it’ll likely be in the southern parts of Makena.

Weather is sunny and beautiful on Sunday. A small south swell will bring slightly larger waves to areas furthest south.

Saturday, August 1


Saturday will be the best day for snorkeling we’ve seen in a while! It’s beautiful out there this morning.

Skies are sunny, ocean conditions are glassy calm in areas, and underwater visibility is excellent. But for trade winds up north and small waves down south, scores would be even higher.

North West Zone 7.5

The ocean’s surface is calm this morning and underwater visibility is fantastic! It’s sunny this morning and we’re only expecting small waves at the shoreline, if any.

Trade winds will increase throughout the day; beaches could become choppy later, which is why the score isn’t higher.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s going to be a beautiful, sunny beach day Near Ka’anapali, with excellent conditions for snorkeling!

It’s breezy, but underwater visibility is fantastic with only small waves and normal currents. Trade winds could become a gusty later, which is keeping the score down a bit.

South Shore 8.0

Kihei and Wailea will have excellent snorkeling conditions today! Wind is lightest in these areas and ocean conditions are mostly calm here. Underwater visibility is favorable as well.

Ma’alaea and areas of Makena will become windy in the PM. A small south swell is keeping the scores from being even higher. Watch for sets of waves further south.

Friday, July 31


the skinny

It’s going to be sunny and breezy on the last day of July with favorable snorkeling conditions in all 3 Zones.

Underwater visibility is excellent at most spots. A small south swell will increase the size of waves on South Shore a bit. Overall, it’ll be a nice day for snorkeling in areas that aren’t too windy.

North West Zone 7.0

Napili, Kapalua and Honolua will have favorable underwater visibility for snorkeling on Friday.

We expect North West Zone to be mostly sunny with clouds rolling through at times. Wind is still blowing steadily out of the east. The surface of the ocean may become bumpy, then mellow out again. Small waves are present at shore.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

It’s going to be sunny and breezy here on Friday with excellent conditions for snorkeling!

The ocean’s surface may become a little bumpy in the morning, then calm down again, but underwater visibility is fantastic here.

You may see a slight increase in currents and waves as a small south swell is beginning to build today.

South Shore 7.5

Underwater visibility looks really good this morning across this zone, even though a small south swell is building here today.

Kihei and Wailea will have the most reliably calm snorkeling conditions in the area. It’s going to be sunny and beautiful on South Shore on Friday with strong trade winds in North Kihei in the PM.

We’re only seeing small waves at shore this AM, but by the afternoon currents and waves may increase considerably. Clouds may move in to the Makena area in the PM as well.

Thursday, July 30


the skinny

We expect plenty of sunshine on Thursday with clear underwater visibility for snorkeling across Maui.

Wind will continue to be the biggest “X” factor today, and scattered showers are expected in North West Zone this morning. South Shore and Near Ka’anapali will be your most favorable zones for snorkeling.

North West Zone 6.5

Scattered showers are expected this morning but underwater visibility is clear for snorkeling and we’re only seeing teeny-tiny waves at the shoreline.

Weather conditions are likely to clear up and become mostly sunny by mid-day. Strong winds with gusts up to 30 mph are possible in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5

Underwater visibility for snorkeling is excellent in this zone and skies are mostly sunny! It’s already breezy here this AM so the ocean is likely to become choppy near Kahekili Beach in the afternoon.

There’s a 20% chance of scattered showers blowing down off the mountain. Snorkeling should be favorable at the south end of Ka’anapali Beach for most of the day.

South Shore 7.5

It’s going to be hot and sunny on South Shore on Thursday with temperatures reaching near 95 degrees.

Underwater visibility is favorable for snorkeling at most spots, but wind is lightest at the beaches in Kihei and in Wailea. You’ll find a small increase in the size of waves further south. Morning will be best as ocean conditions could become a little choppy in the afternoon.

Wednesday, July 29


the skinny

Snorkeling will be favorable in all 3 Maui Zones on Wednesday morning despite strong trade winds that will affect regions at different times throughout the day.

Weather is mostly sunny across Maui today and ocean conditions are mostly calm with small waves at the shoreline and clear underwater visibility for snorkeling.

North West Zone 6.5

It’s already breezy here this morning but skies are sunny at the beach and underwater visibility is really clear at the bays. Ocean conditions are mostly calm and we’re only seeing small waves at shore.

There’s a decent chance that scattered showers will catch a ride on trade winds by the afternoon. Ocean conditions may become choppy from wind in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali 7.5

It’s going to be a gorgeous, sunny beach day Near Ka’anapali with breezy trade winds keeping the temperatures a bit lower—around 90 degrees.

Underwater visibility is excellent in this zone and we’re only seeing very small waves at shore. Currents will increase as wind picks up in the afternoon.

South Shore 7.0

Kihei and Wailea look fantastic this morning! Underwater visibility is clear beyond the small shore breaking waves.

Strong wind and a small south swell may create a few more waves in the Makena area later today. Some areas will become much more windy in the afternoon, but the south end of Kihei, into Wailea should have light wind for most of the day.

Tuesday, July 28


the skinny

South Shore will be the best zone for snorkeling in Maui this morning because wind is high in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali.

The ocean has cleaned up nicely following rain debris from Hurricane Douglas. Underwater visibility is excellent in all 3 zones. It’s just going to be very windy.

North West Zone 6.0

Isolated showers expected this morning. Sunny later today. Strong winds with gusts up to 35 mph possible.

Seeing some wind waves in areas. Visibility is really good. The areas most tucked away & protected from wind looking are good after the clouds clear later. Be cautious of stronger currents strengthened by the consistent wind.

Near Ka’anapali 6.5

We expect Near Ka’anapali to be sunny and very windy today. Breezy already this morning, wind may calm down before picking up again to around 25 mph with gusts up to 36.

Visibility, however, looks excellent this morning. Be cautious of strong currents due to the wind blowing hard out to sea. Beautiful day, but wind is keeping the score low.

South Shore 7.5

Beautiful conditions for snorkeling this morning! Excellent visibility—we’re seeing only small waves on the shoreline (caused by wind at sea).

South shore will to be hot and sunny most of the day. Wind is calm this morning around Kihei and Wailea. Beach conditions will likely deteriorate later today as winds increase and the sea becomes more choppy.

Most of the spots on South Shore look great this AM.

Monday, July 27


the skinny

We dodged a bullet yesterday as Hurricane Douglas skirted more north of Maui than was expected. Still, plenty of debris washed into the ocean, the island experienced a lot of rain, wind and big waves.

Currents are up a bit, but overall, the ocean’s surface is pretty calm on Monday. Still, we suggest giving it a day for rain run-off to clear away before snorkeling.

North West Zone is mostly cloudy and humid, Near Ka’anapali is partly sunny, and South Shore is mostly sunny and hot.

North West Zone 5.5

It’s mostly cloudy and humid up here today. Showers are expected and trade winds will be at about 25 mph.

Strong currents are lingering, and while some areas may have clear visibility, we’d suggest giving it a day before trying to snorkel. There’s plenty of rain run-off in the ocean right now.

Near Ka’anapali 6.0

The ocean’s surface is mellow and we’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline. However, with all the rain run-off in the ocean we don’t recommend snorkeling today.

Currents are up as well. It’s going to be partly sunny and humid with a 50% chance of showers in this zone.

South Shore 6.5

It stopped raining on earlier on South Shore yesterday than in the other 2 Maui zones. The ocean had a bit of a head start clearing out debris and rain run-off.

Still we’d suggest holding off on snorkeling for a day to let things clear out more completely.

It’s going to be hot and mostly sunny down here with small waves at the sunshine and fewer currents than in North West Zone and Near Ka’anapali.

Sunday, July 26


the skinny

Hurricane Douglas:

It appears that the center of Hurricane Douglas will travel uncomfortably close to Maui, reaching full force on the island around 2PM today.

This storm will affect all areas of Maui. It’s only breezy and wet this morning but weather conditions will deteriorate quickly. For safety, it’s essential to make one final effort to secure loose objects around your home, then shelter in place for the next 24 hours.

Some details of what we can expect from Hurricane Douglas:

Winds up to 90 mph
5-10 inches of rain. 15 inches in isolated areas.
Life-threatening surf
Major flooding—possibility of evacuations and rescues
Power outages: If the power goes out, don’t panic. Restoration will take place when it’s safe.
Please shelter in place and stay tuned in to information from local officials.

Hurricane Douglas will likely arrive as a Category 1 Hurricane today. At 5 AM this morning, Maui County was upgraded from a Hurricane Watch to a Hurricane Warning.

Here are some sources for info and updates on Hurricane Douglas:

Info On What To Expect: National Weather Service

Updates On Social Media

Local News Updates

Please hunker down and be extremely cautious today. We will get through this together! Wishing your family safety and health. We’ll touch base with you in the morning.

Saturday, July 25


Hurricane Douglas:

Maui County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and a Hurricane Watch on Saturday. All County Parks are closed today and Mayor Victorinto issued an Emergency Proclamation for Hurricane Douglas:

“We need to take the strength of this storm very seriously and prepare for strong winds, flash flooding and high surf,” Mayor Victorino said in a press release update. “My top priority is the health and safety of our residents, and everyone needs to keep a wary eye on Douglas.”

The Mayor advises that everyone should clear their yards, secure loose objects and prepare a 14-day emergency kit of food, water and supplies.

Also, please prepare an emergency plan and stay informed from reliable sources of information.

It’s sunny in Maui on Saturday morning and ocean conditions are mostly mellow. The storm is expected to arrive sometime late this evening or early Sunday morning.

The Snorkel Store is going to take today to prepare for extreme weather—we ask you take today to prepare as well. We’ll keep you updated on Hurricane Douglas tomorrow morning. Please continue to be safe Maui!

Friday, July 24


the skinny

HURRICANE DOUGLAS INFO:

Maui continues to be in the path of Hurricane Douglas, which is expected to reach the island Saturday night. We don’t yet have a sense of how strong the weather system will be, but folks living on Maui should begin to make general preparations.

You can find out more about hurricane preparedness from Maui County at this link.

SNORKEL REPORT

Maui is going to be hot and mostly sunny today with favorable conditions for snorkeling in all 3 Zones on Friday.

Strong trade winds will affect North West Zone and the northern parts of South Shore and Near Ka’anapali. In the morning, however, underwater visibility will be favorable for snorkeling at most spots.

North West Zone 6.5

It’s going to be windy up here today, and we’re seeing small waves at the shoreline from swell. But snorkeling will still be favorable at corners of the main bays that are protected from wind.

Most of the Friday will be sunny in North West Zone, but we may get scattered showers before noon.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

We’re expecting hot weather with heat indexes reaching as high as 99 degrees here on Friday. Snorkeling conditions are fantastic this morning! Underwater visibility is excellent and we’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline.

It’s supposed to be windy this afternoon, or scores would be higher. Things may stay manageable for most of the day, or it could become very breezy.

South Shore 7.5

It’s an absolutely beautiful morning on South Shore! Snorkeling conditions are excellent in the AM, especially in South Kihei and in Wailea.

We expect it to become windy in the afternoon. Strongest wind will be in north Kihei and lightest near Wailea. The northern part of this zone will see plenty of sunshine today, while the southern part may get isolated showers in the afternoon.

Thursday, July 23


the skinny

We expect hot, sunny weather on Maui Thursday with light wind Near Ka’anapali and on South Shore most of the day and favorable snorkeling conditions in all 3 Zones.

In the afternoon, wind may pick up a bit and tropical showers are possible in some areas. Extreme high tides, peaking at 5 PM today, are beginning to recede.

HURRICANE DOUGLAS INFO: The category 3 hurricane is expected to reduce to a category 1 when it is near Hawaii this weekend. We’re definitely going to see strong wind and rain by Sunday. We will keep you posted.

North West Zone 7.0

It’s going to be sunny and hot in North West Zone on Thursday. Wind is already strong this morning and scattered tropical showers are expected.

The most protected areas of the bays are looking really nice for snorkeling. Underwater visibility is excellent. Some small wind waves are wrapping around the coastline and into the bays.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

Snorkeling conditions will be excellent in this zone today! It’s going to be mostly sunny and hot with light wind in the morning—picking up a bit in the afternoon. Underwater visibility is very clear.

The possibility of stronger wind and isolated showers in the PM are keeping the scores from being higher.

South Shore 7.5

Calm wind and mellow ocean conditions are an excellent recipe for snorkeling. It’s going to be hot and sunny today with clear underwater visibility in Kihei and in Wailea.

Small waves are present at the shoreline and wind could increase in the PM. Otherwise, cores would be higher.

Wednesday July 22


the skinny

Ocean conditions are excellent for snorkeling in all 3 Maui Zones on Wednesday! Scores would be even higher but scattered showers are forecast before noon. Skies are mostly sunny at the moment.

Most beaches are calm with favorable underwater visibility and mostly light wind. Extreme high tide will arrive at 5:00 PM this afternoon.

A large 7.8 earthquake occurred off of Alaska at 8:15 PM Hawaii time yesterday but data shows there is NOT a Tsunami threat for Hawaii.

Coastal Flood Warning for Maui: Please be extremely cautious near the ocean.

North West Zone 8.0

There’s barely a cloud in the sky here this AM but forecasts call for a 40% chance of showers before noon.

If the sunshine persists, it’ll be an excellent day for snorkeling in North West Zone on Wednesday. We’re only seeing small waves at shore, underwater visibility is excellent, and wind is light in the morning.

Trade winds will arrive in the afternoon but we don’t expect them to become particularly strong. High tide at 5 PM today.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s a beautiful, sunny morning Near Ka’anapali with excellent underwater visibility for snorkeling and mostly calm ocean conditions.

Forecasts call for a 30% chance of showers before noon—otherwise the scores would be higher. We’re only seeing some waves at shore and currents are up a tiny bit. Extreme high tide will arrive at 5 PM

South Shore 7.5

Underwater visibility appears to be clear at most spots on South Shore today. We expect wind to remain mostly light as well today.

Kihei and Wailea will have fantastic ocean conditions for snorkeling. There are some waves and currents in other areas. Scattered showers are expected this afternoon, keeping the scores from being even higher. Extreme high tide at 5 PM.

Tuesday, July 21


the skinny

High tides will peak at 4:30 today—2.7 feet, the highest we’ve seen this week. Underwater visibility is excellent and snorkeling conditions are favorable in all 3 Zones on Tuesday.

It’s going to be sunny and beautiful in the morning with scattered showers in the afternoon at many spots. Possible PM rain keeping scores from being higher on South Shore and Near Ka’anapali.

Coastal Flood Warning for Maui on Sunday: Please be extremely cautious near the ocean.. Extreme high tides may continue through Thursday.

North West Zone 7.0

Wind has mellowed out here, driving scores up compared with yesterday.

It’s mostly sunny and beautiful in North West Zone this morning with clouds and showers expected in the afternoon. There are some waves at the shoreline to keep an eye out for but underwater visibility is very favorable for snorkeling.

High tides will clear the beaches at 4:30.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

We’re seeing very inviting conditions for snorkeling in this zone this morning. Underwater visibility is nearly crystal clear, it’s sunny and warm, and wind has mellowed out a bunch.

Possible PM showers are keeping the scores from reaching “9.0” territory. High tides will reach their peak at 4:30.

South Shore 7.0

It’s an absolutely beautiful morning on South Shore with calm conditions for snorkeling in Kihei and in Wailea. There are some small waves at the shoreline, but underwater visibility is really good at most spots.

In the afternoon, a 60% chance of showers in the Makena area is keeping the scores from being higher. Please be cautious of flooding in the afternoon.

Monday, July 20


the skinny

Flood Warning for Maui on Sunday: Please be extremely cautious near the ocean.. Extreme high tides may continue through Thursday.

South Kihei will have the best snorkeling conditions on the island on Monday. Wind and waves have mellowed out in this area and we’re expecting plenty of sunshine.

A Coastal Flood Warning remains in effect today. The low roads near Olowalu will likely flood and beaches will be washed out in the afternoon.

North West Zone 6.0

It’s very windy in North West Zone this morning and scattered showers are present at the beaches.

Snorkeling conditions will likely be pretty rough today, however, you may be able to find decent moments in the corners of the bays.

We expect weather to oscillate between sunshine and clouds today. The beaches will flood out in the afternoon.

Near Ka’anapali 7.0

Waves and currents are up a notch here today but underwater visibility is still favorable for snorkeling.

It’s going to be sunny and breezy Near Ka’anapali with gusts of wind up to 30 MPH at the northern beaches. Morning wind may mellow mid-day, then return in the afternoon. High tides will wash out the beaches in the PM.

South Shore 7.5

Wind and waves have mellowed here, creating a favorable pocket for snorkeling in South Kihei and in Wailea.

It’s a beautiful morning on South Shore with sunny weather conditions and clear underwater visibility in the areas mentioned above.

A small south swell is still present, so some beaches will still have waves and currents that will negatively affect visibility. Isolated showers are expected in the furthest southern areas. High tides will wash out the beaches and low-lying roads near Olowalu.

Sunday, July 19


the skinny

Near Snorkeling conditions will favorable at some spots in Maui the morning. However, the National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Warning that may become a safety concern this afternoon.

Around 2:15 PM, high tides will wash out many of the beaches that are usually dry in the afternoon, and low-lying roads may become flooded.

Coastal Flood Warning for Maui on Sunday: Please be extremely cautious near the ocean.. Extreme high tides may continue through Thursday.

North West Zone 6.5

North West Zone is looking pretty nice this morning—partly sunny skies with excellent underwater visibility at the corners of the bays.

However, clouds, showers, strong wind and currents could arrive by mid-day. Further, flooding from tides will be a safety concern and will negatively affect visibility in the PM.

Near Ka’anapali 7.0

We expect this area to become very hot and sunny today with a heat index reaching as high as 98 degrees.

A small south swell is affecting the areas of Ka’anapali Beach to the south. The best snorkeling in the morning will be found at beaches north of Black Rock. Beaches may become flooded in the afternoon. The lightest wind on the island will likely be in this zone today.

South Shore 6.5

The Kihei area will likely have favorable snorkeling conditions this morning. As the day moves along, ocean conditions will become more rough as swell, wind and high tides will negatively affect underwater visibility.

It’s going to be hot and sunny down here today with temps as high as 96 degrees. The Makena area will become windy in the PM. By 2:15 PM extreme high tides may flood beaches and low lying roads.

Saturday, July 18


the skinny

Near Ka’anapali and South Shore will be hot and sunny with favorable snorkeling conditions on Saturday morning. We’re seeing dark clouds in North West Zone and isolated showers are expected in the AM.

There’s a small south swell affecting the 2 southern zones today but snorkeling conditions here are good overall.

North West Zone 6.5

It’s a moody Saturday morning in North West Zone—dark clouds are present and scattered showers are likely to arrive before noon.

We expect weather conditions to become hot and sunny but strong wind will likely cool down the temperatures in the afternoon. The more protected areas of the bays will have good underwater visibility for snorkeling. Other areas will see choppy conditions from the trade winds.

Near Ka’anapali 8.0

It’s a gorgeous, calm morning in Near Ka’anapali Zone on Saturday. A small south swell is creating small waves at the shoreline but snorkeling conditions will be excellent here before the wind picks up in the afternoon.

Weather conditions will be hot and sunny here today. In the PM, gusts as strong as 29 mph may blow out the northern beaches.

South Shore 7.0

Saturday is going to be sunny and hot with calmer wind in South Kihei and in Wailea. North Kihei will have strong wind earlier on in the day.

A small south swell is affecting underwater visibility at some beaches where small waves are crashing at the shoreline. However, snorkeling conditions will be more favorable at beaches with fewer waves.

There’s a chance of isolated showers further south in the afternoon.

Friday, July 17


the skinny

It’s going to be extremely hot and humid in Maui on Friday with excellent conditions for snorkeling in all 3 zones.

Scores would be higher except for the potential for showers and wind in the afternoon. Snorkeling may become more favorable than these scores suggest.

North West Zone 7.0

We’re expecting hot and humid weather with gusty wind at speeds of 22 mph in North West Zone on Friday. Tropical showers are likely by the afternoon as well.

The areas of the bays that are most protected from wind will still have fantastic conditions for snorkeling. The ocean’s surface is calm and underwater visibility is excellent.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s going to be a scorcher here today!

Near Ka’anapali Zone is going to be hot, sunny, and humid on Friday with a 30% chance of tropical showers in the afternoon.

Underwater visibility for snorkeling is excellent and we’re only seeing small waves at the shoreline. A small south swell is creating increased currents in some areas. Northern beaches may become breezy in the afternoon. Overall it’s going to be a great day to recreate in the ocean here.

South Shore 7 .0

South Shore is going to be very hot with light wind in most areas today. We’ll see plenty of sunshine in Kihei and partly sunny skies further south.

Snorkeling conditions are favorable at most spots—especially in Kihei. There’s a 50% chance of scattered showers in Wailea and Makena this afternoon. A small swell is creating decent waves at some beaches and smaller waves at others. Kihei has the smallest waves.

Thursday, July 16


the skinny

It’s going to be hot and humid in Maui on Thursday with mostly calm wind and excellent ocean conditions for snorkeling in all 3 zones.

The humidity will likely bring with it light isolated showers throughout the day. Waves are small at the shoreline and underwater visibility is excellent.

North West Zone 7.0

Partly cloudy skies and humid weather will likely lead to scattered showers this morning. Wind is calm this AM, picking up in the afternoon.

Ocean conditions are clear and calm for snorkeling at the bays. Underwater visibility is excellent.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

It’s a beautiful morning Near Ka’anapali—calm wind, hot and humid with partly cloudy skies throughout the day.

Underwater visibility is crystal clear here today and we’re only seeing small waves at shore. The north beaches may get a little bump on the ocean’s surface in the afternoon but wind should remain light for most of Thursday. Scattered showers are possible.

South Shore 8.0

It’s hot and humid on South Shore with light, variable wind on Thursday. Snorkeling conditions will be fantastic in Kihei and in Wailea.

A south swell is present but waves are mostly small at the shoreline. Currents are up a bit but you may find good snorkeling at the southern beaches. Tropical showers are possible in moments.

Wednesday, July 15


the skinny

Maui is going to be mostly sunny and gorgeous on Wednesday with calm ocean conditions for snorkeling in all 3 zones!

We expect wind to be light for most of the day on South Shore with gusty moments in North Kihei in the PM.

North West Zone 7.5

Wednesday morning is mostly sunny with high clouds and a chance of scattered showers in the AM in North West Zone.

The bays will have excellent conditions for snorkeling today. We’re not seeing any waves at shore and underwater visibility is excellent. Trade winds will be present later.

Near Ka’anapali 8.5

The ocean’s surface is glassy calm Near Ka’anapali this morning and underwater visibility for snorkeling is fantastic.

Weather is going to be sunny and beautiful Wednesday with high clouds in the morning. The northern beaches here will become breezy later.

South Shore 8.0

We expect light wind at most spots on South Shore today which suggests very favorable conditions for snorkeling on Wednesday.

The Kihei and Wailea areas are going to be fantastic today: barely any waves and clear visibility. Around Makena we’re seeing smaller waves that could affect visibility at spots. But you’ll likely find good snorkeling here as well.

In the afternoon, North Kihei will make a swing from 6 mph winds to 23 mph gusts.

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