Top 10 Maui Snorkeling Tips

Without a doubt, Maui has some of the world’s most accessible snorkeling destinations. The water temperature is perfect, there are tons of protected bays and coves, and beneath the sea there are turtles, and tropical fish galore!

Follow these 10 easy snorkeling tips to get the most out of your time in the water in Maui.


1. Rent Quality Gear!

This might seem like a no brainer but renting quality snorkel gear is really important to having a great snorkeling experience that you’ll want to remember. There are two main things to remember when renting snorkel gear. 1) Not all snorkel sets are the same. 2) Dry-Mouth snorkels are not just for advanced snorkelers. If you’re new to snorkeling we recommend them even more! We’re committed to carrying only the newest and best snorkeling gear on the island of Maui.

2. Don’t rent at the beach

If you rent snorkel gear right on the beach you’re typically going to pay an arm and a leg for average quality snorkel rentals. Some beach kiosks actually charge $100 week for their snorkel rentals! SEE HERE! That’s right… if you’re a family of 4, some beach kiosks would charge you $400 for your snorkeling gear for the week! However, most resort or beach kiosks will charge on average $20/day or $50/week for snorkel rentals. Make sure to ask about our stand-up paddle boards and surf board rentals. We can also save you a tremendous amount of money on those as well.

3. Snorkel With A Buddy

Snorkeling with a partner is always a good idea. Maui’s waters are usually pretty calm but snorkeling with a buddy is safer and you’ll have more fun looking at fish and exploring the reef.

4. Don’t Smile!

We’re serious about this one! Believe it or not… the smile lines your face naturally makes will break the seal of your mask every time, allowing water in. You can definitely have fun out there. Just no smiling.

5. Respect The Coral And Sea life

Remember that coral is a living thing. Touching it and stepping on it actually kills it. Also keep in mind to never touch a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. You could get a fine of $15,000.00 or even worse, accidentally hurt them.

6. Pick The Right Time

You can snorkel on Maui pretty much anytime there is sunlight however there are times that are more prime than others. Snorkeling during the times from 8am – 3pm is ideal!

7. Snorkel With Good Visibility

Only snorkel in clear water. Maui’s ocean water is generally pretty clear all year round. It usually only gets murky after a heavy rain, nothing worse than a murky day when you’re trying to go snorkeling. Make sure to check the conditions before you head to the beach.

8. Stay Close!

Sometimes you might be following a group of spotted eagle rays or a beautiful sea creature and loose track of where you swam to. You never want to be more than 50 yards from the closest beach.

9. Hold The Spit

Even though spitting in your mask helps your mask not to fog up, we provide everyone with a bottle of defog so you don’t have to.

10. Don’t Be A LitterBug

Most people don’t litter intentionally, however sometimes portions of trash get covered up by sand making it hard to see. Just make sure to double check that you did’t leave any trash on the beach before you leave. Mahalo!

Most Importantly Have Fun!

By far the most important part of snorkeling! Snorkeling is by far the most fun thing to do in Maui. Have a blast while being safe! Just remember not to smile. Smile lines break the seal of your mask every time.

For vacation assistance please contact The Snorkel Store during business hours, or by email any time.  We are glad to hear from you, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.  Thanks!