Maui Revealed – Snorkeling

Chris goes Snorkeling

Chris goes Snorkeling


By far the most popular activity for those who travel to Maui is snorkeling. Yet, it was only on our third trip there that Marnie and I ventured into the water to see what was actually underneath.

When we ventured into the water, we chose to keep things simple and head in at Kamaole Beach III (just across the street from Kamaole Sands). Sure we’d been in the water at the beach, but never before had we thought to look under the waves. Suffice to say, we were blown away at how many fish were likely swimming all around us the whole time that we’d been oblivious to.

So now you’re interested, right?

While nearly every beach has solid snorkeling opportunities, we’ve been told that taking a snorkel tour out to the Molokini Crater is all that and a bag of chips. There are options a plenty if such a trip suits your fancy, though we’d recommend taking a sail on the Ali’i Nui – we haven’t made a snorkel trip on this charter, but just loved the trade winds sail we took a few years back.

And if you’re in need of gear, pretty much every block has a snorkel or dive shop on the corner. We’ve heard good things about the Maui Dive Shop, while Marnie and I used Snorkel Bob’s when we last went. The great thing about both is that you can get full kits for an affordable price that you don’t need to truck back home when you leave. And if you’re in need of optical lenses (like Marnie), both outfits can hook you up so you can actually see what you’ll be looking at.

But instead of taking my advice, what tips do you have for us and our guests? Please share below in the comments.


This post is part of our Maui Revealed series to help our wedding guests and others explore the island. Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Maui Revealed – Snorkeling

  1. Ka’anapali beach north of the black rock has some nice beginner snorkelling… it’s a nice sandy beach for tanning and close in swimming and about 10 ft. out it becomes a natural reef. Turtles often come right up close to the beach there and it’s not nearly as busy as Ka’anapali south where all the resorts are. Easy, safe, mostly shark free. <—just kidding, it's shark free

    • This may be surprising, but in our three trips we’ve only gone up to Ka’anapali once – and even then we didn’t take our snorkel gear. Maybe we’ll plan better this time.

  2. If you can find one, buy a disposable water proof camera (or a real one, or one of those fancy iphone cases you can take underwater) the photos you’ll get are really cool (and a lot cheaper than if you buy the photo package some tour operators offer)

    When I went in the Dominican you could bring buns from the hotel into the water and the fish would surround you to eat it, so if you can manage that it’s pretty cool.

    • You presume I even have an iPhone. 🙂 My parents point & shoot is what I used our last trip as it’s waterproof/resistant. In fact, the video above was filmed using it.

      Buns, eh? I have to be honest, would be worried I’d attract something bigger with food… or food to attract fish which can turn into food for something else…

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