Honolua Bay

Suitable for:
Active traveller, nature lover
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Known and much going on
Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
2 hours
Optimal arrival time:
16:00 o' clock
Suitable for:
Active traveller, nature lover
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Known and much going on
Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
2 hours
Optimal arrival time:
16:00 o' clock

Details of the beach

Equipment at Honolua Bay
(Available: )
The beach is popular for:
Picnics, Sunset, Snorkelling, Diving, Surfing)
Beach material
Sand color
2500 sqm
Entry into the sea
Sight in the sea
Very clear

Honolua Bay - Description

Paradise for snorkeling and diving - Honolua Bay Marine Reserve

Sea turtles, colorful exotic fish and a variety of corals. Honolua Bay with its rocky coastline and coral formations has become a popular spot among snorkelers as well as divers over the years.

Those who seek out the bay in the west of the island of Maui must follow a well-signposted path after parking. Past tropical plants and jungle-like landscape, a path leads down from the road to Honolua Bay. The beach is rocky, not usually used for sunbathing, and the highlight during the summer months is the dazzling underwater world. Honolua Bay is part of Hawaii's Marine Protected Area, ensuring that no rocks, coral, marine life or other resources are eroded or removed by human activity.

Therefore, to the delight of visitors, numerous exotic fish cavort among rocky formations and colorful corals. The visibility while snorkeling near the beach, depending on the conditions of the ocean, is murky, full of swirling sand and for better visibility while snorkeling it is recommended to swim a little further out. The bay is also a popular spot among divers. Thanks to the ideal conditions, both beginners and professionals can explore the Hawaiian underwater world here. The best spots for snorkeling are on the west end of the beach, while the best spots for diving are on the east side. Visitors who want to explore fish and coral during the winter months should be careful. The ocean gets rougher, huge waves develop and the underwater paradise becomes one of the best surf spots on the whole island.


Parking is available on both sides of the road.
Tip: The remote parking lot is a known place where burglaries take place. Valuables should not be left here under any circumstances.

What we say

Turtles, parrot fish, trumpet fish, octopus, moray eels and much more can be discovered in the underwater world of Honolua Bay. Snorkeling or diving is better done in summer, when the waves are not so strong. In winter, the bay becomes a popular surfing spot.
Our checklist & tips:
  • Snorkeling and diving hotspot in summer
  • Breathtaking walk to the bay
  • Attention with the valuables
  • Sturdy shoes advantageous
  • Winter surf hotspot
  • No sanitary facilities and no lifeguards

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Map and contact data

Honolua Bay, mile marker 32, Honoapi'ilani Highway
Longitude: -156.636854
Latitude: 21.011896

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