Surf in the winter / snorkel in the summer
Located in the Kapalua area of northwestern Maui, Honolua Bay is part of a marine life preserve.
Honolua Bay provides outstanding snorkeling and scuba diving when the sea is calm, usually during the summer months, and this is also when the water is clearest. When a swell is running, typically during the winter months, Honolua is a world class surfing beach. There is only a small sandy beach at Honolua, which is nice for sunbathing, though the real draw of this beach is offshore. Snorkeling is best on the right side of the bay.
Snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming when the water is calm. Surfing when a swell is running. Fishing is not allowed because this area is a marine preserve.
As part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, Honolua Bay is a protected area that is abundant with sea life amidst the beautiful coral reef. Surfers appreciate Honolua for its hollow breaking waves and exceptionally long rides. The expert surfers can be observed from a vantage point atop the coastal bluffs.
Need To Know
Honolua is subject to extremely large surf, particularly during the winter months, and recreational swimmers and snorkelers should not enter the water. Stay out of the ocean during times of high surf and rough seas.
To get to Honolua Bay follow Honoapiilani Hwy. past Kapalua toward the north shore. You will pass several overlooks of the bay and then you will see a dirt road just past the last of the overlooks. Turn left on the dirt road which leads down to the beach.
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