Located in Maui, the snorkeling in Wailea-Makena offers more than a half-dozen beautiful snorkel dive spots. The best Wailea-Makena snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be La Perouse Bay, Molokini Crater, Maluaka Beach Park, Five Caves, and Kamaole Beach Park. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Wailea-Makena snorkeling dive below.
South of Maalaea and west of Makena off Maui, the Molokini crater snorkeling is popular for the water clarity and diverse marine life. The crescent-shaped Molokini Island Reserve is a partially submerged extinct volcanic crater, of which, only a semi circle is still above water. While snorkeling, you'll encounter abundant marine life including reef sharks, parrot fish, moray eels, and butterfly fish.
South of Kihei and Wailea on Maui, the snorkeling at Five Caves is known for its diverse marine life and green sea turtles. This snorkeling spot is considered part of the "turtle town" region. Many divers consider Five Caves to be one of the best snorkeling dive sites on the island. It is best for experienced snorkelers and is definitely not a great place if there is south wave action.
South of Kihei and Makena in the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve, there is good snorkeling at the remote Keawanaku Beach. This a challenging place to snorkel, even when the usually high winds are calm. When snorkeling at Keawanaku Beach, you may encounter a pod of spinner dolphins that frequent the waters here.
South of Kihei and Wailea on Maui, the snorkeling at Makena Landing Park is popular for green sea turtles. It is part of the region that some call turtle town, but most consider Maluaka Beach Park as THE Turtle Town. While snorkeling the rocky Makena Landing Park, it is likely to see a couple sea turtles eating, especially early in the morning.
South of Kihei and north of Wailea on Maui, the snorkeling at the Kamaole Beach Park is popular with families. There are three distinct beaches here separated by rocks, which provide interesting habitat for marine life. Keep in mind that the afternoon winds tend to kickup the wave action. Also, there is limited parking available, so make sure to arrive early at Kamaole Beach Park for snorkeling. While snorkeling here, keep in mind that over the years there have been numerous shark attacks on snorkelers.
South of Kihei and Wailea on Maui, the snorkeling off Polo Beach Park is known for its coral reefs and diverse marine life. The best snorkeling at Polo Beach Park is off to the right. Keep in mind that the afternoon winds tend to kickup the wave action.