Coral Gardens Snorkeling

The 11th most popular snorkel dive spot in Maui.

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South of Lahaina and west of Maalaea on Maui, the snorkeling at Coral Gardens is known to be excellent. Coral Gardens is for experienced snorkelers only due to long swim from shore.

To reach the snorkeling at Coral Gardens from Lahaina, head south on Highway 30 to roughly 0.5 miles north of the tunnel near milepost 11. Use the first parking area north of the cliffs. From the parking area water access, snorkel south in front of the cliffs. To reach the snorkeling on Maui by air, you will need to fly into Kahului Airport (OGG) which is located in the middle of the north coast of Maui. It is served by direct flights from the mainland US and also by inter-island flights from several other Hawaiian Islands by regional carriers. When planning a trip to the Hawaiian islands, be aware that the State Of Hawaii has banned all sunscreens that oxybenzone, which has been proven to kill coral reefs.

Overall, Coral Gardens is the 11th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 21 snorkeling dives in Maui. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Coral Gardens including Olowalu Reef, Papalaua Wayside Park and Wahikuli State Park.


Local Contact(s):  Maui Visitors Bureau (808) 442-8717; Hawaii Visitors (808) 245-3971; Maui Weather (808) 877-5111 or 871-5054.

Recommended Book:  "Maui's Best Snorkeling" from Rich Schieber

Recommended Map:  "Maui Dive Map" from Franko Maps

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Green Turtle House, Paia; Ho'Oilo House, Lahina

Luxury Loding:  Kaanapali Beach Resort; Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort; Mauian, Napili Bay (808) 669-6205

Breakfast Restaurant:  Gazebo Restaurant, Lahina; Sunrise Cafe, Lahina

Reference Source:  click here

Article Source:   Best Coral Gardens Snorkeling Review

GPS:  20.809999, -156.611813

Date Published:  12/25/2011

Date Updated:  4/30/2018

ID:  23136

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