Five Caves Snorkeling

The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in Maui.

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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. 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 for Five Caves snorkeling.

To reach the snorkeling at Five Caves from Wailea, head south on Wailea Alanui Drive. At Makena Road just south of the Makena Surf Condos, turn towards the water. After about 0.25 miles, there is parking on either side of the road and a trail leading to the water. 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, Five Caves is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 21 snorkeling dives in Maui. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Five Caves including Molokini Crater, Maluaka Beach Park, Kanahena Cove, La Perouse Bay, Keawanaku Beach and Makena Landing Park.

Best Five Caves Snorkeling Review | Wailea-Makena, Maui

Makena Beach (HI/US)


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:  Maui Oceanfront Inn, Kihei (808) 879-7744

Luxury Loding:  Makena Surf Condos

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Article Source:   Best Five Caves Snorkeling Review

GPS:  20.655879, -156.444364

Date Published:  2/12/2013

Date Updated:  4/30/2018

ID:  23140

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