Honolua Bay
Honolua Bay
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At Honolua Bay, you can snorkel among coral reefs, sea turtles, and puffer fish in the summer and surf in the winter. You can also tour the rocky coast on a boat year-round. Park off the highway and head to the shore through a short trail along the forest. From the beach, you’ll spot the islands of Molokai and Lanai. If you choose to take a dip in the water, watch out for the slippery rocks below the surface. A few wild chickens roaming around complement the natural scenery. Try to get to the bay early to find a parking spot. – Tripadvisor
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  • Ani N
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great snorkeling spot!
    My family went snorkeling here. There is a beautiful walk through the jungle from the parking spots near the road down to the beach. We spotted lots of fish, including the trumpet fish and green sea turtles. One turtle swam with us over half an hour. 💜
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Jeff D
    Murrieta, California323 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great swimming
    We parked on the road and walked in. About a 10 min walk to the beach. The walk alone is amazing under some huge old trees and feels like a real jungle. Once at the beach, there is only rocks. You must know you will not flop down a chair and chill out all day It's hard to walk in and out of the water. However, once in the water the snorkeling is great. This is a spot many tour boats go to snorkel as well so don't be alarmed when there are 2-3 boats anchored up in the water. TO see the good stuff you need to get out there. If you stay just 100 feet out you missed the views. Get out as far are you feel comfortable and enjoy. We saw so many different fish and turtles. In the water its amazing. The parking along the road is a mess. Need to arrive early to find a spot. You really only need to be here just enough time to snorkle but I don't see spending a day here. Too hard to walk around to do that. Just snorkel and move along.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Hrothmir
    199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snorkeling (via short walk through dramatic forest).
    We went to the bay for the snorkeling - and the snorkeling along the edges was good. One has to park by the road and then walk a short trail through a forest to the bay. There were signs where we parked advising us not to walk through private property and directing us to the trail head. One thing I didn't see noted in other reviews (or failed to notice at the time I was deciding whether to go to Honolua Bay) is that the forest walk is a strong feature itself; it's beautiful. The beach is made up of big rocks vs. sand - so not a beach if you're looking to sunbathe vs. snorkel.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 13, 2024
  • Shannon D
    Calgary, Canada77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treacherous walk to the water in the rain
    Muddy, treacherous walk if raining. Just remember that if it's raining you will get dirty, you will slip and you may fall. Good shoes are a must in rainy conditions as the walk through the forest (although beautiful) can be 15 dangerous minutes. Don't bring a chair..honestly if you are willing to try to balance a chair on the rocks..good for you. Personally, it took everything I had to get to the water in one piece with all my gear on the rainy day we were there. I even fell getting into the water and badly bruised my wrist because the rocks are so slippery and slimy. Once in the water, it's really beautiful and I saw two turtles and many, many fish. It was some of the best snorkeling on Maui but when I saw the catamaran tours I thought..."that would have been the safer way to go" but I'm sure those tours are costly. If you want to go on the cheap (looks like a cash donation is appreciated for crossing the land) this is the way to go, but bring only the essentials and enjoy. Also keep things hidden in your vehicle to be safe.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Jonnyjubb
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth The Effort To Get To The Water
    We visited here twice as we enjoyed it so much the first time. Get here early (7:30-08:00) to park in the very small parking lot (with the portacabins) otherwise you’ll have to take a chance by the side of the road. Nice walk along the way through the woods, enjoying the company of wild chickens. The beach is very stony/rocky, but worth the trek once you make it into the water. Lovely and clear for snorkelling, enjoying a huge variety of fish and of course the odd turtle… Definitely make time if you’re nearby.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 13, 2024
  • Jay Y
    Naples, Florida10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Phenomenal snorkeling
    We drove about an hour up from the Wailea area to snorkel here. It was well worth it. We saw turtles, large trumpetfish, an octopus, squid, a barracuda, large parrotfish and many other colorful reef fishes. Some advice: Plan to get there at 8:30 AM. You’ll be more likely to get parking & it will be less crowded. There is a lookout just before mile marker 32. Access to a sandy beach is the first parking area past mm 32. Look for the green railing and steps down to the beach. The best snorkeling area is about 0.3 miles further just past the one lane bridge. This is a big rock beach. Do not plan to lay out or play in the sand. There is no sand. Just a difficult rocky access to the water. But the snorkeling is phenomenal. Stay close to the rocks on either the left or right side and go out as far as you can. We saw more fish and the turtles on the left side.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 1, 2024
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IAfarmgirl
Iowa76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Family went snorkeling here while my husband and I sat under the shade of the trees on level ground above the rocks. Enjoyed the walk through the magical, mystical trees from the parking area to the beach. The snorkelers liked this spot! Lots of roosters and chickens, too.
Written June 2, 2024
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Jay Y
Naples, FL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We drove about an hour up from the Wailea area to snorkel here. It was well worth it. We saw turtles, large trumpetfish, an octopus, squid, a barracuda, large parrotfish and many other colorful reef fishes.
Some advice: Plan to get there at 8:30 AM. You’ll be more likely to get parking & it will be less crowded. There is a lookout just before mile marker 32. Access to a sandy beach is the first parking area past mm 32. Look for the green railing and steps down to the beach. The best snorkeling area is about 0.3 miles further just past the one lane bridge. This is a big rock beach. Do not plan to lay out or play in the sand. There is no sand. Just a difficult rocky access to the water. But the snorkeling is phenomenal. Stay close to the rocks on either the left or right side and go out as far as you can. We saw more fish and the turtles on the left side.
Written June 1, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jonnyjubb
Rayleigh, UK225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited here twice as we enjoyed it so much the first time. Get here early (7:30-08:00) to park in the very small parking lot (with the portacabins) otherwise you’ll have to take a chance by the side of the road.
Nice walk along the way through the woods, enjoying the company of wild chickens.
The beach is very stony/rocky, but worth the trek once you make it into the water. Lovely and clear for snorkelling, enjoying a huge variety of fish and of course the odd turtle…
Definitely make time if you’re nearby.
Written May 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ghi z
Troy, MI13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The bay itself is fine but not better than two steps in Big Island. The parking lot is horrible. It only has 5 to 6 parking spaces. It doesn't level up with the main road. The curb is much lower than the road. It damages my midsize Nissan front bumper when I come back up.
Written April 26, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Shannon D
Calgary, Canada77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Muddy, treacherous walk if raining. Just remember that if it's raining you will get dirty, you will slip and you may fall. Good shoes are a must in rainy conditions as the walk through the forest (although beautiful) can be 15 dangerous minutes. Don't bring a chair..honestly if you are willing to try to balance a chair on the rocks..good for you. Personally, it took everything I had to get to the water in one piece with all my gear on the rainy day we were there. I even fell getting into the water and badly bruised my wrist because the rocks are so slippery and slimy. Once in the water, it's really beautiful and I saw two turtles and many, many fish. It was some of the best snorkeling on Maui but when I saw the catamaran tours I thought..."that would have been the safer way to go" but I'm sure those tours are costly. If you want to go on the cheap (looks like a cash donation is appreciated for crossing the land) this is the way to go, but bring only the essentials and enjoy. Also keep things hidden in your vehicle to be safe.
Written March 21, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hrothmir
Smyrna, GA199 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We went to the bay for the snorkeling - and the snorkeling along the edges was good. One has to park by the road and then walk a short trail through a forest to the bay. There were signs where we parked advising us not to walk through private property and directing us to the trail head. One thing I didn't see noted in other reviews (or failed to notice at the time I was deciding whether to go to Honolua Bay) is that the forest walk is a strong feature itself; it's beautiful. The beach is made up of big rocks vs. sand - so not a beach if you're looking to sunbathe vs. snorkel.
Written March 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeff D
Murrieta, CA323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We parked on the road and walked in. About a 10 min walk to the beach. The walk alone is amazing under some huge old trees and feels like a real jungle. Once at the beach, there is only rocks. You must know you will not flop down a chair and chill out all day It's hard to walk in and out of the water. However, once in the water the snorkeling is great. This is a spot many tour boats go to snorkel as well so don't be alarmed when there are 2-3 boats anchored up in the water. TO see the good stuff you need to get out there. If you stay just 100 feet out you missed the views. Get out as far are you feel comfortable and enjoy. We saw so many different fish and turtles. In the water its amazing. The parking along the road is a mess. Need to arrive early to find a spot. You really only need to be here just enough time to snorkle but I don't see spending a day here. Too hard to walk around to do that. Just snorkel and move along.
Written August 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

looproad
248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Didn’t snorkel or swim here- just admired the beauty. This place is amazing. Worth the drive just to look at for a bit. If you’re lucky enough to be here, you should check it out. Just amazing.
Written August 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ani N
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
My family went snorkeling here. There is a beautiful walk through the jungle from the parking spots near the road down to the beach. We spotted lots of fish, including the trumpet fish and green sea turtles. One turtle swam with us over half an hour. 💜
Written July 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CR
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Old hawaiian guy claims to own this government park while smoking next to a no smoking sign. Likes to yell at little kids and police others on the beach. Massive areas of the park have been kinda roped off? He says there are so.e old graves. There are some very small parcels of private land but not where he was yelling at us from.
Written April 13, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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