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Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve

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Address: Maui, HI
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A great snorkeling spot on the southern coast of Maui.

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Excellent snorkeling!

We were in Lahaina where it was cloudy & rough waters so we ventured down to Ahihi at the suggestion of a local. This was an amazing spot. Nice new parking lot & if you follow... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
SaraBeth55
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in Lahaina where it was cloudy & rough waters so we ventured down to Ahihi at the suggestion of a local. This was an amazing spot. Nice new parking lot & if you follow the short Wiala Cove trail down to the bay, there is a spot to enter fairly easily. This was very calm waters despite white... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

We had a great time here snorkelling with our 12 and 11 year old daughters who are new to snorkelling. Walk in entry, but beware of sea urchins in the shallows. Nice calm waters and a lot of fish and coral. The road becomes quite narrow as you get close to Ahihi so reduce speed and use caution when meeting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

This was the 1st place we snorkeled and it was the best out of the 3 places we went. Lots of coral and colorful fish. Water was clear as long as sun was shining...at times it was a bit murky. The water depth is shallow to deep depending on how far you choose to venture. The water was very calm... More 

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This place is special because it is small and simple. Before going down to the water, there is a volunteer who greets you to answer any questions. There is no lifeguard, but there are no big currents. There is a rocky approach, so where some flip flops that you will leave just on the rocks by the water. The water... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We found this spot after trying a few others first. The water is very clear and the variety of colorful fish and coral gardens is amazing! We went early in the day, before 10am as the water anywhere you snorkel is best before noon. Beaches are not ideal for lounging on, it is mostly very rocky and can be a... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Ankle deep there are schools of fish! Amazing varieties of sea life, including turtles! I saw several schools just floating in the current...one larger fish with wonderful turquoise and green colours, had big teeth he was banging on the coral And you could hear it!

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Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Most days, the water was crystal clear. Fish, turtles, and reef creatures are plentiful, even though the coral is mostly dead. You have to walk a lava path for about 5 minutes from the parking lot to the entry, so make sure you have appropriate footwear.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We are somewhat inexperienced snorkelers but had a very pleasant time snorkeling off the concrete ramp near the park entrance. We were there on a weekday morning and there were already several families and couples snorkeling in the small cove. I did get bumped into a few times. But as we made our way a bit farther from shore it... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

If you drive beyond the developed tourist area and the glitzy hotels of Wailei Beach you will come to a fairly rough road (the only one) and you will enter the Ahihi kinua Narurak Area Preserve. it is an extensive lava field that comes down to the waters edge and gives a very different perspective of Maui and well worth... More 

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Allendale, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful scenery, you should make an effort to stop and at least spend a few minutes or all day

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