La Perouse Bay or Keoneʻoʻio Bay is a spectacular snorkeling location for experienced divers and snorkelers. You will need strength (or a good tour boat guide) to make it past the choppy waves and silty shoreline to its well-stocked reefs. La Perouse Bay can be windy and prone to big surf in the summer.
South of Wailea, past some spectacular lava fields, at the end of Makena Alanui Road, you will find a parking lot and access to the Bay. The best time to go snorkeling is in the early morning, before the trade winds pick up.
Honolua Bay (“two harbors”) is a large, highly popular sheltered bay where you can hike, swim, snorkel, surf and dive. There is not much beach sand, it’s mostly rocky (and the rocks can be slippery), but the snorkeling and diving are highly rated by many Maui guides.
The high, rocky cliffs on both sides protect the Bay from harsh trade winds. You can get a good view of the bay from the roadway on the cliffs to scope out your best spots from above. You may even spot larger Sea Turtles from this vantage point.
West Maui’s Kāʻanapali Beach is a great place to dive or snorkel. Three miles of sparkling gold-white sand, crystal clear water, great snorkeling, cliff-diving, convenient amenities and unbeatable sunset views. Divers will find tropical fish including rare and uncommon species such as the Flying Gurnards, Flame Angels, and Frog Fish. You may be lucky enough to spot a Spotted Eagle Ray, endangered Green Sea Turtles, octopus, dolphins or whales (in season). It’s no wonder why many visitors think Kāʻanapali Beach is one of the best beaches in America. This ancient retreat for Maui royals is now a popular getaway for the world, and one of the best places on Maui to capture that jaw-dropping sunset picture.
If you don’t have your own snorkeling or underwater camera equipment, check out Boss Frog’s rentals. They have a location nearby the Napili Bay Plaza, in Napili.