Snorkeling is definitely the most popular activity in Maui. This is because Maui’s surrounding waters are perfect for snorkeling. Snorkeling in Kaanapali is a great example. Every factor came together perfectly. The waters around Maui and the neighboring islands are warm. The average temperature of the water here is around 78 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it perfect for swimming. Visibility is also top notch in the waters around Maui. Some places even have visibility in crystal clear waters for more than 100 feet. The snorkeling locations are also full of beautiful coral reef formations and unique wildlife. Example of these places is the Molokini crater and the waters around the island of Lanai.

One of the most famous places to go Kaanapali Snorkeling is Black Rock, just off Kaanapali Beach. Snorkeling here doesn’t require too much effort since it is very close to the shore. There are also many resorts and hotels nearby that you can stay in so you will be closer here. This place is perfect for beginner snorkelers since you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see the fishes and the gorgeous corals. Even experienced snorkelers will like this place since it isn’t every day that you can see so many fish with so little effort. Staying here until sunset will reward you with a free viewing of the Sheraton’s torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony.

If you’re lucky, you might be able to see more than fishes. You might also be able to see dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and sharks. Don’t worry these are mostly benign white tip sharks.

However, like all activities in Maui, caution should always be exercised. The time of the day can also affect how your snorkeling trips can go. The early morning waves are generally calmer than the ones in the afternoon.

Here is a list of the different options for Snorkeling in Kaanapali.


Jeremy Stice is the Author of the Maui Real Estate Guidebook.

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