Hawaii is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the entire world. While many choose to soak up the rays on their beach towel, there are some individuals who would rather spend their time in the warm waters of Kapalua. Luckily, there are a number of spots around Kapalua that are ideal for snorkeling and observing marine wildlife. That’s why, in today’s article, we will take a look at some of the best spots around the island for snorkeling enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the wonders of the Pacific Ocean.

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Molokini Crater

Known for its abundance of marine wildlife, Molokini Crater is a notorious snorkeling and scuba diving location. While you cannot get to Molokini on your own, there are several snorkeling tours that take guests out to sea to experience hundreds of marine species. Interestingly enough, the Molokini Crater was not established as a Marine Life Conservation District until 1977. This ruling made Molokini a state seabird sanctuary, which restricts individuals from stepping foot onto its land. However, there are plenty of marine species such as parrotfish, moray eels, and yellow tang that can be observed up close underwater.

Napili Bay

If you are wanting to snorkel along a reef located near one of Kapalua’s top beaches, consider visiting Napili Bay for your next snorkeling adventure. Located near the Napili Bay Resort, the sandy beaches of Napili Bay are located less than 100 feet from a popular reef that is home to a variety of marine wildlife. Napili Bay is the perfect snorkeling destination for beginners as its waters are shallow and its waves are calm. With a max depth of eight feet and an incredibly convenient entry point, Napili Bay is one of the more trafficked areas due to its accessibility.

Honolua Bay

Another one of Kapalua’s Marine Life Conservation Districts, Honolua Bay is home to calm waters and an incredibly dense population of marine wildlife. Located near Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course, Honolua Bay features an immense area of coral that is home to hundreds of different marine species like parrotfish, turtles, hawkfish, and much more. While this is a moderately popular area, there are no lifeguards on duty at Honolua Bay, so it is always best to take caution when snorkeling in this gorgeous area. It is also important to note that there are no nearby restaurants, so consider packing a picnic if you plan on snorkeling Honolua Bay over the course of a day.

Kapalua Bay

A hot spot for snorkeling that is located near Kapalua Coastal Trail, Kapalua Bay is graced by white sands and easy snorkeling. Since Kapalua Bay features two unique reefs, the waters are extremely calm making this the ideal snorkeling spot for beginners. Kapalua Bay is easily accessible, as there is a parking lot nearby that welcomes beach guests daily. While swimming along either of the two reefs located in Kapalua Bay, you can expect to see marine species like parrotfish, hawkfish, and even crustaceans! If you plan on visiting Kapalua Bay for your next snorkeling expedition, consider arriving at the beach fairly early as its nearby parking lot fills up with visitors quickly.

While these are just four of the many popular snorkeling destinations located around the island, you should consider researching the difficulty of each snorkeling spot beforehand so that you can make an informed decision based on your skill level. To learn more about Kapalua, or to find an affordable luxury rental for your next Hawaiian getaway, visit Aloha Vacation Villa’s website today! We list all of our available Kapalua Bay rentals online so that individuals and families alike can find a luxury villa that suits their needs.