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Snorkeling Napili Bay, Maui

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Description: Sheltered laid back beach with great marine life

Downside: Parking can be difficult

How to Get There: HeadNorth from Lahaina, take Honoapi’ilani Hwy (Hwy30). Turn left at Napilihau Rd. Continue on Napilihau making a right at Lower Honoapiilani Rd to Hui Drive where you will see cars parked along the road.

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I had heard that the snorkeling at Napili Bay was a good spot because the reef protects the entire cove. It is also one of the best beaches in Maui just to come and hang out for the day.

Napili Bay Beach, Napili, Maui

Napili Bay Beach, Napili, Maui

The first thing I noticed when I walked onto the beach at Napili Bay was the pure golden color of the sand which was shimmering in the sun.

Colorful fish swimming in Napili Bay, Maui

Colorful fish swimming in Napili Bay, Maui

Once I got to the water, the temperature was perfect, and the current was very mild making the perfect condition for some great snorkeling. I headed to the spot left of the center, where I knew the best part of the reef was. While snorkeling, I saw some of the most beautiful, colorful fish swimming around.

Sea Turtle peeking out from the water, Napili Bay, Maui

Sea Turtle peeking out from the water, Napili Bay, Maui

I heard there were many Sea Turtles here, but I did not quite believe it until I saw them for myself, swimming gently among all the fish. If you encounter them yourselves, refrain from touching them because you will be fined since they are protected.

Spotted Eagle Ray, Napili Bay, Maui

Spotted Eagle Ray, Napili Bay, Maui

After I had got comfortable in the area I was snorkeling in; I wanted to see if there were any other spots on the reef that were as rich in color and animals. I ventured out a bit more away from the reef and relaxed in the water admiring the peacefulness of everything. I looked down towards the bottom and saw a Spotted Eagle Ray. What a lucky day of snorkeling!

Golden sand on the beach at Napili Bay, Maui

Golden sand on the beach at Napili Bay, Maui

Snorkeling at Napili Bay is an awesome experience, whether you are looking to discover something in the water or just have a good time. It is one of the best places in Maui to catch an amazing glimpse of the ecosystems in the water while enjoying your own pace.

 

What other places have you snorkled on Maui? Comment below and let us know so we can Go! See! Learn!

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Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae is the creator of The Traveling Vixen, which captures her adventures around the world. Her passion is to inspire others to grow by experiencing and learning new things in the world.

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