Honolua Bay

Maui, Hawaii

Honolua Bay

(means “two harbors” in Hawaiian)


Great surfing, snorkeling and spectacular Hawaiian sunsets.




Honolua Bay is known for great surfing, snorkeling and spectacular Hawaiian sunsets. This is the place you go for scoping out the incredible Hawaiian Marine life including the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, Hawaii’s State Fish. During the winter months, the waves can be quite large and a big attraction for advanced surfers. The bluffs above the bay provide a great vantage point for viewing these surfers as the tackle natures aquatic challenge.

You can choose to take a snorkeling tour and get to Honolua Bay or drive about 20 minutes north of Lahaina to the Honolua-Mokule’ia Bay Marine Life Conservation District. From the parking area, follow the dirt path for a short walk through the forest down to the ocean.  You will likely encounter wild chickens along the path.


There is no fishing or removing of any natural resources (including rocks) from Honolua Bay because it is part of a Marine Life Conservation District. Also note, no sunscreen of any kind is allowed in the water.


Most people will be tempted to enter the water from the far left side of the bar where there is a bit of sand. The water is not as clear in this area. Walk along the short to the right of the bay and you will find the visibility to be much better.


Honolua Bay is not a place for laying out and working on your tan as there is no sand or very little to speak of. Don’t let that stop you from visiting this beautiful place.


Tip: As is the case with most beach areas, don’t leave valuables in your car and leave the doors unlocked. You don’t need any smash and grab thieves breaking the windows of your rental car. That’s a great way to put a damper on a perfectly good vacation.

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No Lifeguard


No Restrooms


Limited Parking

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