Due to Honolua Bay’s location between steep rocky cliffs, it often remains protected from strong winds that make snorkeling difficult in other areas. If snorkeling from land, make sure to swim out past the entrance to enjoy much better visibility. By arriving from the water, you’ll enjoy clear views of Pailolo Channel and the eastern shoreline of Moloka‘i. We are also lucky enough to spot Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins (Nai‘a) on occasion, so keep your eyes peeled!
The beautiful coral formations and abundance of tropical fish, some of which can only be found in Hawaii, are just some of the reasons this spot is popular among residents and visitors alike. During winter months, Honolua Bay is one of the most popular surfing spots on the island, with clear barrels and long rides that are ideal for experienced surfers.
The family who owns the property between the road and the bay have also established rules for visitors in an effort to keep the ecosystem healthy and functioning. Under these rules, guests are prohibited from bringing dogs, touching coral and wearing sunscreen, as it can cause damage to the surrounding reef.
When driving to Honolua Bay, look for Mile Marker #32 off the Honoapi‘ilani Hwy and take the short hike through the jungle landscape. Continue driving around the north side of the island to reach Nakalele Point, site of the Nakalele Blowhole, as well as Olivine Pools, where you can swim in salt water pools beside the ocean. Continue driving to reach the beautiful local town of Kahakuloa, where visitors are encouraged to stop for delicious snacks such as Lorraine’s homemade banana bread, shave ice and cream pie, and browse local art with a view at Kaukini Gallery.
Honolua Bay is a can’t miss for ocean and marine life enthusiasts, and we highly recommend it for excellent snorkeling and unique views of Maui.