Scuba diving in Honolua Bay

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Access
From Shore
Diver level
Novice
Depth
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 65.6 ft
Current
Generally low
Visibility
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft
Honolua Bay, situated on the northwestern coast of Maui, is a great snorkeling and diving site and a good place for surfers. Divers may need to obtain permission to access the beach as this spot is a private property. Both sides of this bay are surrounded by rocky cliffs, and will be enjoyable for divers, meanwhile for snorkelers the north side of the bay is better. The middle of the bay is a sandy channel that gradually slopes down to a depth of 60ft near the mouth of the bay. When north, northwest swells are present it is not recommended to dive.

When to go

Diving can be done all year round, though the high season is from April through May and September through November. The average water temperature ranges from 23C/73F to 28C/82F. During the winter months, the waves here are powerful.

What to see

Coral formations can be found on each side of the bay, as well as turtles, parrot fish, moray eels, barracuda, jack crevalle, trigger fish, manta rays, and lots of colorful fish. The northern side of the bay is known to have more various sea life and is densely covered with corals.

Reachable from

Lahaina, Kihei

Liveaboards with trips to Honolua Bay

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