Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay
Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay, situated on the northwest shoreline of Maui, is among the most popular surfing and snorkeling areas of the island. Resulting from the broad spectrum of variations in currents, precipitation, and the changing seasons, water conditions arrive in a diverse assortment of classes, which offer a selection of different opportunities for recreational activities throughout the year.

Kapalua

Kapalua
Kapalua

Located just south of Honolua Bay, Kapalua is a resort community, a first class destination in West Maui. Stretching across 22,000 acres, Kapalua Resort offers an abundance of natural beauty, history, and culture. Flourishing mountain peaks, thriving valleys, forests of pine, igneous peninsulas, and scenic coastlines provide a breathtaking panorama and a landscape of adventure as well as leisure amidst the splendor of nature. Five unspoiled bays and beaches encircle the resort and offer an abundance of activities, from snorkeling to diving to kayaking to swimming to surfing. In addition to the beauty of nature, Kapalua Resort is equipped with a number of facilities to ensure visitors’ comfort, including the second largest stand alone spa on the island, two championship golf courses, adventure packages, pineapple farm tours, special events, shopping, excellent dining choices, and luxurious accommodations.

Honolua Bay Maui Snorkeling

Honolua Bay Maui Snorkeling
Honolua Bay Maui Snorkeling

The waters of Honolua Bay present a calm atmosphere during the summer, making it an ideal and popular destination for snorkeling and diving. Additionally, the bay is home to a wide variety of fish, coral, and undersea wildlife, as it is part of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, and snorkelers and divers will find an abundance of interesting sights below the surface of these crystal waters. Snorkeling and diving is also done outside of the summer season; however, because the waters tend to become rough and invariably dangerous, visitors are encouraged to use caution and follow posted rules and warnings before entering the water.

Honolua Bay Surfing

Honolua Bay Surfing
Honolua Bay Surfing  Image: maveric2003 (flickr)

In the winter months, the surfing season is in full swing, and at its peak, when surfers flock for the challenge, the waves are at their mightiest.  A powerful wave rises up out of the sea, creating a large hollow tube and a long ride in the area known as The Cave, one of three sections; the other areas include The Point and Keiki Bowls.  Admirers often congregate on the nearby bluffs for the ideal position to observe the experts on the surf. For amateur and newbie surfers, lessons are available, but all visitors should be aware that the winter waters are quite turbulent and can pose a serious danger to all engaging in water activities.

Honolua Bay Hotels & Lodging

Honolua Bay Hotels & Lodging
Honolua Bay Hotels & Lodging

Accommodations near Honolua Bay range over a selection of varieties; among the most well known places to find lodging is in Kapalua, where an assortment of villas and resorts offer luxurious spaces, from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel (pictured) and the Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences to the Kapalua Gold Villas and Kapalua Luxury Homes. Depending on preferred vacation experiences, each of these establishments offers a varied experience, from a full service resort to a private home.

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