Beneath the pineapple fields of Northwestern Maui and nestled inside a sea of palm trees lies a small sandy beach, a rustic boat ramp, lush, green foliage as far as the eye can see, and a calm bay with a shimmering sunset view overlooking the Pailolo Channel and the Eastern Shore of Molokai. The sand on the small beach at Honolua Bay is grayish and powdery – a “black sand” beach.
Every new day at Honolua Bay, catamarans from Kapalua and Kaanapali filled with sun worshippers and fish-lookers come to the bay, providing sights, gear and lunch to those who join them. Listening to the shouts of surprise and delight shoot through the snorkels of first time visitors makes one wonder how many colors of coral and tropical fish could possibly exist in such a small bay, and a quick survey from smiling faces as they arise from the water confirms there’s just too many to count. Curiosity always seems to increase when responses are so consistent, and the urge to take a peek to confirm these reports is overwhelming. Blues, greens, yellows, reds, magentas, and countless shades of each fill this underwater wonderland provoking questions as to why anyone would ever want to leave.
Honolua Bay has a beautiful shallow reef of 20-35 feet of depth on both its left and right sides that is complemented by its narrow black sand beach for sunbathing. All in all, it's a beautifully protected bay with a good variety of typical reef fish to check out either snorkeling or with SCUBA. Turtles frequent the area and it's one of Hawaii's Fish Conservation Area's.
Although the water was murky on most days because of high winds and seas this was the best snorkeling that we found on the main island of Maui. Molokini Crater was even better. Crystal clear..........
This is one time that the journey is definitely more important that the destination. I don't remember anything about Hana, but I remember "the road to" very vividly. Take loads of high speed film and take pictures of unspoiled beauty along this twisty, windy dangerous road because there aren't many good places to pull over. Land slides and roads falling out are common since the wild boars do a lot of damage in this area. Do a little research before you go to learn more about what you'll see ahead of time, since this is a "guide-yourself" tour. Along the way you will have the opportunity to swim in wonderful (FREEZING) spring fed waterfalls and pools. Bring your swimsuit.
Take this out of the way journey down a long and bumpy road to the old lava flow in Makena. (You'll loose all of your hubcaps along the way- but don't worry, you can pick up someone else's on the way back because they are everywhere.) Here you will find miles and miles of lava beds and desolation.
Drive the Hana Highway to the town of Hana and on to O'heo Gulch.
If you're feeling adventurous continue on and take the mostly unpaved road back around to the other side of the island.
For me, the lover of photography that I am, sailboats on the Maui coast, is a wonderful pic opportunitie. You will see angles from all over the island.
We spent the first 10 days of our trip exploring the island. There are so many quiet beaches and gorgeous places to see. Your hotel beach is not a representative sample of the beauty of Hawaii.
Visit the historic prison site in Lahaina. Free, small and interesting - especially the list of crimes. Neat perimeter wall made of lava rock.
One day this might have been a very busy
off road coffee stand , but there was no smell of coffee when we drove by here.
The most spectacular hikes on Maui are through Haleakala Crater’s 30 miles of trails. Halemauu Trail is 10 miles long, beginning 3 miles up the mountain from the Haleakala National Park headquarters.
We have stayed at Napili Point Condos six times and are returning again this February for a month....more
What a lovely little facility this is. Maui Oceanfront in Kihei has been recently taken over by Best...more
1533 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii, 96713, United States
Good for: Solo