Maui is home to over 30 miles of beaches. With so many possibilities, it’s unlikely you’ll get to explore them all, so be sure to choose beaches that are well suited to how you hope to spend your day. Whether you’re planning to people watch, lounge under a palm, surf, snorkel, or one of the many other water activities available on Maui, there is sure to be a beach that is a perfect fit for you. Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve is a great place to visit for a variety of beach activities, but the snorkeling is certainly at the top of the list!

Snorkeling at the Anihi Kinau Natural Area Preserve

With Maui’s warm tropical waters and vibrant marine life presence, snorkeling can be an exciting experience. Don a mask, snorkel, and fins, and descend into the underwater world to swim alongside brightly colored tropical fish and green sea turtles. There are many beaches that offer good conditions for both beginner and advanced snorkelers.

Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve

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Intermediate to advanced snorkelers may want to check out the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve. Located approximately 25 minutes south of Kihei at the end of Makena Road, it will take some effort to get here. The road winds through lava fields from the last eruption of Haleakala 200-500 years ago and exploring off road by foot along much of this route is prohibited to preserve the area. The entrance leading into the water is quite rocky, so water shoes are recommended. Experienced snorkelers will find a treasure trove of marine life to be discovered within the 807 acres of submerged of marine ecosystems. Swim among an abundance of tropical fish and coral and be sure to wear reef-safe sunscreen to protect this fragile environment. 

Planning Your Beach Outing

Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve is located near Maui’s southernmost point approximately 25 minutes south of downtown Kihei.

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