Preparation for your Snorkeling trip in Maui
If you are going for snorkeling in Maui, make sure that you bring your snorkeling gear or be ready to rent from a variety of snorkel and dive shops in Maui. The warm Pacific waters of Maui offer a view of over seven hundred types of the most colorful fish in the world. You will swim among beautiful coral, large sea turtles, and even catch a view of some underwater lava formations.
If you do not intend to snorkel a lot on your vacation or in the future, you may choose not to spend money on your own mask and snorkel. However, there are a variety of snorkel and dive shops in Maui that can give you everything you will need for a wonderful and memorable underwater experience.
Visit a dive shop for your gear …
Rentals for snorkeling gear start out at as little as $20 dollars a day. And if you are staying at a resort on the beach the resort may offer the equipment at no extra cost. Another service that many dive shops in Maui offer is a tour of their beautiful waters. Tour guides will help you get acquainted with the water and recommend you on good and bad conditions for snorkeling. If you are not used to the large waves of the Maui waters, snorkeling can be a bit more challenging. Listening to a marine forecast will also give you an idea if the ocean’s conditions are suitable for snorkeling or not.
Another tip that dive shops may offer are to go on a sunny day when the water is most clear and the sun will enhance the colors of the coral and fish. Dive shops can also give you a fish identifying guide so you can put a name with all the beautiful sea life you will experience. Before going on your own snorkeling excursion you will probably want to consider visiting a dive shop and becoming more informed. Depending on the size of your group, tours can be as little as $90 a day.
Going with a larger group tends to be more cost efficient. You can usually be grouped with other enthusiastic snorkelers who are ready for a day underwater as well. Snorkeling is just one of the many exciting activities that you should consider trying on your Maui vacation. It is a great way to experience, up close and personal, some of the most beautiful sights that the island of Maui has to offer.
After snorkeling, you may want to try scuba diving…
After snorkeling the beautiful waters and Maui Hawaii and seeing everything this island has to offer underwater you may be left with the want to see the under water landscape and fish even closer. If this sounds like you then you might want to try scuba diving.
Scuba diving will need extra equipment and training which in turn will cost more but the experience will be remembered for years to come. The things you can see where scuba diving in Maui Hawaii are simply unbelievable. So start out with snorkeling and if you enjoy the experience give scuba diving a thought. You will not regret it!
Where to snorkeling …
Maui has many snorkeling sites such as Ka’anapali a premium snorkeling site, Honalua Bay which has the most fish on the Northwestern shore of Maui, Kamaole beaches where most locals enjoy snorkeling. Coral gardens located one and a half mile north of the tunnel adored with sea turtles and favorite for advanced snorkelers. La Perouse Bay south of Wailea village and Southwest of Maui is also a good choice. High season on Maui is mid-December through mid-April.
You may be surprised to learn, then, that that’s not necessarily when Maui has its best weather. Storms with heavy rains lasting one to three days occur mainly in the winter. The rest of the year, the weather is warmer but not overly hot. You’ll actually find the best prices and perfect beach weather in the fall and late spring. In Maui, no one owns the beach. Even at the most exclusive resorts, there is public beach access. You’ll find the public beaches, such as Kamaole Beach Park I, II or III, amazingly clean and well-kept.
Unlike the resort beaches, these have restrooms, as well as lifeguards seven days a week. West Maui (Ka’anapali and Lahaina) and South Maui (Kihei and Wailea) are the two most popular beach locations. Kihei is the least expensive of these, and its beaches are just as nice. Ka’anapali or Wailea offer more of a cocooned atmosphere, where you’ll see mainly other resort guests and few locals.
The ocean is calmest in the morning before about 10 o’clock, so that’s when you should plan to snorkel. Every evening, there’s a spectacular sunset, and you’ll want to watch the sun sink right into the ocean. The above mentioned reasons makes snorkeling in Maui the best experience compared to other snorkeling sites.