You can drive there, but the access to snorkeling can be treacherous. The path down to the water is cliffy and slippery and only takes you to where the waves are. If you want to watch the waves, stay on the cliff and don't walk down. If you want to snorkel, you'll have to take a boat or navigate a privately owned jungle. We suggest taking a boat.
If you plan on traveling to Maui between June and September, a great way to experience Honolua Bay is during a unique outrigger canoe tour with Hawaiian Paddle Sports. Departing from D.T. Fleming's Beach in front of the Ritz Carlton Kapalua, guests on the 6-seat, 45 foot outrigger canoe will enjoy information about ancient Hawaiian culture, views of the Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District, neighbor island of Moloka'i, and excellent snorkeling with a certified Marine Naturalist at Honolua Bay.
By approaching from the water, you'll have the opportunity to take in the surrounding sea cliffs and enjoy views of this beautiful, untouched area of Maui. Part of Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Ambassadors of the Environment Program”, this tour is perfect for friends and family members interested in learning more about Hawaiian culture while enjoying a morning at one of Maui's highest recommended snorkeling destinations.
For more information, please visit Hawaiian Paddle Sports or call (808) 442-6436.
Maui Kayak Adventures also offer excellent group and private kayak tours of Honolua Bay. Due to strong winds, paddling experience is recommended and guests must be at least 12 years of age. Enjoy a day on the ocean with views of the area's rugged coastline and scenic snorkeling with an experienced instructor.
For more information, please visit Maui Kayak Adventures or call (808) 442-6465.