Honolua Bay

Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Honolua Bay, a designated marine sanctuary, is a deep circular bay backed by a lush tropical forest. It is a popular snorkeling, diving and surfing destination. The beach is primarily covered with boulders and scattered sand patches and is bordered by high sea cliffs. Above the bay, atop the plateau, are pineapple fields that lead to Lipoa Point. A trail leads through the dense forest to the rocky shoreline, where the intermittent Honolua Stream empties into the bay.

Access to the bay crosses through private land owned by the Maui Land and Pineapple Company. The signage at the trailhead requests that you stay on the trail to the bay. Continue down the wide path, an old jeep road, through the shade of the tropical forest. Cross a rocky wash, arriving at the center of Honolua Bay by an old boat ramp. Beachcomb along the rocky shoreline, choosing your own turnaround spot."

Honolua Bay Trip Reports

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Not much hiking. The path leading to the bottom of the bay is along a private driveway for a few hundred meters. But the snorkling is WORLD CLASS! Ignore the local resident trying to separate you from your money and you'll be fine. Probably work a few bucks in the donation bin. The other hike is down a steep cliff that goes right or left. Left is quite dangerous and right is even more dangerous. There is a 'locals only' path about another 200 meters toward the point that is a much nicer trail. Use this trail even though there are signs that say 'no snorkling access'. Screw the douchebag locals. We did and had to put up with the evil eye, but just enjoyed pissing the locals off. We also scored great snorkling off this spot.

Honolua Bay Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
50 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
30 minutes
U.S.G.S. Napili - Maui Recreation Map
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