Maui (Fall 2013)
Went to Maui and had a great time (who couldn’t?). I’ll describe a few things that aren’t described in the travel books. Also, I need to brag about my new underwater camera an Olympus TG-830.
Note, all pictures below are intentionally low-res for obvious reasons.
Below you’ll find information on:
- Olivine Pools
- Olowalu Petroglyphs
- Snorkeling beaches visited during this trip
Even though we have been visiting Maui for several years this was the first time that we went to the Olivine Pools on the northeastern side of the island. It is a hazardous hike down to the pools. Also, once at the pools people who fall into the ocean often drown because the sea can be very rough with no easy way out. I’m not recommending that you visit this area just describing a location I visited.
The petroglyphs were interesting. They are approximately 200-300 years old. Although they weren’t as numerous, diverse or clear as other petroglyphs I’ve seen.
The best petroglyphs I’ve seen are on the Big Island, specifically the Waikoloa Petroglyphs or on the Puako\Malama Petroglyph Trail.
We snorkeled the following beaches during this trip. They are organized from north to south. I created a short video with the best parts.
Maps to the beaches below and others can be found here.
Kapalua Bay Beach
This is a beautiful, wide, family friendly beach. They have showers, bathrooms and I believe a small shack at the north end that sells stuff. Parking can be difficult since it is a popular beach. The actual parking lot has ~20 spots, although people park along the road as well.
The snorkeling here can be very good. The water can be calm due to an outer reef breaking the waves. The place where I’ve seen the most fish is on the northern side of the bay. Also, this is one of the few places where I’ve seen a Spotted Eagle Ray.
Kahekili Beach Park
This is still one of my favorite beaches and continues to be one of my favorite places to snorkel over the years.
This beach is just north of Black Rock. It’s a wide, expansive beach with plenty of parking. It has a shower and restrooms.
Each time I went snorkeling here over the years the water has been quite clear. There are a variety of fish. I usually see 1-2 schools of different types of fish.
Aside from a great beach, I was curious where the name “Kahekili” came from. I did some digging and found this interesting article on Chief Kahekili.
Black Rock / Ka’anapali Beach
A few years ago I mentioned that snorkeling at Black Rock was like a floating Disneyland. Too many people, first time snorkelers trying to touch turtles (it’s against the law), people sitting on the coral (it kills the coral, you knew that right!?), etc.
While snorkeling during this trip I found a wide variety of fish along the northern wall and around the corner. If you’re willing to put up with the crowds this could be a very good spot to snorkel.
No public bathrooms. Parking is limited at the Sheraton. They have a few free parking spots in a parking garage.
Mokapu and Ulua Beaches
Two great beaches, Mokapu and Ulua, are closely joined together with only a few trees or coral separating them. Snorkeling on either side can be good. Every time we’ve snorkeled here I have seen several turtles throughout the day.
They have bathrooms and a shower. There is much more parking than at other beaches mentioned here, probably 50-60 parking spots.
Chang’s Beach and Po’olenalena Beach
Chang’s is small, tranquil little beach where you can forget about life for a while. Both Google and Bing continue to incorrectly name Chang’s beach… which is probably a good thing since very few people find it. On this map start at “Chang’s Beach” and follow the coastline south to the first little patch of sand in a “V” shaped bay. That is Chang’s beach!
There are no restrooms or showers. Parking is limited to just 7 spots.
Over the years I’ve found snorkeling around the point north of the real Chang’s beach to be quite good. There seems to be a regular group of turtles that live here. I happened to see a smaller one as well. You may also see a turtle I named “Stumpy” since he’s missing his back left fin. His picture is below.
This big beach is in front of the Makena Beach and Golf resort. One parking lot has limited spots for about 10 cars. There’s another lot you should see on the way in to the right that holds probably 20 cars.
There are restrooms and showers. If you want a Daiquiri just walk over to the resort and order one.
Snorkeling on the southern end of the beach can be quite good. There’s a big tree providing shelter from the sun. We’ve visited this beach more than a dozen times over the years. I always see lots of different types of fish to the south of the point. Towards the shore it can be murky but further out you can see a variety of fish and possibly some turtles.
Below is a picture of a small turtle, probably 2-3 feet long. He was a happy little guy, just swimming around then hiding under a rock shelf for a rest.
See the fish below?
Aloha Bra [:]-)