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Olowalu Beach

Off Mile Marker 14, Maui, HI 96761
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Reef is nearly complete dead

It is so sad, here you can see what humans can do! The reef is approximatly to 99.9 percent dead... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
herrmanndus
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Kihei, Hawaii
Great, esp when north shore has wind.

Great for family. Easy snorkel access. Swim through reef to deeper water. Start right at mile... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2018
khege
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Gilbert, Arizona
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Off Mile Marker 14, Maui, HI 96761
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is so sad, here you can see what humans can do! The reef is approximatly to 99.9 percent dead! Only the dead skeletons are still there sometimes with very small pieces of living polyps.

Thank herrmanndus
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Great for family. Easy snorkel access. Swim through reef to deeper water. Start right at mile marker 14. Been there 5 times, great everytime.

Thank khege
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I was told by a local spear fisherman to go to this beach and look for the Umamaulea fish. We were out for 2 1/2 hours and had a blast. First time spear fishing so we treated the outing more like a snorkeling trip with...More

1  Thank Matt M
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Was told by a local dive shop to snorkel here. The water was shallow and calm so easy to snorkel around the many reefs. Some of the reefs are close to shore so check before you start to swim. Lots of fish to see, no...More

3  Thank Breanna0312
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

It can be the most breath taking snorkelspot. BUT-you have to swim thru murky water to get out far enough to see the beauty of the expansive reef. And it can be far to swim. I am not always comfortable in murky water especially because...More

Thank justgo64
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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

Limited shade here. Bring your beach chairs & snorkel gear. Ok beach to spend a few hours. *Watch out for sharp thorns on beach from trees-(wear sandals or water shoes). Parking is right by beach, convenient. Beach is right by highway marker 14.

Thank SeattleBoraBora
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Due to swells, snorkeling wasn't good anywhere on the north side. Also the sand here is really black and ugly. Tried snorkeling but quickly left.

Thank jland0001
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

I consider Olowalu Beach is one of the most friendly with the tourist coming in Maui for snorkeling. It is true that the sand strip is very narrow, but the reef area is extensively long and you have the opportunity to park anywhere along side...More

1  Thank Eugen B
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Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

This beach is nice & big so you can spread out & have your own area. There aren't any restrooms or places to wash sand off. Still worth checking out.

1  Thank Jill D
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Reviewed 20 May 2017

This was an awesome snorkel spot. There's a huge reef right here that stretches in both directions and out into the ocean a huge distance. The reef comes very close to the shore so be careful not to step on it when you're wading in....More

Thank PiesNo
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Don F
21 August 2017|
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Response from Karen5056 | Reviewed this property |
Hi yes it is sometimes called turtle town but there is also a turtle town in Wailea! so I think there are a few places called turtle town. If you are willing to swim out fairly far you will see turtles at Olowalu. You will... More
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