Best reefs in Maui

Check out the top reefs in Maui, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii
1. Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii
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67 local reviews
192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 808-270-7000
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Rita
Best aquarium ever. Big walk-through shark tank with manta rays, a tiger shark, reef sharks, many varieties. …
Karl And Jo Anne
Within walking distance, this aquarium gives you a close up view of Hawaiian marine life. Features include a…
Vikky
Maui Ocean Center combines fun, adventure and learning of rich marine life. Watch green sea turtles and…
1. Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii
1. Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii
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67 local reviews
192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+1 808-270-7000
Rita
Rita
Best aquarium ever. Big walk-through shark tank with manta rays, a tiger shark, reef sharks, many varieties. Awesome jellyfish and…
Karl And Jo Anne
Karl And Jo Anne
Within walking distance, this aquarium gives you a close up view of Hawaiian marine life. Features include a reef, open ocean, surge zones…
Vikky
Vikky
Maui Ocean Center combines fun, adventure and learning of rich marine life. Watch green sea turtles and colorful reef fish. Certified divers…
2. Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area
2. Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area
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5 local reviews
Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area, Paia
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Amy  &  Joel
15 minutes from cottage. Best young family beach for calm waters and swimming. Water is sheltered by a reef…
Jim
When the surf is up, making swimming treacherous, this beach has a reef protected lagoon. <2 miles from…
2. Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area
2. Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area
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5 local reviews
Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area, Paia
Amy  &  Joel
Amy & Joel
15 minutes from cottage. Best young family beach for calm waters and swimming. Water is sheltered by a reef on the outside so it makes a…
Jim
Jim
When the surf is up, making swimming treacherous, this beach has a reef protected lagoon. <2 miles from Luna House.
3. Ulua Beach
3. Ulua Beach
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14 local reviews
Ulua Beach, Wailea-Makena
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Debbie
Ulua has 2 separate reefs; an inner reef and then an outer reef that you can swim out to. The inner reef…
Lisa
Great beginner snorkelling reef and favourite local dive spot. Great gentle beach.
Kelli
Snorkeling reef, plus beach time
3. Ulua Beach
3. Ulua Beach
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14 local reviews
Ulua Beach, Wailea-Makena
Debbie
Debbie
Ulua has 2 separate reefs; an inner reef and then an outer reef that you can swim out to. The inner reef starts right at the shoreline. …
Lisa
Lisa
Great beginner snorkelling reef and favourite local dive spot. Great gentle beach.
Kelli
Kelli
Snorkeling reef, plus beach time
4. Makena Landing Park
4. Makena Landing Park
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13 local reviews
Makena Rd, Kihei
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
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Andrew
If you SCUBA dive then Makena Landing is one of the best spots in Hawaii and almost certainly the best spot in…
Blake
This is "Turtle Town". Snorkel along the rocky shoreline around the point (right) to find lots of turtles,…
Doug
Great Diving and Snorkeling spot. I know this reef better than anyone and it always delivers!
4. Makena Landing Park
4. Makena Landing Park
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13 local reviews
Makena Rd, Kihei
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 808-879-4364
Andrew
Andrew
If you SCUBA dive then Makena Landing is one of the best spots in Hawaii and almost certainly the best spot in South Maui. From the beach…
Blake
Blake
This is "Turtle Town". Snorkel along the rocky shoreline around the point (right) to find lots of turtles, good reef system and an…
Doug
Doug
Great Diving and Snorkeling spot. I know this reef better than anyone and it always delivers!
5. Hana Beach Park
5. Hana Beach Park
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7 local reviews
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Tania And Kaua
Approx. 3 min walking distance.....Located within Hana Bay is Hana Beach Park, which has a long black-sand…
5. Hana Beach Park
5. Hana Beach Park
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7 local reviews
Tania And Kaua
Tania And Kaua
Approx. 3 min walking distance.....Located within Hana Bay is Hana Beach Park, which has a long black-sand beach and is the safest swimming…
6. Napili Bay
6. Napili Bay
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32 local reviews
Napili Bay
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Ty
Napili Bay is protected by an outer reef and perfect for beach/water activities. The calmer waters welcome…
Andy
Napili Bay is one of the nicest beaches on Maui’s West side. This cute bay has a good reef down the middle…
6. Napili Bay
6. Napili Bay
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32 local reviews
Napili Bay
Ty
Ty
Napili Bay is protected by an outer reef and perfect for beach/water activities. The calmer waters welcome snorkelers and other aquatic…
Andy
Andy
Napili Bay is one of the nicest beaches on Maui’s West side. This cute bay has a good reef down the middle that makes is excellent for…
7. Olowalu Beach
7. Olowalu Beach
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3 local reviews
Olowalu Beach
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Rita
Olowalu reef is the 'Mother Reef' that supplies 3 islands with coral spores to populate the reef population. …
Mark
Olowalu Beach is a stretch of bronze soft sand located about 4 miles south of Lahaina just off the Honoapiilan…
7. Olowalu Beach
7. Olowalu Beach
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3 local reviews
Olowalu Beach
Rita
Rita
Olowalu reef is the 'Mother Reef' that supplies 3 islands with coral spores to populate the reef population. This is the largest reef on…
Mark
Mark
Olowalu Beach is a stretch of bronze soft sand located about 4 miles south of Lahaina just off the Honoapiilani Highway. Olowalu Reef is…
8. Kamaole Beach III (southbound)
8. Kamaole Beach III (southbound)
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33 local reviews
Kamaole Beach III (southbound), Wailea-Makena
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Juddee
Great family beach. Good snorkeling by the reef, just a 15 minute walk from here.
Josh
Want to swim with turtles? Hit the reef between Kam II and III.
8. Kamaole Beach III (southbound)
8. Kamaole Beach III (southbound)
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33 local reviews
Kamaole Beach III (southbound), Wailea-Makena
Juddee
Juddee
Great family beach. Good snorkeling by the reef, just a 15 minute walk from here.
Josh
Josh
Want to swim with turtles? Hit the reef between Kam II and III.
9. Honolua Bay
9. Honolua Bay
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34 local reviews
Honolua Bay
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Trevor
One of West Maui's best surfing and snorkeling spots. One of the world's best point breaks. Amazing reef. …
Laura
Best reef for snorkeling I've ever seen.
9. Honolua Bay
9. Honolua Bay
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34 local reviews
Honolua Bay
Trevor
Trevor
One of West Maui's best surfing and snorkeling spots. One of the world's best point breaks. Amazing reef. For boogie boarding, I recommend…
Laura
Laura
Best reef for snorkeling I've ever seen.
10. Baby Beach
10. Baby Beach
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10 local reviews
51 Puunoa Pl, Lahaina
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Annie
Close beach just Lahaina side of Puamana. A reviewer stated this, "i hadn't heard of Baby Beach until my 80…
Jami
Best beach for babies and small children, totally protected by reef, rarely crowded at the south end.
10. Baby Beach
10. Baby Beach
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10 local reviews
51 Puunoa Pl, Lahaina
Annie
Annie
Close beach just Lahaina side of Puamana. A reviewer stated this, "i hadn't heard of Baby Beach until my 80 year old friends were looking…
Jami
Jami
Best beach for babies and small children, totally protected by reef, rarely crowded at the south end.
11. Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
11. Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
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6 local reviews
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
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Kelli
The best snorkeling around Maui, and you can drive there to get in! Three miles of 120 miles of shoreline…
Jennifer
Beautiful area to learn about Maui's fragile eco system. Advanced snorkeling here. Rock Beach but beautiful…
11. Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
11. Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
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6 local reviews
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
Kelli
Kelli
The best snorkeling around Maui, and you can drive there to get in! Three miles of 120 miles of shoreline protected from fishing and…
Jennifer
Jennifer
Beautiful area to learn about Maui's fragile eco system. Advanced snorkeling here. Rock Beach but beautiful reefs. Snorkel early.