arial shot of a snorkel trip in Shark Cove in Makena
arial shot of a snorkel trip in Shark Cove in Makena

Pu’u Ola’i, also known as Red Hill, is a dome-like cinder cone backing Maui’s well known Little Beach.

This is our half-way point and a great spot for a small break after exploring Molokini. Blue Lagoon is a protected cove great for hanging out and drifting before more adventures.

Next, we’ll Seafari™ at a Pu’u Ola’i Cove, a shallow area where you’ll see shells galore amidst the crystal clear water. As we swim around Pu’u Ola’i Point, we’re often greeted by a gang of chub fish that call this area home.

Then we make our way to The Cove and then to Coral Forest. These spots are filled with a variety coral and fish we don’t see anywhere else! Keep your eyes peeled for turtles, eagle rays and a variety of colorful fish.

arial shot of a snorkel trip in Shark Cove in Makena

The Seafari™ Difference

We get to show you so many more snorkel spots than you’ll see on other tours because of our Seafari™ approach.

Just like an African Safari, we guide you through an area rich with beauty and wildlife during one snorkel ‘stop’. Our crew will be in the water with you, drifting from spot to spot, pointing out coral and other marine life along the way, as our boat floats along with you. Because you are not constantly swimming out to a snorkel spot and back to the boat, you get to see way more with less effort!

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An Adventure Like No Other

  • See more marine life
  • Spend more time in the water
  • Guided by an experienced crew
  • More crew members per guest (6:1 ratio)

Seafari™ to 4 Snorkel Spots in Pu’u Ola’i

Blue Lagoon

After all the snorkeling in Molokini it may be time for a rest, so we take a small break at the Blue Lagoon. This tranquil hook of lava is a protected cove inside Makena State Park next to Big Beach.  The depth and sand channels create breathtaking blue and turquoise water not seen anywhere else around Maui. We like to spend time here not only for its beauty but because here we see the highest concentration of Humuhumunukunukuapua`a, the beautiful state fish of Hawaii. But be on the lookout for green sea turtles as well, as they like to hang out along the shoreline where their favorite snack grows. Keep in mind that these gentle creatures are a protected species, therefore, by law all humans must remain at least 10 feet away.

Pu’u Point

Just to the north and around the corner from Little Beach, Pu’u Point has several little inlets, rock formations and underwater structures, meaning there’s lots to explore along the shallow shoreline. Just 20 feet off this rocky shore the ocean drops to about 25 feet deep, making it the perfect area to catch a glimpse of manta rays and spotted eagle rays as they cruise by.

The Cove

The Cove is our niece and crew member Bailey’s favorite spot for good reason. It is a treasure chest full of a wide variety of beautiful shells that get washed into this small, shallow area. At just 6 to 8 feet deep, the Cove provides you with a warm spot for a leisurely and beautiful swim.

Coral Forest

Around the corner from the Cove is small bay called Coral Forest, which is just off Makena’s Black Sand Beach.  The draw here is the abundance and variety of coral, which hosts sea life in about 10-20 feet of water. The sand channels are home for flounder, small eels, and large schools of black chubs.

See the Best Snorkel Spots on the Maui Snorkel Charters Molokini Tour


Alternate Snorkel Spots

We always customize our tours to adjust for weather and ocean conditions to ensure we can deliver an incredible and memorable experience. Here are some of the spots we visit when conditions permit: La Perouse Bay, Makena Surf, St. Anthony’s Wreck, and Kihei Turtle Cleaning Station.