When’s the best time to snorkel in Great Barrier Reef

When’s the best time of year to snorkel in Maui? Anytime of year you can get yourself there! This island is lucky enough to have sunny warm weather all year round, making for exceptional snorkeling. When it comes to finding the best time to snorkel in Maui, you want to look at the time of day and where in the island you’re talking about.

Snorkeling in Maui during winter

During the Maui winter the island will experience big swells from the north. This is great for surfing, but not so much for snorkeling. Try to avoid north-facing beaches when in Maui during the winter, although sheltered bays like Kapalua will be protected. On the other hand, beaches on the south side of the island will be unaffected.

When to snorkel in Maui

It may be good all year round, but the best months to snorkel in Maui are April and May, when waters on all sides of the island are calm with great visibility. The best time to snorkel is in the morning, when water is calm and still. Maui is prone to afternoon trade winds, meaning choppy water and lower visibility from sand kicking up off the seafloor.

Best time to snorkel in Maui:

  • April and May, in the morning when everywhere on the island has exceptional snorkeling conditions.

Protip: Snorkel during November and March to catch Humpback Whales migrating through the ocean. Almost all snorkeling trips in Maui will spot whales during this time.

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