Our ultimate favorite snorkel spot on Maui is the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve. It’s basically the end of the road after the gorgeous Wailea and Makena resorts. I was introduced to it by my biology and zoology teachers in high school on a school trip. My favorite launch point has a shallow entry that drops quickly to a sandy bottom and lots of coral. There’s now a parking lot a few minutes away between this spot and Dumps. The first day we went snorkeling at Ahihi, we saw another honu and got more close ups.
For lunch, we love going to Monkeypod in Wailea. We even went twice this trip. The Ahi taco appetizer is one of our favorite dishes. Apparently all the fish is caught the same day as they serve it! The grass fed Maui beef is pretty tasty too!
In the afternoon of New Year’s Day, we also went to our other favorite snorkel spot, Dumps, and discovered Secret Beach about half a mile from Ahihi.
Secret Beach was mostly locals and very chill. We enjoyed swimming and reading on the beach until dinner time. (We even saw a cute puppy frolicking in the waves!)
For dinner, we went to Migrant (the sister restaurant of Star Noodle) and had the best meal of our entire trip. We loved the extra hot garlic noodles, french onion noodles, and Ahi Avo. The short ribs were great too. The sunsets from the Migrant are pretty spectacular too! Next time we visit Maui, I’d like to get a condo in Wailea or Makena for a few days, just so we’re closer to our favorite snorkeling, Monkeypod and the Migrant.