Wow! Maui Was Turtle Heaven!
I have never been to turtle heaven until our recent trip to Maui.
We stayed at Makena Beach and Golf Resort the first 3 days and their beach is beautiful. There are two other beaches nearby and I think everyone went to them because there weren't a lot of people except guests on this one. The snorkeling was great on the sides of the bay. We saw loads of fish, some of which I'd never seen.
There was also a boat that took off from the hotel for snorkeling tours to Molokini and "Turtle Town" (which was actually around the corner from the resort) so that was very convenient. We saw an Eagle Ray at Molokini which was neat. That wasn't the high point though, but the resort was great. They plan to tear it down and that's a real shame.
The second place we stayed was a wonderful group of little lofts and town houses in Napili, right on the water. Very few people we met (that live in Hawaii) had ever heard of it. It did discourage visitors other than guests and owners to visit the beach. If you didn't know, the water looks hard to get into because there is rock everywhere. But at the condos they had a neat little sidewalk and steps right into the water.
The name of the bay the condo is on is "Honokeana Cove" and I'd love to hear of anyone else who knows about it. Anyway, this place was FULL of turtles! They said around 30 of them lived there and when we snorkeled there was always turtles either resting on the bottom or swimming. We sat on the lanai and watched heads pop up here and there all day. All sizes.
It was calm the whole time we were there, one reason being the trade winds were absent. We didn't have a/c which we hadn't needed before but it was hot! The winds started again toward the end of our stay but it was well worth putting up with the heat to see sooo many turtles.
You can find some public access to Honokeana Cove from the end of Napili Point, but not through the gated community. If it gets busy with snorkelers the turtles would probably move.
All in all it was a great trip and best snorkeling yet.