Maui Snorkeling Report 2015
by Dan Zimmerman
Blackside Hawkfish and Whitemouth Moray Eel
I just returned from a three week stay on Maui (April-May 2015) and snorkeled almost every day.
There was a turtle feeding station right outside of our condo with the turtles showing up at about noon when the tide started coming in. Most days there were anywhere between 6-12 turtles feeding throughout the afternoon.
Right down the road at Honokowai Beach Park there were quite a few Lagoon Triggerfish. I was able to find them every time I snorkeled there.
I found a nice Cushion Starfish at Makena Landing along with a nice Arc-Eye Hawkish. I was able to see many types of hawkish over the three weeks.
One morning while at Kapalua Bay I was trying to get a good angle to photograph a Blackside Hawkish and got photo bombed by a small Whitemouthed Moray Eel. On another day at the bay I saw a nice Bluestriped Butterflyfish.
I was at Honolua Bay several times and saw some interesting fish, including a big Blackstripe Coris that had to be over a foot long. The visibility close to shore was iffy because of fresh water from all the recent rain perking up through the bottom and making the water "fuzzy". I did find a nice size school of Raccoon Butterflyfish farther out from the shore right at the edge of a big drop off. They were just hanging there and more kept coming to join the group. It was also one of the few spots I consistently saw Oval Butterflyfish. I think they are prettier than the Ornate.
Overall it was great trip and I'll be back next year!