By Maria – (Pittsburgh, PA)
We are wondering about night snorkeling on Maui. My husband and I are going there in a couple of weeks, staying in the Kihei/Wailea area, and are thinking about bringing our underwater lights with us.
Has anybody done night snorkeling in Maui, especially south of Kihei? We need a place where we can get into the water easily (so not Ahihi Bay/Dumps) and can safely park a rented car.
Thanks for any suggestions.
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Sally Simmons – Sep 21, 2017 – I Wouldn’t Recommend Night Snorkeling
We asked at a local dive shop in Maui, and they said not to do it. Divers make noise underwater, but snorkelers “look like food.” The Hawaiian Islands, Maui in particular, have had many shark attacks in the day time of swimmers and surfers, especially in recent years.
I would not night snorkel there! Be safe!
Elliott Beltran – Aug 28, 2018 – Night Snorkeling
I am going to try snorkeling over the next couple nights in Maui and it is something that many dive shops advertise. A fear of sharks is something that is largely perpetuated by the media because it’s so sensational to hear about it.
Always go with a buddy, use a lighted buoy for extra safety and bring a good flashlight. If you can afford it, go for one that has a UV bulb or bring a separate UV flashlight. Corals and many sea animals reflect all kinds colors under a UV light that you normally cannot see during the day.
I wonder how many sharks I’ll see? I’m not worried but I’m always cautious and respectful of, “would be” dangerous things.
Nicole & Galen – Aug 29, 2018 – Guided Tours
Hi Elliot, last time we visited Maui we looked into night snorkeling. Even though we have done it a number of times, we still find it a bit nerve wracking. While we were in some dive shops and on some boat trips we asked the staff and guides about night snorkeling and they all advised against it.
It is great to hear that guided night snorkels are on offer now in Maui. That just might make us willing to do it on our next visit.
For those with fears of sharks, Hawaii’s Shark Safety Tips are very helpful.