Snorkeling In Winter In Maui?

by Susan
(Columbia, SC )

We are going to Maui at the end of January to "meet the whales" from Alaska. Well, I never hear you say much about snorkeling in winter in Maui. Do you think it's really bad that time of year? We went in March and it wasn't terrible depending on the place and time. I went in January, 2005 but wasn't snorkeling at that time. Tell me your thoughts. I'm having some second thoughts about going that early and hope we don't get snowed in at Dulles airport.

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Nov 28, 2010
Times of Year For Snorkeling In Maui
by: Galen & Nicole

We have snorkeled Maui in March and we got a good amount of snorkeling in. Sometimes you can actually have less wind in the winter because of lower temperatures. But you can also depend on the afternoon winds in Maui.

Winter is the time of the northern swells, but most of the snorkeling in Maui is fairly protected from that. There is the possibility of stronger currents if the swell is up. Water temperatures will be five or six degrees cooler than in summer. So all and all you may do just fine, and I would say go for it. Just be aware of what the weather is doing and don't take any risks.

Check out our when to snorkel Hawaii page for more information.

December, 2010: We have released our Maui Snorkeling Guide eBook that has two areas with information about weather conditions at different times of year on Maui: the introduction to snorkeling Maui chapter and the travel planning chapter.

Nov 28, 2010
by: Susan

Thanks. I feel better now. I will tell my husband to hang on to his seasick meds since we'll be out whale watching too. I remember a trip we took to Molokai that had everyone except for a of few of us seasick thanks to the afternoon winds. It seems to me the Hawaii weather is a lot trickier than the Caribbean.

I also wanted to thank you for doing such a good job with this website. Your knowledge of cameras and the weather and not to mention snorkeling has been a great help to me and others, I'm sure. Also, it allows us to share our experiences. Keep it up. 8-)

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