By way of tacky Hawaiian jokes, it doesn’t worsen than this: “If it’s your first time snorkeling with Hawaiian Inexperienced sea turtle, you’re in for honu expertise.” Honu, it seems, is the Hawaiian title for sea turtles, and all fabricated jokes apart, the expertise of snorkeling with sea turtles in Maui is a peaceable aquatic second that borders on transcendental. They float, virtually effortlessly, mere toes out of your face, casually surfacing to gulp some air earlier than scurrying off towards the blue.
First-time snorkelers is perhaps amazed at how rapidly these massive, 300-pound turtles can transfer underwater, making that second if you spot them extra uncommon—a part of why so many individuals who come to Hawaii wish to swim with them. Fortunately, most locations the place you’ll be staying may have entry on-website.
Standard areas for the pastime in South Maui embrace Wailea Level—the rocky headland instantly fronting the 4 Seasons Maui. Makena Touchdown, or “5 Caves,” is the coastal darling of catamaran excursions and early morning dive boats (examine together with your resort about excursions), though it’s additionally potential to swim from shore when circumstances are good and calm.