Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page > DOES IT EXIST? Maui resort with calm-water beach and snorkeling?

DOES IT EXIST? Maui resort with calm-water beach and snorkeling?

Reply

Jan 2nd, 2005, 05:18 AM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 30
DOES IT EXIST? Maui resort with calm-water beach and snorkeling?

I'm going to Maui end of February and beginning of March and we would love to stay in beautiful resort on a beach that doesn't have a huge surf and where you can walk into the water and do some snorkeling. If I can't get the snorkel part, I'll settle for a nice beach with little rollers.
Any ideas?
rjneuman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 06:27 AM
  #2
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,994
Look into the Maui Prince hotel.
Iregeo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 06:31 AM
  #3
KVR
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,077
We stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Kaanapali Beach in Feb. 2003. The beach and resort was wonderful and we loved our stay there. However, the ocean was cold and had several waves and not good for swimming. There were signs posted everywhere "swim at your own risk". I attempted to brave the cold and the waves and ended up justing getting knocked around and my swimsuit full of sand. DH was smarter than me and stayed on the beach. They had the beach showers and I was able to get most of the sand out and we decided to just use the pool. Still is was too cold to swim even in the pool.

We went down to the Kapaula area which had huge waves and watched the sufers.

KVR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 07:29 AM
  #4
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 237
My suggestion would be the Renaissance Wailea, the snorkeling next door is very good. Most of the Wailea beaches have a pretty mild surf, but I'm not sure of the snorkeling at all of them.
anna_k is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 07:48 AM
  #5
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 14
Stayed at Wailea Four Seasons twice...snorkeling there is limited but there...stay there for the calm beaches (a relative term in Maui they are not very calm but gorgeous) and drive up the road to snorkeling areas...read a tour book and they'll tell you where they are, it's been awhile. Or, better yet take a snorkeling or snuba excursion. Don't reserve ahead...go on a calm day.
raisingcains is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 08:52 AM
  #6
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 17
Seems to me the answer lies with Kapalua Bay. The beach there is generally regarded as one of the best in the world...the waters are calm, and the snorkeling is great. The two major hotels there are the Ritz Carlton and the Kapalua Bay Hotel. We stayed at the Kapalua Bay Hotel several years ago and loved it, though I've read recent reviews that it's aging a bit (Marriott apparently recently bought it and may be doing some renovations). But you can't go wrong with the beach there - it sounds like its exactly what you're looking for.
mitchgx is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 08:56 AM
  #7
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 895
How about the Kapalua Sunset: www.kapaluasunset.com

We went to the most fantastic spot for snorkeling last June: Honolua Bay in Maui. It is north of Lahaina and is a marine preserve so there are lots of fish who are not too worried about people. We saw turtles, eels, and even squid/octopi (I don't know the difference). It is a cove so there was not a strong current when we were there (June 2004). My guidebook says the snorkeling is best in the morning and calm spring, summer, & fall. The snorkeling was easy enough for my children, as well as my 60-ish mother and in-laws. My family all agreed that it was like being in a National Geographic special. Take hwy 30 north of Lahaina past D.T. Fleming Beach Park. You'll see a Mokuleia-Honolua Marine Reserve sign near a parking area. Go past this just a little ways and watch for a tiny dirt side road on the left. There will probably be other cars parked there. Park by the road and take the trail/dirt road in. The trail is an easy walk and absolutely lovely. The Snorkel Bob shops may even have a free print out map. We felt so pleased with ing in for free when we saw one of those snorkel tour catamarans that people pay a tidy little sum for.
ajcolorado is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:29 AM
  #8
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 407
In winter you likely will find tamer surf in the south (Wailea), rather than the west (Kapalua, Ka`anapali and Napili). Most of the south beaches have good or better snorkeling. You'll see more humpback whales from there too.
KVR: to "go down" to Kapalua from Ka`anapali you'd circle the island, as Kapalua is north of Ka`anapali.
Lex1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:47 AM
  #9
MaureenB
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Try Napili Point and Napili Shores condos. The Shores has a nice sandy beach, while the Point is above a great little rocky cove for snorkeling (I think it's called Hanakeana Cove). The developments are next-door neighbors, so you can easily walk from one to the other.
 
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:57 AM
  #10
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,299
I had a very different experience staying at Kaanapali in February-we had calm (there weren't ANY warning signs), swimmable waters and snorkling up the beach at Black Rock, in front of the Sheraton. The water was warm enough-it was only February, so it wasn't as warm as it would be later in the year, of course. Also we saw whales all day long, right from our hotel, looking out over the beach toward Lanai.
christy1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 02:24 PM
  #11
MaureenB
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I know what KVR is talking about. We also experienced water too cold to snorkel or swim one January off Kauai. The weather was overcast and drizzly every day. Out of desperation, my husband and I wore wet suits into the water, yet couldn't stay in longer than one fairly miserable hour.

So, yes, Rusty, the Hawaiian water can vary to uncomfortable coldness at the northern islands.
 
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 02:55 PM
  #12
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 35
MaureenB, where do you normally do your swimming and snorkeling that you would find Kauai waters too cold? What was the water temperature? Some people think that 80 degrees is too cold. The fact that the weather was overcast and drizzly has absolutely no effect on the water tenmperature.
Izacruisin is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 03:54 PM
  #13
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 526
From the National Weather Service:

The ocean supplies moisture to the air and acts as a giant thermostat, since its own temperature varies little compared with that of large land masses. The seasonal range of sea surface temperatures near Hawaii is only about 6 degrees, from a low of 73 or 74 degrees between late February and March to a high near 80 degrees in late September or early October. The variation from night to day is one or two degrees.

Hawaii is more than 2,000 miles from the nearest continental land mass. Therefore, air that reaches it, regardless of source, spends enough time over the ocean to moderate its initial harsher properties. Arctic air that reaches Hawaii, during the winter, may have a temperature increase by as much as 100 degrees during its passage over the waters of the North Pacific. Hawaii's warmest months are not June and July, but August and September. Its coolest months, are not December and January, but February and March, reflecting the seasonal lag in the oceans's temperature.
Paul is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 05:12 PM
  #14
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 129
73 degree water is on the chilly side in my book. 78-80 is perfect!
dantheman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 05:38 PM
  #15
KVR
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 4,077
I was expecting the same waters we experienced in Mexico/Caribbean. Calm, crystal clear, warm water. We were disappointed in the non-tropical atmosphere we experienced in Maui. It was cold and rained for most of our trip. The ocean/pool temps were cold and unbearable to swim in. The waves were too rough/high. Never experienced waves like that in the Caribbean. I'm not saying that that is the norm, just what we experienced on our trip. And it doesn't matter were I'm from to know when the water is too cold and the waves to high to swim in.
KVR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 2nd, 2005, 07:41 PM
  #16
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 8,798
The last time I was in Maui was in early March. It rained two days out of ten. We had great snorkeling at Kapalua Bay and at the beach off the Maui Prince. I stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel and the wave action was not bad. I was able to swim and snorkel off of Black Rock and I don't remeber the water being cold.
-Bill
iamq is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 3rd, 2005, 02:12 PM
  #17
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 129
KVR, you didn't do your homework if you thought the Pacific Ocean and Carribean Ocean were similar. I love the fact that it gets down to 62 or so at night in Huelo in January. Very pleasant sleeping weather. It's a shame the weather was bad during your stay. Maui is such a beautiful island, I hope some day you will give it another try.
dantheman is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 3rd, 2005, 05:10 PM
  #18
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 833
We found the water in Kauai in June 2004 colder than Maui in July the previous year. I thought it had to do with Kauai being farther north than the other islands, and that Hawaii gets cold northern currents whereas the Caribbean gets warm southern currents? Anyway, in September on the Big Island, I found the water to be much warmer than on Kauai in June...apparently September is a warmer month, and the Big Island is the farthest south.

We had bathtub warm water in the Florida Keys one March...don't expect this from Hawaii. It's not like the Caribbean, but still absolutely beautiful, and with wonderful water, sometimes a ridiculously deep electric turquoise (especially on the north shore of Kauai) but usually a darker blue than you'd see in the Caribbean--still very very clear, just not that typical swimming pool color.

The calmest snorkeling will usually be in the morning, especially in south Maui. We loved the snorkeling in that area, and mornings were always dead calm; the wind picks up around midday. I wish I could tell you what those beaches will be like in March but we were there in July. South Maui/Wailea has a string of gorgeous golden crescent beaches (not white like the Caribbean, but sweet and golden), and several resorts on them. You can't go wrong with any of them!

love
roxy
turn_it_on is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 7th, 2005, 03:47 PM
  #19
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 7
We used to stay at the Kaanipali Beach Hotel when our kids were small. They used to play in the water safely...there seemed to be set times when the big rollers came in. I took my kids out to black rock with life vests, saw lots of fish but felt a bit spooky as the water was so deep. However, the last 2 times we've stayed at the Maui Prince: the water has always been calm (occasionally there'll be a few waves..fun) snorkeling is easy, lots of fish and occasional turtle. Highly recommend! Will be there in March!
coldincanada is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 8th, 2005, 06:51 AM
  #20
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 244
Hi RJ,
we were on Maui for the month of Nov 2004. We had 27 days of perfect weather, with no wind, 85 degrees, and calm warm water. This was followed by 3 days of clouds, medium winds, and 85. We stayed at Makena ,past wailea, and the beaches were great, and the snorkeling was fantastic. Try any of the Wailea resorts, depending on your budget, but I can highly recommend the Makena Surf condos , if you want condo instead of a resort. Great condos, great beach,, and great location. Cheers, Al
WhistlerAl is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:53 AM.