Beach Location: Coral Gardens is across from the West Maui Mountains, Lahaina, HI 96761, right outside the Pali Tunnel.
Amenities: It is best to visit Coral Gardens on a boat excursion, so everything you need will be provided – even your snorkel equipment and flotation devices.
Time to snorkel: Year round
Kid Friendly: Yes
Lifeguards: Yes – your friendly and experienced boat crew
Parking: You needn’t worry about this detail, as your captain will bring your boat to its mooring.
Coral Gardens Rating and Summary
Water clarity - 9.8/10
Wildlife abundance - 9.5/10
Reef Abundance - 10/10
Boss Frog's Snorkeling Summary
Coral Gardens is a big, beautiful, west coast reef system beginning about 20 yards offshore from the Pali Highway. Because you can't reach the site comfortably without a boat, there are a large variety of fish there. Maui winds increase as the day goes on, so Coral Gardens is a perfect site for afternoon snorkelers, as the area is usually sheltered from the winds. The trip over from Ma'alaea Harbor is lovely, and throughout whale season, you are almost sure to spot some humpback whales on the way.
Here you are sure to see trumpetfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, peacock grouper, yellow tang, spotted tobies, Achilles' tang, unicornfish, chubs, Moorish idols, and many other species. There is also a good chance for you to spot octopus, eels, and bluefin trevally here.
Your boat crew will explain the coolest ways to enter the water from your boat. Have an awesome time! Once you're finished (pau in Hawaiian), you can rinse off with the freshwater showers provided and grab some lunch that's being served up by the crew. Yum, yum!
If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 1-808-661-3333.