- Maui area—South Maui
- Drive time from the condo—40 minutes if you take the 31 bypass around Kihei
- Age appropriateness—All that can wade through rocky area
- Activity duration—15 to 45 minutes
- Directions—Take Hwy 30 toward Wailuku for short distance until you come to the signal light for Hwy 310, and then go toward Kiehi and Wailea. Turn right on Hwy 31 toward Wailea. Go through Wailea on Hwy 31. Go past Makena and road will narrow to the rocky coves.
- Location map—see photos on this page for the map
- What to bring— Snorkel or goggles, towels, cooler with water and food. Wear bathing clothes. Wear water shoes to protect your feet from the rocky bottom with coral as you wade out. (An old pair of lightweight tennis or walking shoes without socks might be second best alternative to walking shoes.) Avoid scratching or cutting yourself on coral as it is living and any cuts take longer to heal than a regular scratch. Plus, you hurt the living coral when you touch it.
- Summary description—Good snorkel area, but rocky.
- Detailed description—Lava rock provides a beneficial environment for snorkeling. The abrupt and ragged contours of the ocean floor in this shallow area make living and hiding places for aquatic life to thrive. The water is initially knee deep and progressively becomes deeper providing a variety of depths for all skill levels. The water is generally most clear in the morning before the wind causes wave action. Because it’s calm, the Ahihi Kinau Reserve is also a great spot to snorkel with the kids.
Remember—Always remove valuables from your car
Ahihi Cove- northward look
Ahihi Cove- northward view
Ahihi Cove- southward bay
Ahihi Cove- southward look
Ahihi Cove- southward rocks
Ahihi Cove- southward view
Ahihi Cove- View of Molokini Islet
Map of Ahihi Cove