So, you’ve booked a trip to the Hawaiian Islands and now you’re ready to test out your brand new H2O Ninja Mask, but where do you start? With some of the most pristine beaches in the world, Hawaii’s coastlines do not disappoint in terms of underwater adventure, but figuring out where to go, when and on what island can be kind of daunting. In this series, we will break down the best snorkeling spots on each island so you can make the most of your adventure. Our series on snorkeling in the Hawaiian Islands began on Oahu, then hopped over to Maui and has since covered Hawai’i, Kaua’i and Lāna’i. Today we will finish our series by diving into the waters off Moloka’i.
Known by many as The Friendly Isle, Moloka’i developed from two volcanoes on its East and West sides and is not widely known as a tourism destination in Hawaii. It is the fifth-largest in the chain of Hawaiian islands, has an average of 1,000 visitors per day and can be reach by plane or ferry via other Hawaiian islands.
Honouli Malo'o Bay
Located on the eastern shore of Moloka’i is Honouli Malo’o Bay, known by many to have good waters for fishing. A remote beach with a lush, sandy bottom, local Hawaiians still live off the land here by fishing and growing crops. There are no lifeguards or restrooms on this protected Bay, so swimming is at your own risk. For the best visibility and calmest waters, visit in the summer months to see an array of coral and tropical native fish.
Kumimi Beach, also known as Murphy Beach, is one of the top snorkeling spots on the island. You’ll know you’re in the right spot when you see the mile marker 20! Chummy is great for all skill levels of snorkelers, because it is a protected reef. The calm waters make for fantastic views of live sponges, octopus and large schools of tropical fish!
One Alii Beach Park
One Alii Beach Park, located on the south shore, means “royal sands” in native Hawaiian. The waters of this beach park were once used to breed the fish used to feed Hawaiian royalty. A great place to make a family day, there are restrooms, pavilions and playgrounds, but no lifeguards; swimming is at your own risk. Wear water shoes to avoid injuring your feet on the sharp coral and rocks of One Alii, but keep your eyes peeled for schools of tropical fish and coral.