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Honolua Bay

An easy hike down to a gorgeous bay that's popular with surfers and snorkelers.

Hiking Easy

981 m
13 m
13 m
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3 m
High Point
16 m
Honolua Bay Map

If you are looking for a short and scenic hike on Maui, you might want to try the Honolua Bay Trail. Also known as the "Honolua Bay Access Trail," this 0.6-mile out-and-back trail takes you through a lush rainforest jungle and out to Honolua Bay, a marine sanctuary and a popular spot for snorkeling and surfing.


The Honolua Bay Trail starts at the main parking area for the Honolua Park and follows the main trail heading west, which is technically private property but open to the public. The trail follows a stream as it passes through a tropical forest with myriad shades of green and blooming trees. You might feel like you are in Jurassic Park as you walk under the canopy of giant trees and vines. You might also encounter some wild chickens along the way.

The trail ends at the rocky beach of Honolua Bay, where you can enjoy the views of the island of Molokai in the distance. If you are lucky, you might see some surfers catching a wave to the north, or some humpback whales or dolphins in the water. You can also explore the bay with your snorkel gear and see some colorful fish and coral reefs. Just be careful of the rocks when entering and exiting the water.

The Honolua Bay Trail is an easy hike that can be done in less than an hour, but it offers a lot of beauty and adventure. It is a great way to experience Maui's natural wonders and wildlife.

Source: Honolua Bay Trail (Enchanted Forest) - Maui | MyHikes. https://myhikes.org/trails/honolua-bay-trail-enchanted-forest. Honolua Bay Hiking Trail Guide - The Simple Hiker. https://thesimplehiker.com/honolua-bay-hiking-trail-guide/. Honolua Bay Access Trail: A Hidden Gem for Adventurers and Nature Lovers. https://torylanezheight.com/honolua-bay-access-trail-a-hidden-gem-for-adventurers-and-nature-lovers/. Conversation with Bing Chat



Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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