Ahihi Bay Snorkeling
Ahihi Bay, also known as Waiala Cove is part of the 'Ahihi-Kiana'u Reserve.This is one of the only parts in the the reserve that is still open to the public. kayak tours and the public trampled the fragile reserve . Two areas, the Fishbowl and the Aquarium became an unsustainable after years misuse. Most of the area has been closed since 2008 so make sure to follow signs when accessing this area.Ahihi Bay Images
Directions: Head south on Piilani Hwy. Turn Right onto Wailea Ike Rd. (Piilani Hwy Dead ends here). Turn left at Wailea Alanui (1 mile). Continue Makena Alanui for 2.6 miles. Slight left onto Makena Rd.. head south for 1.7 miles. Turn right at Ahihi Bay Sign.
Parking: Large lava/dirt parking lot. Take trail through lava down to the shore.
Where to snorkel: This entire area has great snorkeling. Enter at the end of the trail and swim out. Check conditions before entering here as the currents can get strong. If you are a strong swimmer you can snorkel north all the way around to Ahihi Cove and take the road back to Ahihi Bay.
What to look for: You will find many varieties of tropical fish, a puffer fish as well as eel and octopus. I haven't seen any turtles, but I am sure they are around.
Other Info: This should only be snorkeled when seas are calm and you are a good swimmer. There is no beach and remember this is a preserve, no fishing.