Exploring South Maui Ahihi Cove - Maps, Directions, Photos, and Information Guide

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Ahihi (Kanahena) Cove

  • Ahihi Cove

    Heading south on Makena Road

  • Ahihi Cove rocky shoreline

    Ahihi Cove rocky shoreline

  • Ahihi Cove

    Ahihi Cove

  • Ahihi Cove

    Shallow entrance be careful!

  • Ahihi Cove (no sandy beach)

    Ahihi Cove (no sandy beach)

  • Lava shoreline looking south

    Lava shoreline looking south.

Makena Road to Ahihi Cove Kanahena Cove, also known as Ahihi Cove, is located just north of Ahihi Bay. There is no sandy beach and is not suited for swimming, children or beginner snorkelers. It is however the best snorkeling spot for fish and live coral. It is like being in an aquarium. The cove is very shallow at times and there are not many places to stand. There is parking for 4 cars on the left, or you can park at Ahihi Bay and walk back. If you do decide to snorkel here, please do with caution, as storm swells can make it rough and too shallow. The coral is being ruined by tourists, who along with their children, walk all over the coral, permanently damaging it.

  • Directions (from Kihei)
    Head south on Piilani Hwy. Turn Right onto Wailea Ike Rd.. (Piilani Hwy Dead ends here). Turn left at Wailea Alanui which turns into Makena Aluni . keep left onto Makena Rd. Head south on Makena Rd. for about 1.7 miles. Look for small parking on left with cove on the right..
  • Parking
    Small parking area (3-4 cars) on the left. you can also park at Ahihi bay and walk up the road .
  • Restrooms
    No restrooms
  • Best For
    Great snorkeling for moderate to expert snorkelers and swimmers.
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