Papalaua Wayside Park, Maui, Hawaii
This laid-back beach is a long sliver of sand off Honoapiilani Highway. That makes for a little road noise but means easier
access than some of Maui’s other snorkeling spots. Idyllic sunsets cast light on surfers along Papalaua’s west shore.
On-site secret: For primo snorkeling, visit Coral Gardens, at the park’s eastern end. Keep an eye out for: shallow corals, butterfly fish, and green turtles. With luck, you’ll spot humuhumunukunukuapuaa, dynamic Hawaiian triggerfish.
When to go: year-round, with light winds in the mornings; mauibeachguide.com.
Published July/August 2009