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10 Top Spots to Snorkel

Underwater photographer and adventurer Tanya Burnett-Palmer shares her favorite places to sightsee beneath the waves.

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Papalaua Wayside Park, Maui, Hawaii
Tanya G. Burnett-Palmer

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;

Published July/August 2009

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