The Rainforest at Honolua Bay is a spectacular eco-system on Maui!
While Honolua Bay is well-known as one of the best snorkeling locations on Maui, the entrance to Honolua Bay also offers diverse scenery when you walk to the bay. It’s the only true rainforest on the west side of Maui, and highlights Maui’s diverse eco-systems.
Explore the surroundings!
Honolua Bay has several places around the bay to park, and there is a larger parking lot on the northern edge of the rainforest. Well-marked paths lead you through the rainforest to the opening of Honolua Bay.
Take time to explore different paths through the rainforest and enjoy the bright, vibrant colors of the various plants and trees on your way to one of Maui’s best snorkel locations.
There are no bugs or ground animals in the rainforest at Honolua Bay, but the sounds of wild chickens can often be heard from a distance. Take plenty of pictures – but please don’t stray from the beaten path and unintentionally harm any of the wild vegetation.
Directions To Honolua Bay Rainforest. Take Hwy. 30 north toward the west side of Maui and pass through the edge of Lahaina. Continue on Hwy. 30 past the Kaanapali Beach Resort area. As you head north, you’ll also pass (on your left) the small communities of Honokowai, Kahana, Napili, and Kapalua. On the right you will see good views of the West Maui mountains.
The road will narrow and there will be several sharp turns in the road, but you will approach a large look-out on your left with plenty of parking and great views of Honolua Bay and the island of Molokai. Pull over here for a minute and enjoy the views!
You’ll then continue downhill and see where others have parked. It’s easy to find!
Honolua Bay Rainforest Suggestions.
- Walk slow through the rainforest. It’s not often you’ll find yourself in a natural rainforest.
- Do NOT disturb the surroundings nor pick at any of the trees and branches. Just enjoy the rainforest!
- The chickens you hear will not bother you, if you can even see them.
- Stay on the paths! Please don’t trample down the vegetation just for a picture.
- Look around before you go to Honolua Bay to snorkel. You’ll be tired on your way out.
- Make sure you have a camera!
Here’s the entrance to one of Maui’s best snorkel spots — Honolua Bay!
Things To Do On Maui!
Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s. There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town. Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.
Looking for a great breakfast? Try The Gazebo in Napili. Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.
Here’s a few West Maui beaches to enjoy:
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
Beaches. Maui has some of the best beaches in the world. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina. Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite. Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.
Top 10 Lists. Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants. There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.
Eating & Drinking. Oh, yea. You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui. Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café. For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.
In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and Makawao Steak House. Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.
Recent Maui Tourist Guide Posts!
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
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