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Destination feature even in the shallow water. Families appreciate the calm wa- ter, which makes it easier to stay together. If you’re lucky, you’ll find butterfly fish, parrot fish, damsel fish, surgeon fish, moorish idol, tang, wrasse, squirrel fish, perch, chub, trigger fish, goat fish, snapper, hawk fish, jacks, needle fish, turtles, crustaceans and invertebrates. 4. Coral Gardens This spot in the center of the western Maui coast, is home to loads of candy-colored fish, eels, crabs and octopus. From December to April you may also catch a glimpse of hump- back whales. It’s easiest to get there by boat because the swim to this area from the beach is a bit far. Expect to spot loads of coral formations and lots of critters milling about. 5. Olawalu About 10 miles south of Lahaina on Hwy 30 is Olawalu. It’s easy to get to and you’ll find mounds upon mounds of coral reefs. It’s perfect for beginners due to the calm waters. It’s about a 200-yard swim to get to the reef system. Keep your eyes peeled for turtle-cleaning stations. It’s kind of a turtle car wash in which the shells are cleaned by wrasse fish. Definitely a sight to see. 6. Polo Beach A pair of perfectly shaped sand crescents form this beach. And families flock here be- cause it’s located right in front of the Kea Lani Hotel, between Wailea and Makena. Snorkeling is excellent during calm seas around the rocky point to the north end of the beach.There are facilities available and plenty of room to lounge on the beach af- terward. Note: There are grills and picnic tables. 7. Black Rock On Maui’s northwestern end, you’ll find Honalua Bay, a Bay Honalua8. The western shore of Maui is home to Kaanapali Beach, Marine Life Conservation District. No fishing is allowed a 3-mile stretch of white sand. Once you reach the north here, so your chances of tracking down diverse sea critters end of the beach, you’ll find Black Rock, a rocky peninsula is really good. You’ll be surrounded by rocky cliffs that help where you can spot parrot fish, snapper, needle fish and shelter the area from wind. You can get to the water easily porcupine fish among others. Tip: If you head to the Shera- from the sandy beach. And since it’s a marine reserve, ton Maui Resort, there is a public parking lot. Thisis one of you’ll find colorful coral and turtles galore. After you’re the closest hotels to Black Rock, so it’s a short walk. Park- done, watch the surfers to the right of the boat ramp. The ing at Whaler’s Village is another option, however, it is in the Honolua Bay surf break is known as one of the places to center of Kaanapali Beach, and makes for a longer walk. catch waves in all of Hawaii. 86 march/april 2013 southfloridaluxuryguide.com


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