South Side Snorkel Spots
POIPU BEACH PARK
Located in the heart of Poipu, this well known beach park is divided into two halves. The left side offers a calm, protected baby beach (complete with lifeguard) and the right side offers the ideal area for snorkeling, stand up paddling and swimming. Poipu Beach Park also offers pavilions, showers, and restrooms.
During the winter months the north shore’s swells grow massive while the south side becomes almost lake-like. This of course is the ideal time to go snorkeling. Brennecke's Beach offers a tranquil place to look for Honu (sea turtles).
PRINCE KUHIO'S (PK'S)
This beach is a favorite for surfers. When the water is calm, snorkeling can be really nice (usually in the winter). Shore is small and narrow and thus not a good beach for shore activities. Some times of the year the sand is nearly all under water. However it's a great place to sit for a while and watch surfers catch a few waves. Prince Kuhio Beach is commonly misidentified as "Lawai Beach" because it is near the Lawai Beach Resort, but the resort was named after the real Lawai Bay which is further west (in Lawai Valley) now more commonly known as Allerton Beach.
Lawai Beach can be found right next to the Beach House Restaurant and Lawai Beach Resort. Made up of a slender stretch of sand, this is the perfect beach to hop right in the water and get started.
Located just down the road from the private collection of luxury condo rentals
known as Whaler’s Cove Resort is Koloa Landing. When calm conditions are present, this loading area for boats offers quite the show for snorkelers. Known for having a large turtle population you are sure to make some new underwater friends.
Drive past the Grand Hyatt and you’ll find yourself on an island style dirt road. Down this path (past the horse stables) you will find the secret gem that is Mahaulepu. This quiet, less populated beach offers gorgeous blue waters to snorkel in. Always remember to trust yourself, know your limits and judge the weather accordingly before heading in. Bring a partner to share the fun!