Olowalu Beach

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Olowalu
If you snorkel only once, make it at Olowalu, home to Maui's most diverse marine populations. Slap on reef-friendly sunscreen and explore 99 acres of some of the healthiest coral structures in Hawai'i. Watch manta rays and green sea turtles rock up to cleaning stations, or peer inside a nursery for blacktip reef sharks, among the 500-year-old coral head formations. Less of a swimmer? Then try a stable wide-bottomed ocean kayak for a different perspective. This tiny town also contains the island's best petroglyphs and a haunted past: here trader Simon Metcalfe massacred more than a hundred innocent Hawaiians in 1790. This outrage spurred King Kamehameha to defeat his neighbors, using western weapons and tactics: after 20 years, he succeeded in unifying all Hawaiʻi.
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Olowalu Beach, Hawaii 96761, USA