Mokule'ia Beach (Slaughterhouse)

Kaanapali, Maui, HI
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Mokule'ia Beach (Slaughterhouse)

Mokule'ia is another great dive and snorkel site, but it's a good hike down to the beach. A great place to spend the day with the kids, so bring a cooler with food and water. The name “Slaughterhouse Beach” comes from the Honolua Ranch slaughterhouse and tanning/storage shed that were (oh, so conveniently) located on the cliff’s edge above the ocean. The buildings were torn down in the 60’s, but the lovely name stuck. In contrast, the Hawaiian name Mokule’ia means “district of abundance”, and like most Hawaiian names, is a very accurate description. Mokule’ia Bay is part of the same preserve as its neighbor Honolua Bay: the Honolua-Mokule’ia Bay Marine Life Conservation District. But unlike its rocky neighbor to the north, much of the year this bay has a nice sandy beach to relax on. During the winter months there are often large well-formed waves that are perfect for the more experienced boogie boarders and surfers. But the large surf can often become dangerous, and even the most experienced need to keep a healthy respect for the ocean in mind. In summer months the waves are much more mellow and are often suitable for beginners. When the ocean is tame there is also very good snorkeling around the the north point and into Honolua Bay. Travel North on Highway 31 until about mile mark 32.6. You can't miss the bay off to your left.
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Mokule'ia Beach (Slaughterhouse) Tide Chart and Surf Report (Beta)

Monday
1:29 AM / 1.210ft
Monday
7:46 AM / -0.500ft
Monday
3:47 PM / 2.593ft
Monday
10:22 PM / 0.774ft
Tuesday
2:06 AM / 1.098ft

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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:05 AM
scuba
This is a view from the trail head. The best diving would be off to the left. This is your entry, with an excellent dive location at the point just in the distance. A view of the point from just South of the beach. This view is accessible via a small dirt trail from the parking area. There's a lot to explore in the shallows and at the edge of the shelf.
Jon Simms
Jon Simms
Jun 20, 2011, 12:00 AM
snorkel
Snorkeled with Leanne in the early morning. Big fish, I mean big and turtle on the north end. Huge underwater drop-offs, cannons and cool ledges. Swam through some coral-lava channels. The size of all species of fish was unique. Would return in a heartbeat.
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Rich Bender
Rich Bender
Jul 22, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
Good parking along the hiway. Nice stairs to walk down to a beautiful sand beach. The only problem is after the dive, you gotta carry all your gear back up what seems to be an eternity of steps. Now don't let that keep you away from this spot as it is a excellent dive. We entered the water and headed to the north side of the bay. We kicked out about 100 yards before dropping down and it was worth the walk and the all the stairs. Great viz 50-60, temp 77-79. Giant turtles were found at the reefs end before wrapping around to Honolua Bay. Schools of bait fish everywhere, several eels tucked away in their caves and some very large unicorn fish. There are several large corals just sitting alone in the sand that make for great sanctuaries for marine life, so be sure to explore those as well. The back side, as it wraps around to Honolua, has a few swim through and lava canyons to explore. Last thing, keep in mind that there is no grassy area to set your gear up on, so take towels or gear up at the car and walk down ready to go in the water. Wash down showers would be nice, but as most beaches here, they are a hit and miss.
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Bill Stohler
Bill Stohler
Oct 30, 2007, 12:00 AM
scuba
Slaughterhouse has some solid stairs that make the hike down the hill easier than the adjacent Honolua Bay. The central portion of the bay is mostly 'barren' sand flats; the reefs hug the outer portions of the bay on the left and right. I actually prefer to dive this site from Honolua Bay....heading out the left side of Honolua and into the right side of Slaughterhouse (as referenced from shore). I've seen green sea turtles in the bay. Great beginner snorkeling spot in the summer time when the waves are non-existent, and the bay is as flat as mirror!
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Jerry GoDiveMaui.Com
Jerry GoDiveMaui.Com
Aug 24, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
There are 2 ways to dive Mokule`ia. One is from the East side of the bay which gives the diver easier access to the West point of Honolua bay. This dive is something like a mini wall dive. The hard corals at Mokule`ia and Honolua bays are some of the healthiest on Maui due in part to the protection from rough seas by the horizontal depth of the bay and, no doubt, to their status as marine-life sanctuaries since 1978. There is a higher likelihood of a dolphin encounter here than just about any where on the Island other than La Perouse Bay, which has been made all but inaccessible by the County Government. To dive the East side of the Bay, there is a semi-treacherous trail covered in slippery pine needles starting at the East end of the chain link fence along the road side parking area. At the bottom of the trail there is an outcropping running North into the bay. Make your stride entry near the end. Make this dive with the sand to your right on the way out and left on the way back. Lots of crevasses offer hiding places to tons of turtles. Hawaiian sea turtles are on the protected species list, so DO NOT TOUCH. The sand harbors lots of Kona Crabs, but you can't catch them here. This is a good dive any time the winds are light and the North swell is small to nothing. These conditions are most often found in Summer but I've been there in winter for some of the best dives of the season. Nearest facilities are a short drive southeast at D.T. Fleming beach park.
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Chris 6
Chris 6
Jun 19, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great dive site. One of the best my wife and I did. I got lots of pictures on this reef. Lots to see. You can swim in little caverns in the reef as there's nothing over head. The hike down the stairs then over the rocks is challenging with all the equipment, but well worth it. Not a lot of people here. A++ This will be one of my first dives when I return.
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Alex
Alex
May 15, 2005, 12:00 AM
scuba
Very good!
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Gary Harmon
Gary Harmon
Mar 26, 2005, 12:00 AM
scuba
This is a great site to snorkel. Saw lots of fish. Snorkel out to the right side. This bay is sometimes called Slaughterhouse. Lots of stairs down to the beach. Love2Snorkel
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Anonymous
Anonymous
Mar 7, 2005, 12:00 AM
scuba
Hiking the stairs is a challenge, but saves long surface swim from Honoloa to dive the point.
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Mike at Newport
Mike at Newport
Jan 7, 2005, 12:00 AM
scuba
I dove solo here several time in August of 2004. A great place to dive if you are alone because you don't have to go very deep to have a lot of fun. When I dive alone, I don't enjoy going much deeper that about 30' and was delighted to find wonderful reefs and a fair amount of colorful life. The lava flows create a dramatic and beautiful place to explore. Each time I went there the beach was packed, but I was the only diver in the area. It is a very popular snorkeling area (for good reason) but divers can pretty much have it to themselves.
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Mike Roberts
Mike Roberts
Sep 5, 2001, 12:00 AM
scuba
Also known as Slaughterhouse to surfers, this is a nice dive in the Summer when there's no good surf. This is a long walk down (and back up later!) a long flight of cement stairs so bring an energy bar or 2. You'll want to arrive early so you can park next to the stairs or your walk will be even further. Best diving is to the left (South side) of the bay. Inside the bay is Marine Reserve and not too good for diving but outside is great! The bottom is made up of long gullies of lava flow running from shore out to sea. It's fun to explore them with all their little holes and caves. I have seen a higher concentration of turtles here than any place on Maui. You will also encounter lot's of eels, lobsters, and large cowerie shells. If you must take lobster, please be sure they are in season, have no eggs, and you find another way to exit with them without going back thru the reserve area or you may get busted! Other than the walking and swimming distance, this is an easy sandy entrance with a pretty little beach for anyone not diving with you. For snorkeling, I would suggest going around the point to the right (North) where you will be in Honolua Reserve (also listed on this site). Lot's people are on this beach and in the surf but you will probably be diving alone.
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