What beach do you recommend to see sea turtles? What time of day is best for viewing?
You can see them in the water while snorkeling.
Hookipa is the beach TRbeer is referencing. They come up on the beach to rest and sun themselves. Timing will just be the luck of the draw!!
If you went to Ho`okipa in the afternoon I'm sure there is a pretty good chance of seeing turtles basking. They have a permanently roped off area for them. But frankly anywhere there is some shallow rocky shoreline you have a good chance of seeing them feed. If you find semi-exposed green, mossy looking rocks that's where they love to feed even if there is waves. We have also seen them haul out and bask on the north end of Kapalua but not as reliable as Ho`okipa
What Dreamin’ said. Also, we see them regularly along Honokowai, Kahana, and Napili in West Maui. S Turns/Pohaku Park in Kahana is good. South Maui has lots of honu too, in the kind of places described. Keawakapu is a good place. I’m not sure if they’re as likely to come up on the beach there, or not. In Lahaina town try Honu restaurant for great views of the honu feeding on the rocks.
Saw 4 today at Kapalua. One huge one getting cleaned by a bunch of small fish. The north side of Kapalua bay is where you'll find them. On Thursday at Kapalua, one came out from under a rock right as my wife swam over the rock. Epic!
We always see a big turtle on the north side of Kapalua Bay.,since green sea turtles live to about 50 years or maybe more he probably is enjoying retirementEdited: 20 May 2018, 06:14
I saw 5 or 6 turtles while snorkeling yesterday (Friday) at Kapalua. One even surfaced right underneath me as I was videoing. I had to move out of the way or he would have just pushed up against my chest. Stand by for that footage as part of my edited trip video after we return home.Edited: 20 May 2018, 09:26
We saw some at Ho`okipa about 11am when we visited - there were two sunning themselves on the beach. Unfortunately it did not look roped off (we were just up on the lookout) and I witnessed a very selfish couple laying between them to take photos (and the turtles looked about a metre apart).