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Maui Natural Area Reserve Still Closed Due to Presence of Sharks

The ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve on Maui’s south shore will remain closed at least until Monday, April 23, due to the continued presence of sharks in the popular snorkeling destination. The NAR has been closed for two weeks, after numerous tiger sharks were spotted, apparently coming close to shore to follow pupping reef sharks.

The DLNR Divisions of Aquatic Resources, Forestry and Wildlife and Conservation and Resources Enforcement, collectively agreed to the closure to keep ocean users safe from inadvertent interactions with large and potentially dangerous sharks.

Anyone who drives to ‘Ahihi-Kina’u needs to know that if the parking lot is closed, coastline entrances into the water are also closed, according to the divisions.



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