Hawaii Snorkeling

Our most recommended Hawaii Snorkeling

Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Cruise and Snorkel Excursion

1. Waikiki: Turtle Canyons Cruise and Snorkel Excursion

Experience the magical underwater world of sea turtles. Dive under the waves with a snorkel and see the rainbow of tropical fish. Connect with the wide array of stunning marine life on this immersive tour. Start off with a cruise along the coast, where you can potentially spot spinner dolphins and humpback whales during the wither months. Once at the Turtle Canyons, you’ll get a brief lesson on snorkeling and your snorkeling equipment.  Snorkel alongside the sea turtles and tropical sea life under the supervision of a certified lifeguard, returning to the boat whenever you please to relax with complimentary refreshments.

Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

2. Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

Spot Hawaii's native marine life in its natural habitat on a snorkel cruise to Turtle Town from Lahaina. Swim past green sea turtles, Moorish idols, and even humpback whales. For beginners, there is an onboard snorkel demonstration before you set out. Enjoy an onboard lunch and drinks. Set sail from Lahaina Harbor towards Turtle Town, aka Mala Wharf (if weather conditions allow). In 1992, a powerful hurricane destroyed Mala Pier. The surviving posts have created an artificial reef and sanctuary where corals and other marine life thrive. Spot Moorish idols, green sea turtles, and saddle wrasse while snorkeling here. If snorkel conditions are not ideal at Turtle Town a.k.a. Mala Wharf, cruise to one of the other premier westside snorkel locations such as Honolua Bay, Airport Beach, or Launiupoko. All of these locations offer an excellent opportunity to see Hawaiian green sea turtles, brightly colored tropical fish, and beautiful coral reef formations. During the whale season (December to April), observe humpback whales as they enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters. This tour segment will include expert narration about the whales and provide a play-by-play commentary of the whales' behavior as you view them.

Maui: Molokini Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

3. Maui: Molokini Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

Discover Molokini aboard a fast-sailing catamaran, where your trip includes a continental breakfast on the leisurely sail across Ma’alaea Bay. Take in the stunning landscape that makes Maui special, and during whale season (December – May), spot the humpback whales as they swim nearby. While at Molokini, swim, snorkel, and rinse off with a freshwater shower. After snorkeling, indulge in a full lunch buffet and refresh with a variety of beverages, including wine and local beer. Maui’s afternoon trade winds can really get the boat going, so join the friendly crew at the helm and try your hand at sailing the high seas! 

Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

4. Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel Tour with Lunch

5. Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel Tour with Lunch

Take a snorkeling tour to the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town from Maalaea harbor. Encounter the extinct volcanic cone of Molokini and marvel at native Hawaiian marine life in their natural habitat. Start the day off right with a breakfast of eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, donuts, coffee, fruit, and juice. Get ready to spot the manta rays, fish, and sharks, who swim around the coral year-round. Molokini is protected as a marine preserve and bird sanctuary, so expect pristine conditions. Use the snorkeling equipment to explore the underwater world. Enjoy riding down the two water slides to splash into the water. Take a peek at the reef without getting in the water via the glass-bottom viewing room. Have peace of mind knowing a lifeguard will be in the water at all times watching over the snorkelers and ready to help if requried. After leaving Molokini, head for your second snorkeling spot of the day at Turtle Town. When there, take the chance to swim with Hawaiian green sea turtles amid the calm waters before returning to the boat for lunch. Take advantage of the boat's amenities which include two slides, two freshwater showers, quality snorkeling gear, flotation devices, and restrooms. The boat features an easy-to-use stairway in and out of the water, and lots of shade if you want to stay out of the sun.

Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience

6. Big Island, Hawaii: Night Manta Ray Snorkel Experience

Snorkeling with manta rays is a must-do while in Hawaii! Enjoy this amazing opportunity to see manta rays up close. Feed and interact with other ocean creatures on this cruise trip. After a safety briefing, gear up with the snorkeling equipment and wet suits provided. Relax and enjoy the cruise with drinks and snacks on board. Bring your underwater camera for photos and capture memories that will last a lifetime.

From Lahaina: Lana'i Coast Maui Sail and Snorkel Trip

7. From Lahaina: Lana'i Coast Maui Sail and Snorkel Trip

Start the tour by boarding a brand new luxury catamaran at the dock in Lahaina. Set off on your incredible adventure along the spectacular coastline of Lana'i. Onboard the vessel, enjoy a continental breakfast of tropical fruit, freshly baked banana bread, and locally roasted coffee. Head towards the pristine reefs along Lana’i’s south shores where you'll discover stunning sea cliffs, uncrowded snorkeling sites, and expansive island views. Get geared up with the snorkeling equipment provided and plunge into the warm waters to discover an array of local marine life.  This relaxed tour does not have a set destination, so the experienced crew can select the best locations based on sea conditions, and visit multiple snorkel sites when time and weather allow. After swimming and snorkeling, sit back with a drink and enjoy a full lunch while trying to catch a sighting of Lana’i’s famous spinner dolphins. Finally, return to the dock where your memorable day at sea concludes.

Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

8. Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Guided Snorkeling Adventure Tour

Snorkel over coral reefs with green sea turtles on a guided boat tour from Honolulu. Look beneath the waves and have the chance to see sharks, stingrays, octopus, and colorful fish. Experience beautiful views of the Waikiki coastline on the way. Make your way to the dive shop and meet your guide and group for the day. Briefly go over the different snorkeling spots before cruising off the coast towards Turtle Canyon and enjoying the views of Oahu disappearing behind you. Warm up with a light surface session and see how many fish you can spot in the crystal clear water. Move on to one of the favorite reef sites in Honolulu and have the chance to swim alongside green sea turtles in their natural habitat at a safe distance. Get back into the boat and share your experience with your crew as you relax on deck and stare out into the stretching sea. Watch the shoreline of Waikiki coming quickly into view and return to the dive shop.

From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

9. From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

Begin your snorkeling adventure by departing from Kaanapali Beach on a luxury catamaran. On the way to the snorkel spot, enjoy some breakfast while keeping your eyes open for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and during the winter months, large humpback whales. The captain will determine the best spots to visit on the day, based upon the weather conditions. Once in the water, observe beautiful tropical fish, honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), colorful coral reefs, and potentially some other rare underwater species. After the snorkeling session, have a delicious lunch with premium beers, cocktails, and other liberations. Relax as you cruise back to Kaanapali Beach, enjoying the scenery along the way.

From Kaanapali: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

10. From Kaanapali: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

Not exactly an early riser? Reserve your morning for staying in bed and set off on an afternoon snorkeling cruise on the Sea Maui II catamaran from Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. Snorkel around stunning coral reefs and swim alongside Hawaiian green sea turtles. Jump on board your boat to meet your friendly captain and crew and cruise out into the sea. Make your way to some of the best snorkeling spots in West Maui, immersing yourself in the serene underwater world. Explore the coral reefs and swim alongside the resident Hawaiian green sea turtles, colorful tropical fish, and discover many other surprises that depend upon what the tide brings you. Relax on the sun-filled deck as your travel, helping yourself to the open bar and traditional Hawaiian pu pu appetizers. Be back at your hotel before dinner.

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Simon and his crew were amazing! Was kind of scared to do this, but they were helpful, funny, kind & amazing! They made all my nerves chill & helped me have a blast! 100/100 would recommend! The manta rays were so cool & huge! One touched me on its way under the light! For anyone who thinks they might not like this or are iffy about doing it, do NOT hesitate! This is so far by far, the most amazing activity on our trip! Wish we could do it again during this trip!

The boat ride is an absolute thrill!!! Both Brandon (captain) and Jen (guide) are wonderful. Jen free dived to the bottom to bring sea life to the surface for us to see. We didn’t climb the jump off rock point but Jen did and it looked pretty cool if you’re agile enough. Again, the boat ride is intense be sure to hold on tight!!!

This was our first snorkeling trip ever! The boat and crew were excellent. Lunch was great too! Snorkeling with the sea turtles was so magical, I’m hooked and will definitely be doing it again.

Really enjoyed the excursion. The crew was knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely book with them again.

The crew were very helpful and informative - we had a great time and learned a lot!