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Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

1. 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. Enjoy an onboard lunch and drinks. Set sail from Lahaina Harbor towards Turtle Town, aka Mala Wharf (if weather conditions allow). See where, in 1992, a powerful hurricane 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. See Hawaiian green sea turtles, brightly colored tropical fish, and beautiful coral reef formations. During the whale season between December to April, observe humpback whales as they enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters (time permitting). Learn from expert narration about the whales and provide a play-by-play commentary of the whales' behavior as you view them.

Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Deli Lunch

2. Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Deli Lunch

See Maui from a new perspective as you swim and snorkel alongside its marine life at Molokini and Turtle Town. Cruise to these famous snorkeling destinations by catamaran, and enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard. Meet your captain and crew near Maalaea Harbor for your check-in. Board the comfortable catamaran and enjoy a continental breakfast of pastries, muffins, fresh fruits, coffee, tea, juice, soda, and water as you head towards Molokini. Arrive at Molokini and admire the scenery of the extinct volcanic cone, home to around 250 different local species. Jump into the water and snorkel with native wildlife such as black triggerfish, yellow tang, and parrotfish. Continue onto Turtle Town, where you’ll swim with protected Hawaiian green sea turtles among the underwater lava formations. Rest assured a lifeguard will be in the water at all times as you snorkel around the beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy a deli lunch with your choice of roast beef, chicken, or ham croissant sandwiches, or pulled pork and BBQ sauce on a bun, with chips, soft drinks, juice, and water. Choose to purchase beers or a Mai Tai, and relax in the shade of the cabin. Or top up your tan on the bow of the boat as you return to Maalaea Harbor, where your unforgettable activity will come to an end.

Kihei: Molokini Crater Snorkeling Trip 2-hrs

3. Kihei: Molokini Crater Snorkeling Trip 2-hrs

Embark on a snorkeling trip to Molokini from Kihlei and explore the underwater world in the clearest water. Enjoy support from the crew as you swim and snorkel or sip on refreshing drinks while relaxing on board. After checking in in the morning and collecting your snorkeling gear, make your way to the dock and board the boat. Listen to a safety briefing from your captain before sailing to Molokini Crater. As you sail, take in the stunning views of Maui from the water.  On arrival, put on your gear and snorkel in the turquoise water. Feel free to dive, free dive, or simply relax on board and soak up the sunshine. Enjoy the support of the crew, who will give tips on the best places to snorkel. Admire the vibrant world below the water's surface as you glide above colorful fish and seascapes. Take a break when you like and stay refreshed with the available drinks. At the end of your snorkeling adventure, make your way back to the departure point.

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: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor

5. Maui: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor

Whale-watch with the experts on Maui's top-rated ecotour and see these amazing creatures in their natural wild habitat. Every excursion is led by certified Marine Naturalists for fun and informative interpretation of humpback whale behaviors and characteristics. Not only will you see these majestic creatures up close and personal, but your Marine Naturalist will provide an educational experience. Watch mothers and calves interact, see males compete for females, hear underwater whale songs – every trip is unique. Don't miss out on utilizing underwater hydrophones to hear whale songs. If you're bringing children, this family-friendly experience has onboard Jr. Naturalist Programs for kids. Don't forget to put on your Reef Safe Sunscreen, complimentary at check-in. For the more serious whale-watcher, this tour has affordable camera and binocular rentals. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy. All profits from these cruises support ocean research, education and conservation programs.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

6. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2.5 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (October through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

7. From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

Explore one of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

From Kihei: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

8. From Kihei: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

Explore beautiful underwater landscapes around Molokini Crater, and enjoy snorkeling while trying to spot some of the crater's 250 different marine species. Cruise through clear waters from Maui to reach the crater and enjoy snorkeling with its many marine species on this snorkeling cruise. Meet your skipper and depart from the starting point on Maui. Snap pictures of the shore as you embark on your cruise. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride to the Molokini Crater. Listen as your skipper provides you with fascinating educational information about the area. Stop at the crescent-shaped and partially submerged volcanic crater of Molokini. Use the provided snorkeling gear to explore the 38 hard coral species in the area. Have the chance to spot marine life like black triggerfish, yellow tang, parrotfish, butterflyfish, and bluefin. Uncover the beauty of the ancient volcanic crater of Molokini on this snorkeling cruise from Maui. Swim through waters that are teeming with colorful marine life including various types of hard coral. After snorkeling, return to the starting point.

Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

9. Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

Discover the marine biodiversity of Hawaii without knowing how to swim with this snorkeling tour that is designed for beginners. Experience swimming through schools of brightly colored fish on this guided experience that includes all the gear that you need.  Meet your guide and get set up with your mask, snorkel, fins, lifejacket, and wetsuit. Watch as your guide teaches, shows, and explains the art of snorkeling. Practice in the shallow water with life jackets or other flotation devices.  Get comfortable with the water and find out how to float freely in shallow water before heading out into deeper water (10-20 feet) for 5-10 minutes. Become confident breathing with your snorkel before setting off in search of turtles and other marine life. Head to one of the best local coral reefs which is teeming with Hawaiian marine life, including green sea turtles. Return to your starting point before ending your tour. 

Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

10. Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

Kayak through Maui's blue ocean on a guided whale-watching adventure. Glide along the water at eye-level with the ocean and get an up-close and personal view of whales and other sea creatures. Learn about the area and native wildlife from your guide and end your tour with a snorkeling excursion. After checking in, your expert guide will provide hands-on instruction on how to manage your kayak, from landing, launching, paddling, and how to get in and out for the snorkeling component. This tour features "sit on top" kayaks which make for easy-on/easy-off access. Your guide will launch each kayak, setting you out into the great blue sea. As a group on the water, your guide will brief you about what's planned and where you will visit. To begin your adventure, paddle out to search for whales. Along the way, your local guide will share island stories, information, folklore, and more. When the whales appear, you will have the opportunity to paddle along at a safe distance. Your guide will explain each behavior that the whales are presenting. After whale watching, paddle back to the shoreline along the reef to enjoy some snorkeling. The highlight for most is Hawaii's "Hono" or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. They are abundant in this area, making it one of the best spots in Hawaii to see them. At the end of the trip, your guide will escort you back to the beach.

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We booked this adventure at the last minute and could not be happier with what we got. It was my birthday and they treated us like royalty! I went with my husband and Son and daughter in-law. There were more whale sightings than they have seen in a VERY long time and more whales in each pod than ever before. Everyone was super friendly and knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend this adventure to all my friends. We will also be sure to check with you first for more adventures when we come back to beautiful Maui. Mahalo!

Loved the snorkeling, but there were a lot of people in the water which made it more difficult to swim without running into someone else. Staff and crew were excellent. Wish we could have Bonne to see the girls, but not the crews fault..... Murky water would not allow. And we were able to see a large group of humpbacks as we traveled back to the dock. Photographer did a phenomenal job of getting pictures of everyone, wildlife in the water, and whales on our return trip. Well worth the cost!

Perfect afternoon- 2 hours on the boat and an hour snorkelling. The whales entertained us on the way.

Great experience! Nice, helpful, and friendly staff/crew. Highly recommended if visiting Maui.

Quick checkin to pickup bikes. All equipment was clean. Friendly staff. Good views.