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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. 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.

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

2. 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.

Maui: Dolphin Sailing Adventure with Lunch and Drinks

3. Maui: Dolphin Sailing Adventure with Lunch and Drinks

Get ready to experience the thrill of sailing alongside dolphins in the wild on a luxury sailing vessel. As you go, learn fascinating facts about the wild dolphins from your certified marine naturalist guide. Snap memorable photos when you catch a glimpse of the islands' acrobatic spinner dolphins, friendly bottlenose dolphins, and curious spotted dolphins. Enjoy an adventure great for all ages, and rest assured that dolphin sightings are guaranteed, else you can go again free on another Dolphin Watch within one year. During your sailing adventure, savor an included lunch and sip on 1 complimentary alcoholic drinks as you pass by the scenic shores of Maui.

Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

4. Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

Enjoy stunning sunset on the coast of Maui on a catamaran cruise from Lahaina. Lay back on the forward trampolines or sit under the covered cabin space while savoring mouth-watering cold hors d’oeuvres and sipping on chilled drinks. Keep an eye out for whales as you sail.  Depart from Lahaina and set sail in the waters of Maui. Admire breathtaking views of the verdant and dynamic shores as the sunset paints the sea in a golden glow. Have a refreshing cocktail or snack on a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres.  From December to May, enjoy the thrill of watching the humpback whales as they make their yearly journey to Hawaii. During the rest of the year, keep your eyes peeled for graceful seabirds and the black-finned Māui dolphin.  Return to your meeting point in Lahaina at the end of your cruise. 

Lahaina: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tours Aboard the Quicksilver

5. Lahaina: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tours Aboard the Quicksilver

Travel via high-speed catamaran from Lahaina Harbor to the Maui Channel to see the humpback whales, who return to Hawaii for a few months each year to mate and give birth. Get up close to these creatures in their native environment. Keep your eyes peeled for whales slapping the surface with their pectoral fins (their very long side fins), flukes (the tail), or peduncle (the strong muscles attaching the tail to the rest of the body). See the majesty of a breaching whale, if you are lucky. This is when a whale rises completely out of the water and crashes down again. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

6. From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

Explore an entirely new island in Hawaii on a catamaran cruise from Maui to Lanai. Jump into the cool and clear waters to snorkel and swim with vibrant marine life and look up to towering cliffs above you. Enjoy a continental breakfast and deli sandwich lunch while you sail under the warm Hawaiian sun. Keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, who are known to frequent the area. Listen to music and your captain share his knowledge about this island paradise and the abundant sea life that makes this area their home. Arrive on the Lanai coast and explore the underwater world accompanied by a crew member throughout. Take advantage of the waterslide for extra fun. Marvel at the marine life as you snorkel beneath towering cliffs reaching up to 300 feet. Be among the few to snorkel at remote locations with great visibility, such as Shark Fin Rock and Manele Bay. See a spectacular view of the West Maui Mountains while enjoying a beverage and Quicksilver Crew Trivia on the trip back to Lahaina.

Maui: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Champagne from Lahaina

7. Maui: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Champagne from Lahaina

A perfect Maui experience is not complete without witnessing the beauty of a sunset while out on the ocean. Board Paragon to experience a sunset sailing cruise and watch the sun dip below the horizon as you glide along the picturesque west cost of Maui. Beverages, including locally brewed beer, mai tais, wine, and champagne, are served as well as pupus (appetizers). This is as close as you can get to yachting, but make no mistake — when the wind is up it can be quite an exhilarating sail. During season from December to May, enjoy the thrill of watching the humpback whales that make their way to Hawaii each year.

West Maui: Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

8. West Maui: Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

Nobody knows the waters of Maui better than this local crew. Let them be your hosts as you explore and snorkel the incredible West Maui coast on Paragon. What’s your destination? Some local favorites are Olowalu, Honolua, and Mokuleia Bay, but the Captain will decide where the absolute best conditions are for the day. Depart Lahaina and head for the snorkel spot, usually about an hour away by boat. Spend some time snorkeling, viewing some of Maui’s most amazing underwater sea life.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, as well as all refreshments including local beer, wine, and Mai Tais. Tradewinds usually pick up in the afternoon, just in time for an exhilarating sail back to the harbor.

Maui: Snorkeling and Dolphin Sightseeing to Lana'i Island

9. Maui: Snorkeling and Dolphin Sightseeing to Lana'i Island

Take a ride on the Ocean Wave to the island of Lana'i by comfotable and spacious speedboat. On the way, keep your eyes peeled for Dolphin and Whale sightings, before visiting several snorkeling spots to explore the underwater world of corals and tropical fish. Afterward, enjoy lunch onboard. Meet your guide at the Lahaina Harbor and embark on a sightseeing tour of above and below the ocean's surface. As you ride the 'Au'Au Channel toward Lana'i, feel the Hawaiian breeze and try to spot a Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin. Once you reach the island, discover its miles of sea cliffs and inaccessible coastlines, littered with sea caves, ancient Hawaiian burial sites, and King Kamehameha The Great's favorite fishing grounds. Depending on the wind, swell, and sea conditions, make several stops for snorkeling, giving you the opportunity to take a completely unique and personalized trip. Whether you are a first time snorkeler or a seasoned pro, feel comfortable with all the necessary gear and support needed from the crew. As you plunge into the Pacific waters, discover the lush underwater world, full of Turtles, Tropical Reef Fish, and a variety of corals. After the last snorkeling location, enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the boat, take a freshwater shower, and sit and relax on cushioned and comfortable seats as you ride back to Lahaina.

Maui: Catamaran Whale Cruise from Lahaina or Māʻalaea Harbor

10. Maui: Catamaran Whale Cruise from Lahaina or Māʻalaea Harbor

Discover why Maui is the place to spot humpback whales during an exciting ocean adventure in peak migration season. Board a comfortable catamaran at either Māʻalaea or Lahaina Harbor and escape into the ‘Au ‘au channel which boasts the greatest number of whales near Maui. Venture out into the warm and protected ocean waters which make an ideal location for the humpbacks to mate and give birth to their calves. Known for their acrobatics, the whales are often seen fully breaching out of the ocean. Join the captain and crew in keeping a lookout as you stay refreshed with a variety of beverages, including wine and local beer. This trip is exclusively sailing, so relax onboard without the drone of a motor as you head to wherever the whales may be. Sailing out of Māʻalaea Bay and Lahaina can be quite exhilarating on a catamaran, so keep in mind that this trip can be more of an adventure if the winds are up.

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What people are saying about Lahaina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 65 reviews

Incredible experience that was truly special. Was fortunate to have seen over 100 dolphins, two turtles, and a ton of flying fish. Staff was attentive, informative, and genuinely engaged with the entire group. I would definitely absolutely 100% recommend this excursion while visiting Maui. Great company that truly went above and beyond to create those special priceless memories!

This experience was amazing. We saw so many dolphins and the staff was super friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I love that they are involved in conservation and advocacy efforts. I’d definitely go again - great value.

This tour is an absolute must do. The crew is very helpful and besides guiding us around storms and to the best areas to see the whales, they gave us thorough information on the habitat and tendencies of these whales

The whole experience was amazing, the crew made our nights and captain Nick did an excellent job. Highly recommend

Just relax and enjoy the view. Talk to your fellow travelers and be curious.