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

1. 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.

Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Boat Tour with Snacks

2. Honolulu: Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Boat Tour with Snacks

Watch angelfish dart in and out of underwater coral caverns and search for sea turtles using high-quality snorkeling gear on this tour from Honolulu to Turtle Canyon. Relax in the sun on the boat's floating platforms while enjoying the provided snacks and beverages.  Be greeted by the activity provider's staff at the pier and hop aboard a comfortable boat with a captain and crew made up of certified divers, lifeguards, free divers, and surfers who familar with the waters of Turtle Canyon. They can show you where to look and what to look for. Admire views of the famed Diamond Head while you head out to the snorkeling site and be provided with new, high-end snorkel gear and floatation devices. For non-swimmers there is a swim step where they can sit and put their feet in the water. Plunge into the water, swimming through schools of tropical fish. Look for the large green sea turtles that come from deeper waters to visit the shallower turtle cleaning station known as Turtle Canyons. Back onboard seasonal fruits, snacks, juice, and water are included. Unwind with an ice-cold drink and stunning views of the shore on the way back to your meeting point. 

Maui: Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch from Lahaina Harbor

3. Maui: Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch from Lahaina Harbor

Your eco-friendly wildlife adventure departs out of historic Lahaina Harbor aboard a 65 foot, double-deck powered catamaran. The journey over to Lanai takes approximately 60 minutes as the captain passes by known wild dolphin habitats before heading to your snorkel destination. Discover an underwater oasis and world-class snorkeling with warm crystal clear waters and vibrant reefs teeming with marine wildlife. Lanai is also famous for its large populations of wild dolphins, plus toothed whales, sea turtles, and the occasional Hawaiian monk seal. On the trip over, be treated to a continental breakfast of fresh island fruit, bagels and cream cheese, and apple danishes along with hot coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and juices. Take part in a guided reef tour with a certified marine naturalist and enjoy a leisurely snorkel. Feast on a barbecue lunch which includes chicken breasts, hot dogs, garden burgers, potato salad, veggie salad, and chocolate chip cookies. There's also all-you-can-drink water, sodas, juices and 1 complimentary alcoholic drink for those 21 and over. 

From Honolulu: Oahu Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Trip

4. From Honolulu: Oahu Dolphin Swim and Snorkeling Trip

Explore the remote Wai‘anae coast of O‘ahu and experience an adventure of a lifetime. Step aboard the beautiful double-decker catamaran, the Eco, and perform a Hawaiian ‘Oli (chant) with the crew to permit safe passage on your journey. Start the adventure by looking for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins close to the majestic and mountainous coastline. Learn about the marine and local culture. You'll explore deeper chartered waters to drop in and swim with bottlenose and spotted dolphins. Voyage back inland and moor the boat in the absolutely stunning and pristine Makaha bay. Here, you'll participate in ocean activities such as the waterslide, rock climbing wall, floating mat, and paddle boards, put on some good local tunes, snorkel with turtles and exotic fish, and enjoy a delectable locally crafted lunch. Finish the tour by traveling back to the harbor with the chance to try out the optional photo packages of your adventure.

Maui: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Sail from Lahaina Harbor

5. Maui: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Sail from Lahaina Harbor

Climb aboard Maui's top-rated eco-friendly 2-hour whale-watching tour on a luxury sailing vessel, Ocean Spirit. Embark on your whale watching adventure aboard this spacious and comfortable boat. See these majestic creatures up close and personal, and listen as your Marine Naturalist will provide an educational experience. Watch mothers and calves interact, see males compete for females and understand more from your guide. Make the most of underwater headphones and listen to the beautiful whale songs.  This non-profit organization is dedicated to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy. These tours offer educational whale-watching and all profits from these cruises support ocean research, education and conservation programs.

West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

6. West O'ahu: Swim with Dolphins Catamaran Cruise

Go on an exciting cruise on the lookout for dolphins. Board a double-hulled catamaran and enjoy a comfortable and stable ride as you enjoy the scenery and look for the sea creatures. Relax aboard the vessel and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Luxuriate on the clear waters of West O’ahu, and look for the wild dolphins swimming gracefully in small or large groups Search also for Hawaiian green turtles, tropical island fish, and other rare wild sea creatures. During the winter months, you also might catch sight of the annual migration of humpback whales as they playfully swim the West O’ahu ocean waters. On your return journey, view the majestic cascading views of the Waianae Mountain range as you voyage back towards port.

West O'ahu: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise

7. West O'ahu: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise

Explore the beautiful clear blue waters of West O'ahu. Spot wild dolphins and snorkel through the ocean while admiring the diversity of wildlife in the area. See a variety of creatures such as turtles, tropical fish, seals, and sometimes manta rays. Board a spacious 42-passenger catamaran boat to cruise the West Coast of O’ahu and enjoy a relaxing experience of dolphin watching and snorkeling among O'ahu's wildlife. Travel on a double-hulled catamaran, relax while enjoying a comfortable and stable ride, and take in the breathtaking views of the ocean and the mountains. Look out for dolphins and snorkel in the clear waters of West O’ahu, and enjoy an experience with wild Hawaiian sea turtles and tropical island fishes. Have fun searching for O'ahu's wildlife while snorkeling, and see creatures like the Hawaiian monk seals. This dolphin watching and snorkeling tour is suitable for beginners and is a perfect choice even for families with small children.

Maui: Molokini Wild Eco Adventure from Maalaea Harbor

8. Maui: Molokini Wild Eco Adventure from Maalaea Harbor

Feast on a continental breakfast as you meet your group for the day. Enjoy Maui Vegetable Fritatta, assorted pastries, fruit platters, juice, and Maui coffee. Explore Molokini on an intimate, small-group ecotour of Maui’s #1 snorkeling and diving destination. Each adventure carries no more than 34 guests on Ocean Explorer, a 54 ft. single deck catamaran with open seating and unimpeded views – so there’s plenty of room to move around and enjoy the views. Snorkel the iconic volcanic crater and its beautiful reef known for crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A flexible itinerary includes visiting a second snorkel spot, such as Turtle Arches, as well as cruising along Maui’s coastline.  Following your adventures in the ocean relax with a delicious lunch cooked on board for you.  Enjoy a lunch of grilled chicken wraps with spinach, tomato, carrots and cucumber and a variety of salads. 

Maui: Honolua Bay Snorkel and Sail from Lahaina Harbor

9. Maui: Honolua Bay Snorkel and Sail from Lahaina Harbor

Venture aboard a 65-foot luxury sailing catamaran to Honolua Bay and snorkel at two spots that are popular with sea turtles. Spot more marine life with the help of a naturalist guide. Marvel at water views while partaking in a delectable breakfast and lunch.  Departing from the historic Lahaina Harbor aboard the Ocean Spirit, a 65-foot luxury sailing catamaran. Relax and enjoy the sights and the sun while eating a continental breakfast of coffee, pastries, and fruit platters with views of the Ka'anapali coastline to and Honolua Bay. Sail into the protected waters of the Honolua conservation area which is one of Maui’s most scenic snorkel spots. After a safety briefing, snorkeling instruction, and fish identification session, enjoy the marine environment.  Explore with premium snorkel gear, including optical masks for glasses wearers as well as flotation devices. Children can participate in the Jr. Naturalist program. Get a glossy marine wildlife photo card to take home.  Snorkel at two secluded spots that are popular destinations for sea turtles, colorful fish, and vibrant coral. Follow a certified marine naturalists guide over the reef. Wild dolphin sightings are also common during the journey. Once you're done snorkeling, feast on a delicious lunch of grilled chicken, pork, and various mouth-watering salads. Unwind as the boat heads out into the channel for the thrilling trip back to the harbor.

Big Island: Luxury Catamaran Trip along the Kona Coast

10. Big Island: Luxury Catamaran Trip along the Kona Coast

If you are seeking an exclusive getaway at sea then this is the tour for you. With a maximum of 6 guests aboard the luxury catamaran, it is ensured this elevated experience is both intimate and fun. Soak in the beauty and grandeur of the Kona coast and its most bejewelled under-water treasures. Snorkel locations will be chosen based on the day’s best conditions and with guest input and can include marvelous sites such as Pawai Bay noted for its caves, arches, and swimthroughs. Pawai Bay is a protected marine sanctuary which is an amazing spot for swimming and snorkeling. Discover more than 600 species of tropical fish, moray eels, manta rays, green sea turtles, and wild dolphins. This catamaran is set up for living outside and enjoying tropical cruising. The Lagoon 500 is a new high-performance boat designed for ocean cruising, emphasizing on luxury without compromising efficiency, ease, or aesthetics. The decks are wide, and below deck, cabins have plenty of space to relax in shade. The stateroom spares no expense in layout and design. From its furnishings, to the indulgent shower stall, the stateroom is reminiscent of a pricey hotel suite instead of a living space aboard a ship. Enjoy a lunch aboard, you can select from the following options: Option A: • Deli sandwich with ham or turkey • Tropical fruit cup • Molokai sea-salted edamame • Maui potato chips • Potato macaroni salad • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies Option B: • Island-style curried chicken wrap • Tropical fruit cup • Molokai sea-salted edamame • Maui potato chips • Potato macaroni salad • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies Option C: • Garden vegetable spinach wrap • Tropical fruit cup • Molokai sea-salted edamame • Maui potato chips • Potato macaroni salad • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies Option D: • Bento box with grilled fish • Seasonal catch of the day is seasonal such as Ono or Mahi Mahi • Furikake rice • Korean chicken • Molokai sea-salted edamame • Tamagoyaki • Grilled garden vegetables • Fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies

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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!

The girls were amazing!!! Knowledgeable engaging I can’t say enough good things. Everyone was great!!! We found a nursery pod of dolphins. The smaller boat and capacity size made this the absolute best way to be up front and close to the dolphins. I was so glad we weren’t on the big boats out. We wouldn’t have been able to see the baby dolphins having a blast or the ones riding our wake. Just can’t say enough good things about this tour. I have already recommended to everyone I know. Deanna

Great experience! We haven't snorkeled much before but it wasn't too advanced for us despite being for intermediate and above snorkelers. Loved our Captain and crew. Saw lots of whales too and the experience was nice because it was flexible itinerary so the Captain was able to adjust based on reports from other ships.

Awesome experience with Charter Oahu. The crew were so friendly and helpful from the moment we arrived. We highly recommend choosing them if you’re ever on Oahu!

Amazing great staff lots of marine life and felt very safe and comfortable the whole time