Water activity

Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Quicksilver Charters

Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Quicksilver Charters
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From US$ 89.95 per person

Likely to sell out

Cruise to Lahaina Turtle Town and spot Hawaiian green sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish on this snorkel cruise. During whale season view humpback whales in their natural habitat.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund
Duration 3 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Take in panoramic views of the west Maui mountains, Lanai, and Molokai
  • Snorkel at Turtle Town Lahaina and discover the home of dozens of sea turtles
  • See nenue (lowfin chubs), goatfish, octopus, black durgon, and frogfish
  • See humpback whales swimming in their natural habitat during whale season
  • Hear about the fascinating behavior of humpback whales and their place in Hawaii
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Lunch (hot dogs, chips, and a chocolate chip cookie)
  • Veggie wrap (avocado, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and onion)
  • Water, soda, juice, coffee, and/or tea
  • Captain and crew
  • Snorkeling tutorial
  • Snorkel gear
  • Flotation devices
  • Whale watching (December to April, and time permitting)
  • Restrooms on-board
  • Access to 2 showers
  • 2nd deck jumping platform
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages (available to purchase, $3 each)
  • Wetsuits (available to rent for $10 per person)
  • Underwater cameras (available to rent for $75 each)
  • Dramamine (available to purchase)
  • Parking fees
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • Non-swimmers

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at the Main Loading Dock at Lahaina Harbor to fill out a safety waiver and check in. Please give yourself extra time to find parking. Mandatory check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Towel
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Vaping
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Drinks

Know before you go

  • For beginners, there is an onboard snorkel demonstration before you set out.
  • The whale-watching season runs from December to April
  • Dietary restrictions must be noted at booking to reserve meals (Vegetarian, Kosher, etc.)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The minimum drinking age is 21 years old
  • Snorkel spots are determined daily by the captain based on weather, swell, and snorkel conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 317 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5

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Crew was great and snorkeling excellent--gear provided to make experience accessible to many levels, and we saw lots of turtles. Lunch was water, hot dogs and chips--no juice, soda, coffee, tea or cookies, as advertised. We saw a few whales from a distance on the return but were told several times that we needed to get back quickly because another tour was leaving immediately after. So either add 30 minutes to tour or don't advertise whale watching.

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January 18, 2023

We booked before we arrived in Hawii and on the day of our excursion all we had to do was check in and when it was time to board they called our name and on board we went. The staff was very friendly and answered all of our questions. One person in our party got sick and while we were in the water they kept an eye on her. We would definitely recommend this excursion. We even got to see a momma whale and her baby.

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January 11, 2023

I am so glad we picked this particular cruise. From the beginning to the end the staff was amazing. Such friendly and helpful people clearly loving what they do. The captain was so incredible and had an amzing personality. He was so funny and very knowledgeable about the whole experience. He seemed so humble and happy and was a joy to boat with. We had the best seat in the house on the front top deck. The ride was gentle and never felt sea sick. I had the vegetarian option and very thankful that was offered. The drinks are strong and delicious. I loved that this was 3 hours which was plenty and then you have the rest of the day to do whatever floats your boat. I appreciated the mid day start time so we could sleep in and take our time getting to the location. Parking was easy and a short walk to the meeting spot. Would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a great experience!

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December 21, 2022

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