Maui County Nature & adventure

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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.

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

2. 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.

Lahaina: Maui Channel Whale-Watching Catamaran Cruise

3. Lahaina: Maui Channel Whale-Watching Catamaran Cruise

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 from comfortable table and chair seating. Keep your eyes peeled for whales slapping the surface with their very long side fins, tails, or the strong muscles attaching the tail to the rest of the body. See them spy-hop, when humpback whales come high out of the water to have a look around at the world above. 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 and take memorable photos from the shade of a spacious cabin.

From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

4. 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: Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch from Lahaina Harbor

5. 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. 

Maui: Sunrise Self-Guided Driving Tour

6. Maui: Sunrise Self-Guided Driving Tour

Travel across the island of Maui on an early morning driving tour you can enjoy at your own pace. Follow a GPS-enabled audio guide through quaint towns, the Makawao forest, and the Kula Botanical Garden. Take in the lush scenery and reach Haleakalā volcano to admire the sunrise from the summit. Download the app that will function as your personal guide and head out on your own vehicle to the town of Kahului. Head inland through the picturesque town of Pukalani and listen to an insightful introduction to Maui's historic cowboys, known as 'paniolos'. Learn about the island's rich culture as you become surrounded by the lush wilderness of the Makawao Forest Reserve, featuring some fantastic hiking and biking trails through the jungle. Pass a park full of friendly chickens before arriving at the Kula Botanical Garden. Pause your tour at any of these locations or head straight into Haleakalā National Park to catch the sunrise. Begin ascending the awe-inspiring volcano, rising over 29,000 feet from its base below the sea. Get acquainted with myths and legends about this natural landmark as you drive up. Find a couple of hiking trails with great mountaintop views, as well as two fantastic overlooks of the crater and surrounding landscape. Reach the Haleakalā Visitor Center and Red Hill, the highest point on the island. End your adventure with striking panoramic views from the top.

Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

7. Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

Experience the beauty of Hawaii from a different perspective on a scenic helicopter flight over Maui and Molokai. Climb aboard at Kahului Heliport and fly over the world's largest sea cliffs. Get bird's eye views of the dramatic waterfalls of Molokai, including Kahiwa Falls. Continue towards the remote north shore to gaze down at the Halawa Valley and the vast fish ponds. Fly over the Pailolo Channel to admire the scenic waters between the islands, including Elephant Rock. Fly over Maui for intimate views of the Valley State Park. Get privileged views of the cascades of Honokohau Falls, the island's tallest waterfall. Look to the horizon to see the dormant volcano of Haleakala and the rugged peaks of the West Maui Mountains. With favorable conditions, you may even see the Wall of Tears waterfall.

Maui: Private Haleakala Sunset Tour with Dinner

8. Maui: Private Haleakala Sunset Tour with Dinner

Travel to the central Upcountry region of Maui, the site of the imposing Haleakala volcano, on a guided tour in a luxury vehicle. Enjoy stops at several locations, including the beach at Ho'okipa and the charming town of Makawao, before enjoying dinner on the slopes of Haleakala. Start with pickup from your hotel and first travel to Ho'okipa beach, known for its stunning views, high waves, and giant turtles who often lie on its golden sands. Have a photo stop here and take the amazing vistas of crashing waves on the beach. Continue with a short photo stop at Old Paia High School. Then, head to the heart of the Upcountry at the town of Makawao. Take some time here to do a bit of shopping as you explore its charming streets. After exploring the town for a bit, travel along the Kula Highway, enjoying the panoramic views all around you. Make a stop at Harold W Rice Memorial Park for a brief photo stop to take in your surroundings. Finally, arrive at a scenic private location on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano. Enjoy a private dinner surrounded by stunning scenery and tranquil nature, with the possibility of seeing birds and paragliders soaring overhead. Admire a beautiful and tranquil sunset before enjoying a delicious dinner. Afterward, relax on your journey back to your hotel in Maui.

From Poipu, Lihue, and Wailua: Kauai Movie Locations Tour

9. From Poipu, Lihue, and Wailua: Kauai Movie Locations Tour

Embark on a tour that's a real dream come true for film fanatics. Explore the lush and beautiful Garden Isle of Kauai and stop at iconic Hollywood locations along the way. Visit movie sets and Coco Palms resort. Pick up insider insights about the shooting process and locations from your guide. Get picked up from your hotel and head off on a journey through some of film's biggest moments. Conjure up your favorite scenes as you explore the shooting locations of Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gilligan's Island, Blue Hawaii, Six Days, Seven Nights, Tropic Thunder, and more. Marvel at sights like Wailua Falls and even enjoy exclusive access to Coco Palms, the resort Elvis Presley once frequented. See what was in the 60s a mecca for the who's-who of Hollywood. Wander the now-abandoned grounds and take in the eerie atmosphere.

Olowalu: Guided Tour Over Reefs in Transparent Kayak

10. Olowalu: Guided Tour Over Reefs in Transparent Kayak

Gaze beneath the waves on this transparent kayaking tour from Olowalu. Look for sea turtles and manta rays as you paddle over the reef. Savor local baked goods, a banana, granola, and fresh pineapple. Protect yourself with the provided reef safe sunscreen on this eco-friendly adventure.  Meet your guides and fuel up with some local baked goods. Get fitted with a rash guard, life vest, dry bag, sports bottle, and paddle. Set-off on your kayaking trip to the reef. Watch the bustling reef as your CPR certified guide gets to know you and your family. Hear about the ocean and sea life and find out about the region's facinating history and culture. Pickup any floating trash you see along the way to keep the reef sparkling and pristine. Feel safe knowing sites are patrolled by shoreline safety drones. Come across wildlife like dolphins in the Olowalu reef's 500-year-old ecosystem which is home to a Manta ray cleaning station which can sometimes be seen. Bring the kids along who can play with the onboard water guns. Eat locally grown apple bananas and granola while out on the water. Cut down on plastic waste by using the reusable sport bottles with the reverse osmosis water that can be refilled at the site. Refuel with freshly cut locally grown pineapple once you return to the meeting point or purchase some Li Hing Mui (salty dried Chinese plum). Buy photos and videos of your trip during the wrap up. 

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We enjoyed the tour very much. Although we had buss issues and had to cancel the trip half way through what we did see was very enjoyable!! Our driver Ray and guide Andrew were both extremely polite. I miss placed my phone and the dispatcher Lee was very accommodating and checked the busses. She found it and I was able to go by the office and pick it up.

What a fantastic experience it was. I had never swam with wild sea turtles up so close. All the crew members and the captain was really friendly. They offered nice food and drinks after the swim. There won't be a better way to spend the day on the island. Loved the afternoon start too as we got to sleep in and just chill out in the morning.

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.

Our pilot was great, very knowledgeable about the area and made sure we were getting the most out of the flight.

The crew were exceptional. Great overall trip. Worth the money