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

1. 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: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

2. 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

3. 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.

Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

4. Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

Discover the marine life of Hawaii on an express snorkeling trip. Journey to one of the best snorkel sites in Maui, and be back at the beach in time for lunch. This experience is great for beginners and children. Board the boat at Ka'anapali Beach and cruise towards Mala Wharf or another popular snorkeling spot in West Maui. Your guide will choose the best location, depending on weather and sea conditions for the day. Jump into the clear waters to swim alongside Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Explore the reef, admiring the variety of colorful fish and corals. Relax on the deck with a drink from the open bar, as you cruise back to the beach.

Maui: Molokini Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

5. Maui: Molokini Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

Discover Molokini aboard a fast-sailing catamaran, where your trip includes a continental breakfast on the leisurely sail across Ma’alaea Bay. Take in the stunning landscape that makes Maui special, and during whale season (December – May), spot the humpback whales as they swim nearby. While at Molokini, swim, snorkel, and rinse off with a freshwater shower. After snorkeling, indulge in a full lunch buffet and refresh with a variety of beverages, including wine and local beer. Maui’s afternoon trade winds can really get the boat going, so join the friendly crew at the helm and try your hand at sailing the high seas! 

From Kaanapali: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

6. From Kaanapali: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

Not exactly an early riser? Reserve your morning for staying in bed and set off on an afternoon snorkeling cruise on the Sea Maui II catamaran from Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. Snorkel around stunning coral reefs and swim alongside Hawaiian green sea turtles. Jump on board your boat to meet your friendly captain and crew and cruise out into the sea. Make your way to some of the best snorkeling spots in West Maui, immersing yourself in the serene underwater world. Explore the coral reefs and swim alongside the resident Hawaiian green sea turtles, colorful tropical fish, and discover many other surprises that depend upon what the tide brings you. Relax on the sun-filled deck as your travel, helping yourself to the open bar and traditional Hawaiian pu pu appetizers. Be back at your hotel before dinner.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

7. 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 Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

8. From Ka'anapali Beach: West Maui Half-Day Snorkel Adventure

Begin your snorkeling adventure by departing from Kaanapali Beach on a luxury catamaran. On the way to the snorkel spot, enjoy some breakfast while keeping your eyes open for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and during the winter months, large humpback whales. The captain will determine the best spots to visit on the day, based upon the weather conditions. Once in the water, observe beautiful tropical fish, honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles), colorful coral reefs, and potentially some other rare underwater species. After the snorkeling session, have a delicious lunch with premium beers, cocktails, and other liberations. Relax as you cruise back to Kaanapali Beach, enjoying the scenery along the way.

From Kihei: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

9. 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 Kihei Boat Landing on Maui. Snap pictures of the shore as 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. Enjoy swimming through waters with up to 100 feet of visibility. After snorkeling, return to the Kihei Boat Landing on Maui.

Maui: Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch from Lahaina Harbor

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Maui County

Excellent adventure. highly recommend it. We got lucky and got great weather, ie. no wind. Even with a 715 start time water was warm enough to snorkel without a wetsuit.

It was great. I was alone and the guides kept jokeing about the fact that I was solo to the whole crowd. It made me uncomfortable . Other than that I loved it!!!!

Crew was amazing, the food was amazing, and the snorkeling was even better. Saw lots of turtles and even an octopus. Will definitely book again when back in Maui

Great guide! A wonderful experience. We were able to see several sea turtles while snorkeling.

Group 10 or less people - it was a great experience!