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Lahaina: Afternoon Turtle Town Snorkel Cruise

1. Lahaina: Afternoon Turtle Town Snorkel Cruise

Take in the beautiful scenery on an afternoon charter that takes you to Lahaina Turtle Town. Considered one of the best snorkel spots in Maui for its artificial reef, made from the remains of the Mala Wharf. Snorkel in the stunningly clear waters, and catch sight of the vibrant sea life. What makes this spot special is the artificial reef and its recreation among the destroyed Mala Wharf by a 30-foot surf during hurricane Iniki in 1992. Now it is a healthy reef and home to a vast array of sea life including Green Sea Turtles, Nenue (lowfin chubs), Goatfish, Octopus, Black Durgeon, Frogfish, and Parrotfish. Enjoy snorkeling in the translucent waters of Maui, sure to leave you in awe with abundant sea life and unreal clear visibility. Afternoon snorkels on Maui are a treat! There are very few options that do afternoon snorkel charters, which allows us to bring you to an exclusive area that will be little to no other tourism in the area - giving a unique experience you're sure to love. Lahaina Turtle Town is a very unique and highly desired snorkel location featuring turtle cleaning stations and an abundance of reef fish. This afternoon trip brings the possibility of experiencing an awesome boat snorkel charter without having to wake up at the break of dawn to get to the morning trips! Sleep in, enjoy the morning, and come for an awesome snorkel charter in the afternoon. Whale watch season officially starts December 1, 2021, so along with an awesome afternoon snorkel tour, you will have the opportunity to go Whale watching too. Humpback whales visit the Hawaiian Islands seasonally, so this is a combination of snorkeling at a beautiful reef as well as whale watching on the same tour. All snorkel spots are determined daily weather permitting. Please understand and respect the captain's decisions on the safest snorkel locations for the day. Where ever your captain takes you, the crew will provide you with snorkeling tips and gear. The catamaran has 2 restrooms and freshwater showers available for passengers. 

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: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

3. 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. 

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.

Hawaii: Afternoon Snorkeling Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

5. Hawaii: Afternoon Snorkeling Sail to Captain Cook's Monument

Set sail along the beautiful Kona coast on a 3-hour snorkeling trip. At historic Kealakekua Bay, you’ll see the Captain Cook Monument. Snorkel in pristine waters along the reef in the marine sanctuary. With your marine camera, take photos of the colorful fish, pods of spinner dolphins, and the landscaped ledges of ancient lava flows. Enjoy site briefings and snorkeling tips from the crew members. Life jackets, floatation noodles, viewfinder boards, masks, fins, and snorkels are all provided. The crew will help you enter and exit the water if needed and will provide fish identification cards. They will even take you on a guided snorkeling tour.

From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

6. From Honolulu: Waikiki Glass Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise

Experience the beauty of Oahu's south shore as you sail towards the volcanic tuff cone of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) as the sun dips below the horizon on this tour from Honolulu. Hear about Waikīkī with facinating commentary from the local crew. Climb aboard the spacious Haleiwa Queen, a 50-foot catamaran with 49 seats, an onboard restroom, and shaded deck for your comfort. Have the chance to bring your own food and drink to enjoy while you sail. Enjoy a comfortable ride as the crew shares their knowledge about Waikīkī, the thriving farm productions, and royalty that have frequented the area throughout history. Learn about its transition into an urban society. Leave with a newfound appreciation for the people and marine life of Hawaii, and then gaze in awe as the sun reflects off the city skyline, overlooked by the towering peak of Diamond Head, at magical sunset hour.

Big Island: 3 Hour Waikoloa Snorkeling & Sailing Adventure

7. Big Island: 3 Hour Waikoloa Snorkeling & Sailing Adventure

The iconic Spirit of Aloha provides the ultimate in sailing comfort and snorkeling fun. Choose from morning or afternoon excursions, where you are likely to see dolphins, sea turtles and other marine life unique to the warm waters of Hawaii. Explore parts of the Big Island Kona coast on the Waikoloa and Kohala-Kona coastline aboard a 54-foot sailing catamaran. Dolphins, green sea turtles and seasonal whales are some of the creatures that can be seen. Board from Anaehoomalu Bay to snorkel, sail, enjoy and relax. The custom-designed sunset-orange and maile lei sail is a stunning contrast to the azure Pacific as it sails along the blue Pacific ocean. Itineraries include morning and afternoon snorkel sails, and sunset cruises. The beautiful 53-foot (16-m), custom-built catamaran offers a smooth, comfortable, and relaxing ride. There is onboard bar, plenty of shade, 2 restrooms, ample seating both indoors and outside, fresh-water shower rinse, and a sound system. Lifeguard-certified, in-water guides are there for your service and comfort. During whale season December through April, majestic humpbacks are likely to be spotted. Snacks and beverages served aboard.

Maui: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Champagne from Lahaina

8. 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.

Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

9. Oahu: North Shore Snorkeling Tour from Haleiwa

Head out to Waimea Bay on Ocean Outfitters Hawaiian rollercoaster ride. This ocean adventure off the North Shore of Oahu lets you snorkel up close and personal with our marine friends. This tour operates from May 1st to Oct 31 and is closed during the high surf winter months. Dolphins, rays, turtles, and native Hawaiian reef fish are known to frequent the area. Some of the reef fish are found nowhere else in the world. Humpback whales make their annual journey to Hawaii between the months of November to April, so you can really see them strut their stuff in the pristine blue waters.

Maui: Dolphin Sailing Adventure with Lunch and Drinks

10. 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 3 complimentary alcoholic drinks as you pass by the scenic shores of Maui.

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What people are saying about Hawaii

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 154 reviews

I was just looking for a Relaxing Boat Ride at Waikiki to end the rough week of work and this was definitely it! I was pleasantly surprised especially considering that it was one of the Cheaper Boat Rides. The Captain took us out in the Ocean around Waikiki to Diamond Head and back to see the Sun Kiss the Ocean. He told us all about Honolulu, the Island of Oahu, Waikiki and Diamond Head while playing some great music! They offered us Complimentary Water and Ice Coolers to store whatever Drink you choose to bring aboard. It was a very relaxed atmosphere.

The entire experience was excellent. The crew felt like old friends just out in the boat for the day. Very warm and attentive. Julie, the owner, made sure that everyone had a great time. They looked very hard for dolphins because they knew our small group wanted to experience it. This is the first company that actually delivered. We saw two types of dolphins, octopus, turtles and fishes while snorkeling. I would definitely recommend them if you want a cozy experience with welcoming, informative people.

This was one of the highlights of our trip to the Big Island. Great crew, so friendly and helpful, and the boat was spacious and comfortable. The captain gave us some interesting history as we cruised along the coast. We saw dolphins, flying fish and had a great time snorkeling. They provided breakfast and a BBQ lunch, both were great! We would do it again in a heartbeat, and wish they had an all-day trip, 1/2 day was too short!

The experience was amazing! We saw lots of fish and some sea turtles. The crew was wonderful and very servant-oriented. The size of the group felt intimate and not crowded at all. The food was wonderful as well. I would highly recommend this trip!

Wonderful captain! Such a great time, and good vibes. Both were super respectful and always seem to make us laugh! We felt so safe the whole time we were there! #CaptainSamIsTheBest!!!