Kaanapali Water activities

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

1. 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 Kaanapali: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

2. 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.

Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

3. 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.

From Ka'anapali Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Sail with Live Music

4. From Ka'anapali Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Sail with Live Music

Setting off from Ka'anapali Beach, start your adventurous sunset cruise by boarding your luxurious Catamaran. Once aboard, enjoy a pleasant meet-and-greet with the friendly staff before embarking on this 2-hour cruise. Relax and take in the breathtaking views as you listen to popular local musicians performing live on the Catamaran. Enjoy a mixture of traditional, contemporary and reggae covers of the popular songs you know and love as you take advantage of the delicious beverages at the open bar and tasty pupus appetisers. These conditions create the perfect setting to witness the stunning views of the sunset over the horizon. For participants on the cruise during the period of December 15th to April the 15th, whale watching is also a great possibility.

Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

5. Maui Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

During your visit to Hawaii, the birthplace of surfing, take a great opportunity to learn how to surf. Experience the calm waters of West Maui which offer perfect conditions for beginner surfers. Take part in a group lesson with a maximum of 5 surfers, which means you will have a ton of opportunity to learn from your professional surf instructor. Before you start, get you geared up with a surfboard, long-sleeve UV rash guards, and water shoes. Leave everything you do not want to get wet or whatever that does not float in the cubicles provided at the surf shop. On the beach, have a brief 15-minute 'land lesson' to go over safety measures and procedures. When your group is ready, head into the water to get started. Each surfer has their own turn to ride a wave and learn to surf. After your wave is complete, you will head back to the designated waiting area until the instructor signals for your turn again. The first few rides usually take some time, but it starts to move faster once everyone starts to get the hang of things. As an added bonus, there will be a professional photographer taking close up shots throughout your lesson.  The group surf lesson is 2 hours in total from the time you leave the surf shop to when your instructor signals you back in from the water. If you do finish early, there is a beach to sit on and wait until the rest of your class is done. Once the class is over, everyone will carry their surfboards back to the shop and then head back to the beach to shower off in fresh water. Return all your surf gear back to the shop and have an opportunity to check out your surf lesson photos which are available for purchase. 

Lahaina: Private Sunset Sailing Trip & West Maui Mountains

6. Lahaina: Private Sunset Sailing Trip & West Maui Mountains

Celebrate a special occasion with a private evening sailing cruise in Maui departing from Lahaina. Have the boat all to yourself as you sail over the Hawaiian waters and look out for marine life as the West Maui Mountains become the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset. Make your way down to Whalers Village in the late afternoon and be welcomed aboard your own private sailboat by the captain. Hoist the sails at around 16:00 PM and set out onto the iddylic sea. Relax on deck with your significant other, your family, or your friends and celebrate any occasion as the waves of Lahaina lap against the boat. Treat yourself to some light appetizers including a platter of fruit, cheeses, and crackers and bring your own booze. Watch as the sun begins to set on the horizon and make a moment to remember with the West Maui Mountains majestically rising behind you. Stay for all of the sunset and then sail back to the shore.

Maui: Private Yacht Snorkeling Tour with Breakfast and Lunch

7. Maui: Private Yacht Snorkeling Tour with Breakfast and Lunch

Meet your captain and crew at Ka'anapali beach and climb aboard Kainani - your private luxury sailing yacht. Enjoy a light breakfast as you head out to sea, then jump into the warm waters and snorkel with a trained guide. Climb aboard to dry off and enjoy a delicious lunch as you head back to shore. Set sail from Maui's west coast in style on a first-class yacht complete with crew and captain. Make yourself at home as you savor a light breakfast of locally made banana bread and fresh fruit while soaking up the panoramic views of Maui's coastline. Once you arrive at your snorkeling destination, hop into the warm tropical waters with your in-water guide, who will give you safety information and teach you about the coral reefs. Swim through schools of fish, make eye contact with a sea turtle, and listen out for singing whales. When you are ready to return to the boat, your captain and crew will welcome you back on board with a delicious catered lunch paired with tropical juices and flavored seltzer water. Let the sun and wind dry you off as you relax, and look out for dolphins on the horizon as you sail back to shore.

Maui: Kaanapali Beach Half-Day Snorkel Cruise with Lunch

8. Maui: Kaanapali Beach Half-Day Snorkel Cruise with Lunch

Experience the thrill of the ocean on a fantastic catamaran cruise to find the best snorkel spots of West Maui. Your experienced captain will seek out the finest spots and the best schools of fish, as informative crew help you prepare for an incredible underwater adventure. Once you have dropped anchor, dive in to the beautiful waters and discover the extraordinary marine life. Look out for dolphins and turtles in the crystal clear waters as you swim around schools of tropical fish. After your snorkeling adventure, climb back on board and feast on a build-your-own-style deli lunch. Dig in to Maui potato chips and cold meats, pasta salads, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! Grab a beer, cocktail, or soft drink from the open bar, while talking over your experience with new friends. After lunch, sit back, with a smile on your face and the sun on your arms, and relax as you sail back to the harbor at Ka’anapali.

Maui: Group Surf Lesson

9. Maui: Group Surf Lesson

Learn the classic Hawaiian sport of surfing in one group lesson during your time on Maui. Catch your first waves, paddle out into the Pacific Ocean's blue waters, and hang loose as you learn a new skill and sport. Meet your instructor and head straight to the beach for your ocean safety briefing and surf instructions. Then, grab your board, walk down the sandy beach, and paddle out to the ocean with your instructor nearby. Benefit from a small group class, where each instructor only has a maximum of four students to keep an eye on. That way, you know you're always having the personal attention and safety you need to enjoy your time surfing. After your lesson, head back to the beach and feel like a local knowing you just surfed in Hawai'i.

Maui: Private Surf Lesson

10. Maui: Private Surf Lesson

Learn the Hawaiian sport of surfing during a private two-person surf class on Maui. Ride the waves, paddle, and have fun with a friend as you learn a new skill. Benefit from your instructor's undivided attention during this private class. Make the most of having your own instructor to truly advance your surfing skills or to learn a new sport. Listen to an ocean safety briefing and surf instructions before hitting the waves as a duo, with your instructor never far away. Feel the cool water on your skin, the warm Hawaiian sun, and the salty breeze as you paddle, surf, and laugh during your class.

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What people are saying about Kaanapali

The snorkel cruise was great! We loved the crew, they were very friendly and informative. The food was really good and better than I expected. We were only able to go to Kapalua Bay due to swells coming in from storms north of us but it was amazing. Sea turtles and beautiful fish all around us along with a beautiful coral reef. It was one of our favorite things we did while in Maui!

The snorkeling itself was outstanding, but perhaps the highlight was the hospitality and knowledge of the crew! Food was good, and the fresh juices made the cocktails terrific on the ride back. Overall, it was a terrific experience.

Fun sail into the ocean with Captain Linda and the crew. They had to change the date but it was even better the way they did it. Captain spotted Spinner DOlphins at the last minutes, Rally fun for us.

We had a great time and abgeraten teacher. Due to the small group size everybody got the help they needed!

Great atmosphere! Great guys! Would definitely do again.