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Things to do in Maui

Explore Hawaii’s largest island and find some unique wildlife, volcanic mountains, and impressive waterfalls.

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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. 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.

Lahaina: Maui Channel Whale-Watching Catamaran Cruise

2. 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.

Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Deli Lunch

3. Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel with Deli Lunch

See Maui from a new perspective as you swim and snorkel alongside its marine life at Molokini and Turtle Town. Cruise to these famous snorkeling destinations by catamaran, and enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard. Meet your captain and crew near Maalaea Harbor for your check-in. Board the comfortable catamaran and enjoy a continental breakfast of pastries, muffins, fresh fruits, coffee, tea, juice, soda, and water as you head towards Molokini. Arrive at Molokini and admire the scenery of the extinct volcanic cone, home to around 250 different local species. Jump into the water and snorkel with native wildlife such as black triggerfish, yellow tang, and parrotfish. Continue onto Turtle Town, where you’ll swim with protected Hawaiian green sea turtles among the underwater lava formations. Rest assured a lifeguard will be in the water at all times as you snorkel around the beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy a deli lunch with your choice of roast beef, chicken, or ham croissant sandwiches, or pulled pork and BBQ sauce on a bun, with chips, soft drinks, juice, and water. Choose to purchase beers or a Mai Tai, and relax in the shade of the cabin. Or top up your tan on the bow of the boat as you return to Maalaea Harbor, where your unforgettable activity will come to an end.

Kihei: Molokini Crater Snorkeling Trip 2-hrs

4. Kihei: Molokini Crater Snorkeling Trip 2-hrs

Embark on a snorkeling trip to Molokini from Kihlei and explore the underwater world in the clearest water. Enjoy support from the crew as you swim and snorkel or sip on refreshing drinks while relaxing on board. After checking in in the morning and collecting your snorkeling gear, make your way to the dock and board the boat. Listen to a safety briefing from your captain before sailing to Molokini Crater. As you sail, take in the stunning views of Maui from the water.  On arrival, put on your gear and snorkel in the turquoise water. Feel free to dive, free dive, or simply relax on board and soak up the sunshine. Enjoy the support of the crew, who will give tips on the best places to snorkel. Admire the vibrant world below the water's surface as you glide above colorful fish and seascapes. Take a break when you like and stay refreshed with the available drinks. At the end of your snorkeling adventure, make your way back to the departure point.

Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

5. Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

Travel to the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakalā National Park to view Maui’s amazing sunrise on a guided day trip. Experience a sunrise like no other as the vastness of Haleakalā National Park awakens with views opening in all directions and the sun casting amazing hues of light into the crater floor. Be transported in comfort with Maui’s newest fleet of guided tour vehicles with large viewing windows, comfortable seating, and climate-controlled interiors. Enjoy a guided narrative including the history of Haleakalā National Park, flora, fauna, and cultural significance of the area.  Stay warm at the summit as you enjoy the complimentary use of warm jackets and gloves while you take in the stunning surroundings.  After your Haleakalā sunrise experience, enjoy a stop at the historic Kula Lodge for more amazing valley views and a delicious lodge breakfast experience. Choose from vegetarian, gluten-free, and light options as you watch the day begin in the valley below.  The tour is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture. Part of your booking's proceeds goes to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits.

From Ma'alaea Harbor: Whale Watching Tours Aboard the Malolo

6. From Ma'alaea Harbor: Whale Watching Tours Aboard the Malolo

Depart from Maalaea Harbor, easily located off the highway with ample parking. This high-speed catamaran is located at Slip 87 near Coast Guard Station. While on board, enjoy complimentary juices and sodas, and a variety of alcoholic beverages. The optimal whale watching season starts in December and goes through April, during which thousands of humpback whales return to Hawaii for a few months each year to mate and give birth. Depending on the whales’ behavior during your two-hour whale watching trip, you may see any number of whale activity happening, from tail flapping to full body breaching. Keep your eyes peeled for whales slapping the surface with pectoral fins (their very long side fins), flukes (the tail), and the peduncle (the strong muscles attaching the tail to the rest of the body). Keep your fingers crossed for a breach - this is when a whale rises completely out of the water and crashes down again. And most importantly, don’t forget to bring your camera to capture a picture of these amazing animals.

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

7. 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.

From Lahaina: Lana'i Coast Maui Sail and Snorkel Trip

8. 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: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor

9. Maui: Eco-Friendly Whale Watching Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor

Whale-watch with the experts on Maui's top-rated ecotour and see these amazing creatures in their natural wild habitat. Every excursion is led by certified Marine Naturalists for fun and informative interpretation of humpback whale behaviors and characteristics. Not only will you see these majestic creatures up close and personal, but your Marine Naturalist will provide an educational experience. Watch mothers and calves interact, see males compete for females, hear underwater whale songs – every trip is unique. Don't miss out on utilizing underwater hydrophones to hear whale songs. If you're bringing children, this family-friendly experience has onboard Jr. Naturalist Programs for kids. Don't forget to put on your Reef Safe Sunscreen, complimentary at check-in. For the more serious whale-watcher, this tour has affordable camera and binocular rentals. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to protecting our oceans through science and advocacy. All profits from these cruises support ocean research, education and conservation programs.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

10. 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.

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based on 5,773 reviews

The booking online was easy with a very clear calendar on what dates were available. From the start of the early morning boarding process (7:30am) til the end(about 11am) it was fantastic. There was an awesome breakfast of fresh fruit, breakfast sandwiches and banana bread PLUS drinks (and mimosas for adults). The catamaran is big and roomy with plenty of walk around space and my kids loved to sit up front on the netting. I will say we were lucky and had a half dozen whales breach (jumping out of the water) in front of us plus another 12/15 sightings of heads and tails. It was AMAZING!! granted we were there in late December which is start of the season but we will be back and book again on our next rip to Maui. Just a very relaxing, exciting adventure to share with my two sons and wife. Also it goes without saying the crew is the best and will answer literally every question you and your kids have, they are all the friendly and you can tell they love their job.

We had an amazing experience with Dive Maui and the 2-hr Whale Watching experience! The captain and her co captain were fantastic and so knowledgeable. We saw so many pods. They knew where to go and then kept moving to find more. It was an amazing experience and we learned so much! We were a group of 6 adults and all of us were in awe. Take some motion sickness precautions if you tend to get motion sickness, you are in a small boat in a big ocean. Highly recommended~

Great experience! Nice, helpful, and friendly staff/crew. Highly recommended if visiting Maui.

It was great. The staff was fun and helpful and wanted you to have a great time.

Perfect and the host was sweet enough to take our selfie.