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Maui: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater

1. Maui: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater

Exploreone of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

2. Maui: Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tour

Travel to the 10,023 foot summit of Haleakalā National Park to view Maui’s amazing sunrise. 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 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 form vegetarian, gluten free and light options as you watch the day begin in the valley below.  The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture, and wants as many people as possible to experience the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands. Part of your booking's proceeds go to the "1% For The Planet" campaign where 1% of annual company revenue goes back to local environmental and charitable nonprofits. Important hotel pick-up information: Based on the time of year, the sun rises at different times and tour pick-up times vary month-by-month. The pick-up time ranges throughout the year are as follows: January - February 2:50AM - 3:20AM March 2:20AM - 2:50AM April - September 1:50AM - 2:20AM October - November 2:20AM - 2:50AM December 2:50AM - 3:20AM Please contact the local operator after booking to confirm your pick-up time and location.

From Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin Watch

3. From Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin Watch

Take in all the beautiful scenery on an afternoon snorkeling charter to either the beautiful coasts of Lana’i island or the magnificent area of Lahaina Turtle Town! Lana’i boasts large coral reefs fringe the wild, remote, and sparsely populated island. The waters off Lanai are home to a pod of spinner dolphins made up of more than 100 individuals! Oftentimes, you will see spinners leap from the water while your double-deck catamaran makes her way to the snorkeling site at Manele Bay or Shark Fin Rock (named for its shape, not its underwater residents). If the weather is too rough or uncomfortable for our guests to cross the channel between Maui and Lana’i, we will take our guests to Lahaina Turtle Town where turtles are always seen in the wild amongst a variety of beautiful Hawaiian fish! Enjoy snorkeling in the translucent waters of Maui, sure to leave you in awe with abundant sea life and unreal clear visibility. Lana'i is the destination of choice, however is weather dependent, and if the weather does not cooperate, we will enjoy the Lahaina Turtle Town filled with various coral species and plentiful fish life. 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. When traveling to the island of Lana'i it is common to encounter the Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins, which jump and spin in the air! Lana'i has a resident pod of over 200 Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins. or 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. 

Maui: Molokini Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

4. 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! 

Big Island: Eco-Friendly Snorkeling Expereince and BBQ

5. Big Island: Eco-Friendly Snorkeling Expereince and BBQ

You will need to arrive at 7:30 AM for your 8 AM departure and cruise through protected marine sanctuaries. Cruise ten miles down the Kona Coast to the snorkel destination, a protected marine sanctuary. Relax, you will have over two hours of water time to enjoy the marine life, underwater topography, and coral reef. Cruise in comfort! The boat’s main lower deck features a large shaded cabin with cushioned seating, tables, a premium bar, three restrooms, and freshwater showers. You won’t go hungry. Enjoy a light breakfast of tropical fruits, assorted pastries, bagels, juices, teas, and Kona coffee. While you're taking in the fun, the crew prepares lunch. After snorkeling, belly up to a full-service premium cash bar, featuring a large selection of liquors, mixes, and local brews. This boat hosts one of the only blenders on the Kona Coast. Your mask, fins, snorkel, and prescription masks will be provided to you. For beginners, a friendly “Snorkel 101 Class” is available from the lifeguard-trained crew. A host of flotation toys, including noodles, vests, inner tubes, and even “Sea View Boards” for those who don’t want to get their face wet. They even include the use of stand-up paddleboards and an array of other flotation devices at no additional cost. Kids of all ages love the 20’ waterslide and high dive platform. If you want to kick back and do nothing, check out the floating “relaxation station”, the crew will swim you out refreshments. More adventurous guests can rent a GoPro or wetsuit.

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

6. 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

7. 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: Haleakala 5-Line Zipline Adventure

8. Maui: Haleakala 5-Line Zipline Adventure

Head to the slopes of Maui's famous Haleakala volcano and enjoy the perfect activity to include on any visit to beautiful upcountry Maui. Combine 5 picturesque zip-line crossings and an Indiana Jones-style swinging bridge through a towering forest. Learn about Hawaii's environmental riches and Maui's long ranching history as you fly through the trees on this one-of-a-kind adventure. Feel the excitement as each zip-line crossing gets longer and more exciting. Take in the stunning views as you fly through the air, gazing at the lush forest. The local partner is committed to the preservation of Hawaii's landscape and culture and wants you to experience the natural wonder of the Hawaiian Islands. 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 non-profits.

Holualoa: Polynesian Culture ATV Tour

9. Holualoa: Polynesian Culture ATV Tour

Upon arrival at the meeting point and getting geared up, listen to a quick safety briefing before setting off on your adventure. If you do not feel comfortable driving an ATV or are under the age of 16, you can choose to ride as a passenger in a 6-seater UTV driven by the tour guide.  Kick off your tour with a drive through an award-winning coffee farm and transition into a grove of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees before entering the jungle. Drive your fully automatic ATV on groomed trails to reach Hawaii, Fiji, and Tonga where you will perform a traditional dance. Finally, make your way to the last island of Samoa. Learn about traditional culture, watch a coconut demonstration and taste the coconut water. Afterward, travel back down the mountain and admire beautiful views of Kailua-Kona and the Kona coast.

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 Hawaii

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,722 reviews

We had a great time seen lots of turtles and fish. We enjoyed a cold beverage after snorkeling and our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and Hawaii.

What a great experience! The owner really wanted everyone to have an amazing time and get on that board. 6 stars if I could ;)

Ton was a wealth of knowledge regarding the islands and it’s history. We saw some amazing views.

Everyone was super nice and friendly. It was a nice experience with the family.

Great trip! Lots of fun! Tony and crew were great.