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Kaanapali: Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise With Drinks

1. Kaanapali: Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise With Drinks

This experience starts on Ka'anapali beach where you will hop aboard our luxury 65ft beach loading catamaran. Feel the mana beneath you as you cruise with the tradewinds along the shore of Maui and enjoy humbling panoramic views of Maui and its surrounding islands during the magic hours of sunset. Watch for ocean animals while you will enjoy a full open bar, and unforgettable elevated dinner by Chef Jai. At sunset we do a special champagne toast and cheers to the end of another incredible day in Maui.

Kaanapali: Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar

2. Kaanapali: Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar

Experience the beauty of the Hawaiian coastline on this whale-watching tour from Kaanapali. Hop aboard for the chance to see Pacific humpback whales in their native environment. Embark from Ka’anapali beach and take in sweeping views of the sandy shore as the captain and the trained naturalist guides set off in search of the most active whale pods in the area. Listen as your guides provide you with fun and interesting facts about Pacific humpback whales. Pass the time between the shore and the whale sightings with a cool drink in hand from the premium open bar. Enjoy a tour that operates with hours that are specifically dedicated to the whales to ensure that you get to see these magnificent creatures in action. Ask the naturalist guides all your burning questions about whales, as they are eager to share their passion for whales with you. Take a tour that is suitable for beginner whale watchers or for those that are more seasoned. Know that no two whale watching tours are alike Let a breaching whale take your breath away at a location that is host to the largest population of Humpback Whales on the planet. Return to your starting point at Kaanapali Beach in Lahaina. 

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

3. 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.

Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

4. Maui: Two-Island Scenic Helicopter Flight to Molokai

Experience the beauty of Hawaii from a different perspective on a scenic helicopter flight over Maui and Molokai. Climb aboard at Kahului Heliport and fly over the world's largest sea cliffs. Get bird's eye views of the dramatic waterfalls of Molokai, including Kahiwa Falls. Continue towards the remote north shore to gaze down at the Halawa Valley and the vast fish ponds. Fly over the Pailolo Channel to admire the scenic waters between the islands, including Elephant Rock. Fly over Maui for intimate views of the Valley State Park. Get privileged views of the cascades of Honokohau Falls, the island's tallest waterfall. Look to the horizon to see the dormant volcano of Haleakala and the rugged peaks of the West Maui Mountains. With favorable conditions, you may even see the Wall of Tears waterfall.

Ka'anapali Beach: Express Snorkel Trip

5. 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 Lahaina Group Surf Lesson

6. 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. 

Maui: Snorkeling and Whale Watching Cruise with Buffet Lunch

7. Maui: Snorkeling and Whale Watching Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Sail to Maui’s Honolua Bay Marine Reserve, renowned for its snorkeling opportunities, on a cruise from Lahaina. Swim alongside colorful fish and savor a buffet lunch with drinks onboard. Expect to hear the sounds of whales singing underwater while you snorkel with the gear provided. Board the catamaran from Kaanapali Beach with the assistance of the captain and crew. Head to the sheltered waters of Honolua Bay, or depending on conditions, take an alternate route toward Cliff-house, Lanai, or Turtle Town in Olowalu. As you snorkel along Maui’s west coastline, experience warm waters abundant with sea life. Observe a variety of tropical fish including Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (reef triggerfish), and if you’re lucky, the endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle. After snorkeling, it's time to get back on board and treat yourself to a hot buffet lunch. Along with the mouthwatering flavors of local dishes, enjoy a complimentary open bar with Mai Tais, Chardonnay, and beers by Maui Brewing Co. Keep an eye out for whales from the snorkeling destination of the day as your experienced captain and crew seek out the humpback whales that frequent the islands on winter days. During the summer, sail into the trade winds on the lookout for spinner dolphins.

From Kaanapali: West Maui Snorkeling Cruise & Sea Turtles

8. 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: Circle Island Helicopter Flight with Road to Hana

9. Maui: Circle Island Helicopter Flight with Road to Hana

Soar into the sky and experience the serenity of Maui, "The Valley Isle", on this complete circle island expedition. Climb above Haleakala National Park with views of the crater, the Hana Rainforest, West Maui Mountains, and lao Valley State Park. View Maui's lush landscape, breathtaking coastlines, hidden valleys, scenic waterfalls, and the sharp-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Fly near Lahaina, Kapalua, Kaanapali, Wailea, and Hana and witness the stark contrast from upcountry to the beaches of Hawaii's second-largest island. Embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Maui: Private Yacht Snorkeling Tour with Breakfast and Lunch

10. 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.

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based on 226 reviews

My wife and I really enjoyed our snorkeling g trip. All the employees were polite and hard working They were also very helpful in correcting our double billing (accident). Our next trip to Maui we will be taking another snorkeling trip

It’s a beautiful boat ride out to the most gorgeous reef and the staff are super friendly. I recommend this is a must if you are looking for a beautiful snorkeling experience

Awesome - awesome - crew was great - food was good and the experience was one of a kind!

Great staff, food and drinks! Meet all expectations and highly recommend. Great value!

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