Things to do in Kihei

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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. For beginners, there is an onboard snorkel demonstration before you set out. Enjoy an onboard lunch and drinks. Set sail from Lahaina Harbor towards Turtle Town, aka Mala Wharf (if weather conditions allow). In 1992, a powerful hurricane destroyed Mala Pier. The surviving posts have 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. All of these locations offer an excellent opportunity to see Hawaiian green sea turtles, brightly colored tropical fish, and beautiful coral reef formations. During the whale season (December to April), observe humpback whales as they enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters. This tour segment will include expert narration about the whales and provide a play-by-play commentary of the whales' behavior as you view them.

From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure

2. From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure

Embark on a half-day snorkeling adventure on a glass-bottomed catamaran, with breakfast, lunch, and a professional crew included. Look out for all types of Pacific marine life, from dolphins to turtles and coral reefs, in 2 snorkeling spots — the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town.  Begin your tour at Maalaea Harbor to board your boat. Join the crew aboard the Calypso, Maui's newest addition to the fleet, where you can even view the ocean from its glass bottom. Calypso is the only 3-deck catamaran in Hawai'i. Benefit from an easy-to-use stairway in and out of the water, lots of shade, and plenty of Jimmy Buffet music.  Start the day off right with a hearty breakfast that includes scrambled eggs, Portuguese sausage and either turkey or chicken and mushroom sausage, mixed muffins, pastries, mixed fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. Next, be dazzled by Molokini Crater, located off the south shore of Kihei. Expect pristine conditions as Molokini is a protected marine preserve and bird sanctuary.  See how the extinct volcanic cone provides a home for native Hawaiian marine life such as manta rays, fish, urchins, and sharks, who all swim around the coral through the clear water year-round. Use the provided snorkeling equipment to explore the underwater world.  Take advantage of the 2 water slides to make it more fun, especially for kids. And fret not— a lifeguard is always in the water watching over the snorkelers to ensure their safety. After leaving Molokini, your second snorkeling spot of the day is Turtle Town, where you will swim with Hawaiian green sea turtles amid the calm water and coral. Then, return to the boat for a relaxing barbecue lunch buffet. Finally, enjoy a fun trivia game for the chance to win a crew T-shirt. Some of the tour’s top amenities include 2 slides, a jumping platform, 2 freshwater showers, use of snorkeling gear, flotation devices, and restrooms on the boat. There are 11 stair points to get into the water for easy and comfortable access. Hire everything you need on the day, with wetsuits, or underwater digital cameras available to rent.

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.

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

4. 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.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

5. 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.

Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

6. Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

Discover the marine biodiversity of Hawaii without knowing how to swim with this snorkeling tour that is designed for beginners. Experience swimming through schools of brightly colored fish on this guided experience that includes all the gear that you need.  Meet your guide and get set up with your mask, snorkel, fins, lifejacket, and wetsuit. Watch as your guide teaches, shows, and explains the art of snorkeling. Practice in the shallow water with life jackets or other flotation devices.  Get comfortable with the water and find out how to float freely in shallow water before heading out into deeper water (10-20 feet) for 5-10 minutes. Become confident breathing with your snorkel before setting off in search of turtles and other marine life. Head to one of the best local coral reefs which is teeming with Hawaiian marine life, including green sea turtles. Return to your starting point before ending your tour. 

Maui: Guided Sea Scooter Snorkeling Tour

7. Maui: Guided Sea Scooter Snorkeling Tour

Start the tour directly from the beach, where you’ll meet with your small group which will consist of a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8 people. Also meet your 2 certified tour guides, who will assist you throughout your tour. After a quick lesson and demonstration of how to operate the underwater sea scooters, the tour group will move on to one of the best local coral reef homes for Hawaiian sea life. Discover green sea turtles, starfish, butterflyfish, octopuses, rays, eels, and more. Throughout the tour, your guide will point out various species that inhabit the bay of Wailea Beach, Turtle Town, and other local reefs. It is also possible to see manta rays and lots of turtles on any tour. Every trip is unique, as you will see different marine life each time. The area you will explore is remote and far from all the crowds, allowing for a more private experience.

From Kihei: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

8. From Kihei: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

Explore beautiful underwater landscapes around Molokini Crater, and enjoy snorkeling while trying to spot some of the crater's 250 different marine species. Cruise through clear waters from Maui to reach the crater and enjoy snorkeling with its many marine species on this snorkeling cruise. Meet your skipper and depart from the Kihei Boat Landing on Maui. Snap pictures of the shore as you embark on your cruise. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride to the Molokini Crater. Listen as your skipper provides you with fascinating educational information about the area. Stop at the crescent-shaped and partially submerged volcanic crater of Molokini. Use the provided snorkeling gear to explore the 38 hard coral species in the area. Have the chance to spot marine life like black triggerfish, yellow tang, parrotfish, butterflyfish, and bluefin. Uncover the beauty of the ancient volcanic crater of Molokini on this snorkeling cruise from Maui. Swim through waters that are teeming with colorful marine life including various types of hard coral. Enjoy swimming through waters with up to 100 feet of visibility. After snorkeling, return to the Kihei Boat Landing on Maui. Looking forward to adventuring with you on Redline Rafting!

Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

9. Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

Leave dry land behind and sail around Makena Landing, also known locally as “Turtle Town”. Feast your eyes on the incredible biodiversity of green sea turtles and reef fish, as well as the occasional manta and spotted eagle rays, octopi, dolphins, monk seals, humpback whales (December through April) and little white-tip reef sharks. After receiving a quick tutorial, you'll be helped to launch your boat into the water. Then, you'll have 2 full hours far from the tourist crowds paddling anywhere you want on a steady and easy-to-use kayak. The more you take your time, the more you're likely to see!

From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

10. From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

Explore one 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.

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based on 1,779 reviews

Absolutely incredible! My friend and son (age 5) decided to try out snorkeling. Although my son was a little hesitant the crew made his trip. Ms. Ashley was amazing. Each crew member specializes with an ocean animal. They had so many facts they shared. We were lucky enough to spot some whales on the trip too! I couldn’t recommend this tour enough!!! Also I learned it was a non profit. So money spent goes towards research and keeping our oceans safe for the wildlife. It was absolutely incredible. Do yourself a favor and check it out while in Maui!!

It was a magical experience. I'm so happy my family and I decided to participate in this activity. We were all adults with little experience in kayaking and snorkeling. Our guide, Tyler, was fantastic. He was very chill, patient, helpful, caring, and informative. He definitely set the mood for the experience. The only downfall is that a few of my family members got seasick. However, that still doesn't take away from the beautiful experience. We saw turtles, fishes and corals. Definitely recommend!

We had a great time on this tour. Our guide Tyler was very knowledgeable and did a superb job helping all of us first-time kayakers and snorkellers have a good experience! We saw probably about 8 sea turtles, a lot of the coral reef, and a bunch of tropical fish. Definitely do this tour if you are thinking about it, even if you’ve never done this sort of thing before. We will definitely be doing this next time we’re in Maui!

Our guide Jon was absolutely brilliant. His passion, knowledge, and excitement made this experience unforgettable.

Exceeded our expectations. The guide was funny and everything was fun! Got to swim with dozens of turtles.