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Lahaina: Afternoon Turtle Town Snorkel Cruise

1. Lahaina: Afternoon Turtle Town Snorkel Cruise

Take in the beautiful scenery on an afternoon charter that takes you to Lahaina Turtle Town. Considered one of the best snorkel spots in Maui for its artificial reef, made from the remains of the Mala Wharf. Snorkel in the stunningly clear waters, and catch sight of the vibrant sea life. What makes this spot special is the artificial reef and its recreation among the destroyed Mala Wharf by a 30-foot surf during hurricane Iniki in 1992. Now it is a healthy reef and home to a vast array of sea life including Green Sea Turtles, Nenue (lowfin chubs), Goatfish, Octopus, Black Durgeon, Frogfish, and Parrotfish. Enjoy snorkeling in the translucent waters of Maui, sure to leave you in awe with abundant sea life and unreal clear visibility. 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. 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. 

From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

2. From: Ma'alaea Harbor: Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens

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: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

3. 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

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

After gathering with your group, your guides will begin to take their time to teach, show, explain, and entertain each guest in the group. You'll have a dedicated and experienced tour guide from start to finish of your activity. You'll spend 10-20 minutes on the beach learning about swimming, snorkeling, and equipment.  Following that, you will spend 20-30 minutes in the shallow water to practice swimming and snorkeling complete with life jackets or other flotation devices. Once you get comfortable with the water and can float freely in shallow water, you will practice going to the deeper water (10-20 feet) for 5-10 minutes.  Once you have learned how to breathe with your snorkel and float on the surface of the water with your life jacket, you will go in search of turtles and other sea marine life. Your guides will then take you to one of the best local coral reefs which is replete with Hawaiian marine life, including green sea turtles.

Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

5. Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

On this premier tour you will have a full morning of kayaking and snorkeling in Maui’s beautiful south coast. Anyone needing more water time, snorkeling and sunshine, this 4-mile paddle is the trip you're looking for. Expect a full morning of kayaking, exceptional snorkeling, reef life, beautiful corals, and turtles everywhere. Based on the weather and ocean currents, your expert tour guide will adjust your trip to either be more kayaking or more snorkeling to ensure the best excursion. In this small group setting, you will have more time to be in the water and see more marine wildlife! Before the action begins, you will receive an orientation with your guides, ensuring that you have all the appropriate snorkel and kayaking gear you require. During your guided tour you will get to stop at 2-3 prime snorkeling spots. These spots have been chosen to maximize your chances of seeing beautiful underwater marine life. You will also have the chance to enjoy some delicious snacks and beverages throughout the day, provided by your friendly and informative guides.

Maui: Guided Sea Scooter Snorkeling Tour

6. 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.

Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

7. 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!

Maui: Private Tour of 3 Breweries with Lunch

8. Maui: Private Tour of 3 Breweries with Lunch

Enjoy a personal tour of three local breweries in Maui. Taste different craft beers and have the option to bring some home with you. Enjoy heavy appetizers and lunch with your choice of entrée. All driving between stops is included, so sit back and enjoy your trip. Start the tour at Hawaii’s largest craft brewery, Maui Brewing Co. Kick things off with a private tour and tasting. Afterward, enjoy lunch on the open-air lanai (porch). Next, head to Waikiki Brewing Company, a brewery capable of producing 1100 barrels a year. Enjoy the ride through some of Maui’s most gorgeous scenery. In the winter, there's a good chance you can see humpback whales. Arrive at Waikiki Brewing Company and enjoy a beer tasting, heavy appetizers served family-style, and a private in-brewery tour of Waikiki Brewing's nano-brewery. Afterward, travel to the award-winning Koholā Brewery, known for producing clean, easy-drinking, and balanced lagers and ales, most notably the Lokahi Pilsner. Near the end of the tour, sit back and relax as you enjoy the scenic drive back to Maui Brewing Co. for your drop-off.

Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

9. Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

Kayak through Maui's blue ocean to embark on a whale-watching adventure. Gliding along the water, you will be eye-level with the ocean and can see the marine wildlife up-close and personal.  After checking in, your expert guide will provide hands-on instruction on how to manage your kayak, from landing, launching, paddling, and how to get in and out for the snorkeling component. This tour features "sit on top" kayaks which make for easy-on/easy-off access. Your guide will launch each kayak, setting you out into the great blue sea. As a group on the water, your guide will brief you about what's planned and where you will visit. To begin your adventure, paddle out to search for whales. Along the way, your local guide will share island stories, information, folklore, and more. When the whales appear, you will have the opportunity to paddle along at a safe distance. Your guide will explain each behavior that the whales are presenting. After whale watching, paddle back to the shoreline along the reef to enjoy some snorkeling. The highlight for most is Hawaii's "Hono" or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. They are abundant in this area, making it one of the best spots in Hawaii to see them. At the end of the trip, your guide will escort you back to the beach.

Maui: Kalama Beach Park Surf Lessons

10. Maui: Kalama Beach Park Surf Lessons

After you've checked in for your surfing adventure, your instructor will run through some dry land instruction so you can practice getting up and staying on the board. After this, you will be taken to the water' edge, where you will leash up and splash in. For group lessons, you'll paddle out and line up, and once out in the water your instructor will monitor you to ensure you're safe and off on the right foot. Surf lesson times are at 8:00AM, 10:00AM and 12:00PM, and it is recommended to take the early lesson to allow the most time for learning. Your expert instructor will get you up and surfing quickly and with ease. In no time at all, you'll learn proper techniques, surf etiquette, and how to ride a wave.

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What people are saying about Kihei

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,553 reviews

Fun and unforgettable experience! It was way more fun kayaking to the snorkel spots than getting there on a crowded boat! Our guide Steve was well prepared and very attentive to everyone. He was through in his instructions of the gear (also have extra fear on board in case of any malfunctions). He also dived down to point out various marine life throughout the snorkeling portions of the tour. You should know how to swim to fully enjoy this tour as there was a decent amount of swimming in the open ocean.

Scuba Steve was the best at explaining how to kayak and snorkel thoroughly. He was the most helpful and attentive to everyone’s needs. If it’s your first time kayaking or snorkeling he’s your guy. He also takes amazing underwater photos of you with the turtles and wild life! Highly recommend!

The overall experience was wonderful! It was my husband and I first time snorkeling and we really enjoyed it! The staff was extremely polite and patient with the newbies. It was a whole vibe and I’ll love to do it again with this company, 1 out of 10 I give it a 10, must recommend!!

Very patient, very knowledgeable, very grateful to have him as our guide

The crew was very helpful and informative and the boat was very clean.