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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. 

Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

2. 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: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

3. 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.

From Lahaina: Maui Nui Snorkeling with Breakfast and Lunch

4. From Lahaina: Maui Nui Snorkeling with Breakfast and Lunch

Embark on a snorkeling adventure with an open itinerary to discover the best snorkeling options available based on the day's ocean conditions. Depart from Lahaina and make 2 stops to explore the underwater world. Savor included breakfast, lunch, unlimited soft drinks, and 1 alcoholic drink. Start the tour with a continental breakfast as you meet your group for the day. Enjoy Maui vegetable frittata, assorted pastries, fruit platters, juice, and Maui coffee. Then, set off into the ocean in a boat small enough to go where bigger boats can't. Hear about the marine environment from the certified naturalist guides on board as you make your way to 2 popular snorkeling spots. Receive snorkeling instruction and learn how to identify the fish you'll see. Depending on ocean conditions, destinations could include Shark Fin or Lighthouse off the island of Lanai, Honolua Bay, Carthaginian, Mala, or Coral Gardens. Wherever you stop, marvel at a range of reef fish and coral with possible sightings of wild dolphins, green sea turtles, octopus, and more. Following your adventures in the ocean, relax with a delicious lunch cooked on board for you. This includes chicken breasts, kiawe-smoked pork with guava BBQ sauce, hot dogs, garden burgers, potato salad, Maui-style potato chips, and dessert. Enjoy accompanying refreshments of unlimited filtered water and soda, plus one complimentary alcoholic drink after snorkeling (beer and wine only). After lunch, you'll return to your original starting point.

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What people are saying about Kihei

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It was perfect weather ( go in the am) and everything ran smoothly. The boats were in good condition and the glass bottom was interesting but coral and fish were hard to see. I saw 5 turtles right away which made me happy as that is what I primarily went for. Yes you would see more snorkeling, however I really enjoy kayaking. This is a self guided tour so it is best for experienced kayakers, but not difficult. The guys were helpful and took the kayaks to and from the water. I would do it again!

John was a wonderful guide! Clearly a very experienced guide, and he was knowledgeable about sea life, Hawaiian culture, and history. I felt very safe at all times and even got a little bit of a workout!

Super organized on deck! Established crew. Helpful. Drinks and chips and hot dogs for free! Get lots of information about Hawaii! Turtles seen and other small and larger sea creatures! Great trip!

Great experience!! We were able to see dozens of dolphins after a fun stop for snorkeling. Very good for families and big groups.

They really helped us all get in the water. Even when you could not swim!!