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  • Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

    1. Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

    Join your group and crew on an elevated sunset viewing experience. Lay back on the forward trampolines, find a comfortable seat with panoramic island views, or take cover under the covered cabin space for a break from the elements. This trip is BYOB (bring your own beverages), so don't forget to pack your favorite bottle of bubbly. Onboard drinks including locally brewed beer, mai tais, wine, and champagne will also be served, in addition to hot and cold pupus (appetizers) from the acclaimed restaurant Down The Hatch. From December to May, enjoy the thrill of watching the humpback whales who make their way to Hawaii each year.

    The crew, Patrick, Jeff, Malani and Kyrstin were great. They really went beyond to accommodate everyone. The experience was relaxing and the bottomless drinks were a nice bonus. Highly recommend!!

  • Maui, Lahaina: Lana'i or Turtle Town Afternoon Snorkel

    2. Maui, Lahaina: Lana'i or Turtle Town Afternoon Snorkel

    Quicksilver Maui Deluxe Lanai Snorkeling Tour is now offering 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 to our guests to cross the channel between Maui & 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 the translucent waters of Maui, sure to leave you in awe wit...

    Great experience! Lots of open space on the boat with assigned seating to help guests socially distance. Very knowledgeable crew! :)

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

    3. 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 buffet while trying to catch a sighting ...

    Patrick and Dan made sure of safety first. Then explained every activity in detail, counted heads and made sure everyone was happy and knew what to do. We got in a great sail as the wind picked up and saw fish, coral and turtles. They could not have improved a thing. Best time ever!!!!

  • Lahaina, Maui: Lana'i Snorkeling and Dolphin Encounter

    4. Lahaina, Maui: Lana'i Snorkeling and Dolphin Encounter

    See an entirely new island in Hawaii on a catamaran cruise to Lanai. Start the day with Hawaiian music and a local breakfast. Listen to your captain chat about this slice of paradise, and keep a look out for spinner dolphins jumping in the air.

    Arrive at the first site on the coast of Lanai, and explore the underwater world with a crew member in the water at all times. Take advantage of the waterslide for an extra slice of fun.

    Marvel at the marine life as you snorkel beneath towering cliffs up to 300 feet high. Be among the few to snorkel at remote locations with great visibility, such as Shark Fin Rock and Manele Bay. Get a spectacular view of the West Maui Mountains as you enjoy an adult beverage and Quicksilver Crew Trivia on the trip back to Lahaina.

    Excellent experience, the captain was very informative and entertaining. We learned a lot about the islands while enjoying the ride. Snorkeling was great and we even stopped to swim in the deep blue and saw a pod of dolphins with babies. A great experience all in all.

  • Maui: All-Inclusive 3-Hour Snorkel

    5. Maui: All-Inclusive 3-Hour Snorkel

    Begin your snorkeling adventure by meeting in Wailuku. Feel the thrill of the open sea and dive into the warm, blue waters for an unforgettable experience. See Maui’s vibrant coral, fish, turtles, and more. Join the ship captain, a tour guide, and a local trainer on an adventure to the Coral Gardens for snorkeling or SNUBA. Experience a wealth of marine life in a calm and relaxed setting. If you are booking from November to April, you may have the chance to see the amazing humpbacks dance along the water. Grab a refreshment and a quick lunch as you learn and experience Maui at its finest. Slide down a 20-foot inflatable slide on the side of the ship. Have a fun-filled day whether you are a beginner at snorkeling or just wanting to have a great time with your family.

    I had a great experience on Sept 15. It would have been nice to know ahead of time that SNUBA would be available-- and the additional cost was very pricey-- but I'm glad to have done it. The Snuba instructor was fabulous, knowledgeable and attentive. Thank you!!

  • Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel Tour with Lunch

    6. Maui: Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel Tour with Lunch

    Your snorkeling tour to the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town begins at Maalaea harbor, where you'll board the boat. Start the day off right with a breakfast of eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, donuts, coffee, fruit, and juice. Located off the south shore of Kihei and rising 300 feet (91 meters) out of the water, the extinct volcanic cone of Molokini provides the opportunity to see native Hawaiian marine life in their natural habitat. Spot manta rays, fish, and sharks, who swim around the coral year-round. Molokini is protected as a marine preserve and bird sanctuary, so you can expect pristine conditions. Use the provided snorkeling equipment to explore the underwater world and take advantage of the two water slides into the water. You can also take a peek at the reef without getting in the water via the glass-bottom viewing room. To ensure safety, a lifeguard will be in the water at all time...

  • Maui: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Champagne from Lahaina

    7. Maui: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Champagne from Lahaina

    A perfect Maui experience is not complete without witnessing the beauty of a sunset while out on the ocean. Board Paragon to experience a sunset sailing cruise and watch the sun dip below the horizon as you glide along the picturesque west cost of Maui. Beverages, including locally brewed beer, mai tais, wine, and champagne, are served as well as pupus (appetizers). This is as close as you can get to yachting, but make no mistake — when the wind is up it can be quite an exhilarating sail. During season from December to May, enjoy the thrill of watching the humpback whales that make their way to Hawaii each year.

    Higher quality bubbly please And tell people where they can & cannot sit as you board rather than being told to move once you’re settled in to what you think is the best spot to sit.

  • West Maui: Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

    8. West Maui: Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

    Nobody knows the waters of Maui better than this local crew. Let them be your hosts as you explore and snorkel the incredible West Maui coast on Paragon. What’s your destination? Some local favorites are Olowalu, Honolua, and Mokuleia Bay, but the Captain will decide where the absolute best conditions are for the day. Depart Lahaina and head for the snorkel spot, usually about an hour away by boat. Spend some time snorkeling, viewing some of Maui’s most amazing underwater sea life.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, as well as all refreshments including local beer, wine, and Mai Tais. Tradewinds usually pick up in the afternoon, just in time for an exhilarating sail back to the harbor.

    We sailed with Captain Justin and mates Matt and Harper. They were exceptional hosts on the Paragon. We traveled through a large group of spinner dolphins on our way out to the cove where we went snorkeling. The water was so clear you could easily see the bottom even in the deepest places. The number of fish and the variety was amazing! We ha a couple of nervous swimmers and the staff reassured us every step of the way. The sail back to the harbor was smooth and very fast! We would absolutely sail with Justin again!

  • Maui Whale Watching Tours

    9. Maui Whale Watching Tours

    Every year the Great Pacific Humpback Whales leave their summer homes in Alaska and head for the algae-rich waters of Maui. And there are few better way to see these magnificent creatures up-close-and-personal than on board a luxurious catamaran. Choose from an early-bird tour, a cruise at 10:00, or departures around midday. You will sail along the western coastline of Maui from Ka’anapali. Experience the beautiful scenery as you keep your eyes open for Maui’s largest visitors. You will learn about the exciting mammals from a marine naturalist who will accompany you on board. You will even be able to listen to the whale songs live via brilliant underwater hydrophones. Enjoy the early morning cruise with delicious breakfast snacks, fresh Kona coffee, hot chocolate, and tropical juices. Take the mid-morning tour and you can enjoy exclusive Teralani ”POG”mosas and “Bloody Maui’s.” Or dep...

    This was a great excursion. Cool staff, good snacks and open bar. I would definately go again. If you haven't gone before, don't wait, its well worth it.

  • Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

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

    Kayak through Maui's blue ocean to embark on a whale watching adventure. This tour provides a perspective like no other. 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 makes 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 whats planned and where you will visit. To begin your adventure, you will paddle out to search for whales (whales are seasonal here and populations vary yearly). Along the way, your local guide will share island stories, information, folklore, and more. When...

    Our guide, John, was charismatic and knowledgeable. The kayaking was a blast and we got to kayak alongside dolphins! The snorkeling was also excellent, we saw a wide variety of fish and our guide found a huge sea turtle for us to see! Was overall an excellent tour and was the perfect amount of time. Would definitely recommend it and do it again ourselves next time we’re in Maui. Just FYI the whales are only around Jan-March.

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based on 145 reviews

Patrick and Dan made sure of safety first. Then explained every activity in detail, counted heads and made sure everyone was happy and knew what to do. We got in a great sail as the wind picked up and saw fish, coral and turtles. They could not have improved a thing. Best time ever!!!!

I had a great experience on Sept 15. It would have been nice to know ahead of time that SNUBA would be available-- and the additional cost was very pricey-- but I'm glad to have done it. The Snuba instructor was fabulous, knowledgeable and attentive. Thank you!!

Great experience! Lots of open space on the boat with assigned seating to help guests socially distance. Very knowledgeable crew! :)

From beginning to end a great and relaxing trip. Plenty of fish and quite a few turtles were seen.

The guys and the trip were awesome! We had a great time