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West Maui & Kaanapali Snorkel

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One of the top things to do in Maui is a snorkel cruise. Maui is regarded as one of the best snorkel destinations in Hawaii. Choose from a variety of snorkeling tours departing from Kaanapali, Lahaina and Maalaea Harbor and explore Maui's tropical reefs. Cruise to top snorkeling spots such as Mala Wharf, Coral Gardens, Olowalu, and Honolua Bay. Cruise with Maui’s top snorkel boats such as Pride of Maui, Calypso, Pacific Whale Foundation, Trilogy, Sea Maui and more!

Hawaii Activities has the best snorkel cruises on Maui. Find great deals and discounts on the most popular Maui snorkeling tours. Book early as they sell out quickly!

There is a large selection of Maui snorkel cruises that go to many different locations around the island. To help you select the perfect option for you, check out this ultimate guide to book the best snorkeling tour on Maui.


Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the best place to snorkel on Maui?

Maui is home to countless perfect snorkel spots, the most popular ones can be reached by joining one of the many fun Maui boat tours.


1. Molokini Crater Snorkel - Molokini Crater is Maui’s number one snorkeling destination! Located about 9 miles offshore (1 hour boat ride), Molokini Crater is a half moon shaped volcanic atoll. The water here is exceptionally clear and teeming with tropical aquatic life thanks to its protected status as a Marine Life Conservation District. Most tours will depart from Maalaea Harbor. Top 5 Molokini Snorkel Cruises: Pride of Maui, Calypso, Pacific Whale Foundation, Aqua Adventures, Alii Nui.


2. Lanai Snorkeling Tours - One of Maui’s most popular snorkel locations is not on Maui, it is across the channel at Island of Lanai. Snorkel the pristine waters of Manele Bay with Pacific Whale Foundation Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch from Lahaina, or Sea Maui Lanai Half Day Snorkel from Kaanapali Beach.

The best way to explore Lanai Island is with the all-inclusive Trilogy Discover Lanai Cruise. This tour is the best Lanai snorkeling adventure! In addition to experiencing great snorkeling at Hulopoe Beach, a protected marine preserve, you can get off the boat and explore the island. Relax on the beach, hike to Sweetheart Rock, and swim at pristine tide pools! It also includes a premium BBQ lunch and an optional 2-hour tour of Lanai city.


3. West Maui Snorkel - You don't always need to sail far to reach incredible snorkeling sites. The tropical reefs of west maui are an underwater dream come true. Enjoy convenient departures from Kaanapali beach. Depending on ocean conditions of the day you will explore the tropical reefs of Mala Wharf, Olowalu, Honolua Bay. The best Kaanapali snorkel tours are Sea Maui 2-Stop Snorkel Cruise, Sea Maui Express Mala Wharf Snorkel Sail, Trilogy Discover Kaanapali Cruise, and PacWhale Ocean Spirit Honolua Bay.



What is the best snorkel cruise for advanced and expert snorkelers?

Maui Snorkel Cruise Molokini Wild Side Adventure is a great option for more advanced snorkelers. This Molokini snorkeling tour takes you to the back wall of Molokini, an amazing snorkel spot for intermediate to advanced snorkelers. Enjoy more freedom to explore on this smaller group adventure and visit incredible destinations not easily reachable by larger boats.


Which snorkel cruises are the most family-friendly?

Pacific Whale Foundation Molokini and Calypso have the best deals for families, one child free per one adult. Calypso is also known for the most fun family-friendly boat thanks to its 3 decks, 2 waterslides and second deck jumping platform!


What is the Cheapest and Most Affordable snorkel cruise on Maui?

The afternoon cruises are typically cheaper than the morning ones. Calypso and Maui Classic Charters have the most affordable snorkeling tours on Maui.


Can I add SNUBA to my snorkel tour?

SNUBA diving is a great experience for novice snorkelers wanting more time below the surface. Feel what it feels like to breathe underwater. A great introduction to the world of SCUBA diving for anyone who loves to snorkel and swim in the ocean. Top Maui SNUBA Tours: Aqua Adventures, Trilogy Discover Lanai from Lahaina Harbor, Trilogy Discover Molokini, Trilogy Discover Lanai.


Maui Snorkel Boat Sizes:

There are snorkel boats of all sizes on Maui, knowing the difference when choosing is the best way to ensure you have the most enjoyable experience.

Large Boats (100 - 140 pax) - Calypso, Pride of Maui, PacWhale, Four Winds - These boats are all very large catamarans that provide a very smooth and stable ride and offer the most amenities and comforts on board. These are the most friendly to snorkelers of all skill levels.

Medium Boats (50 - 80 pax) - Trilogy, Alii Nui, Maui Magic, Leilani - Enjoy the same amenities and comforts as many of the larger boats but with a smaller crowd and a bit more luxury.

Small Boats (20 - 40 pax) - Sea Maui, Aqua Adventures, Aloha Blue Charters - Enjoy a small crowd size and more personalized service aboard these Maui snorkel adventures.

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Latest reviews of West Maui & Kaanapali Snorkel

Fun for a family of 7.

2022/04/23 Families with Young Children San huynh

The crew member on the ship made the experience possible and fun! They will meet your needs and help you the best as possible. Madison and RACHEAL ARE THE BEST! They helped us when they could and kept my daughter Evelyn ... more

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Great crew great adventure great location

2022/04/10 Friends Cathi

The crew was great. I was only in the water for about 10 minutes. I was struggling and a little nervous but very quickly I was asked if I needed help by a blonde female ( forgot her name) she was very calm which calmed m... more

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Amazing experience!

2022/03/21 Couples Lucy

Great experience. The crew was great, full of information about marine life. They took us to amazing shallow reefs off of Lanai and there were no other boats around at all. Saw sea turtles and octopus. They also made sur... more

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Great Snorkel Trip.

2022/03/03 Families with Young Children Alaskans

It was an amazing snorkel trip. The boat ride was smooth, the crew was great and the food was awesome.

great vibe

2022/02/21 Couples Kara

delicious food, good tour guides, a beautiful day on the water!! great way to spend a day in maui

Great time

2022/02/02 Families with Young Children Kelsey

All the crew members were nice and had positive attitudes. They were thankful for the tourists as it’s hard to travel to Hawaii right now. The BBQ lunch provided was way better than a wrap sandwich that was pre-made. Wou... more

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West Maui & Kaanapali Snorkel (Top 10 Best Things to Do in Maui), Maui tours & activities, fun things to do in Maui | HawaiiActivities.com
One of the top things to do in Maui is a snorkel cruise. Maui is regarded as one of the best snorkel destinations in Hawaii. Choose from a variety of snorkeling tours departing from Kaanapali, Lahaina and Maalaea Harbor and explore Maui's tropical reefs. Cruise to top snorkeling spots such as Mala Wharf, Coral Gardens, Olowalu, and Honolua Bay. Cruise with Maui’s top snorkel boats such as Pride of Maui, Calypso, Pacific Whale Foundation, Trilogy, Sea Maui and more!