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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 Molokini Crater, Lanai, 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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    Explore an underwater paradise with the Pride of Maui! Embark on a Maui snorkeling tour to some of the best snorkeling locations in Maui, with whale watching in the winter, a BBQ lunch buffet and even an open bar!
    Pick-up Provided
    Meal Provided

    USD70.73

    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    4 - 6.5 hour(s) (afternoon)
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    Set sail and snorkel at two popular Maui ocean spots filled with tropical fish and turtles. The west coast of Maui has some of the island's best dive sites: Honolua Bay & Olowalu. Get ready to explore unspoiled coral reef ecosystems!
    Meal Provided

    From USD151.43

    Daily
    5.5 hour(s) (morning)
  3. No.3
    Embark on an aquatic adventure from Kaanapali Beach for a snorkel sail to two incredible snorkel destinations. The vibrant reefs of West Maui are a wonderland of tropical marine life. Breakfast, lunch and an open premium bar are included.
    Meal Provided

    From USD132.89

    12%
    OFF
    Sun, Wed, Thu, Sat
    5 hour(s) (morning)
  4. Snorkel at Maui's famous Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens, sailing on a catamaran equipped with a waterslide, hot grilled BBQ lunch, open bar & underwater viewing room!
    Meal Provided

    USD64.08

    Daily
    4 hour(s) (afternoon)
  5. Jump aboard Maui's newest and only triple deck power catamaran for an afternoon snorkel cruise to one of Maui's top snorkel and dive destinations.
    Meal Provided
    Accessible

    From USD58.89

    3%
    OFF
    Family Discount
    Tue, Thu, Sat
    4 hour(s) (afternoon)
  6. Snorkel at Molokini & Turtle Town with Maui Reef Adventures, Maui's most popular snorkeling destinations. Weather permitting, you can even explore the back side of Molokini Crater.
    Meal Provided

    From USD93.77

    53%
    OFF
    Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
    4.5 hour(s) (morning)
  7. Embark on a 3-hour cruise aboard a luxury catamaran to explore Maui's underwater world. After snorkeling, enjoy gourmet appetizers & a premium open bar. Departs from Maalaea Harbor from May - Dec.
    Pick-up Provided

    USD109.00

    Mon, Wed, Fri
    4 - 6 hour(s) (afternoon)
  8. Spend more time snorkeling and less time cruising! Take a quick cruise from Kaanapali Beach to the sunken Mala Wharf, known as a sea turtle hot spot, for a snorkel swim in Maui’s crystal clear waters, set against a sunken pier overgrown with coral.

    USD110.38

    Daily
    2.5 hour(s) (morning)

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