Half Day Maui Snorkel Tour
4 HOUR Lahaina to Lanai Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching
Adults: $99 (plus tax/fees) | Kids Under 12: $75 (plus tax/fees) | Private Charter $1400 (plus tax/fee Includes breakfast, snacks, drinks, snorkel gear, flotation devices and reef safe sunscreen
Full Day Maui Snorkel Tour
6 HOUR Lahaina to Lanai Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching
Adults: $139 (plus tax/fees) | Kids Under 12: $119 (plus tax/fees) | Private Charter $3000 (plus tax/fees) Includes breakfast, snacks, drinks, snorkel gear, flotation devices and reef safe sunscreen
Maui Snorkel Tour Details
Breakfast is fresh local banana bread, topped with lilikoi cream cheese and a side of fruit! Lunch includes fresh chicken, turkey or veggie wraps prepared daily by the chefs at Down the Hatch kitchen. Snacks are Maui style potato chips and homemade cookies. Gluten-free and vegetarian lunch options available by request. BYOB (no glass, please).
Bring a towel, swimsuit and camera! We provide reef safe sunscreen, mask, snorkel, fins and flotation devices for your Maui snorkel trip. Wetsuit tops are available for rent. This trip is not recommended for guests with back injuries, neck injuries, or pregnant ladies. Must be 4yrs+ and able to swim.
Our Rafting Vessels take small groups of no more than 22 guests to snorkel Lahaina, Maui, and Lanai. Our boats were built and modeled after the Coast Guard's rescue rafts to ensure a safe, quick, and maneuverable boat ride. Most tours are onboard our vessel which offers a restroom onboard and a fresh water shower for rinsing.
“I’ve had the luxury of going on all types of snorkel trips. This is by far the best of the best! From the time you leave the harbor, it is a nonstop adventure.”
“They did an excellent job of finding great snorkeling sites including one where we were visited by a large pod of dolphins. Amazing!!!!”
Big Sky, Montana
I highly recommend Ultimate Snorkel as the best Snorkel trip on Maui. Awesome stops off of Lanai island, all of them full of marine life!”
Maui Snorkeling Tips
How to get the most out of your underwater experience!
Get the right snorkel gear.
Having snorkel gear that fits properly can make or break your snorkeling experience! We fit all our guests with mask that seal properly on your face. You want your fins to be snug but not pinching your toes.If you want extra flotation don’t use a lifejacket. Lifejackets are designed to float your head out of the water. Instead use the float belts or pool noodles we provide, they will allow you to snorkel with your face in the water while floating you comfortably. Wetsuits are also great for adding flotations as well as providing sun protection and keeping you warm in the water. We provide wetsuit tops for rent for every snorkel tour.
Always snorkel with a buddy.
Always snorkel with a friend. This is important because a friend can be there to help us if we are having equipment issues, breathing difficulties or ocean conditions change you have someone there with you to work through getting you to safety.
When in doubt, don’t go out!
Ocean conditions are always changing. If you are questioning the weather or conditions, talk to a lifeguard before getting into the water. Check out our weather page for info on local Maui weather!
Snorkel with the locals.
The best part about joining a snorkel tour is snorkeling with the locals. Our tours take you to the best Maui snorkel spots and give you guided snorkel instruction. We teach you how to use your snorkel gear and flotation devices, what marine life to look for, ocean safety tips and one of our naturalist is snorkeling in the water with you for the duration of the tour.
Our small group snorkel tours means there are less guests in the water, more one-on-one with our crew and more interactions with marine life like dolphins, Hawaiian green sea turtles, tropical fish, octopus, manta rays and more!
Don’t guess where to snorkel, if the conditions are right or what’s the best equipment! Instead join us for a snorkel tour and we will guide you on an ocean adventure you will never forget!
Island of Lanai Snorkeling – From Lahaina
Lanai is our top snorkel destination for Maui snorkelers. Known for it’s living reefs and breath taking sea-cliffs, this island is home to many tropical fish species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Lanai was once know as the Pineapple island due to it’s use as a pineapple plantation. We now visit Lanai for it’s living reef and pristine snorkeling.
Lanai Snorkel Spots
There are more than a dozen remote snorkeling spots along the Lanai coast! Club Lanai, Manele Bay, Sweetheart Rock, and Shark Fin are a few of our favorite snorkel stops. Because Lanai has very little near shore development, the reef is much healthier and sustains more marine life. Some of these snorkel spots are along the sea cliff and showcase unique rock formations, swim throughs and even ancient burial grounds.
Marine Life on Lanai
Because Lanai’s reef is thriving, we see a variety of marine life! There are multiple types of coral reef we snorkel including cumulative, pinnacle and aggregate reef structures. Every reef is home to different sea creatures including Hawaiian green sea turtles, octopus, manta rays, dolphins, sharks, whale sharks and even seals. Many of the tropical fish that make their home on Lanai can’t be found any- where else in the world!
Maui Dolphin Watching!
Crossing the channel between Maui and Lanai we often see some of our favorite marine mammals, dolphins. Although Maui is home to 13 species of dolphins, we most commonly see spinner, bottlenose and spotted dolphins.
Maui is a protected sanctuary for humpback whales but also has protections in place for turtles and dolphins!
Although dolphins are protect- ed and we are not permitted to offer snorkeling with dolphins, the wild dolphins are very playful and curious and often swim along side our rafting vessels! Some dolphins travel in pods of hundreds of animals, making for an amazing viewing experience as they jump, spin, surf the wake and gracefully move through the water!
Snorkeling with Turtles
The Hawaiian green sea turtle is a popular resident on our Maui beaches and waters. A symbol of good luck and wisdom, the HONU, (Ha- waiian word for green sea turtle), is Hawaii’s only indigenous turtles and an aumkua, or family god, in Hawaiian mythology. Maybe that’s why we are so fascinated with graceful underwater creatures.
One of our favorite ocean activities is snorkeling with turtles on Maui. Maui is home to 3 species of native sea turtles including the Leatherback, Hawksbill and the most common Green Sea Turtle. Because all sea turtles are either endangered or protected, we encourage respectful encounters which include never touching a sea turtle (this is actually against the law!) and giving turtles their space so they can interact naturally in their marine environment.
Top Spots to Snorkel with Turtles in Maui
some you can swim to from shore, others require boat access.
Oluwalu reef located in Lahaina, Maui, is a popular snorkel destination and you can often spot green sea turtles swimming through the beautiful coral or hanging out in cleaning stations allowing little fish to clean the algae from their shells. Oluwalu is also a great snorkel spot for all levels of snorkelers because it is shallow and is very protected from the wind, creating a calm place to explore the ocean. Some of Oluwalu can be snorkeled from shore, but to reach the outer reef it’s best to chartering a boat. This spot isn’t just home to Hawaiian green sea turtles, you can also see manta rays and tropical fish!
Another popular Maui snorkel spot to see turtles is Mala Boat Ramp in Lahaina Maui.
This snorkel spot may not look like much from the surface, but the underwater view is spectacular. Mala Boat Ramp was once used to load pineapples from the cannery onto boats, but with the end of pineapple farming, the ramp collapsed and was left to create an artificial reef. This spot can be reached by shore or by boat, and you’ll be stoked to see dozens of tropical fish, octopus, Hawaiian green sea turtles swim- ming, and even shy reef sharks sleeping near the reef structure.
A more remote location to snorkel with turtles would be the island of Lanai, about half hour boat ride from Lahaina, Maui. Leaving Maui by boat, we travel about 8 miles to the coast of Lanai, where there are more than a dozen remote snorkel spot to choose from. One favorite is Club Lanai,
named for the reefs location set right outside the beach where Club Lanai was once a popular day club for tourist. Now the club is vacant but the reef is very much alive with marine life! Here we see our favorite green sea turtles, many tropical fish and often spot shy reef sharks cruising through the sandy reef channels.