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Snorkeling Tours on Maui

Maui Snorkeling Tours are the most popular activity on the island.

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Maui Snorkeling Tours

Maui snorkeling tours which include Molokini snorkel tours, top the list in terms of popularity for activities on Maui.

Never been snorkeling on Maui before?

Maui snorkel tours are simple to arrange and snorkeling can be learned in a matter of minutes and mastered on your first outing. Snorkeling is easiest to learn with the assistance of one of the crew members on a Maui snorkel tour. Tom Barefoot's Toursoffers quite a number of discount snorkeling tours on Maui at various locations including Molokini and Lanai.

What are the reasons many people choose Maui snorkel tours:

  • Maui snorkeling is fun because the ocean waters surrounding Maui and its neighbor islands of Lanai and Molokini are comfortably warm. The average water temperature during the year generally varies between 74 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The waters surrounding Maui are ideal for snorkeling as many of its most popular Maui snorkeling locations have great visibility. This is particularly true of the protected marine reserves such as Molokini and Honolua Bay which often have visibility in clear crystal waters in excess of 100 feet.
  • Maui snorkeling locations are often teeming with beautiful coral formations and colorful tropical fish.
  • The close proximity to Maui of the islands of Lanai and Molokini provide some of the very best snorkeling locations and snorkeling conditions to be found in the state.

Are Maui snorkeling tours better at certain times of the year or at certain times of day?

  • Maui Snorkel Tours depart all year long. Obviously it is better to go on asnorkel charter when the weather is excellent and the ocean conditions are the most pristine. Generally speaking, the summer months are usually storm free and make for the most ideal conditions. Winter months, just like on the mainland, are when we typically have storms and these obviously are not a great time to go snorkeling however the time between storms in the winter provide some of the most beautiful days of the year and some of the very best conditions for snorkeling.
  • As far as the time of the day to go snorkeling, the morning time is usually the best. This is when the oceans are quite often the calmest and the viability the greatest.

What will you see on a Maui snorkel tour?

  • On your Maui snorkeling adventure you will see many types of colorful coral the most common of them being cauliflower coral which is usually brown or green but can also be a rose color, lobe coral which blooms in large mounds in protected shallow and deeper waters, and finger coral which is generally found in reefs at 15' in depth.
  • The list of reef fish you might find on your Maui snorkel is seemingly endless but probably includes some of these categories of reef fish: Parrotfish, Wrasse, Filefish, Butterfly fish, Angel fish, Damselfish, Triggerfish, Eels, Unicorn fish, Hog fish, Surgeon fish, Cardinal fish, Soldier fish, Squirrel fish, Sanperch, Scorpion fish, Frog fish, Hawk fish, Lizard fish, Goatfish, Mullet, Puffer and Groupers.
  • Some of the larger marine life you may see on or near the surface on your Mauisnorkel tour could be Green Sea Turtles, Bottlenose Dolphin, Spinner Dolphin or the benign White Tip Reef Shark.

Here are some spots the Best Maui Snorkel Tours will take you!

  • Molokini always tops the list as the most popular place to take a Maui snorkeltour. Molokini is a small, crescent shaped inlet island located about 4 miles off the coast of Maui. The snorkeling conditions here are generally excellent in the mornings before the normal trade wind conditions arise. Afternoon trips here can also be good but the likelihood of wind-free and calm conditions is much less than in the mornings.
  • Turtle Town is also a popular place on the itinerary of many Maui Snorkel Toursand it is most frequently visited in tandem with a Molokini snorkel tour. This spot is located just off the coast of Wailea and is an area frequented by the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle.
  • La Perouse Bay and the Kanaio Coastline are visited by Maui Snorkel tours that can easily and swiftly travel the distance between Maalaea Harbor and this bay and coastline. There are not many boats that have this capability so this tour is not as available as tours to Molokini. Some smaller boats and rigid-hulled rafts can also leave out of the Kihei Boat Ramp which is much more accessible to these areas.
  • Honolua Bay off the northern coast of West Maui is a protected marine reserve and is one of the best places to snorkel on Maui during the summer months. In the winter Honolua Bay is frequently battered by large surf and is a favorite spot for Maui big wave surfers. During the summer months the bay is calm and ideal for snorkeling. Most of the boats that visit Honolua Bay for snorkeling will depart from either Kaanapali or Lahaina Harbor.
  • The coast off Lanai will provide some of the most interesting and varied snorkeling to be found in Maui County. Many Maui snorkeling tours will leave from Lahaina Harbor or Kaanapali Beach and visit the Lanai coastlines which, in addition to large reefs and beautiful fish will also give you the best opportunity on Maui to see dolphins.

Seeing Whales on your Maui snorkel tours.

It is highly unlikely of course, that you will go snorkeling with whales but it may be a good thing to keep in the back of your mind that if you choose to take one of the Mauisnorkel tours in the Winter months it is very likely that you will be seeing whales from the boat as well.

Pride of America Cruise Ship:

Maui Snorkeling Tours will not pick up directly at the cruise boat pier but thesesnorkeling tours on Maui can be reached via a Rent-A-Car that can be arranged through Tom Barefoot's Tours and you can be picked up by the Rent-A-Car shuttles right at the cruise ship dock. The majority of these Maui Snorkel excursions are available on the Sunday or Monday of your Maui cruise itinerary.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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Redline Rafting

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35' Ocean Raft

Excitement is the order of the day on one of Redline Rafting's adventurous snorkel tours to the remote Kanaio Coastline and La Perouse Bay area on Maui's 'backside'. Their powerful and comfortable 35' ocean raft will next take you to visit Molokini Crater to snorkel the 'bowl' but also usually the 'wall' on its opposite side. Dolphins are frequently a big feature of these tours as are the whales in season.
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Hawaii Ocean Rafting

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30' Hard Bottom Inflatable Raft

Hawaii Ocean Rafting has been operating in the waters surrounding Maui and Lanai for many years. They offer personalized snorkel and marine life excursions departing from Lahaina Harbor on hard-bottom inflatable rafts similar to zodiacs. These adventure touring vessels are fast and maneuverable and you have a great likelihood of seeing whales, dolphins and other marine life up close and personal.
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Makena Boat Charters

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Makena Boat Charters

If you're staying on the south shore of Maui in the Kihei area, Wailea or Makena a really good choice for a snorkeling tour would be on the 65' sailing catamaran "Kai Kanani". This boat was built in 2007 and is a state of the art custom motorized sailboat. The location of the departure point for this boat is one of the very best because it is located just off the coast of Molokini, perhaps a short fifteen minute ride away.
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Ultimate Rafting

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30' Aluminum Hulled Inflatable

Ultimate Rafting offers very exciting trips for snorkeling and whale watching off of the island of Lanai and the coast of Maui on their thirty-foot aluminum hulled rafts with inflatable surround. The engines on this boat are enormous, cranking out 400 horsepower that will get you there quick. Dolphins are commonly seen year round as are the Humpback whales during the winter months.
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Gemini Charters

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64' Sailing Catamaran

Gemini Charters offers sailing tours that depart off of Kaanapali Beach and has done so for over 30 years. They offer multiple tours which include a sail and snorkel up the coast to Honolua Bay when weather permits, a delightful champagne sunset sail and whale watching tours in season. Their seaworthy 64' Sea Runner Sailing Catamaran is an excellent choice for a real sail.
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Teralani

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65' Catamaran, 64' Sailing Catamaran, 65' Sailing Catamaran

The 65' sailing catamarans of Teralani Charters offer snorkel sails along the West Coast of Maui as far up as Honolua Bay, offer dinner cruises leaving off the white sands of Kaanapali Beach and offer spectacular whale watches during the winter months. Sailing will generally be a part of all cruises, weather permitting, and the stiff afternoon winds off the western shores usually provide some adventure and excitement. Evenings cruises however usually just have a gentle breeze.
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Kaanapali Ocean Adventures

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Snorkeling Tours, Day Charters, Whale Watching

Boasting two different fast and fun boats. Sanity is a very fast and comfortable boat that is designed for stability is the 46' aluminum hulled turbo charged power boat used by Kaanapali Ocean Adventures.
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South Pacific Kayaks

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Surfing Lessons-School, Kayaking, Hiking and Surfing Lessons

One of the oldest and most seasoned of the Maui kayak touring companies is South Pacific Kayaks. Their list of kayak tour options is larger than most as they extend from Makena and La Perouse Bay on the south side to Honolua Bay on the north-west end of Maui and they even offer whale watch tours from kayaks. In addition they also offer surfing lessons as well as the popular Stand-Up Paddle lessons.
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Sea Maui

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Make reservations for a snorkel trip or sunset sail on the Sea Maui.

Sea Maui is a beautiful 51 foot power, sailing catamaran that departs out of Kaanapali Beach. They offer a trade-wind sail every afternoon, a sunset sail in the evening and snorkel trips in the morning. Food is specially provided by renowned Chef Joey Macadangdang the former corporate executive chef of Roy's Kitchen.
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Maui Ocean Charters

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Maui Ocean Charters

Set sail with Maui Ocean Charters on their sailboat "Shadowfax". Trips are available that last anywhere from a few hours to a few days or more!
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Seafire Charters/The Dive Shop

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30' Aluminum Hull S.A.F.E Raft, 30' Aluminum Hull S.A.F.E (Secured Around Flotation Equipment)

One of the quickest snorkel runs to Molokini can be taken on the 39' aluminum hulled speed boat run by Sea Fire. Sea Fire departs from the closest harbor to Molokini which is the Kihei Boat Ramp and since the boat is one of the fastest to be found it will arrive at Molokini in the shortest time possible. It does tours of 3 hours in length but because of its speed also has the shortest of the Molokini tours available at just 2 hours total.
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Maui Adventure Cruises

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48' Explorer Class Raft

On Maui, 'rafting' equates with adventure, and Maui Adventure Cruises has just about all the adventure you could want. Speeding rigid hull inflatables varying in length from 34' to 49' whisk their way from Maui over the channel to Lanai. Maui Adventure Cruises comb the shoreline looking for great snorkel spots, playing with the dolphin population, snorkeling, and viewing the whales.
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Alii Nui Sailing Charters

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Dinner cruise with hotel pickup.

The one of a kind, luxury catamaran Alii Nui departs from Maui's Maalaea Harbor and offers a variety of sail options which include Molokini snorkel tours, sunset sails, dinner sails and whale watches. All the specialty details have been included on all its tours to provide a privileged ocean experience. Snorkel tours include hot showers on board and large terry beach towels for your personal use. Dinner cruises are limited to 32 guests and even complementary pick-up is included on its whale watches.
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Blue Water Rafting

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Rigid Hulled Inflatable Speed Boat Rides

If adventure is in your blood and want to have an exciting snorkel experience you might be interested in joining Blue Water Rafting for one of their exciting snorkel tours to Molokini or to the remote and pristine Kanaio area of the island. Whale watch tours are also available during the winter season.
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Kelii's Kayak Tours

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Kelii's Kayak Tours

Keli'i has been operating his company Kelii's Kayak Tours for years. He's made quite a reputation for himself from his kind nature and attention to detail. If you are looking to do some kayaking when you're on Maui then it would be in your best interest to take a look at the various tour options that are offered by Kelii's Kayak Tours.
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Maui Classic Charters

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54 Foot Power Catamaran, 54' Power Catamaran

Maui Classic Charters is one of the original and to this day still one of the most popular companies to go out to Molokini. Their boats include the Four Winds II and the Maui Magic. The Four Winds II is much more family oriented and the Maui Magic is definitively setup for the more adventurous crowed.
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Hula Girl

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65' Sailing Catamaran

You would be 'hard pressed' to find a more beautiful sailboat on Maui to take out on a snorkel sail, whale watch, dinner or sunset sail or a private charter. This multimillion dollar state of the art 65'x35', 90' wing mast sailing catamaran is designed for sailing and for maximum comfort. In addition it comes with its own full galley and private chef so all your meals will be prepared custom just for you.
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Friendly Charters

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53' Power Catamaran

One of the popular boats that goes out to Molokini for snorkeling is the Lani Kai which is operated by Friendly Charters. Their primary cruise is the morning snorkel but it also does an afternoon snorkel as well. This medium sized power catamaran will carry less than 70 passengers and has all the amenities to make for a wonderful day on the water.
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Paragon Sailing Charters

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47' Sailing Catamaran

Certainly one of the very fastest boats found in the islands is the 47' customized sailing catamaran, Paragon. Paragon Sailing Charters offers a number of choices for boat tours ranging from morning sails to Molokini; Day Trips to Lanai; Sunset Sails; and Performance Sails.
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Trilogy Excursions

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64' - 55' - 51' Sailing Catamarans, 55' Sailing Catamaran, 55' Catamaran to Molokini, 55' Sail Catam

One of the most popular and respected boating companies on Maui is the Trilogy which has been in operation here since 1973. Though being a large company now, operating six or so 50' range sailing catamarans, they are still the family owned operation that was begun by Eldon Coon and his two sons, Jim and Randy. Today they offer sailing tours to Lanai, Molokini, the West Coast of Maui and an assortment of shorter sunset and sailing options and whale watches.
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Pride Charters

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65' Maxi Catamaran, 65' Catamaran

The Pride of Maui is one of the largest and most stable power catamarans available in Maui's fleet of boats. Leaving from Maalaea Harbor the 'Pride' offers tours to Molokini in the mornings but will also operate beautiful sunset cruises a few times a week and in addition will provide one of the most comfortable boats for whale watching in the winter months.
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Captain Steve's Rafting

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28' Rigid Hull Inflatable, 30' and 38' RAIV

If you're longing for some ocean adventure on the high seas Captain Steve's Rafting departing off the West Maui Coast may be an excellent choice for you. Specializing in taking small groups, you'll be treated to extra attention from the captain and you will be encouraged to ask questions. He offers full and half-day tours to Lanai and fabulous whale watches during whale season.
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Aloha Blue Charters

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40' Power Catamaran

Aloha Blue Charters is unique in that it provides a 40' jet drive boat for use as a snorkel boat to Molokini and surrounding Maui snorkel locations but also is an ideal vessel for bottom fishing excursions and is also used for whale watching during whale season. It carries a maximum of 35 passengers on its snorkeling tours and has enough room on board for its fishing trips to allow for 10 separate anglers.
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Maui Kayaks

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Kayaking and Snorkeling Trips

Are you looking to go snorkeling from a kayak on your vacation to Maui? Maui Kayaks offers a variety of kayaking excursions departing from locations all over the island. They offer trips that are suited for all skill levels, from mellow first timer outings to strenuous advanced trips that will cover miles of distance.
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Aqua Adventures

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50' Power Yacht

Aqua Adventures offers Molokini trips, snuba diving and whale watching tours. Its fast boat motors quickly between destinations and allows more time for snorkeling or whale watching. One of Aqua Adventure's specialties is the Snuba option which allows snorkelers to breath underwater similar to a scuba diver but can be learned and practiced in one short lesson.
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Pacific Whale Foundation

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52' and 60' Power Catamaran, 52' and 65' Power Catamaran, 65' Power Catamaran, 65' Catamaran

The Pacific Whale Foundation is one of the main companies we have on island that goes out in search of the whales during the winter months. In addition, throughout the year they also offer boat tours to snorkel at Molokini, dolphin watches that look for dolphins and snorkel off the coast of Lanai and have rigid hull inflatable tours that visit the back side of Lanai.
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Frogman Charters

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55' Power Catamaran

The charter boat company Boss Frog's is also known by the name Frogman Charters and it operates Molokini tours, whale watches, sunset sails and dinner cruises from it departure point of Maalaea Harbor. It's two main boats are the 55' power catamaran Malolo and the 55' power catamaran Quicksilver.
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Ocean Riders

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27' Hard Bottom Inflatable, 48' Explorer Class Raft

Ocean Riders offers the most innovative and exciting trip to Lanai, a 70 mile circumnavigation of the Island in a heavy duty 18 passenger, 30 foot rigid hull inflatable powered by twin 250hp Mercury Outboards. Because of the vessel's extra weight, this offers the smoothest ride along these rugged and spectacular coastlines.
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Scotch Mist Sailing Charters

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50' Sailing Yacht, 50' Santa Cruz Sailing Yacht

The Scotch Mist is a 50' Santa Cruz Sailing Yacht which carries 18 passengers and offers sailing and snorkel charters off the coast of Maui. Having been the winner of the coveted Victoria to Maui Yacht Race in 1984, this vessel is a perfect choice to enjoy the waters off the coast of Maui and Lanai. She offers sailing and snorkel tours, sunset sails, trade wind sails and whale watching in season.
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Hawaii Ocean Project

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118' Motor Yacht.

The environmentally conscious Hawaii Ocean Project operates a number of tours out of the West Side of Maui port of Lahaina Harbor. Their touring options include day tours and ferry trips between Maui and Molokai, dinner cruises, sunset cruises, snorkeling tours to Lanai and whale watches. Marine naturalists will be on board to explain the marine life and ecological education is the underlying foundation of all its activities.
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Atlantis Adventures

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Submarine tours of Hawaii.

Atlantis Adventures will provide you with an opportunity to dive in absolute comfort in a 'state of the art', window filled submarine to a depth of about 100' for about forty minutes. Very spacious and air-conditioned these vessels hold just under fifty passengers as they are taken on one of the most unique rides of their lifetime.
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Big Kahuna Adventures Hawaii

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Kayak and Surf School Lessons

South Maui usually has near perfect conditions for learning to surf and the conditions for stand-up paddling and kayaking are generally glassy and calm as well. Big Kahuna Surf Adventures has long been taking advantage of these ideal conditions to give surf and stand-up lessons and kayak tours to Maui visitors.
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Lahaina Divers

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50' and 43' Custom Dive Boats

Lahaina Divers is perhaps the oldest and most established of the dive shops that run out of Lahaina. Lahaina Divers is a full service dive shop that has been in operation for over twenty-five years. Lahaina Divers provides scuba diving tours to Lanai, Molokini, and the West Maui Coastline.
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Makena Coast Charters Diving

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25' Dive Boat

A dive company that deals almost exclusively with dives on the south side of the island to Molokini and to the coastline off Wailea and Makena is Makena Coast Charters Diving. Their comfortable dive boat can take as many as twelve divers or as many as twenty snorkelers. Dive locations are most frequently the island of Molokini, which is usually a two tank dive.
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Wailea Boating Company

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36' Power Boat, 36' Powerboat (Private Charters)

If you're like many people you won't want to share your fantastic Maui ocean experience with others but would prefer to make it a day for just your own family or perhaps just for you and a couple other friends. The Wailea Boating Company may just be the boat for you as you'll be able to discuss the itinerary of your boating adventure with your captain and go off and enjoy the day. The 36', six passenger vessel is clean and comfortable.
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Wake Maui

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23' Ski Supreme V232 Boat

Wake Maui will provide you with some real fun and excitement on the ocean. Specializing in groups of 6 or less, this wake board pulled by a boat provides just about all the fun anyone can handle. It's easy to learn, and the personalized attention by the captain will make it all that more simple. The fact that these tours are often private for your family and friends, makes it even that much more enjoyable.
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Kainani Maui Sailing Charters

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Kainani Maui Sailing Charters

Her modern yacht shape, spacious interior, and blue water sailing capabilities make her the perfect Hawaii sailing charter boat. She is also available for Memorials at Sea or Ash Scattering Services and special requests.
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Surf Shack

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Reserve a surf lesson at the Surf Shack!

Do you think it would be fun to learn to surf when you're in Hawaii? Well come on down to the Surf Shack. The Surf Shack is South Maui's source for learning to surf in the waters off of Maui's Southern Shore. The Surf Shack has a variety of lessons to choose from.
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Hawaiian Outrigger Experience

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Book the Hawaiian Outrigger Experience.

Experience and relive a part of Hawaiian History as your cultural guides teach you traditional chants (oli), ancient myths, legends and historical facts. In honoring the wisdom and knowledge passed on by generations from ancestors. Offered daily Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tours depart from Wailea Beach in South Maui.
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Kaha Loa

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Make a reservation for the Kaha Loa

Kaha Loa is a 26-foot Glacier Bay power catamaran, perfect for cruising the waters around Lahaina and Maui. This boat features a shaded canopy top, an onboard marine head, fresh water shower, a full-feature stereo (feel free to bring your own music and we play it for you) a swim platform with ladder. There is plenty of seating on this boat, capable of carrying up to 10 guests, we only take a maximum of 6 guests in the interest of your comfort. The forward bow seating area is a very popular feature and this boat will reach speeds up to 28 knots, depending on ocean conditions.
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Wailea Kayaks

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Ideal for guests staying in South Maui

Your journey departs from beautiful Wailea Beach, in south Maui! Wailea in ancient Hawaii translated to "Waters of Sacred Happiness"! Come join in for an unforgettable experience!
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Sea Monkey

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Sea Monkey -  is a 31 foot Sea Ray Sundancer  Yacht

Sea Monkey is perfect for a private charter of up to 6 of your favorite people for a day or sunset on the water.
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Maui Ocean Sports

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Maui Ocean Sports - SUP and Kayak Rentals

Maui Ocean Sports is conveniently located on Front Street in Lahaina and offers Kayak adventures - Whale Watching and Snorkel tours in the winter months and SUP Stand Up Paddle lessons.
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Aloha Kayaks Maui

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Aloha Kayaks Maui

Aloha Kayak Maui is one of Maui's premier ocean activity providers. With years of ocean kayak and snorkel experience offering PRIVATE or GROUP kayak tours, whale watching, and Maui snorkeling.
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Maui Dive Shop

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Snorkeling, Introduction and Certified Dives on Maui

Maka Koa is a 48 foot Custom Pro dive boat with twin jet powered engines, 25 knot cruising speed. It offers fresh water shower, personal storage, shaded cabin, dive platform, bathrooms(2), and swim steps. She can also accommodate up to 20 divers and is certified for 49 passengers so there is plenty of room.
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HangLoose Maui Ocean Adventures

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Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Tours on Maui for groups or private parties.

Hang Loose Maui Ocean Adventures is owned by a local family providing guided private Kayak and Stand Up Paddle tours of the Olowalu and Makena coastal areas off Maui.
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Maui Reef Adventures

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Maui Reef Adventures- Maui Snorkel Tour and Private Charters on Exhilarating 42' Rigid Hull Rafts

Maui Reef Adventures offers private charters and the Molokini Turtle Town Snorkel Tour on their exhilarating 42' Rigid Hull Rafts.
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Of all the categories of activities that we offer on the Island of Maui, the one that is the most popular of all is snorkeling.

It's been that way since day one and why not? The conditions here are perfect to get in the ocean. The temperature is maybe 74 to 79 or 80 degrees year round, extremely temperate. We have some beautiful snorkeling locations.

We have underwater marine reserves like Molokini and Honolua Bay, Holopopa Bay and Lanai. It is something that everybody seems to want to get out at least one time, get in the water and see something really interesting and really nice. We've got lots and lots of different boats, different sizes, different companies that go to all these various places. All that diversity makes for all the interest that we have in snorkeling on Maui.

Where do they go? Let's take a look at the map really quick here and take a peak here. Here's Maui County. The most popular areas that we have, I guess the number one of them right here ... You can't quite see it on the map, but about four miles off the coast here of Maui is the Island of Molokini. We have lots of different boats that go out to Molokini.

It's primarily a morning thing. All the best weather conditions are in the morning, as they are, generally speaking, throughout Maui County. You'll probably want to go in the morning if you want to be doing some snorkeling. We do get wind chop and wave conditions that happen in the afternoon quite often so morning is usually the best time. Molokini is a major area that we have. There is a special section in the video section that we have that talks about Molokini exclusively so you might want to check that out on our website.

Another location that we snorkel is around the back side, we call this the back side of Maui here. There's an area called Kanaio and this is where we also have the La Perouse Bay area. As a rule, we have less boats that go in there so it's a little bit more remote, a little bit more private. Lots of fish and coral formations. One of the things that we do have on this coastline that's really fun is the Dolphins quite often. That is a place that they'll hang out so you get a chance to see them. The shore line, we have some caves back in there and beautiful views of Haleakala and Kaupo area from there.

As we go around this side, probably the most notable area that we have over here is the underwater marine reserve up on the very top, Honolua Bay. This is just one of my favorite places to snorkel, very, very beautiful. Beautiful coral formations and fish but just the bay, itself, is very picturesque and gorgeous. It is primarily a place that you'd want to go in the summer time. In the winter time, we have a tendency to have the big surf that comes in and Honolua Bay, you might know, is a very famous Surfing Spot, but not in the summers. In the summers, it's great for snorkeling. In winters, it's great for surfing. Anyway, that's a location for snorkeling.

Then there's also this Island of Lanai, which we can depart from either Lahaina or Kaanapali or even some that come out of Maalaea Harbor that go to Lanai. This is a great place to snorkel. There's a number of different snorkeling locations all the way along this area. One of the largest fully intact reefs in Hawaii is this reef that happens here in Lanai. You've got these great coral formations but then you also have all the different fish. That is also an area that you're going to be seeing or have a greater likelihood of seeing Dolphins. We have a lot of half-day tours that will take you out over to Lanai. You'll go up and down the coast here and then back to Lahaina, usually.

We also do have some full-day trips that will circumnavigate the entire island, which is kind of neat. You have to be in the mood to be on a boat for a full day. These are a little bit more adventuresome. Some people would find that a little bit too much and other people just can't get enough of it. Certainly, marine intensive. These would be the most marine intensive of the snorkeling trips that we have. You'll see a lots of different life forms of marine life and maybe even a shark or a manta, turtles and all the reef life and that sort of thing. Then they go all the way around and back to Lahaina. Those are more of a full day.

We've got half-day kinds of things, Molokini, four hours, five hours, half-day trips to Lanai. We've got full-day trips to Lanai. Those trips up to Honolua Bay are going to be more in the half-day area. Those are some of the beautiful places that we have.

Now there's another section that we talk about kayaking but if you're talking about snorkeling, we do snorkel off Kayaks and those are a fun way to see the ocean, too. That's another possibility for you.

Then one final thing I'll leave you with is a number of the boats we have, in addition to just using snorkeling gear, which is very simple to use. I should have mentioned that all the boats are going to explain how to operate the snorkeling gear. You'll be an expert in five minutes. Just a couple of things to know.

There's a few of the boats that we have that do Snuba as well. That's a combination of diving and snorkeling where you're out on a snorkel boat and you've got tanks that you breathe from that are floating on the surface of the ocean. Then you've got, instead of a backpack with tanks on, you've just got a hose that comes down from those tanks. You breathe through that hose. You're not going down very far on this. Maybe you're going ten or 15 feet at the most, I would think. You're at that level and you're snorkeling and you're not having to come back up. You're not on the surface. You're down below. You're essentially there for the tank of air. Those are a little bit more expensive and only on some boats, but it's a special little adaptation to the snorkeling that we do.

Anyway, snorkeling has many locations, many different boats, large boats, small boats, power boats, Sail Boats. There'll be a boat that's going to be comfortable for you. It is just excellent conditions on most days. Make sure you go out in the morning, if you can. Afternoons can be nice, too, but generally speaking, the mornings are going to be better. You will definitely have a great time on one of your many, many Maui snorkeling trips.

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