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Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Quicksilver Charters

Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Quicksilver Charters

From US$ 89.95 per person

Cruise to Lahaina Turtle Town and spot Hawaiian green sea turtles and brightly colored tropical fish on this snorkel cruise. During whale season view humpback whales in their natural habitat.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund
Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide


  • Take in panoramic views of the west Maui mountains, Lanai, and Molokai
  • Snorkel at Turtle Town Lahaina and discover the home of dozens of sea turtles
  • See nenue (lowfin chubs), goatfish, octopus, black durgon, and frogfish
  • See humpback whales swimming in their natural habitat during whale season
  • Hear about the fascinating behavior of humpback whales and their place in Hawaii
Full description

Spot Hawaii's native marine life in its natural habitat on a snorkel cruise to Turtle Town from Lahaina. Swim past green sea turtles, Moorish idols, and even humpback whales. For beginners, there is an onboard snorkel demonstration before you set out. Enjoy an onboard lunch and drinks.

Set sail from Lahaina Harbor towards Turtle Town, aka Mala Wharf (if weather conditions allow). In 1992, a powerful hurricane destroyed Mala Pier. The surviving posts have created an artificial reef and sanctuary where corals and other marine life thrive. Spot Moorish idols, green sea turtles, and saddle wrasse while snorkeling here. If snorkel conditions are not ideal at Turtle Town a.k.a. Mala Wharf, cruise to one of the other premier westside snorkel locations such as Honolua Bay, Airport Beach, or Launiupoko. All of these locations offer an excellent opportunity to see Hawaiian green sea turtles, brightly colored tropical fish, and beautiful coral reef formations. During the whale season (December to April), observe humpback whales as they enjoy the warm Hawaiian waters. This tour segment will include expert narration about the whales and provide a play-by-play commentary of the whales' behavior as you view them.

  • Lunch (hot dogs, chips, and a chocolate chip cookie)
  • Veggie wrap (avocado, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and onion)
  • Water, soda, juice, coffee, and/or tea
  • Captain and crew
  • Snorkeling 101 tutorial
  • Snorkel gear
  • Flotation devices
  • Whale watch (December to April)
  • 2 restrooms
  • Access to 2 showers
  • 2nd deck jumping platform
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages (available to purchase, $3 each)
  • Wetsuits (available to rent for $10 per person)
  • Underwater cameras (available to rent for $75 each)
  • Dramamine (available to purchase)
  • Parking fees
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • Non-swimmers

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Meeting point

Meet at the Main Loading Dock at Lahaina Harbor to fill out a safety waiver and check in. Please give yourself extra time to find parking. Mandatory check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Towel
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Vaping
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Drinks

Know before you go

  • The whale-watching season runs from December to April
  • 24-hour cancellation policy to receive a full refund/reschedule
  • Dietary restrictions must be noted at booking to reserve meals (Vegetarian, Kosher, etc.)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The minimum drinking age is 21 years old
  • Snorkel spots are determined daily by the captain based on weather, swell, and snorkel conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 298 reviews

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FANTASTIC! I had so much fun on this excursion. The crew and the captain were great! The water felt so good and after finally seeing some turtles and taking some photos underwater, I went back to the boat and enjoyed fresh veggies and a couple hotdogs for lunch. We cruised around for a bit before returning to the dock, and it was a beautiful day. I will definitely be doing this again when I return to Maui!

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October 31, 2022

What a fantastic experience it was. I had never swam with wild sea turtles up so close. All the crew members and the captain was really friendly. They offered nice food and drinks after the swim. There won't be a better way to spend the day on the island. Loved the afternoon start too as we got to sleep in and just chill out in the morning.

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October 24, 2022

Bring cash to tip! Super helpful, captain does a training class for newbie snorkelers which was very good. Everyone is helpful and accommodating and take safety seriously. We stopped at this reef full of beautiful fish - did not see any turtles, sadly, but it was such a great time and over too soon (it was nearly an hour and a half in the water, probably the perfect amount of time). I would definitely recommend!

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October 4, 2022

Product ID: 398423