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Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

1. Maui: Eco-Friendly Molokini and Turtle Town Tour with Lunch

Discover the underwater worlds of Molokini crater and Turtle Arches on this cruise from Maui. Get instruction on how to snorkel before exploring the reef. Learn about this biodiverse environment from professional naturalists. Eat a delicious breakfast before starting your trip. Enjoy a continental breakfast including pastries, fruit, and coffee before sailing out to Molokini. Molokini, Maui’s iconic crescent-shaped islet, is a beautiful reef known for its crystal clear waters, abundant coral, colorful fish, and resting seabirds. A protected marine conservation area, this volcanic crater is only accessible by boat with a certified tour operator and is the #1 snorkeling destination in Maui. Learn about the history and nature of your surroundings and the efforts being made to protect the ocean here.  Following your time at Molokini, head to Turtle Arches and enjoy a bonus snorkel site with its underwater lava formations and frequent turtle sightings. Watch for sea turtles, eels, octopi, and other reef fish. Once you are done snorkeling and have worked up an appetite, enjoy a freshly prepared lunch of grilled chicken, burgers, and salad before heading back to Ma'alaea Harbor.

Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

2. Lahaina: Turtle Town Snorkel and Whale Watching Cruise

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.

Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

3. Maui: Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Explore the ocean and see marine wildlife on this family-friendly kayaking tour, great for children 5 and up. Go snorkeling and feast on complimentary snacks and beverages as you go. Take a group kayaking tour where you will kayak roughly 2.5 miles through Makena Bay. Turtle Town is known as one of Maui's best kayaking and snorkeling destinations. Spot ocean wildlife as you battle through the blue Hawaiian surf. This location is famous for the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle population and exceptional paddling conditions on Maui's calm blue waters. It is also very common to see manta rays and dolphins as well as the Hawaiian monk seal. During whale season (October through April) you will have the opportunity to see Humpback whales during their annual migration to the Islands to mate and give birth. Take advantage of the opportunity to snorkel in this unique environment. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages as part of your tour.

Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

4. Maui: Snorkeling Tour for Non-Swimmers in Kihei

Discover the marine biodiversity of Hawaii without knowing how to swim with this snorkeling tour that is designed for beginners. Experience swimming through schools of brightly colored fish on this guided experience that includes all the gear that you need.  Meet your guide and get set up with your mask, snorkel, fins, lifejacket, and wetsuit. Watch as your guide teaches, shows, and explains the art of snorkeling. Practice in the shallow water with life jackets or other flotation devices.  Get comfortable with the water and find out how to float freely in shallow water before heading out into deeper water (10-20 feet) for 5-10 minutes. Become confident breathing with your snorkel before setting off in search of turtles and other marine life. Head to one of the best local coral reefs which is teeming with Hawaiian marine life, including green sea turtles. Return to your starting point before ending your tour. 

Maui: Waterfalls Tour with Kayaking, Snorkeling and Hiking

5. Maui: Waterfalls Tour with Kayaking, Snorkeling and Hiking

Start your day in the Makena Landing Beach Park on the south side of Maui. Grab a kayak and paddle over the waves beneath the warm Hawaii sun.  Dive in and take the plunge as you snorkel in crystal clear waters. Be sure to be on the lookout for Hawaii's famous Green Sea Turtles grazing at the bottom or floating at the surface. Head for the lush rainforest and cross through the scenic green landscape. Once you arrived at the waterfalls you can jump off the cliffs and then relax in the pools below.

Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

6. Maui: Self Guided Clear Bottom Kayak Tour

Leave dry land behind and sail around Makena Landing, also known locally as “Turtle Town”. Feast your eyes on the incredible biodiversity of green sea turtles and reef fish, as well as the occasional manta and spotted eagle rays, octopi, dolphins, monk seals, humpback whales (December through April) and little white-tip reef sharks. After receiving a quick tutorial, you'll be helped to launch your boat into the water. Then, you'll have 2 full hours far from the tourist crowds paddling anywhere you want on a steady and easy-to-use kayak. The more you take your time, the more you're likely to see!

From Kihei: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

7. From Kihei: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

Explore beautiful underwater landscapes around Molokini Crater, and enjoy snorkeling while trying to spot some of the crater's 250 different marine species. Cruise through clear waters from Maui to reach the crater and enjoy snorkeling with its many marine species on this snorkeling cruise. Meet your skipper and depart from the Kihei Boat Landing on Maui. Snap pictures of the shore as embark on your cruise. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride to the Molokini Crater. Listen as your skipper provides you with fascinating educational information about the area. Stop at the crescent-shaped and partially submerged volcanic crater of Molokini. Use the provided snorkeling gear to explore the 38 hard coral species in the area. Have the chance to spot marine life like black triggerfish, yellow tang, parrotfish, butterflyfish, and bluefin. Uncover the beauty of the ancient volcanic crater of Molokini on this snorkeling cruise from Maui. Swim through waters that are teeming with colorful marine life including various types of hard coral. Enjoy swimming through waters with up to 100 feet of visibility. After snorkeling, return to the Kihei Boat Landing on Maui.

Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

8. Maui: Premium Turtle Town Kayak and Snorkel Tour

On this premier tour you will have a full morning of kayaking and snorkeling in Maui’s beautiful south coast. Anyone needing more water time, snorkeling and sunshine, this 3-mile paddle is the trip you're looking for. Expect a full morning of kayaking, exceptional snorkeling, reef life, beautiful corals, and turtles everywhere. Based on the weather and ocean currents, your expert tour guide will adjust your trip to either be more kayaking or more snorkeling to ensure the best excursion. In this small group setting, you will have more time to be in the water and see more marine wildlife! Before the action begins, you will receive an orientation with your guides, ensuring that you have all the appropriate snorkel and kayaking gear you require. During your guided tour you will get to stop at 2-3 prime snorkeling spots. These spots have been chosen to maximize your chances of seeing beautiful underwater marine life. You will also have the chance to enjoy some delicious snacks and beverages throughout the day, provided by your friendly and informative guides.

Maui: Kalama Beach Park Surf Lessons

9. Maui: Kalama Beach Park Surf Lessons

After you've checked in for your surfing adventure, your instructor will run through some dry land instruction so you can practice getting up and staying on the board. After this, you will be taken to the water' edge, where you will leash up and splash in. For group lessons, you'll paddle out and line up, and once out in the water your instructor will monitor you to ensure you're safe and off on the right foot. Surf lesson times are at 8:00AM, 10:00AM and 12:00PM, and it is recommended to take the early lesson to allow the most time for learning. Your expert instructor will get you up and surfing quickly and with ease. In no time at all, you'll learn proper techniques, surf etiquette, and how to ride a wave.

From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

10. From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

Explore one of Maui’s most impressive sites on this relaxing afternoon catamaran cruise to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens. Dive into the rich marine biodiversity of the reefs in this partially submerged volcanic crater. Head to the meeting point at Maalaea Harbor for your check-in before boarding the Malalo catamaran. Set sail and admire the beautiful Pacific coastal views as you cruise towards your snorkel site. Stop at the ideal snorkeling location for that day. Have the option to purchase food and drink aboard. Jump into the pleasant water and look for colorful fish like parrot fish, yellow tang, and cornet fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive spotted eagle ray. Feel free to rent wetsuits, digital underwater cameras, and prescription masks on the day of your activity to enhance your aquatic experience. After your unforgettable swim, relax with a drink (available to purchase) on deck as you return to your boarding point.

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What people are saying about Kihei

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,779 reviews

We have enjoyed snorkling very much. The instructors were too good and so jovial. If we visit Maui again. We want to do snorkling with this team only. Thanks guys. This is the first time we have felt have done real snorkling.

Excellent adventure. highly recommend it. We got lucky and got great weather, ie. no wind. Even with a 715 start time water was warm enough to snorkel without a wetsuit.

It was great. I was alone and the guides kept jokeing about the fact that I was solo to the whole crowd. It made me uncomfortable . Other than that I loved it!!!!

Great guide! A wonderful experience. We were able to see several sea turtles while snorkeling.

Group 10 or less people - it was a great experience!