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Our most recommended Kihei Sailing Trips & Tours

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.

From Kihei: Molokini Volcanic Crater Snorkeling Cruise

4. 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

5. 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.

From Ma'alaea Afternoon Snorkel to Molokini or Coral Gardens

6. 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.

Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

7. Maui: Whale Watch Kayaking and Snorkel Tour in Kihei

Kayak through Maui's blue ocean on a guided whale-watching adventure. Glide along the water at eye-level with the ocean and get an up-close and personal view of whales and other sea creatures. Learn about the area and native wildlife from your guide and end your tour with a snorkeling excursion. After checking in, your expert guide will provide hands-on instruction on how to manage your kayak, from landing, launching, paddling, and how to get in and out for the snorkeling component. This tour features "sit on top" kayaks which make for easy-on/easy-off access. Your guide will launch each kayak, setting you out into the great blue sea. As a group on the water, your guide will brief you about what's planned and where you will visit. To begin your adventure, paddle out to search for whales. Along the way, your local guide will share island stories, information, folklore, and more. When the whales appear, you will have the opportunity to paddle along at a safe distance. Your guide will explain each behavior that the whales are presenting. After whale watching, paddle back to the shoreline along the reef to enjoy some snorkeling. The highlight for most is Hawaii's "Hono" or Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. They are abundant in this area, making it one of the best spots in Hawaii to see them. At the end of the trip, your guide will escort you back to the beach.

From Lahaina: Maui Nui Snorkeling with Breakfast and Lunch

8. From Lahaina: Maui Nui Snorkeling with Breakfast and Lunch

Embark on a snorkeling adventure with an open itinerary to discover the best snorkeling options available based on the day's ocean conditions. Depart from Lahaina and make 2 stops to explore the underwater world. Savor included breakfast, lunch, unlimited soft drinks, and 1 alcoholic drink. Start the tour with a continental breakfast as you meet your group for the day. Enjoy Maui vegetable frittata, assorted pastries, fruit platters, juice, and Maui coffee. Then, set off into the ocean in a boat small enough to go where bigger boats can't. Hear about the marine environment from the certified naturalist guides on board as you make your way to 2 popular snorkeling spots. Receive snorkeling instruction and learn how to identify the fish you'll see. Depending on ocean conditions, destinations could include Shark Fin or Lighthouse off the island of Lanai, Honolua Bay, Carthaginian, Mala, or Coral Gardens. Wherever you stop, marvel at a range of reef fish and coral with possible sightings of wild dolphins, green sea turtles, octopus, and more. Following your adventures in the ocean, relax with a delicious lunch cooked on board for you. This includes chicken breasts, kiawe-smoked pork with guava BBQ sauce, hot dogs, garden burgers, potato salad, Maui-style potato chips, and dessert. Enjoy accompanying refreshments of unlimited filtered water and soda, plus one complimentary alcoholic drink after snorkeling (beer and wine only). After lunch, you'll return to your original starting point.

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5.0 / 5

based on 24 reviews

This was a fantastic adventure. I also liked that we were supporting research in the ticket cost. The captain (Captain T) and crew were outstanding. We were able to go to do three places of snorkeling. The caldera site with lots of fish, a blue water swim and then closer to shore where the turtles were. Each site felt safe with 3 lifeguard personal outlining the snorkeling area. Getting in and out of the water was simple even for those with new knees and new hips. Spinner dolphins passed by as an added bonus. The breakfast was unexpected and nice. The lunch was cooked right on the boat. The philosophy of stewardship to the environment was evident.

First of all the creator is awesome!!!! It’s a totally amazing reef. Secondly, our crew was phenomenal! Our captain was fantastic! So was our guy Jake, the blonde girl who likes Nathaniel Rateliff, our amazing bartender, our seasick girl Robin and the rest of the crew! Truly some of the most helpful, sweetest, knowledgeable people we could have been around. Thank you guys for adding to a wonderful honeymoon experience!!

Kyle, you are the absolute best!! Thank you for making this experience the highlight of our trip!!! We had the BEST time. The turtles... and the dolphins at the end were just breathtaking. We can not thank you enough. We're going to recommend all of our friends do this . Thanks again.

The tour was well organized. The team made sure we are taken care of. Guides were competent and during snorkeling they kept an eye on every one and made sure everything was ok.

Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a great time and food was good.