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Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

1. Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina

Enjoy stunning sunset on the coast of Maui on a catamaran cruise from Lahaina. Lay back on the forward trampolines or sit under the covered cabin space while savoring mouth-watering cold hors d’oeuvres and sipping on chilled drinks. Keep an eye out for whales as you sail.  Depart from Lahaina and set sail in the waters of Maui. Admire breathtaking views of the verdant and dynamic shores as the sunset paints the sea in a golden glow. Have a refreshing cocktail or snack on a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres.  From December to May, enjoy the thrill of watching the humpback whales as they make their yearly journey to Hawaii. During the rest of the year, keep your eyes peeled for graceful seabirds and the black-finned Māui dolphin.  Return to your meeting point in Lahaina at the end of your cruise. 

Lahaina: Afternoon Turtle Town Snorkel Cruise

2. Lahaina: Afternoon Turtle Town Snorkel Cruise

Take in the beautiful scenery on an afternoon charter that takes you to Lahaina Turtle Town. Considered one of the best snorkel spots in Maui for its artificial reef, made from the remains of the Mala Wharf. Snorkel in the stunningly clear waters, and catch sight of the vibrant sea life. What makes this spot special is the artificial reef and its recreation among the destroyed Mala Wharf by a 30-foot surf during hurricane Iniki in 1992. Now it is a healthy reef and home to a vast array of sea life including Green Sea Turtles, Nenue (lowfin chubs), Goatfish, Octopus, Black Durgeon, Frogfish, and Parrotfish. Enjoy snorkeling in the translucent waters of Maui, sure to leave you in awe with abundant sea life and unreal clear visibility. Afternoon snorkels on Maui are a treat! There are very few options that do afternoon snorkel charters, which allows us to bring you to an exclusive area that will be little to no other tourism in the area - giving a unique experience you're sure to love. Lahaina Turtle Town is a very unique and highly desired snorkel location featuring turtle cleaning stations and an abundance of reef fish. This afternoon trip brings the possibility of experiencing an awesome boat snorkel charter without having to wake up at the break of dawn to get to the morning trips! Sleep in, enjoy the morning, and come for an awesome snorkel charter in the afternoon. Whale watch season officially starts December 1, 2021, so along with an awesome afternoon snorkel tour, you will have the opportunity to go Whale watching too. Humpback whales visit the Hawaiian Islands seasonally, so this is a combination of snorkeling at a beautiful reef as well as whale watching on the same tour. All snorkel spots are determined daily weather permitting. Please understand and respect the captain's decisions on the safest snorkel locations for the day. Where ever your captain takes you, the crew will provide you with snorkeling tips and gear. The catamaran has 2 restrooms and freshwater showers available for passengers. 

From Lahaina: Lana'i Coast Maui Sail and Snorkel Trip

3. From Lahaina: Lana'i Coast Maui Sail and Snorkel Trip

Start the tour by boarding a brand new luxury catamaran at the dock in Lahaina. Set off on your incredible adventure along the spectacular coastline of Lana'i. Onboard the vessel, enjoy a continental breakfast of tropical fruit, freshly baked banana bread, and locally roasted coffee. Head towards the pristine reefs along Lana’i’s south shores where you'll discover stunning sea cliffs, uncrowded snorkeling sites, and expansive island views. Get geared up with the snorkeling equipment provided and plunge into the warm waters to discover an array of local marine life.  This relaxed tour does not have a set destination, so the experienced crew can select the best locations based on sea conditions, and visit multiple snorkel sites when time and weather allow. After swimming and snorkeling, sit back with a drink and enjoy a full lunch while trying to catch a sighting of Lana’i’s famous spinner dolphins. Finally, return to the dock where your memorable day at sea concludes.

From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

4. From Lahaina: Lana'i Snorkel and Dolphin Adventure Cruise

Explore an entirely new island in Hawaii on a catamaran cruise from Maui to Lanai. Jump into the cool and clear waters to snorkel and swim with vibrant marine life and look up to towering cliffs above you. Enjoy a continental breakfast and deli sandwich lunch while you sail under the warm Hawaiian sun. Keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, who are known to frequent the area. Listen to music and your captain share his knowledge about this island paradise and the abundant sea life that makes this area their home. Arrive on the Lanai coast and explore the underwater world accompanied by a crew member throughout. Take advantage of the waterslide for extra fun. Marvel at the marine life as you snorkel beneath towering cliffs reaching up to 300 feet. Be among the few to snorkel at remote locations with great visibility, such as Shark Fin Rock and Manele Bay. See a spectacular view of the West Maui Mountains while enjoying a beverage and Quicksilver Crew Trivia on the trip back to Lahaina.

Maui: Dolphin Sailing Adventure with Lunch and Drinks

5. Maui: Dolphin Sailing Adventure with Lunch and Drinks

Get ready to experience the thrill of sailing alongside dolphins in the wild on a luxury sailing vessel. As you go, learn fascinating facts about the wild dolphins from your certified marine naturalist guide. Snap memorable photos when you catch a glimpse of the islands' acrobatic spinner dolphins, friendly bottlenose dolphins, and curious spotted dolphins. Enjoy an adventure great for all ages, and rest assured that dolphin sightings are guaranteed, else you can go again free on another Dolphin Watch within one year. During your sailing adventure, savor an included lunch and sip on 1 complimentary alcoholic drinks as you pass by the scenic shores of Maui.

Maui: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Champagne from Lahaina

6. Maui: Sunset Sailing Cruise with Champagne from Lahaina

A perfect Maui experience is not complete without witnessing the beauty of a sunset while out on the ocean. Board Paragon to experience a sunset sailing cruise and watch the sun dip below the horizon as you glide along the picturesque west cost of Maui. Beverages, including locally brewed beer, mai tais, wine, and champagne, are served as well as pupus (appetizers). This is as close as you can get to yachting, but make no mistake — when the wind is up it can be quite an exhilarating sail. During season from December to May, enjoy the thrill of watching the humpback whales that make their way to Hawaii each year.

Lahaina: 2-Hour Whale Watch Cruise Aboard the Quicksilver

7. Lahaina: 2-Hour Whale Watch Cruise Aboard the Quicksilver

Travel via high-speed catamaran from Lahaina Harbor to the Maui Channel to see the humpback whales, who return to Hawaii for a few months each year to mate and give birth. Get up close to these creatures in their native environment. Keep your eyes peeled for whales slapping the surface with their pectoral fins (their very long side fins), flukes (the tail), or peduncle (the strong muscles attaching the tail to the rest of the body). See the majesty of a breaching whale, if you are lucky. This is when a whale rises completely out of the water and crashes down again. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

West Maui: Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

8. West Maui: Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch

Nobody knows the waters of Maui better than this local crew. Let them be your hosts as you explore and snorkel the incredible West Maui coast on Paragon. What’s your destination? Some local favorites are Olowalu, Honolua, and Mokuleia Bay, but the Captain will decide where the absolute best conditions are for the day. Depart Lahaina and head for the snorkel spot, usually about an hour away by boat. Spend some time snorkeling, viewing some of Maui’s most amazing underwater sea life.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, as well as all refreshments including local beer, wine, and Mai Tais. Tradewinds usually pick up in the afternoon, just in time for an exhilarating sail back to the harbor.

From Lahaina: Eco-Raft Snorkel and Dolphin Tour to Lanai

9. From Lahaina: Eco-Raft Snorkel and Dolphin Tour to Lanai

Enjoy a family-friendly eco-raft tour from Lahaina to the small island of Lanai. Uncover a hidden world as you snorkel crystal-clear water at remote Lanai spots. Stop to watch majestic whales during the migration season (December-April). Take a snorkel break and enjoy drinks and snacks.  Hop aboard an adventure-style 27-foot hard bottom pontoon boat and depart from Slip 8 in Lahaina Harbor. Start with a Hawaiian Style breakfast of banana bread with passion fruit cream cheese and a fresh fruit platter of pineapple and strawberries. The longer 6 hour tour includes lunch wraps, Chicken Caesar, Turkey Bacon or Veggie Hummus (GF buns available by request). Afternoon snacks include Maui Style potato chips and cookies, drinks are soda, green tea and water. Search for dolphins that are regularly seen as you make your way to Lanai. Get beginner instructions on snorkeling and use our high quality snorkel gear and pool noodles and float belts devices for a confident snorkeling experience.  Protect your skin and the environment with complimentary reef-safe sunscreen. Depending on the season, the tour will include additional snorkel spots or whale watching.  Find out more about Maui's fantastic sea life you experience on your trip from your marine naturalist guide who will be snorkeling with you during the tour. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Maui: Catamaran Whale Cruise from Lahaina or Māʻalaea Harbor

10. Maui: Catamaran Whale Cruise from Lahaina or Māʻalaea Harbor

Discover why Maui is the place to spot humpback whales during an exciting ocean adventure in peak migration season. Board a comfortable catamaran at either Māʻalaea or Lahaina Harbor and escape into the ‘Au ‘au channel which boasts the greatest number of whales near Maui. Venture out into the warm and protected ocean waters which make an ideal location for the humpbacks to mate and give birth to their calves. Known for their acrobatics, the whales are often seen fully breaching out of the ocean. Join the captain and crew in keeping a lookout as you stay refreshed with a variety of beverages, including wine and local beer. This trip is exclusively sailing, so relax onboard without the drone of a motor as you head to wherever the whales may be. Sailing out of Māʻalaea Bay and Lahaina can be quite exhilarating on a catamaran, so keep in mind that this trip can be more of an adventure if the winds are up.

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What people are saying about Lahaina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 65 reviews

Super friendly and informative staff! Learned more about dolphins on this trip than I knew in a lifetime!

its was really fun ride,seen multiple Dolphins and for longer time.do this ride for sure

Captain Jenny, Shannon, Jamie, and James were fantastic! Such a great time.

Great crew, fun and knowledgeable. Snorkeling was good.

Very fun, enjoyable experience for all of my family!