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Top 10 Maui Snorkeling Tours

 While other Hawaiian Islands may compete with Maui for the most biologically diverse snorkeling destinations, none can compare to the dramatic natural beauty and otherworldly locales of the Maui snorkeling scene. On Maui, you can snorkel in the sheltered bay of an offshore crescent island or in the shadows of Lanai’s towering red sea cliffs. But it’s not all over the top here—Ka’anapali Beach near Lahaina is a great place to snorkel and all you need to do is strap on a mask and walk out into the waves. Check out this list of the top 10 Maui snorkeling tours!

molokini crater

#1 – Molokini Crater

This is the must-do snorkeling experience on Maui. Molokini, just off the coast of the South Maui shore, is an extinct volcanic crater and home to over 700 diverse species of fish. Explore the ridges of its reefs and watch fish dip in and out of nooks and crannies. This morning tour includes continental breakfast, lunch, drinks and all the gear!

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honolua bay

#2 – West Maui Coast

The shores of West Maui are well known for their rich snorkeling destinations, including Olowalu, Cliff House, Mala Wharf, and Honolua Bay. This luxurious catamaran sail will take you along the coast from Ka’anapali Beach, hitting the two best West Maui snorkeling spots. Breakfast, lunch, and premium bar drinks are included—as is a chance to lay out on the deck and catch some rays!

Family-friendly | Food and drinks included | All gear included

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coral reef

#3 – Pali Coast & Coral Gardens

Protected from strong winds by the West Maui Mountains, the Coral Gardens is an ideal snorkeling destination on Maui year-round. Just south of Olowalu, this rich ecosystem is home to a diverse population of marine life including angelfish, triggerfish, butterflyfish, and parrotfish, as well as an impressive array of natural reef formations. A must-see! Check out this tour which will take you there from Ma’alaea.

Family-friendly | Food and drinks included | All gear included

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blue maui

#4 – Blue Maui

Looking for something a bit more rugged? Check out Blue Maui which operates awesome snorkeling tours right from Ka’anapali beach. Their compact boat, the Sea Blade, is fast and comfortable, and the small-group tour sizes make this experience more intimate. There’s no set destination with Blue Maui—they’ll take you wherever they know the conditions will be best for the day.

Small-group tours | Food and drinks included | All gear included

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sail maui lanai

#5 – Lana’i

Famous for its remote tropical beaches and pristine reefs, the island of Lana’i is a fabulous off-shore snorkeling destination, accessible only from Maui. This tour will take you across to the island with stops at Manele Bay and Hulopo’e Beach. Expect to see lots of tropical fish as well as very few other snorkelers at this remote Maui snorkeling destination. Breakfast and lunch included!

Family-friendly | Food and drinks included | All gear included

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kayaking with seal

#6 – Makena

Located in South Maui, picturesque Makena is home to some of the best Maui snorkeling available. As an added bonus, Makena typically doesn’t see the same crowds as West Maui and is a popular destination for those looking to avoid the crush. The best way to snorkel here is just off the coast. Check out this excellent kayak tour which will take you to the best spots and provides all the gear.

Ages 5+ | Snacks included | All gear included

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#7 – Mala Wharf

The Mala Wharf, just north of Lahaina, is well known as an awesome snorkeling destination due to its impressive sunken pier as well as the large population of turtles that live there. Built in 1922, the wharf succumbed to Hurricane Iniki in 1992, which caused most of the pier to collapse into the sea. Today it’s an accessible and interesting snorkeling destination. Check out this Xpress tour which takes you directly to the wharf and back from Ka’anapali Beach.

Family-friendly | Food and drinks included | All gear included

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#8 – Olowalu

Olowalu is home to an incredible fringe reef, making it a must-see Maui snorkeling destination. The snorkeling here is best accessible from the shore on kayaks, so check out this guided kayak snorkel. Expect to find turtle cleaning stations and an abundance of marine life! As a bonus, this beach is along a popular corridor for whales to travel during the season. From December to April, you’re likely to see humpback whales!

Ages 5+ | Food and drinks included | All gear included

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#9 – Half-Day Snorkeling Experience

Are you looking for the full Maui snorkeling experience? Check out this half-day snorkeling experience with Ka’anapali Ocean Adventures. Travel to the island of Lana’i as well as see two famous Maui snorkeling spots. This tour includes snacks and drinks—and all the gear is included.

Family-friendly | Snacks included | All gear included

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#10 – Private Shoreline Snorkel

Prefer to go your own pace? Try this private shoreline experience with Shoreline Snorkel. They offer snorkel experiences from the shore—no boats required—and you can check out their guided beach tour, guided three-beach tour, or their night snorkel. These tours are lead by experienced guides who know the best places to go on the island, as well as all the varieties of aquatic life.

Family-friendly | All gear included

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