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Maui Snorkel at a Glance


For thrill-seekers of all ages, PacWhale’s Maui snorkeling tours offer the adventure of a lifetime. From swimming alongside dolphins to exploring Maui’s most vibrant coral reefs and volcanic craters, our expert team provides active guidance ensuring every guest is safe and prepared for a fun-filled snorkeling experience.

  • The crescent-shaped islet of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 fish species.
  • The island of Lana​‘i​ is known for its rugged coastline full of vibrant reefs, sea turtles and wild dolphins.
  • Honolua Bay is a protected marine conservation area off the western coast of Maui.
  • All three destinations are among the Island’s most scenic snorkeling spots.
  • Wildlife Info
    • When you snorkel Maui, you’ll have the chance to swim and explore alongside a wide range of fish species including butterflyfish, triggerfish, and several different kinds of marine fish.
    • The Molokini Crater itself is home to hundreds of fish species – many of which are native to Maui.
    • Some of our Maui snorkeling tours, like the ​Lana‘i Snorkel & Dolphin Watch​, provide guests with unique encounters with lively spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and spotted dolphins.
    • The green sea turtle (honu) is one of the oldest turtle species ever researched on the Island. This iconic turtle species likes moving in groups and are truly an amazing sight to see up close.
    • Keep your eyes peeled for other forms of wildlife that are often hiding in and around nearby reefs including sea cucumbers, urchins, sand dollars, starfish, and many others. These amazing creatures can be just as colorful and vibrant as some of the fish you’ll see while snorkeling Maui’s coastline.
  • Weather & Climate
    • The great thing about snorkeling Maui is you can get in the water any time of year and see something special. The Island’s tropical conditions keep the air and water feeling relatively warm all year-round.
    • If you’re concerned about being too cold, however, summer is the best time to go. Water temperature, while still comfortable overall, is coldest during the winter months (a neoprene wetsuit is recommended).
    • Another factor with snorkeling during the winter months is the wave sizes (swell). While wave sizes are difficult to predict and depend on your specific snorkel location, winter typically has larger wave sizes than other seasons.
    • Our tours concentrate on ideal snorkeling destinations with calm seas and low winds like Maalaea and Honolua Bay.

As our most popular Maui snorkel tour, the Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel lets you explore the Island’s world-famous Molokini crater including a second snorkel spot along a reef known for green sea turtle sightings and underwater lava arches.

The coast of Lana​‘​i is one of the top snorkel destinations in the world. On the Lana​‘​i Snorkel & Dolphin Watch tour, guests will have the opportunity to cruise this largely uninhabited coastline and snorkel a reef filled with wild spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, spotted dolphins and other sea life.

Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail

Lahaina

Come aboard Ocean Spirit, Maui's newest luxury sailing catamaran, and cruise the beautiful Kaʻanapali coastline to the breathtaking waters of Honolua Bay.

Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail

Lahaina

Come aboard Ocean Spirit, Maui's newest luxury sailing catamaran, and cruise the beautiful Kaʻanapali coastline to the breathtaking waters of Honolua Bay.

Honolua Bay is one of the most scenic snorkeling destinations in the world. On our Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail, guests will aboard the luxurious Ocean Spirit catamaran and visit two secluded snorkel sites that boast an abundance of colorful marine life.

For an intimate, small-group adventure, our Molokini Wild Side Snorkel is recommended for any intermediate to advanced snorkelers looking to experience Maui’s iconic Molokini crater like never before.

PM Wild Side Snorkel | Ma’alaea

Maʻalaea

If you’re looking for something a little different and more adventurous in an afternoon snorkel, come join this small group experience that will take you off the beaten path.

PM Wild Side Snorkel | Ma’alaea

Maʻalaea

If you’re looking for something a little different and more adventurous in an afternoon snorkel, come join this small group experience that will take you off the beaten path.

Our PM Wild Side Snorkel tour is an intimate session for advanced snorkelers. With no set itinerary in place, snorkel destinations will vary according to ocean conditions and the preferences of each individual group.