Our Lanai snorkel tour earns rave reviews from Maui vacationers and residents alike, so if you haven’t tried it yet, we hope you will soon. If you’re staying on Maui, snorkeling at the surrounding reefs is easy and accessible, but what about the amazing spots on the neighbor islands. A trip to Lanai is a real treat, and since no two reefs are the same, you’ll enjoy a unique experience with your friends, loved ones, or whoever you’re bringing on board with you.
One of the highlights of the Lanai trip has got to be the spinner dolphins that we regularly see on our journey. Sightings aren’t guaranteed, but when they show up, they make their presence well known with their trademark spins through the air. Dolphins love to ride the bow wave, because it pushes them forward faster, requiring less work for them when they opt to swim along with us. These little dolphins are so lively and acrobatic, they almost make it seem like they are looking for attention! For our guests, the photo opportunities are endless.
When we arrive at Lanai, we’ll take you to two different snorkeling spots, where Hawaiian green sea turtles are commonly sighted, along with a myriad of other marine life. The corals are home to a rainbow of fish. Tangs are a common sight, as are triggerfish, parrotfish, pufferfish and wrasses. Bright yellow butterflyfish are popular residents at these reefs, including the pennant butterflyfish that swim in small schools, flashing their yellow tails and bold black and white stripes.
Urchins, sea cucumbers and starfish are often found in these reefs, and if you’re lucky, you may spot an elusive octopus or shy hermit crab, both of which tend to blend in with their surroundings as a defense strategy. Eels can sometimes be seen cruising along the bottom of the reef and keeping to themselves, when they aren’t tucked in their little dens.
Sound like a world you’d like to explore? Hop aboard our 70-foot catamaran, the Kaulana of Maui, enjoy a continental breakfast on our journey out and absorb the stunning views surrounding you from either of our two decks. The Pacific Ocean is stunning here in the mornings, and you can see several neighbor islands as we move along. When we arrive, you’ll have plenty of time to explore both snorkeling stops, and then you can get back onboard and refresh yourself with our full BBQ lunch and a complimentary cocktail. Your snorkel gear will be provided for you, and our expert crew will give you any instruction you need in using it. We also provide flotation devices for your safety. For extra fun, we have a slide from our upper deck into the water. The kids love it, but so do the grown ups!
If you’ve made up your mind to join us on one of these amazing adventures, you can book your trip on our Lanai Snorkeling Boat Tour page. But if you need more information first, or would rather book over the phone, you’ll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. We look forward to seeing you out there! Mahalo!