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Maui is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water, so it's no surprise that snorkeling is one of the most popular activities here. The reefs around Maui are some of the most diverse in Hawaii and offer something for everyone.

There are plenty of great spots to explore, from Honolua Bay to DT Fleming Beach to Kaanapali Beach and more, all with a warm and paradisiac setting.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced snorkeler, there's a tour waiting for you in Maui.

Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Encounter

$139.95 Per Adult

Snorkel Lanai From Maui!

5.5 Hour Tour

Breakfast & Lunch

Morning Departure

Departs From Lahaina

Turtle Town Snorkel Lahaina

$89.95 Per Adult

All Ages Welcome

3.5 Hour Tour

Lunch Included

Afternoon Departure

Departs From Lahaina

Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Encounter
Guided Tour - Morning Tour
5.5 Hours

Tour Description:

An Incredible Dolphin & Snorkeling Adventure in Lanai
Ready for an epic Lanai snorkeling tour? Awesome! Let’s go! We’re delighted to host you and your family aboard the Quicksilver and guide your exploration of Lanai’s remote underwater world. One of the most unique places you can snorkel on Maui is actually off Maui, on Lana’i! Just 8.8 miles across the channel is the Pineapple Isle – Maui’s closest neighbor island

Turtle Town Snorkel Lahaina
Guided Tour - Afternoon Tour
3.5 Hours

Tour Description:

Enjoy a Cruise & Snorkel Adventure in Lahaina Turtle Town!
Quicksilver Maui Deluxe Snorkeling Tour is now offering an afternoon snorkeling charter to the magnificent snorkel spot Lahaina Turtle Town! Lahaina Turtle Town is where turtles are almost always seen amongst a variety of beautiful Hawaiian fish!

The Maui Snorkeling Tours we took by Real Hawaii Tours was An Adventurous and exhilarating experience!

Daniel T. - Maui Visitor

Why Book a Snorkeling Tour On Maui?

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There are plenty of reasons to book a snorkeling tour on Maui. For one thing, Maui is home to some of the world's most beautiful and diverse marine life. As a snorkeler, you will have plenty to see, with over 40 different species of coral and hundreds of fish species.

In addition, the warm waters off Maui offer near-perfect conditions for snorkeling, with visibility often exceeding 100 feet. And because Maui is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there is always a good chance of seeing turtles, dolphins, and even whales.

Overall, Maui has some of the best spots in Hawaii to go snorkeling, and you won't regret joining a tour for the day.

Fish You Might See on a Maui Snorkeling Tour

As you dive into the clear blue waters off the coast of Maui, you will be greeted by a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. The vibrant coral reef is home to an incredible variety of marine life, and if you're lucky, you might see all of these common fish species:

  • Parrotfish
  • Trumpetfish
  • Moorish Idol
  • Spotted Trunkfish
  • Stripebelly Pufferfish
  • Raccoon butterflyfish
  • Yellowtail Coris Wrasse
  • Yellow Tang Surgeonfish

Parrotfish are named for their parrot-like beaks, which they use to nibble on coral. Trumpetfish are another popular fish that can often be seen swimming in pairs. These long, slender fish get their name from their long nose, which is used to lure prey close enough to be eaten.

Moorish Idols are one of the most iconic fish in Hawaiian waters. These black and white fish are easily recognizable by their long, streamer-like fins. Spotted Trunkfish get their name from their unique appearance. These small fish have a black body covered in white spots, and they often swim in groups near the reef. Stripebelly Pufferfish is a favorite among snorkelers. These round fish are covered in white and black stripes and are known for inflating their bodies when threatened.

Raccoon Butterflyfish is one of the most beautiful fish you can see while snorkeling. These black and white fish have a distinctive mask-like pattern around their eyes, similar to raccoons.

Naturally, there's more, and you'll get all the details on tour with your guide. And as you can see, there is an incredible diversity of fish that call the Hawaiian waters home. So put on your mask and fins and see what wonders await you just below the surface!

What is included in a Snorkeling Tour?

A snorkeling tour typically includes all of the necessary gear and an expert guide who is familiar with the area. Before jumping in the water, your guide will offer you a small breakfast with coffee, tea, and bottled water.

After snorkeling and admiring the underwater life, most tours also include a break for lunch with refreshments, usually serving a steak with a salad and fresh fruits.

When it comes to transportation from and back to your hotel, it is usually not included, but most tours offer it as an option, which we recommend adding for your convenience.

Snorkeling Tickets Cost

The cost of a snorkeling tour on Maui varies on the company. However, they typically range from $100 to $150 per person, depending on the duration, area, and inclusions. For instance, a snorkeling tour around Molokini will cost you significantly more than visiting Coral Gardens and Turtle Town.

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Is it Worth Booking a Snorkeling Tour in Maui?

Yes, absolutely, booking a snorkeling tour in Maui is worth it. While it's possible to snorkel on your own, booking a tour with a reputable company can offer countless advantages. First, a tour guide will be able to take you to the best spots for seeing fish, turtles, and other interesting creatures.

Second, they can provide you with valuable information about the marine life you're seeing. And third, they'll be able to help you if you have any problems with your gear. So, again, booking a snorkeling tour is a no-brainer, and you shouldn't hesitate a second. But book your places quickly - these tours sell out fast!

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There are several areas where to snorkel in Maui, and those below are the most popular and stunning ones that you can't miss on your vacation to Hawaii.


Snorkeling in Maui Molokini Crater

The Molokini Crater off Maui's coastline is by far one of the best spots to snorkel in Hawaii and is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

This crescent-shaped crater is home to an array of vibrant marine life, including tropical fish, Moorish Idol, Barred Filefish, Epaulette Soldierfish, Milletseed Butterflyfish, and even sharks and whales.

On top of snorkeling, Molokini is also a popular spot for scuba diving, and several tour are available to enjoy its natural beauty.


Turtle Town Snorkeling in Maui

Another very popular snorkeling spot on Maui is Turtle Town. As its name suggests, this spot is known for its abundance of turtles. In fact, it's one of the best places in Hawaii to see turtles in the wild. The reefs here are also teeming with tropical fish, making it a great place for both beginner and experienced snorkelers.

While it is possible to reach Turtle Town in Maui on your own, joining a tour will allow you to discover other destinations on the same day and know the best spots to snorkel in each.


Snorkeling at the Black Rock in Maui

The Black Rock is a volcanic rock formation located on the southwestern coast of Maui. The rock is the place to go as it is home to a wide variety of marine life. The area around the Black Rock is also known for its dramatic coastline and crystal-clear waters.

Not only does the black rock provide an excellent view, but it's also a great place for snorkeling. The water and abundance of fish species make it a great spot for swimming and snorkeling. 

Several tour companies will take you to the Black Rock for a snorkeling adventure. Most Molokini snorkeling tours in Maui include lunch, drinks, snacks, the use of all necessary gear, and a stop at Turtle Town.

Can you Go Snorkeling on Your Own in Maui?

Yes, you can go snorkeling on your own in Maui. While some great spots are best explored with a guide, there are also plenty of areas where you can find good snorkeling without one.

However, while you will save money and be freer going by yourself, you can't be guaranteed to find the best places to snorkel. Go by yourself if you only want to engage in a little bit of snorkeling with your family. In fact, after all, a guide knows exactly where to see the fish and marine life.

Some of the nicest areas you can go snorkeling alone include Honolua Bay, Turtle Town, and Makena Beach, also called Big Beach. Just be sure to heed all warning signs and never go snorkeling in an area that's closed off to the public.