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Annie's Favorite Snorkel Tours

Snorkel Operators out of Ma'alaea
Here are a couple of Snorkel Operators that we recommend.  We make these recommendations because we believe that they are good Stewards of the Ocean and provide an exceptional snorkel experience.

Departures from Ka'anapali.

Departures from Ma’alaea Harbor.

Pac Whale Foundation



Pacific Whale Foundation

When we have guests visiting, we love taking them on one of the fantastic Pacific Whale Foundation Snorkel Tours. We highly recommend either the Honolua Bay or Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Tours. The best part about these tours is that you get to experience both sailing and snorkeling. It's an absolute blast!​

"PacWhale Eco-Adventures is based on nearly four decades of marine research and ecotourism experience. Every trip is led by certified Marine Naturalists who provide a truly unique, educational, and fun adventure at sea.  Watch wildlife in their natural habitat, snorkel Molokini, Lanaʻi, and Honolua Bay, and enjoy a relaxing sunset dinner, cocktail, or stargazing cruise. We offer the most options on Maui and earn the highest ratings by travel sites and guidebooks. We also provide private charters and wedding cruises." 

The best part is that all profits support the Pacific Whale Foundation’s research, education, and conservation programs to save whales, dolphins, and our oceans.

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Alii Nui Sailing Charters

Embarking on an adventure with Alii Nui Sailing Charters is like stepping into a dreamy paradise where worries fade with every wave. From the moment guests set foot on the luxurious vessel, they're greeted with warm hospitality and a sense of excitement that sets the tone for the journey ahead. With sails billowing in the wind and the sun casting its golden glow upon the crystal-clear waters, every moment aboard Alii Nui is a picture-perfect escape. Whether snorkeling with colorful marine life, savoring gourmet cuisine on deck, or simply soaking up the sun's rays, guests are treated to an unforgettable experience that leaves them longing to return to the magic of the sea with Alii Nui Sailing Charters..  

Magic Merman
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Magic Merman

Embarking on the Magic Merman Maui Snorkeling adventure was truly an aquatic escapade like no other! This tour company is definitely top-notch. We were mesmerized by the kaleidoscope of marine life beneath the crystal-clear waves, guided by instructors who seemed to possess some kind of sea magic. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Maui's coastline, every flipper flutter felt like a scene from a fantastical tale. Whether you're a water wizard or a landlubber craving for some excitement, this snorkeling journey guarantees an enchanting experience that will have you swimming with joy.

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Sea Maui

We also really like this company. You'll board the boat off the beach in Kaanapali by Whalers Village. It can be a bit crowded with lines of people waiting to get on the boat, but once you're on board, it's a fantastic trip. They offer a variety of tours including the Xpress Snorkel tour, an Afternoon Tour, and a Half Day Tour for snorkeling. It's worth noting that they are one of the few charters that still go to Honoula Bay.

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Trilogy Excursions Maui


Offers an unforgettable adventure amidst the breathtaking beauty of Maui's seas. From snorkeling in vibrant coral gardens to sailing beneath the golden Hawaiian sun, every moment aboard feels like a celebration of paradise thanks to their knowledgeable and friendly crew. Whether you're diving into the crystal-clear waters or lounging on deck with a refreshing drink in hand, Trilogy Excursions ensures that every guest is treated to the ultimate island escape. It's not just a boat ride - Trilogy offers snorkel tours to Honolua Bay, Molokini, and Lanai.


Calypso Maui

Calypso Maui is a well-known boat tour company that offers a range of exciting tours, such as snorkeling, whale watching, and sunset cruises. Known for their top-notch service and cozy accommodations, Calypso is a great option for those looking to explore the waters of Maui.  While Calypso can get a bit crowded at times, it's still a solid choice for a fun and memorable boat tour experience.

Other Charters

Other Snorkel Charters

The reality is that most snorkel companies are pretty much the same.  They offer some environmental awareness talk, a little Maui history, and food and beverage.  Some are on Sailboats, others on go-fast RIBs (Ridged Hull Inflatables). Everyone says they go to Turtle Town.  Spoiler Alert,  there are several Turtle Towns.  Maui has an abundance of Sea Turtles. The Snorkel Tours do book up fast. Here are a few options that depart out of Ka'anapali and Ma’alaea Harbor.

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