Wild Side Afternoon Snorkel

Pacific Whale Foundation
Central Maui, South Maui
Food & Drinks Included
Ocean Explorer Boat

Highlights

  • Afternoon cruise to the best spot(s) that day based on conditions
  • Small fast boat with only 25 passengers max means more adventure and exploring hidden gems
  • Onboard naturalist shares interesting info about marine life and leads reef tour
  • Food and drinks included
  • Directly supports a non-profit that studies and protects the marine environment
From
$62 per adult
  • Starts 2:00pm
  • Duration 3.5 hours

Pricing & Availability

Overview

On this more intimate and adventurous cruise, you'll visit some of the best snorkel spots on Maui. You'll have a good chance of seeing large sea turtles, dolphins, whales (in season), underwater lava arches, and varied tropical fish and other marine life. This tour is well suited for more experienced snorkelers (minimum age of 7), and the smaller boat and group means it can explore more off-the-beaten-path sites that larger boats do not. The attentive and knowledgeable crew will get you properly fitted with gear (included: premium snorkel gear and flotation devices such as noodles, water belts, and life jackets), educate you about the marine life you’ll be seeing and the local geology, provide snorkel refresher as needed, and give a guided reef tour. 

For those looking for a shorter cruise in the afternoon and at a lower price, this 3.5 hour cruise, with food included, is a great option. Since afternoon conditions are usually more fickle, the 1-2 snorkel destinations vary based on the best conditions that day and could include Thousand Peaks, Olowalu, or south Makena. 

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TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
Review by TravelShack Team
  • Fast smaller boat for more adventurous cruise that can cover more ground than larger boats
  • More comfortable seating than smaller rafts which also have limited amenities (no bathrooms, basic food)
  • Onboard certified marine naturalists, most with science degrees, to provide context for what you are seeing
  • Learn from a prominent non-profit organization that has advanced marine life research and conservation efforts for over 35 years
  • Profits from your tickets support their important work

Location

  • Central Maui, South Maui
Departure Point
Ma'alaea Harbor

Distance
10-25 min from Kihei/Wailea
30 min from Ka’anapali/Lahaina
Guidebook Reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the oceans through science and advocacy. It conducts marine research, educates the public, and fights for marine life and ocean conservation.
  • Hawai’i Ecotourism Association Sustainable Tourism Certification
  • Part of the Dolphin SMART wildlife viewing and conservation program
  • Holds annual Maui Whale Festival to raise awareness about conservation and raise funds to support its important programs
  • Provides complimentary reef-safe sunscreen
  • Boats use energy efficient, low emissions engines
  • Developed and outfitted all boats with whale protection devices, the first devices in the world for commercial vessels that guide whales away from propellers and running gear
  • Uses bio-compostable cups, and reusable plates and silverware
  • Sources locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meats to reduce carbon footprint
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • Refundable until 48 hours prior to activity time (72 hours for groups over 15)
Taxes/fees added at checkout
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
  • 3% Harbor Tax
  • $4.50 fuel surcharge per person
Restrictions
  • As an intermediate to advanced snorkel adventure, this trip is not recommended for non-swimmers, pregnant women, people with heart conditions, or anyone with neck, back, or knee problems. Children under 7 are not permitted.