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Best Snorkel Rentals and Tours in HI - Maui

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Sea Maui

Sea Maui

Snorkeling Tours

FROM$98 per 2 hrs
Based on 1041 reviews

Experience half and full day snorkeling adventures unique to Sea Maui! They will take you to West Maui’s premier snorkeling spots just a quick ride from Ka’anapali by boat. Here you’ll likely be up close and personal with the resident Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, colorful tropical fish, beautiful coral reef and many other surprises depending on the day. Along the way, keep your eyes open for Hawaiian spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and during the winter months, you can look for the humpback whales that migrate from Alaska to the warm Maui waters.read more

Maui SUP Adventures

Maui SUP Adventures

SUP and Snorkel Tours & Lessons in Kihei

FROM$149 per 2 hrs
Based on 61 reviews

Maui SUP Adventures offers unforgettable private Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding tours & lessons along one of Maui's most beautiful and pristine coastlines - bustling with sea life, natural beauty, and incredible views of the island. On your private guided adventure, you will paddle through crystal-clear waters past underwater sea caves, rugged lava cliffs, and some of the most diverse and colorful coral reefs on Maui. First time paddleboarders will receive an introductory lesson in the calm, shallow, and protected waters of Makena Bay.read more

Aloha Kayaks Maui
FROM$85 per 2 hrs
Based on 904 reviews

Discover the wonders of Maui's east bay with Aloha Kayak's guided kayak and stand up paddleboard tours and snorkel adventures. With amazing sea life below and a backdrop of the picturesque West Maui Mountains, a day out in Olowalu is the perfect Hawaiian vacation activity.read more

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Paddle On! Maui

Paddle On! Maui

SUP & Snorkeling Private Tours

FROM$139 per 2 hrs
Based on 635 reviews

Paddle On! Maui provides visitors a chance to experience beautiful Maui on and under the water. Join a private stand up paddleboard or Snorkel Tour along the Wailea-Makena Coastline in the heart of Turtle Town”! All tours are private with personalized, individual guidance on the ocean with just you and your family. We are out there with you every “paddle” of the way and are CPR/First Aid & Ocean Rescue Certified to ensure your safety. So… If you are not into crowds of people on a tour… You’re in the right place!read more

Kai Kanani

Kai Kanani

Snorkeling Tours

FROM$199 per 3.5 hrs
Based on 2345 reviews

Experience the famous Molokini Crater’s pristine reef and marine life without the crowds due to Kai Kanani’s exclusive South Maui location. They are the first snorkel boat into Molokini, enjoying 45 minutes of pristine solitude while you snorkel the clearest water in Hawaii, with over 250 species of fish and the Hawaiian Sea Turtle. An open bar, Kona beers on tap and a gourmet breakfast or lunch complete the perfect day!read more

Maui Eco Tours

Maui Eco Tours

Kayak, SUP, Surf, Kiteboard, Windsurf Rentals, Tours & Lessons

FROM$45 per day
Based on 226 reviews

Experience the beauty of Makena Bay with Maui Eco Tours. Kayaks have zero emissions, and don't disturb the marine life or their environment and allow access to some unique spots that you normally can't get to. Enjoy the stunning coastlines, and pristine tropical waters teeming with colorful coral reefs, turtles, dolphins and whales. Or learn to surf or SUP on gentle rolling waves. If you’re into more extreme sports, try windsurfing or kiteboarding. Excellent conditions make Maui one of the worlds best spots to learn!read more

Maui Adventure Tours

Maui Adventure Tours

Kayak, Snorkel & Scuba Tours

FROM$79 per 4 hrs
Based on 167 reviews

With Maui Adventure Tours you have the opportunity to kayak, snorkel, or scuba the incredible coral reefs of Hawaii’s unique marine eco-systems. Experience majestic views of the West Maui Mountains and the beautiful Olowalu coastline while discovering the incredible marine life of Hawaii!read more

Maui Snorkeling

Maui is the second largest Hawaiian Island, and has 120 miles of coast with 30 miles of pristine beaches perfect for water sports, especially snorkeling. Maui is a favorite year round destination not only for adventurers, couples, and families, but also for various marine life. Some of the best snorkeling in Maui can be found close to your accommodations on the Valley Isle. Don’t have gear? No problem!  There are many options for Maui snorkel gear rentals along with local, outfitter-lead, snorkeling trips to Maui coves, craters, and more.

Why Maui Snorkeling is Great 

In Maui, it is easy to see an array of tropical fish, corals, and turtles underneath the water. Maui’s waters are prized for their clarity and abundance of turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and whales. Along the south side of the island, there are renowned Maui snorkeling conditions – shoreline access, protected from the wind, and stellar visibility. The Molokini Crater is well known for diving and snorkeling trips. Plus, Maui’s inviting water is warm, seventy-five degrees, all year round. 

Where to Go Snorkeling in Maui

The best snorkeling in Maui is by far on the leeward side of the island. Some of the best snorkeling in Maui for beginners is along the six miles of beach in Kihei. For a delightful combination of reef and marine life snorkeling, local outfitters and visitors rave about Makena Landing, Turtle Town, Ahihi-Kinau Nature Reserve, Olowalu Marine Sanctuary, and Honolua Bay Marine Life Conservation District. 

Makena Landing

Just a short drive from Kihei and Wailea, Makena Landing is a sheltered cove ideal for snorkelers and divers. The reef walls and caves provide a plethora of marine life, including opportunities for snorkeling with turtles.

Turtle Town

A short drive from Makena Landing, you will find Turtle Town (aka Maluaka Beach). This gem’s nickname says it all. At Turtle Town Maui, snorkeling with sea turtles is unforgettable, but don’t worry there are other marine life to witness, including octopus, trumpet fish, triggerfish, eels, rays, and more.

Ahihi-Kinau Nature Reserve

Ahihi-Kinau Nature Reserve has been a protected area since 1973. Visitors are allowed to witness only a portion of it, but it is worth it. Snorkel in protected coves framed by volcanic rocks and reefs. Ahihi Bay is the best Maui snorkeling spot for beginners as it is a beach entry with a sheltered bay.

Olowalu Marine Sanctuary

Located between Kihei and Lahaina, Olowalu Marine Sanctuary is a favorite spot for snorkeling, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding because of its gentle waters and the probability of marine life sightings. The Olowalu Reef (aka Turtle Cleaning Station) is a sanctuary for green sea turtles, tropical fish, and reef sharks. Some of the best Maui snorkeling tours start from here to see not only turtles, but monk seals, rays, reef sharks, and in season humpback whales.

Honolua Bay Marine Life Conservation District

If you are looking for snorkeling in Lahaina Maui, Honolua Bay is the closest and best West side snorkeling. Many of the best Maui snorkeling tours come to the bay by catamaran to moor in the protected bay. However, you can also drive to Honolua Bay and walk to the rock beach. Be aware: parking is limited. Prepare for a walk with your snorkeling gear. In any case, Honolua Bay has great reef snorkeling with turtles, parrot fish, triggerfish, and an occasional reef or tiger shark.

When to Go Snorkeling in Maui

All year, Maui is great for snorkeling. However, if you are looking to avoid the crowds, plan for April to May and fall from September through November. The busiest seasons are summer and winter. Regardless of the month you visit, the best time to snorkel in Maui is early morning. This is when the winds are the calmest; plus, the seas are flatter allowing for better visibility for underwater treasures such as the good omen of the sea turtle (honu). 

Getting to Maui

There are direct flights from various domestic airports to Kahului, Maui (OGG) airport. From the West Coast of the United States, the flight time is a little over five hours. If your favorite airport doesn’t have a direct flight, you can also book a flight to Honolulu and take a short, second leg of only forty minutes to Kahului, Maui. It is wise to rent a car while in Maui as it is one of the largest of the Hawaiian Islands with many interesting adventures that require a vehicle to get to the best beaches, trailheads, and/or kayak launches. 

Maui Snorkeling Rentals and Tours

TripOutside features the absolute best Maui snorkeling tours and snorkel gear rental in Maui. Our Maui guides and outfitters are all four-star rated or above, and are some of the most experienced snorkeling experts in all of Hawaii. We take the guesswork out of booking a Maui snorkeling trip – all of our outfitters provide top notch service and safety. Some outfitters even offer the option for a combined snorkel and kayak or SUP trip, if you’re looking for the ultimate adventure!

Maui Snorkeling FAQs

Can you snorkel off the beach in Maui?

Yes, you can absolutely snorkel off the beach. Maui snorkeling beaches that are worth a visit are Maluaka Beach (aka Turtle Town), Makena Landing, and Olowalu Beach. You can also snorkel off the extensive beach in Kihei. 

Can you snorkel with turtles in Maui?

Yes, you can snorkel with turtles in Maui. Remember to look, but do not touch. A little known fact, sea turtles (honu) are good luck in Hawaii.

Can you snorkel on your own in Maui?

Absolutely, you can snorkel on your own in Maui. However, it is best to be a good swimmer and in good physical condition. If you want to be safe as well as get insider’s knowledge, you can start with a Maui snorkeling tour. This will hone your skills as well as get tips about tides, currents, and wind from your guides. 

Which side of Maui is best for snorkeling?

The leeward side (south side) of Maui is the best for snorkeling. The windward side is for wind sports and not for gentle snorkeling. The snorkeling conditions Maui, even on the south side, can change quickly. Be aware of tides, currents, and winds. 

What is the best time of day to snorkel in Maui? Is it safe?

The best time to snorkel is the morning hours. This is before the winds pick up and the sea becomes choppy reducing visibility. If you only have the afternoon, choose a cove or bay such as Makena Landing or Honolua Bay. Snorkeling in Maui is safe if you follow the guidance of the local outfitters and the weather forecast.