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Maui Snorkeling Excursion Reviews

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Go snorkeling in the idyllic waters of Maui, and see the ocean life in its natural habitat.

margipoo

2 reviews

boat was overbooked, several cruisers had sea-sickness and the snorkeling point was cold and not interesting...reefs were too far away below the surface to see anything significant. We did see dolphins on our way home and two large whales come up out of the water, which was unexpected and awesome!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

txnerd

2 reviews

This tour began and ended with a 1 hour boat ride over to Lanai. Along the way we saw whale and pods of dolphins. The water was a little cool but the snorkeling excellent. The crew of the boat were excellent and supplied a steady stream of buckets for those who found the motion of the ocean a little too much. Great experience!

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

Cornpone Girl

2 reviews

We booked the Maui Snorkel Cruise (the best) and a whale watching excursion for the afternoon (we were told that the time we would be in Maui is the height of whale watching) thinking we had time to do both, on Maui. It turned out that we didn't have time for both, and missed the whale watching excursion. However, we didn't miss anything! The crew of the Maui Snorkel Cruise; Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii, was the best we have ever had!! The snorkeling was great, and the captain and crew were the best we have ever had! We snorkeled at the Molokini Crater and at a submerged pier that was a protected area where there are turtles, octopi, beautiful coral, harmless sharks, and other sea life. Moving between the two snorkeling sites, we did some 'whale watching', and saw so much everyone on the boat, including the captain and crew, were excited. We saw a lot of whales, many up close, including at least two competition pods (look it up) where there was a lot of activity from the whales, breaching, chin slaps, and tail slaps, to calves and their mothers. We saw spinner dolphins that played in the water and 'showed off' for us, quite close to the boat, melon head whales, and we even had a couple off 'false killer' whales that swam right under the bow of the boat, one on each side. The captain said that we were lucky, but we all believed that they just know where to take us.

Provider: Princess Cruises

cat0603

1 review

We didn't see as many varieties of fish on Molokai as we expected and no turtles at the other location, but the boat and crew were great. They followed whale sightings, and we saw our first full breach.

Provider: Independent Operator

vaugirard12

1 review

Our second tour was booked through HAL for Maui: the West Maui Snorkeling tour run through Trilogy. There were 17 HAL passengers on board the catamaran, along with a crew of three. We were served a light breakfast (variety of homemade breads) and lunch (chips & salsa, variety of wrap sandwiches) but by one week into the cruise, no one was very hungry so the crew went home with lots of leftovers! We sailed over to a spot near the Old Lahaina Luau site for snorkeling. Wet suit tops, boogie boards, snorkeling gear (including prescription lenses), life vests, etc. were all included (on many of the other snorkeling cruises, you have to pay extra for any of these). There were lots of first-time snorkelers on board. The crew was very helpful in providing instruction. After about 75 minutes snorkeling (the timing was based on when the last person decided to come back), they let out the sails and we took off on the catamaran across the bay. What fun! Our goal was to find a whale which we did (eventually) about 100 yards out. I will definitely choose Trilogy again for my Hawaii excursions!

Provider: Holland America Line

Runbarb55

1 review

The next day we were in port at Maui. We took a ship excursion to two snorkel sites. We used the ship tour because Maui was a tender port and we knew if necessary the ship would wait for us. The excursion was ok but the ship was a mess. The crew were nice but when we got to the crater to snorkel you could see our boat was not as nice as the other boats. I noticed a few companies I had tried to book with but the ship schedule did not work. They cost less and had fewer people and really nice boats. Princess should find and new excursion company.

Provider: Princess Cruises

MoJo527

1 review

Enjoyed the day on the water as we travelled to Lanai. Got to see dolphins up close and personal. Have had better snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

rwr235

4 reviews

Boarded a large motor catamaran for trip to Lanai coast for snorkeling, and dolphin watch. Breakfast, lunch and all drinks (alcoholic and non) provided in cost. Conducted by Pacific Whale Foundation, so was very professional and informative. When a huge pod of dolphins was spotted the Captain slowly followed them for quite awhile...so everyone had ample opportunity to observe, take pics etc. Highly recommend.

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

shardock

5 reviews

We booked the snorkel trip because it was to the Molokini crater located 3 miles out to sea. How many times do you ever get to snorkel in a volcano crater? On the dock we were told we were not going to the crater because the seas were too rough in the channel even though it looked calm to us. We went instead to 2 other locations, the first where there were about 10 or so green sea turtles which was neat but very few fish & the reef was dead. At the second location there were a few more fish but the reef was not healthy. The water was VERY cold. The boat crew was great & the food was very good. It was no one's fault but it was a disappointment.

Provider: Princess Cruises

pvmeistrel

1 review

The boat was not in great shape and the lunch wasn't organized efficiently. However, snorkeling with the turtles was great. Weather kept us from going to Molokini crater and so we dove a shoreline reef.

Provider: Princess Cruises

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