Maalaea Harbor Tours

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Most Maui visitors will spend some time at Maalaea Harbor, the launching point for many of the Island’s best sunset and dinner cruises, fishing charters, snorkeling adventures to the Molokini Crater—a submerged volcanic crater atoll—and more. The 89-slip harbor is the focal point of a quiet bay in the southern nook between the West Maui Mountains and towering Haleakala.

Between late November and early April, head to the scenic lookout between mile markers 8 and 9 to the west of the harbor for sweeping vistas of leaping humpback whales, or any time of the year to spot the dolphins that sometimes ride waves alongside harbor-departing cruises. The Pacific Whale Foundation, organizers of the annual World Whale Day celebrations, have their headquarters in Maalaea Harbor for a reason. Have some time to kill while waiting for your boating adventure? Set back from the sea is the popular Maui Ocean Center, an aquarium highlighting Hawaiian sea life from sharks to sea turtles, corals and more in over 60 indoor-outdoor exhibits. Or, grab some award-winning barbecue from the Beach Bum's Bar & Grill then explore the strips of adjacent Harbor Shops.

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Maalaea Harbor is located at 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road, a 10-mile straight shot south of Kahului across the Isthmus. The Maalaea Harbor shops are open daily from 9:30am until 9:30pm and harbor facilities include restrooms and showers. Each boat is individually operated, but most sell tickets at the Maalaea Harbor Activities booth dockside near slip 47 between 9am and 8pm. For the best chance of spotting wildlife opt for a boat departing the harbor early morning. Because of the lay of the land here, funneling down between two mountains, it can be quite windy—hold onto your hat when the local trade winds pick up midday.
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Address: 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road, Maalaea, Hawaii 96793, USA
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Molokini Sail and Snorkel Adventure

Snorkeling in Molokini Crater is undeniably one of the best parts about visiting Maui. Here in this crescent, submerged volcano off Maui’s southern coastline, over 250 species of fish inhabit a world-class reef. Experience water so exceptionally clear you can see down 75 feet, and swim with schools of tropical fish while cruising the vibrant reef. You can also just sit and suntan on the deck, with sweeping views of Haleakala set just off the back of the boat.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Molokini and Turtle Arches Snorkeling Trip

Get off the beaten path to explore the wild side of Molokini on this 5-hour adventure from Maui. The small, crescent-shaped island of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral. Hop aboard a 54-foot, single-deck catamaran and jump in the water for a snorkel at the Turtle Arches reef. Then cruise around Molokini's rugged, red rock back wall, home to a variety of seabirds. Snorkeling equipment plus a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and refreshments are included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

Experience the magic of whale watching off the coast of Maui with this incredible tour from Ma'alaea Harbor. Spend two-hours cruising the waters with a team of certified marine naturalists and listen in as they unlock the secretes of humpback whales. You'll have the chance to hear whale songs through underwater hydrophones and learn about interactions between these giant marine mammals. Travelers are guaranteed to see whales on this is a once-in-a-lifetime tour or the next trip is free.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Molokini Wild Side: Snorkel And Cruise From Maui

Get off the beaten path to explore the wild side of Molokini on this 6-hour, small-group eco-adventure from Maui. The small, crescent-shaped island of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 species of fish and 38 species of coral. Hop aboard a 64-foot, single-deck catamaran and jump in the water for a snorkel at the mid-ocean reef. Then cruise around Molokini's rugged, red rock back wall, home to a variety of seabirds. Snorkeling equipment plus a continental breakfast and buffet lunch are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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