• Location: Maui, Hawaii
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Leave the busy streets of Lahaina splashing behind in your wake, as you cross the channel to snorkel the crystal clear waters off of Lanai.  During this Maui snorkeling tour, spend 45 minutes motoring towards the isolated coast of Lanai, where sea turtles, fish, and occasionally dolphins swim circles above the reef. Once tied to a mooring off eastern Lanai, splash down the water slide that leads from the boat to the turquoise waters below, and enjoy a hot, BBQ lunch on the leisurely cruise back to Maui.


  • Hawaiian snorkeling adventure at East Lanai Landing from Maui
  • Enjoy continental breakfast on the 45-minute cruise to Lanai Island
  • Keep your eyes open for dolphins
  • Spend the afternoon snorkeling, swimming, and water-sliding
  • Enjoy a BBQ lunch on your cruise back to Maui

What You Can Expect

Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Maui

Kaulana Double Deck Catamaran

From Lahaina Harbor, embark on a journey to the island of Lanai that sits on the western horizon. Home to only a few thousands residents and miles of untouched shoreline, Lanai is a sliver of the white sand, palm-fringed, Hawaiian Islands of old. Here on the isolated East Lanai coastline, sea turtles regularly surface for air over colorful coral reefs, and schools of bright, tropical fish swim casually through turquoise waters.

The tour begins with a 45-minute cruise from Lahaina Harbor, during which time you might spot dolphins or Humpback whales in winter. While crossing the channel, enjoy a leisurely continental breakfast that’s served with fresh island juice, and prepare to splash in the warm blue waters that line the East Lanai coast. Once the boat is tied up to a mooring, spend between 2 and 2.5 hours exploring the coral reefs, or maybe taking multiple runs on the water slide off of the boat.

On the motor back towards Lahaina Harbor, this Lanai snorkeling tour breaks out the BBQ and cooks up a filling lunch, which is served with sweeping ocean views of the towering West Maui Mountains.


Customer Reviews

Morris S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Best part of our trip to Maui by far - the snorkeling was amazing in and around untouched Lanai. Then we saw whales maybe 20-30 of them close by and breaching - spectacular! But by far the best part was running into the family of dolphins that live around Lanai - several hundred playful ones jumping out of the water and following us! really really amazing and highly recommended! Staff was great and very warm and hospitable! Would do again for sure!!!

Marie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Totally enjoyed this dolphin and snorkel cruise! Captain Sandy was informative and a whole lot of fun! Brandon kept us entertained and the naturalist on board sorry, I can not remember her name was amazing! Breakfast was very light, so if you get hungry it may be best to eat before you go. Lunch was a BBQ on the deck. Simple, yet great. They had hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken and veggie burger upon request. We were in the middle of dolphin soup and saw 3 varieties. Very cool! Even though it was in the beginning of humpback season we still saw some humpback rolling, tail flaps and blowholes. The whales were so amazing. We loved the crew and would come back and snorkel and travel with them anytime! Thanks guys for a wonderful adventure!

Janet L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

My husband and I went on the Lanai dolphin and snorkeling tour. We had such a wonderful time! Due to the windy weather we couldn't go to Lanai, but out was fine because the captain found other fantadtic snorkeling spots for us. We saw beautiful fish, sea turtles, and even a white fin reef shark! The crew was helpful and friendly. We enjoyed muffins, fruit, and juice for breakfast, and there was lots of barbeque hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken for lunch. They had veggie burgers too, just ask them to grill them if you want one. The potato/pasta salad was tasty. We also got a complimentary drink, just had to ask for it. We were lucky because it was a beautiful sunny day, and whale season started early! Even though it was only the end of November we saw several whales! Our crew was great, and they would stop the boat whenever one was spotted and let us know where to look.

Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We were a party of five adults, ranging in age from 60 to 22, and quite varied snorkeling experience and we all enjoyed this tour immensely. We booked this tour through Viator because a similar one through our cruise ship was sold out. This was not only significantly less expensive than booking through the cruise line but ended up being one of our favorite activities of the week. The crew was very safety conscious and respectful of the environment. They were also lots of fun and shared a wealth of information about the islands, the reef and the sea life we were seeing. The reef was beautiful and we were able to see a great variety of beautiful fish as well as sea turtles. A highlight was the large pod of dolphins that frolicked along side the boat for quite a while. The provided breakfast and lunch were good and the drinks we enjoyed once we were done snorkeling were very good. Brandon and Kevin were terrific apologies if the names aren't accurate, I'm terrible at remembering names. I would highly recommend this excursion, a perfect mix of a relaxing cruise and exciting activity. Also, when researching excursions before choosing this one, I saw several reviews that stated the snorkeling sites, while beautiful, were too crowded to be enjoyed. This was definitely not true with this one. We were the only boat at the first site and there was only one other boat at the second one. Our boat was also spacious with ample seating, two decks and both sun and shady areas to enjoy. Tip-put your sunscreen on well before boarding the boat, we were informed it is toxic to the reef if not allowed to soak in to your skin. Spray on is discouraged on board too. Do this, even if you are not an experienced snorkeler!!!

Tomarra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Captain Jill and her crew were awesome!! Our family of four daughter 15, son 12 had an amazing time!!

On the way to Lanai to go to or first stop to snorkel, we had a delicious continental breakfast of various muffins, fruit, juices, granola bars, and coffee. We saw large groups of spinner dolphins and also found three bottle nose dolphins which are not easily found swimming together, turtles, and flying fish.

Both the stops off of Lanai and Maui were really good. We got to see quite a bit of fish and turtles. The BBQ lunch of chicken, hamburgers/cheesebrgers, hot dogs was delicious that they served. The crew was personable, friendly and were very knowledgeable of the surrounding islands. We learned a lot of history of the people, animals, and plants on each of the islands and in the surrounding ocean.

Captain Jill was awesome! She stopped a few times to let everyone on the boat take pictures of the islands and any animals that we saw along the way.

It was a really fun day for my husband and I and our kids!! I would highly recommend it!!

Anne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Best part of our trip to Maui! Captain Becca and her fabulous crew took us to Lanai and we got to snorkel over a living coral reef.
It's a large, clean, comfortable boat and the well-trained and friendly crew was well organized and helpful to all the guests on board.
After the reef, we motored back to Maui to snorkel in a spot with turtles, then took a bit of time out on the water looking for dolphins.
Lots of good quality gear available, along with a light breakfast and lunch. Excellent!

Michele B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This was by far the best snorkeling experience I've had. I've snorkeled in Mexico and the Florida Keys but this was so cool. The captain and her staff were attentive, detailed and were able to handle things quickly, even when we had to move spots because the wind shift was super quick. I found Nick to be a character and a joy to talk with. The captain helped put my friend at ease as this was her first time snorkeling. She loved it. It's worth the time and money, I'd recommend this to any and all.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Such a great trip. The captain and crew were spectacular. The views unbelievable and the snorkeling was perfect. A must do. Took 3 children who couldn and #39;t swim and they were able to snorkel. The crew was extremely helpful and had all the needed equipment. Bring swim shirts for the sun!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Really good.

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