Sail into the sunset or spot majestic marine life on one of these excellent catamaran tours from Hawaii’s Maui.
Among the most spectacular and memorable experiences you can have when travelling to Hawaii is to take a boat trip from Maui. The dramatic bays, sheltered coves and nearby islands form a haven for sea life of all sizes, while the mountainous interior, volcanic sands and lush vegetation ensure thrilling views back towards the shore. Among the many great catamaran tours in Maui, these five deserve a closer look for their high standards of safety, value for money and itineraries.
Maui Turtle Town Snorkel & Whale Watch
Hop aboard the Quicksilver, a recently refurbished catamaran with features such as an upper deck diving platform, freshwater showers and plenty of snorkeling equipment so that you can reach the best sites and break that barrier between our world and the marine world. This 3.5-hour tour stops at sheltered, safe snorkel spots, including Lahaina Turtle Town, Manele Bay and more, depending on the weather. During December to April, look out for humpback whales and, throughout the year, spinner dolphins. From $90 per person.
Lahaina 2-Hour Whale Watch Cruise
Many of the best boat tours from Maui depart from Lahaina on the island’s west coast. This is one such tour, combining the comfort of a catamaran with the natural beauty of the region’s humpback whale migrations. From late November through to late April, the humpbacks return to Hawaii to mate and calve. This tour heads out to watch them breach the surface, from a respectful distance, in a unique and memorable boat trip. Please note this tour is usually only available from December to mid-April. From $40 per person.
Afternoon Snorkel to Coral Gardens or Molokini Crater
Of all the snorkeling sites around Hawaii’s Maui, Molokini Crater is believed to be the most superb. The crescent of ancient volcano erupts from the surrounding ocean, creating a sheltered cove in which to snorkel, swim or relax on deck of the Malalo catamaran. Alternatively, this tour also occasionally stops at Coral Gardens, which as the name suggests, is an ideal place to see marine life around the precious and fragile coral reefs. This catamaran tour is only available on Tue, Thu and Sat. From $90 per person.
Maui: Deluxe Sunset Sail from Lahaina
Setting sail at sunset is one of the most romantic things you can do in Hawaii. Being relatively close to the international date line in the Pacific makes Hawaii one of the final places on the planet to bid farewell to the day. The crew and your captain on this 2.5-hour catamaran tour will take you to see one of Maui’s best sunset views from the comfort of the trampoline deck or the firmer seating around the bar. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are included. From $92 per person.
Molokini Snorkel & Performance Sail with Lunch
While all of the nature-spotting, sightseeing and snorkeling is a mighty fine way to explore Maui’s coastline, there is one catamaran tour that includes all of those things and throws in the adrenaline-inducing thrill of catching the trade winds for some serious sailing. The half-day tour begins with breakfast as you make your way to Molokini Crater. After snorkeling and a buffet lunch, including wine and beer, your crew will give you some authentic sailing experience to cap off the trip. From $173 per person.