Hawaiian paradise is epitomised by the volcanic island of Maui. The microclimates that exist across the island give rise to a diverse abundance of animal and plant life. But it is in the Pacific Ocean, lapping at Maui’s shores, that the true natural wonder lies. Despite many of the coral reefs around the island having been badly damaged by unconscientious tourism, turtles and tropical fish can still be seen.
There are some great tours that limit the number of people they take so as to minimise the risk to the remaining reefs. We here at TravelMag have perused the options and float this list of the best three out to you. Criteria we used to judge each tour included the price, duration, quality of experience and previous reviews. Always double check that your tour operator is registered.
FROM: $75/per person
Finding the best snorkelling spots can be tricky, but on this tour professional guides lead you directly to them in the most enjoyable way imaginable. Choose between a single or tandem kayak and paddle out to the best snorkelling spots, where schools of brightly coloured fish do their underwater dance. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and all equipment hire is included in the price. The tour is also family-friendly.
From $109/ per person
Many ocean creatures are more docile during the day. It is during the darkness of night that they really come to life. Naturally this makes snorkelling at night a far more thrilling option. Guides lead tours using LED lights to illuminate the aquatic world. See the haunting glow of bioluminescence and all manner of unusual sea creatures in their natural habitat. A popular choice with kids, the two hour tours include equipment. Hotel pick-up and drop-off can be arranged in advance.
From $69/ per person
All aboard the Alii Nui, a catamaran that heads out on a daily three hour tour to Turtle Point. The views back towards Maui’s shoreline above water are beaten only by what lies beneath the surface. Hawaiian green sea turtles are the main attraction, but there are plenty of other weird and wonderful creatures down there too. Snorkelling gear, sunscreen and towel are provided. Oh, and there’s an open bar, just in case you needed to be enticed further.