Maui Activities: Maui Ocean Activities
The serene waters of the Pacific Ocean surround the beautiful Island of Maui. With an incredible amount of fun Maui ocean activities and tours to do, the tough part is picking which one is right for you. This complete selection of the fun activities is everything we offer on the water. Snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, sailing, dinner cruises, inter-island tours, we’ve got it all. Not only do we carry all of the best adventures, but we also offer all of Maui’s top activity companies at the lowest available prices.
Here you will find all of the most popular snorkeling companies such as Trilogy, Quicksilver, Pacific Whale Foundation, Teralani, and Maui Dive Shop. There is also a wide selection of dinner cruises and sunset sails with Lahaina Cruise Company and Gemini Charters. Most of the exciting things to do on your vacation to Maui are out on the water, if you’ve never been snorkeling or sailing, don’t panic, we’re ready for you! All of these Maui ocean activities offer equipment and snorkeling instructions.
If you are prone to seasickness, tells us in advance and we will put you on our most stable crafts. If you’re looking for an adventure, book a high powered raft to Lanai or the Kanaio Coast. With so many fun choices you really can’t make a wrong decision!
Snorkeling in Maui is one of the most exciting ocean activities that you can try. The warm, calm waters around Maui are filled with exotic wildlife that makes the experience unparalleled.
Here are some of the best spots to try snorkeling around Maui:
The waters around Maui are renowned for North Pacific Humpback Whale sightings. These majestic sea mammals pass through the area during their annual winter migration, which is typically between November and May. Maui’s peak whale watching season, however, is mid-January to March. Taking a whale-watching cruise is an unforgettable experience and will sure to be the highlight of your trip to Maui!
There are many whale watching trips to choose from and each offers some different highlights. Here a few of the top options:
Advocacy and adventure all in one. The Pacific Whale Foundation focuses on eco-tourism. You get to enjoy an educational whale watching cruise and the profits help the foundation with their research and conservation.
Featured on many TV networks, this is a group that takes you out in small groups on fast, low lying raft vessels. The Ultimate Whale Watch boats are perfect for up close and personal views as these majestic sea creatures frolic in the nearby waters.
Maui Adventure Cruises offer both dolphin and whale watching cruises. Their 50ft. Explorer Super Rafts are the largest in Hawaii, which gives them access to whale populations that are further out in the open water.
The Maui Ocean Center -also known as the Aquarium of Hawaii is a great family-friendly activity. An educational and exciting experience that will leave you with new respect and understanding of the sea. From the story of Maui’s cultural history to the coral reefs, the turtle lagoon exhibit and the open ocean, the Aquarium is a must-see on your Maui list!
Activities to do at the Maui Ocean Center are as follows: exhibits, outdoor live cams, behind the scenes tours and shark dive encounters as well as dining and shopping experiences.
Although Maui is known for its many amazing snorkeling spots, none are more diverse than the uninhabited islet of Molokini. Just off the Maui coastline, this area is actually a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater. It is the remains of one of the seven Pleistocene volcanoes that helped to form the island of Maui in prehistoric times. It is only reachable by boat and offers the absolute best views beneath the waves.
With glassy aquamarine-colored waters and a sandy beach on one side to a high rocky area with a deep drop off on the other, visitors have the opportunity to see two very different underwater worlds. The islet’s back wall is home to many deep-water creatures such as manta rays and whale sharks while the shallow side offers views of a vibrant reef that houses over 250 species of fish. Both sides make the islet of Molokini a unique snorkeling and scuba diving area. As well, Molokini is home to the Hawaii Seabird Sanctuary, making it a perfect spot for birdwatchers and photographers alike.
How to get there:
An extra bonus is that many tours often run across whales on their way in and out of the islet. So, keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready. You never know what could be jumping out of the water!
If snorkeling doesn’t take you where you want to go then perhaps a submarine will. Head down to a depth of 130 feet on the Atlantis submarine! A spacious and comfortable 48 passenger ride down to the depths of the ocean will allow you to relax and enjoy the views for about an hour without getting wet. One of the most impressive underwater attractions is the sunken remains of the “Carthaginian”. This is a replica of a whaling ship and was once a floating museum docked at the harborside. However, after decades of use, it became too difficult and expensive to maintain. Atlantis Submarines had the ingenious idea to drag it out to sea and purposely sink it. This decision led to the Carthaginian being able to become a host for natural sea life and a fabulous attraction for the Atlantis Submarine dive tours.
Submarine not your thing? No problem! There is also the Reefdancer option. This is a shallow water tour that is better than a glass-bottom boat because it is “semi-submersible”. The downstairs compartment is always under the water which gives you a fantastic reef viewpoint without the actual dive. 60- and 90-minute tours available.
Turtle sightings are everywhere on the island of Maui however not everywhere is Turtle Town. Honu, the Hawaiian word for turtle and although they are prevalent in Maui, the official Turtle Town is at Maluaka Beach. This is literally the best spot to see the turtles. They are endangered animals though so be sure to take pictures but don’t touch them!
Maui Sea Turtle/Honu Facts:
Maluaka Beach also has a golf resort, sandy beaches and picnic tables making this a great spot to spend the day!
Maalaea Harbor is the spot that has it all. Located between the airport and resort areas it boasts everything from sailing to whale watching, snorkeling and turtle sightings and all in one place. Although not an ocean activity per se -it is a jumping-off point for all ocean activities. Think of it as the Maui all-in-one package! Relaxation on the water or energy-filled activities that keep you going all day long. This is why Maalaea Harbor is great for families and groups. Everyone can enjoy has their preferred choice all in one place.
Book your open water tour or plan to chill out in the sand, Maalaea Harbor is the base point for everything Maui has to offer. Then when you have finished all your tours for the day, enjoy all that the shops and restaurants have to offer. Pick up some souvenirs and snacks as you leisurely take in the shops. This is an area makes a great meet-up spot for larger groups and families that have split up to explore on their own.
Fishing charters are not just for hard-core fishermen! Maui has one of the best spots for sport and deep-sea fishing and it’s one of the most popular ways to fish in the area. This sport is accessible to the professional and holiday fisherman alike. Beginners can experience the sport with as much fun and safety as professionals. Catches can include blue marlin, striped marlin, ahi, and Mahi-mahi tuna.
Maui Fishing Options
Sunset cruises are the perfect romantic holiday date night but they can also be a family or group outing. With amazing entertainment like traditional luau performances, delicious local foods and an open bar all to compliment a sun-kissed backdrop. A Maui sunset cruise can easily be the highlight of your trip! With panoramic views of the coastline and even whale watching -it is all possible aboard a Maui sunset cruise!
Here are the different sunset cruising options off of Maui: