Maui Adventure Cruises – Lanai Snorkel and Landing
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Maui Adventure Cruises operates on a unique kind of vessel called a super raft. Their Maui Nui Explorer happens to be the largest raft on Maui and it’s also one of the fastest. Once you depart from Lahaina Harbor, Maui Adventure Cruises zips across the channel in search of spinner dolphins, turtles, and more. There are over 700 dolphins that have taken up residence on the southeast point of Lanai, just as you round the point in route to Manele Bay. They cruise the coastline, play in the wake and swim alongside the raft. Dolphins jumping, diving and racing alongside the boat is something that will bring a smile to your face. Two snorkel sites are included in this adventure. The captain may elect to stop at one on the way to Manele Bay or thrill you with a secret snorkel spot on the return to Maui. During your off-shore snorkel experience, you may encounter Manta Rays and the Green Sea Turtles.
Hulopoe Beach is a short walk up the hill from Manele Harbor. Its beautiful white sand beach has been rated the best beach in America on several occasions in the last 15 years. There are picnic tables, volleyball nets to enjoy at the beach. Or you can catch some rays and look for seashells. But the real attraction is the tidepools to the left of the beach. The reefs to the left of Hulopoe Beach are like rainbows underwater. From blue, yellow and green, they are vibrant and teeming with marine life. There are so many different species of fish in the waters off Lanai. Big and small with some a colorful as the reefs. Some swim in schools, others alone or with just their mate. It’s like snorkeling in a wild aquarium with everything you would expect.
You can also walk back to the harbor and snorkel in front of the break wall. Here in Manele Bay is some of the finest snorkeling in the world. Be careful getting in and out of the water. The area next to the harbor starts out very shallow. There are urchins strewn everywhere. As you move further out the depth gains a little, but the entire area is no deeper than 8 feet. During the whale watching season from December 15th to April 15th Maui Adventure Cruises you’ll be fortunate enough to also get to do a whale watch on this tour. Seeing whales from a raft is personal. You really get an idea of their size, grace, beauty, and power. The whale watching experience on this trip will be short as there is a day of Lanai snorkeling ahead.
The Maui Nui Explorer is a very large raft 48′ in length. It is the only raft that has an onboard restroom (head).
Tip of the Day:
Bring a towel and sunscreen
Onboard head – It’s not a restroom.
Fresh island fruit
Local style juice
Turkey or veggie wraps
Juice, soda, and water
Lunch for the landing is provided in a cooler (box lunch) that you can enjoy on the beach.
No children under 5
No expecting mothers
No people with bad backs
No handicap access
The Maui Nui Explorer beach landing allows you to explore one of the most renowned beaches in Hawaii. With its twin diesel engines, the Maui Nui Explorer zooms across the channel from Maui to Lanai giving you more time to enjoy this Island getaway. As you cruise along the towering sea cliffs of Lanai heading to Manele Bay, the Dolphins will play in the wake of the boat. The first snorkel site is off the rugged coast of Lanai with its sheer cliffs providing a protected snorkeling spot. The Maui Nui Explorer makes its way down to Manele Bay.
Maui Adventure Cruises Lanai Landing
- E-Ticket Delivery
- Free Cancellation
- No Booking or Credit Card Fees
Meet Location: Lahaina Harbor Slip 11
GPS: 675 Wharf St. Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Closed on ALL Major Holidays
48 Hour Cancellation Policy
Departs at either 7:00am, 9:30am
Return 12:30pm, 4:00pm
Check-in 15 minutes prior to activity start time.
Total Duration: 6 hours
Toured from Lahaina to Lanai 1/2/19. It was magical to get the Lanai and be surrounded by a pod of Spinner Dolphins around 10am. Snorkeled the outside the Lanai harbor and the wind was up but the visibility was good. There is a 3 hour layover at Lanai where you are on your own and can enjoy the sparkling beach within walking distance. We checked out snorkeling from the beach out along a reef that extends about 1/4 mile. Again, gorgeous and magical. The boat is fast which is great and they pick you up and we head out to Lahaina but we were in search of whale arriving from Alaska. We had the best tour guide, Jeremiah who is a whale Biologist and found out some great info. on whale habits while admiring a newly born whale calf and their mother. Out captain was gracious and tolerant of the chaos and fun on the boat. We could not be more pleased.
What a great trip! My kids loved the raft! It was fast and cool being close to the water. We saw spinner dolphins and went to 2 get snorkeling locations around Lanai. The crew was awesome. One of our favorite Maui outings
Do not book with this tour group. Owner/contacts were rude. not in correct slip. Left without us. When we finally tracked them down bc no one was at slip they told us we were late and shifted blame. Note- after all of this waiting for them where we were supposed to and yelling to ship from dock (25 feet) Vinny was rude and told us we were 8 min late. However we were where we supposed to be. Didn’t find courtesy phone until 8 min late. Fisherman at wharf says it happens “all the time. “ They stopped answering phone calls from our resort. Tried to scam us out of money. Resort stood behind us. I don’t write bad reviews lightly. There are plenty of other options out there. Take those and spend money with nice people.
They bumped us for weather, which was beyond their control, but then fell through on their commitment to preserving our seats later in the week. Bad service on the shore.
That said, the boat crew was great. They were knowledgeable and entertaining. They delivered on the whale watching, finding a competition pod with a lot of great action.
Awesome, friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this adventure. They keep you with drinks, snacks and lunch. Also gives a refresher course on snorkelling. We had a jelly fish visit us with a couple of stings and the captain took perfect care of it. We will be going back! Also the first mate, she's the BEST!
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