Pacific Whale Foundation – Lanai Dolphin Snorkel
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Manele Bay is the snorkel site on this Maui snorkel adventure on the Pacific Whale Foundation Lanai Dolphin Snorkel tour. Yes, there is only one snorkel spot, but if truth be told, it’s the finest snorkeling on Lanai or Maui for that fact. As you approach Lanai, spinner dolphins race down the coast playing in the wake of the boat. It’s an awesome sight, so make sure your camera is ready. Manele Bay looks like a scene from an adventure movie. Its narrow entrance is protected by tall cliffs on the right and a smaller ridge to the left. The bay doesn’t really widen much once the boat begins its entry to Manele Harbor. The water is crystal clear with calm waters. The charter moors in a sandbar about 100 yards from the harbor entrance. You have to swim about 100 feet to the reef. The reef is like an underwater rainbow exploding in colors all around you, once you enter the area.
The swim to the reef area is one of the most interesting parts of this Pacific Whale Foundation Lanai Dolphin Snorkel adventure. As you push off from the boat the water is about 25 feet deep. The bottom is pure white sand. As you approach the side of the bay the depth decreases and what looks like small petrified trees begin to sprout up from the ocean floor. The closer you get the sand begins to give away to a forest of coral swaying in the currents. The water becomes more shallow. As you begin to turn your attention forward, the reef leaps out at you like a bursting rainbow with hundreds of species of marine life. They rise from the floor like pinnacles covered in blue, yellow and orange.
You can actually dive down and touch the sand pockets between the pinnacles. Usually, you will find some nice size bottom fish hanging out eating the algae off the sand. As you get close, they will scatter. The fish are everywhere, big, small and every color you can imagine. The reef extends to the harbor break wall. You can cruise on top of the water to the break wall, but it gets very shallow with some surge. The larger fish begin to disappear, but there are hundreds of smaller fish swimming and feasting off the algae.
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Bring a towel & sunscreen
Large shaded cabin
Easy access from the back of the boat
All snorkel gear provided
Snorkel 101 in the main cabin on the way to Lanai
The boat does not land on the island, it moors in front of Manele Harbor in a sandbar.
Assorted Island Fruit
Tropical Breads & Stuffed Bagel
Coffee, Juice, Water
Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
Maui Hot Dogs
Traditional Pasta Salad
Beverage & Bar:
Soft drinks, juice, water
Beer, wine and Mai Tais
A valid photo ID is required to consume alcohol.
No handicap access on the Pacific Whale Foundation Lanai Dolphin Snorkel
Other Activity Options by Pacific Whale Foundation: Pacific Whale Foundation – Molokini And Turtle Arches Snorkel, Pacific Whale Foundation – Maui Whale Watches, Pacific Whale Foundation – Sunset Dinner Cruise
Pacific Whale Foundation Lanai Snorkel
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Meet in Lahaina at Pacific Whale Foundation Logo Store.
GPS: 612 Front Street, Lahaina Hawaii 96761
Provide photo ID of proof of age prior to boarding to receive a bracelet required to consume alcohol
All trips are all NON-SMOKING
Vendor requires a waiver be signed by each guest when checking in.
48 Hour Cancellation Policy
Only available outside of whale season, April 16th through December 14th.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Closed on Saturday.
Check-in 7:15am, Departs at 8:00am.
great staff. very attentive. the staff love the ocean. we tried to go to molokini but it was too windy. went to a couple other locations and it was still good. you cant predict the weather. most of the staff had degrees on the boat. they are passionate at what they do. they looked after people that were sick or injured when you have a 100 people on board. would recommend
We took a snorkeling trip with the Pacific Whale Foundation and we enjoyed our time. The Captain and crew were very professional and courteous. The snorkeling itself was la little underwhelming. But I can tell that safety was paramount for their selection of the snorkeling spot. Enjoyed a good lunch and breakfast during or 5 hour adventure and had a fun time overall.
A great knowledgeable and fun company that cares about the whales! Accidentally (and unknowingly) arrived a day after my booked tour and they kindly let me go on the next one without charging me again. Awesome experience--saw dolphins and whales at the end of the season.
Great employees are all marine biologists and super friendly. We saw 3 humpback whales a male, female and baby in the off season. The female and baby crossed almost under us and the male breached 3 times and surfaced around us multiple times on our snorkel trip. Also spinner dolphins throughout the 5 hour trip. We took this picture the last breach.
We went on a sunset dinner cruise with them. It was AMAZING. So absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious! Every crew member was a marine biology major and was well educated. We all had many questions and not even one went unanswered. We had a blast and will definitely be booking a snorkel tour with them next time!