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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- Free Cancellation
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.
Awesome whale watching company. It was such a great time we saw so many whales and couldn’t ask for a better experience. It was a beautiful day and the guides were super educated and friendly it made for a trip to remember. Best whale watching trip I’ve ever been on
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!
The boat was almost full, but there was room to move around and it did not feel crowded. Staff was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I also felt that they care about education and the preservation of whales. The boat did not get too close and kept a slower speed. The views were much better than my photos!
We appreciate that the money goes to a good cause. We saw plenty of whales, and we were pleased that the ship kept a respectful distance.
Communication and customer service was excellent from the all-female crew, as was the lunch they prepared for us on the grill.
They were generous with the breakfast, lunch, snacks, and other amenities.
My only gripe is that I just wish we didn't have to pay an extra 10$ to rent a wetsuit. It seems kind of backwards to me that drinks are included but wetsuits cost extra. Why not include the wetsuits and then charge for drinks?
We have heard that sunblock can be damaging to coral, so for a company that's environmentally conscious why not encourage clients to cover up exposed skin by lending out wetsuits so less people are lathering on the sunblock? It could even be turned into a teachable moment on sustainable tourism. Anyway, small complaint about an otherwise outstanding experience. I would definitely recommend them.
If you want a whale watching experience. You'll be comforted to know these guys are all very experienced, in marine fields, followed industry standards to keep whales safe, and money made goes to further research. They also have other things not just whale watching so if you want to go on a snorkel trip I would suggest them as well.