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
- E-Ticket Delivery
- Free Cancellation
- No Booking or Credit Card Fees
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.
We took the snorkeling trip out to Lanai. It was excellent. All of Staff members were very knowledgeable and everyone was very friendly. The current changed while we were out that day and a few of the swimmers needed a bit of extra help to get back to the boat. The situation was handled extremely well. We saw several whales on the ride out to Lanai including one that swam next to the boat for a short time. We also saw a large pod of spinner dolphins which was amazing and the highlight of the trip.
We appreciated that the money goes to a good cause. We definitely saw some whales, although 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. I just wish we didn't have to pay 10$ extra to rent a wetsuit, especially since the drinks were free.
Seems kind of backwards to me. Why not include the wetsuits and then charge for drinks? Maybe they get bigger tips this way? Anyway, small complaint about an otherwise outstanding experience. I would definitely recommend them.
Great experience. We got to see a whale on our trip! I wish they didn't sell those 4Ocean recycled bracelets though. 4Ocean says the proceeds go towards cleaning up plastic from the ocean but they actually rely on the work of unpaid volunteers! DO shop here and go on the tours but DON'T buy the bracelets unless you do some research first.
Great staff. Best time to go is December to Feb. We went in mid Jan. Saw 3 sets of whale breaching mother and cafe! Best to go with these guys as they are non-profit organization to research and protect whales.
Went whale watching, and had an amazing time. Great crew, saw a ton of whales and heard whale sounds via a hydrophone. Did not need binoculars. I would do it again in a second, highly recommended.