Reef Dancer – 60 Minute Tour
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The Reef Dancer is a glass-bottomed boat that gives you an intimate glimpse of the underwater world that is just off the leeward coast of Maui. Once the Reef Dancer arrives at the viewing area there are 3 scuba divers that descend out from the submarine. One feeds the marine life and draws so many fish around him that you can’t see him. Another diver has an underwater video recorder and films the hidden secrets beneath the rocks. There is a viewing screen inside the cabin and you can see what he is filming. The third diver does what has become known as the “creature feature” part of the adventure as he finds live specimens and neat stuff on the bottom and brings it up to the viewing windows for all to see. He then returns it back to where he found it (unharmed of course), and the entire journey is narrated so everyone knows what they are looking at.
Reef Dancer is probably the best Maui activity for families with younger children and something you should consider. If your children don’t meet the height requirement for Atlantis Submarine, as is a perfect choice. Seniors who have difficulty descending steep stairs may also want to consider Reef Dancer as the stairs are much easy to walk down.
It’s a semi-submersible, so it doesn’t dive under the water. It looks like a submarine and its painted yellow. The conning tower has a stairway that leads into the bowels of the submarine. They are not very steep. Inside windows surround the interior. They are rather large, which provides for ample viewing. There are not many seats below, so you have to stand. In the rear of the submarine is a television that records the entire experience from the outside. You can purchase the video if you like.
Reef Dancer motors out of Lahaina Harbor to Mala Wharf. There are 2 to 3 scuba divers who enter the water. One has a video recorder that displays on the inside television. Another diver cruises the bottom searching for interesting things to show you. He will bring whatever he finds to the windows for everyone to look at. Usually, it’s an octopus or some form of shell creature. I call it the creature feature.
The third diver feeds the fish to bring them into view. It’s amazing how the fish can smell or sense the food. One minute there is only the diver, with nothing around him and the next he is completely engulfed with fish. Your children will find this fascinating.
Let’s face it, attention spans for younger children are short. A 60-minute tour with some good entertainment is the perfect length of time for smaller kids. If you or your children have seen enough, or when the submarine begins its return to the harbor, you can walk up the stairs and enjoy the views of Lahaina while the submarine is motoring back to its berth.
Besides the video, the Reef Dancer has a photographer available when you check in for the event. They will take a family portrait and you can purchase it after the tour returns. They run about $20.00.
Tip of the Day:
The first tour in the morning is the best.
Strollers must be left at the dock
Bring a camera, turn off the flash.
Reef Dancer does not offer any food or beverage during the tour.
No handicap access
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Meet Location: Lahaina Harbor Slip 6
GPS: 675 Wharf St. Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
48 Hour Cancellation Policy
10:00am, 11:15am, 1:00pm.
Check-in 30 minutes prior to activity start time
Total Duration: 60 minutes
Great for a simple submarine ride. It was our first time and we loved the experience. The staff themselves were every educated and kind. My 3 year old had a blast and was asking to go again. Great views. Would recommend it for families on a budget but still looking for a fun experience.
I had a wonderful time riding front seat with the Reef Dancer crew! Leena's narration was superb and the divers were on top of their game, bringing awesome sea creatures up to the boat for us to SEA! One of the divers, Reece, even juggled a few Shark Pillows for the adoring crowds surrounding the window. The Admiral, Heidi, even got out of the boat to hunt down two octopuses for us to have a look at. They were exquisite! Another diver, Will, found a baby sea cucumber and used it as a mustache. Included in the tour was a reef chart highlighting all of the fish we could find on our journey. The guide was written in English, Japanese and Hawai'ian, making the tour very educational and accessible to many people. Overall I highly recommend it for all ages and abilities, and the semi-submersible is a great way to get over fear of the sea.
We were given this as a gift from the parents after looking into it last time we were here. Didn't know what to expect but had a great time. The 4yr old loved seeing under the water, and the spot they took us to had amazing coral. The staff was friendly and informative. We saw a lot of fish, coral and 1 turtle. Would do it again next time we come to Maui.
Great option for families with kids that wouldn't be able to snorkel. Bring the Dramamine if you have issues, but otherwise, a great and quick hour tour with a couple divers showing kids sealife. We were able to see all of the sea creatures on their provided list and the novelty of a "submarine" was not lost on us.
Highly recommend! This was an awesome experience! We saw so many beautiful fish, sea turtles, an octopus, starfish and sea urchins! The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. A must do!