Lani Kai – Coral Gardens Snorkel
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Coral Gardens is one of the best snorkeling spots on Maui. Hidden from view by the cliffs on the Pali, Coral Gardens is as inaccessible as it is pristine. There is no way to descend down to the water’s edge which makes the only access by boat. Colorful reef formations line the Pali walls under the water with brilliant colors that shade a rainbow. Stretching away from the cliffs the coral gardens are vibrant and teeming with marine life. There are no turtles at Coral Gardens, but there are thousands of colorful fish ranging from small aquarium size to larger than footballs. The water is calm, clear and warm.
Maui snorkeling tours to Coral Gardens are afternoon snorkel trips. They are 3 hours in length as it only takes a few minutes to reach the gardens from Maalaea Harbor. Once there, the fun begins. Lani Kai has been snorkeling Coral Gardens since its maiden voyage. It’s a perfect location to snorkel in the afternoon. You don’t have to rise at the crack of dawn to check in for a snorkel trip and it’s not crowded like Molokini. A few other noteworthy things to mention is that the water is warmer in the afternoon because the outside temperature is warmer. There is a slight breeze at Coral Gardens which is welcome as it cools down the heat of a tropical sun, unlike Molokini which is breezy all day and windblown in the afternoon.
Most Maui charter boats that frequent Coral Gardens do so in the afternoon after they return from their morning snorkel trip to Molokini. The Lani Kai like all other snorkel boats who offer an afternoon snorkel charter would prefer to motor out to Molokini Crater. They know it would be a rough voyage with the tradewinds barreling through the isthmus of Central Maui. Both the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala rise so quickly above the sea that the winds are funneled through the isthmus gathering strength as they go. That is the reason you see a constant line of whitecaps all the way out to Molokini. If you look closely you will see that the waters in front of the Pali sea cliffs are calm. Yet out a little further, the white caps begin.
If afternoon charter boats took their guests out to Molokini, everyone would experience some kind of motion sickness discomfort. That is why Maui snorkel charters go to Coral Gardens instead of Molokini in the afternoon. What’s puzzling though, is why don’t they snorkel Coral Gardens in the morning?
Because Coral Gardens is a shorter snorkel trip than the morning Molokini snorkel charters, the rate per ticket is also less expensive and it is a better snorkel site. Families that come to Maui with children often opt for the afternoon snorkel trips because of length of time, price and the shorter boat ride. Time also plays a significant role in selecting an afternoon Maui snorkel charter.
Is a 53-foot power catamaran. There are 3 access points into the water. Two are in the back of the boat descending from the twin hulls, one on each side. The third one is a set of stairs that lower down in the front. The Lani Kai is equipped with a fresh water shower and 2 restrooms. A large shaded main cabin is available to take a break from the sun. Lani Kai also features a water slide. Oh Yeah!
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Bring a towel & sunscreen
All gear provided.
Boogie boards & noodles available
Deli Style Lunch:
Variety of lunch meat and cheese
Fresh Maui vegetable tray
Bread and taro rolls
Delicious pasta salad
Fresh baked macadamia nut chocolate chip cookies for desert
Juice, soda and water
Beer, Wine & Mai Tais
Select your choice
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Meet Location: Maalaea Harbor, slip 47
GPS: 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road Wailuku Hi. 96793
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day
48 Hour Cancellation Policy
Check-in 1:00pm. Departs at 1:30pm
Return is about 4:30pm.
Check-in 30 minutes prior to activity start time.
Total Duration: 3 hours.
This was the absolute best trip! Emily was wonderful and we so enjoyed Captain Mark. He was entertaining and the crew was so efficient. Best choice by far!
What a great surprise this trip was. Captain Mark, Mia, and Annie are some of the most hospitable people I have met on Maui. Smiles and kind words the entire trip. #besthostsever. The boat, at first glance, was smaller than others, but Nick at Snorkel Bob's in Napili Bay was right, "best day of your life" and all thanks to the these very cool people and the most incredible snorkeling. Water was calm, visibility was boundless, sea life every where you looked, my kids loved the boat slide, the food was casual and fit the trip perfectly. The ride over and back to Molokini was smooth, a truly perfect day on the water. Since my first visit, Maui has always been my happy place, but these people and this snorkel trip made this vacation one of the best. We all can't wait to come back and do it again. Mahalo for a great time. See you in 2020.
What a wonderful and personal snorkel experience. Equipped with a great crew of knowledgable and friendly people. Good snorkel equipment and location for Molokini and a secret private location for your own turtle charter. Light breakfast with a deli lunch. But after the snorkel it's beers and Mai Tais, which were some of the best on the island! Family operated tour, couldn't ask for a more excuisite crew for a five hour excursion. Thanks for the jokes Dad!
The crew was amazing. We didn't go to Moloki and turtle town which was a bummer but that was because of the wind. Beer and other alcohol was a must! The crew members were very accommodating for my party of 11 today! Highly recommended
Best time ever on Maui! We'll be back next year to go again. We recommend the Lani Kai snorkeling trip to every Maui visitor.