Reef Dancer

Reef Dancer

75 Minute Tour

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REEF DANCER – 75-MINUTE TOUR

Maui’s Ultimate Reef Viewing Adventure & Dive Show

The Reef Dancer Maui is a glass-bottomed boat that gives you an intimate glimpse of the underwater world just off the leeward coast of Maui. This bright happy yellow semi-submarine cruises out of Lahaina Harbor to Mala Wharf. Once the Reef Dancer arrives at the viewing area, three Maui scuba divers descend from the submarine.

One of the divers will feed the marine life. It’s amazing how the fish can smell or sense the food. Many people, young and old alike, are fascinated to see how a diver can go from being alone to being surrounded by a multitude of fish within a minute. The diver draws in so many fish that you won’t be able to see them!

The second diver has a cool underwater video recorder and films all the secrets hidden beneath the rocks that aren’t visible from above. It is streamed onto a viewing screen inside the glass cabin so you can see what he is filming. The third diver does what has become known as the “creature feature” part of our glass-bottom boat tour adventure as he finds live specimens — usually an octopus or some form of shell creature — from the bottom and brings it up to the viewing windows for all to see close-up. He then returns it right to where he found it (unharmed of course). The entire Hawaiian underwater journey is narrated so everyone knows exactly what they are looking at.

Reef Dancer is probably the best Maui ocean activity for families with younger children. It is something you should consider especially if your children don’t meet the height requirement for Atlantis Submarine Maui. Making our semi-submersible tour the fun, safe, and ideal option. Seniors who have difficulty descending steep stairs may also want to consider Reef Dancer as the stairs are wider and much easier to walk down.

This is a semi-submersible boat or semi-sub, which means it sits partially submerged in the water, giving you a unique view of the colorful coral reefs and marine life and it doesn’t dive under the water. Maui’s Reef Dancer looks like a submarine and is painted yellow which is why some have dubbed it the “little yellow submarine”. The conning tower has a stairway that leads into the bowels of the submarine; they are not very steep. Inside, windows surround the interior which are rather large, providing ample viewing. There aren’t many seats below, so you may have to stand. In the rear of the little yellow submarine is a television that records the entire experience from the outside; which means you can purchase the video of your underwater excursion if you’d like.

Here are some of the pros and cons of the Reef Dancer

Pros

  • A truly unique view of the underwater world
  • Scuba diver brings sea creatures to the windows for close-up viewing
  • Family-friendly and easy 9-step stairway with rail
  • It’s an affordable tour

Cons

  • Boat can be crowded
  • Tour is only 75 minutes long
  • May not be suitable for people who are afraid of heights

Although one of our cons is that the semi-sub boat tour is on the shorter side, let’s face it, the attention span of younger children is also VERY short. A 75-minute Maui submarine 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 starts its return to the harbor, you can walk up the stairs and enjoy the views of Lahaina while the glass-bottom boat tours back to its berth.

Besides the video, a photographer is available when you check in for the event. They will take a family portrait, which you can purchase after the tour returns.

Things to Know & Bring on the Day of Your Reef Dancer Boat Tour in Maui

  • The first Maui boat tour in the morning is the best for calm waters a crystal clear viewing
  • Strollers must be left at the dock
  • Bring a camera, and turn off the flash
  • No restroom on board
  • Does not offer any food or beverages during the Maui submarine tour

Maui Reef Dancer Restrictions

  • No handicap access

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Meet Location: Lahaina Harbor Slip 6
GPS: 675 Wharf St. Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Days Available:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

Times:
10:00am, 11:15am, 1:00pm.

Check-in 30 minutes prior to activity start time

Total Duration: 60 minutes

Maui Tickets For Less Cancelation Policy:
A 72 hours notice is required for a refund. Only exception is a note from a local doctor.
No-shows” will be charged full.

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They are located at Slip #6, for GPS direction using 675 Wharf Street, Lahaina, HI 96761 as the address. The glass boat is taking passengers along the...
Maruko X.
Maruko X.
Jess, Rachel,& Ariel were so amazing ! So informative & made the tour so fun. Recommend this for anyone with kiddos !
Briana B.
Briana B.
Really nice and easy going tour. They gave lots of good information. Jessica was great and very personable and easy to talk with.
James J.
James J.
Super fun. The scuba divers were the best part. Lots of fish to see and crew was friendly.
Michael L.
Michael L.
Had a wonderful experience with the crew this morning! We were told by the Naturalist how fortunate we were to see all the underwater creatures we did. Sea...
Jake L.
Jake L.
Really enjoyed our trip. So informative and helpful, especially when our daughters started to feel a little queasy. The captain was on it without skipping a...
Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.
Great experience for my family. The staff were friendly and fun to talk to. We wish that the day was sunny and the water had better visibility. What was...
Da Lin T.
Da Lin T.
Loved the experience both underwater and above. This was the highlight of my trip and highly recommend.
Christine G.
Christine G.
Such a fun tour with a truly friendly and entertaining crew. We also went on a whale watching tour the day before and while it was also a friendly crew,...
Lisa C.
Lisa C.
Wow! We had a wonderful time! Great Captain and crew. We even saw an Octopus that the divers brought up to our viewing window. It was great to also see...
Kris T.
Kris T.
This was a fun excursion in Maui. We chose the first tour in case it got choppy or murky. Service was great and entertaining. We went around the bay and...
Chelle T.
Chelle T.
The price is very reasonable and the staff was very friendly and knowledgable. The diver picked up a sea urchin and an octopus to show us through the...
Jason Z.
Jason Z.
Best deal on island for families. Staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend the last sailing of the day, then you get a sunset cruise coming...
Ryan M.
Ryan M.
It was entertaining. The most interesting part was the naturalist sharing his knowledge. This is not something you will run back to do again because you can...
Truth H.
Truth H.
10/10 recommend! My two kids (1.5 and 3.5 years) loved it so much! The staff and captain Heidi are so incredibly friendly and fun to chat with! The divers...
Kelly H.
Kelly H.
We had a great time. Our kids are little so this was a way to see some marine life. I was hoping they'd throw some pig carcasses in the water or something...
Brent N.
Brent N.
Nice Maui excursion activity to do with the little ones. Only time slot available was 7am but was worth it since that gave us time to hit the beach...
P W.
P W.
Service was great. A marine biologist gave briefing and shared some cool facts about some sea life around that area and about the coral reef. We saw two...
V M.
V M.
10 min Uber ride from our hotel , came with two small children for vacation not much excursions to do with a 4 and 2 year old . Came across their brochure...
Eli G.
Eli G.
Great voyage. Good crew and voyage narrator. All the seats are good seats and the view was just like snorkeling.
Robert F.
Robert F.
This is a cute adventure for kids too young to snorkel. Saw an octopus, sea star, and a few fish. Unfortunately not much more. The water was pretty murky....
Natalie H.
Natalie H.
What a fantastic way to see the reefs when you can't swim! We were very happy with this tour, it was a great way to start the morning off. We saw turtles,...
Josh S.
Josh S.
Such a fun experience! I was a little hesitant to book based on some of the reviews, but this was definitely a highlight for my family, especially for those...
Lisa H.
Lisa H.
Amazing experience! Took our 18 month old and had a great time. It's really an all-ages event. The staff was knowledgeable and nice, kept us entertained and...
Amanda I.
Amanda I.
We had a very memorable experience while on board this ship. The view underwater was so amazing and the staff were very knowledgeable and very friendly. It...
Em B.
Em B.
nice excursion for people to look at the coral/fish without having to snorkel/scuba. the divers help try to find interesting things. we saw a shark and...
Brian K.
Brian K.
The trip was perfect to take our family on! The crew was incredibly friendly and made the submarine even more fun by telling us about what we were seeing as...
Mat S.
Mat S.
Awesome. Kid and wife loved it. Saw tons of sea life, knowledgeable guide shared fun facts and stories. Be a hero and book.
Lawrence F.
Lawrence F.
Excellent experience and opportunity to show my son what's in these local waters. We saw turtles, a shark, and tons of fish. There is a naturalist on board...
Lisa R.
Lisa R.
Would definitely recommend this excursion! It is perfect for all ages & a great way to explore the depths of the ocean without snorkeling or scuba diving. The entire crew was welcoming & made it an enjoyable experience! Having the divers bring up sealife was definitely a plus! We were lucky enough to see a turtle & an octopus in addition to the numerous other fish & sea urchins. Thank you for a wonderful time!
Kris P.
Kris P.
Amazing experience! The crew was phenomenal and their excitement and enthusiasm was as if this was their first time out! They were courteous and explained all the COVID precautions with clarity. Hint- wear a comfy mask for below deck 😜. They served refreshments and snacks for the kids and we even got to see turtles!We took a slight detour to catch some whales nearby which was a pleasant unexpected surprise. We have four kids and the guide explained everything from the types of sea life to the ways we can take care of the ocean.There is a seat for everyone below deck and there is an opportunity to ride on top to get some fresh air and meet the divers who collect sea life and bring them up to the windows so all can see.Honestly an amazing experience!
Chris L.
Chris L.
We wanted to Experience the Underwater sites but have a 4yr that cant snorkel and etc so the REEF DANCER was a Great Option !!!! Just the knowledge and the...
Desiree C.
Desiree C.
We had a great time! It was a good way to experience a little more of the ocean for those that might not be able to do so. The crew were all really nice and did a great job teaching and showing us some cool sea life. Thank you!
Angela P.
Angela P.
Reefdancer was a fun experience for my family and me. My wife and I originally wanted to do this tour for our 3 year old who is fascinated by ocean...
Ryan C.
Ryan C.
This is a "must-do" activity, especially if you have little children who likely can't go snorkeling. We did the 90 minute tour and saw so many amazing...
Lauren C.
Lauren C.
I highly recommend this tour! It is especially great for little ones and persons unable to snorkel or dive. The crew was wonderful from the initial photo to assisting with boarding and departing the ship. Every person was very friendly and knowledgeable about the ocean, reef and it's inhabitants. The divers were very patient and made sure to visit each window or group of people with the precious sea treasures they found to show them off. We had the pleasure of watching an octopus ink then settle into the careful hands of the diver handling it. They also educate you about the fragile environment of the reefs, advising you on reef safe sunscreens if you need them. This trip was not only enjoyable but educational as well. Don't forget to tip on your way out. They really deserve it! Thank you for the wonderful trip and memories!
Charity W.
Charity W.
This probably one of the best parts of our trip. I’m not a huge boat person and definitely would never opt into a fully submerged submarine. So this was a perfect middle. We saw fish, a few turtles sleeping on reef, they brought up an octopus, and a sea star. I was hoping to see a shark but no sightings! Very informative, extremely friendly staff. Family owned business. I do see a few people complaining about not seeing more sea creatures. I understand the frustration but they also can’t control what you do or don’t see. As far as the complaining about hurting the wildlife they pick up, I’m sure these people are trained and know how to handle these animals otherwise they wouldn’t be or the wildlife officials wouldn’t allow it. We had a great time. Very affordable as well.
Alexandra C.
Alexandra C.
Friendly staff who showed and taught us so many things about the reef, fishes and marine life. Kids loved the divers who were very patient and took pictures...
Sandeep A.
Sandeep A.
Had a great time!! Hosts were amazing, Captain did a great job.. we saw a turtle, tons of fish, a small shark and the divers were super fun and everyone was...
Shaadi A.
Shaadi A.
On Maui, HI trip, We chose a 90 min trip hoping to see more turtles and fishes, it was clear and sunny day of August sad to say we only saw very few, a...
Teresa B.
Teresa B.
We had a fantastic time on our reef tour! The entire crew was knowledgeable, friendly, and committed to our having a great experience. We had an unexpected...
Kim C.
Kim C.
Lovely trip, love that it's family owned. The staff are super nice, the naturalist knows her stuff! Support small and local. A great experience with our...
Lacey W.
Lacey W.
Glad we did this as we are not snorkelers but want to see what's under the ocean! I will say it was warm and you had to keep your masks on your face which...
Heather S.
Heather S.
Super fun. Educational, and amazing trip! Loved the interaction with the friendly crew. It was an incredible experience and so glad I was able to have my...
Cathy D.
Cathy D.
What an experience! Loved every minute of it! Super nice staff!!! We saw a lot of cool sea life! Highly Recommend.
Danielle M.
Danielle M.
These guys try really hard to educate you on the reefs. Other than the crew, the trip was a solid 1-2! A lot of passengers were nauseated because of the...
Minty N.
Minty N.
Our family had a blast with the Reefdancer crew! We are so glad that Captain Heidi was able to keep this business afloat and reopen when restrictions were...
Donald M.
Donald M.
Great time! The grandkids were so engaged and the crew was awesome. Totally recommend!
Nicole K.
Nicole K.
Great experience for folks who don't wish to snorkel! The crew was very supportive of my spouse who felt motion sickness. Highly recommend them!
Shoaib A.
Shoaib A.
Beautiful experience love the views from down below. Its like being in a glass submarine. Crew was excellent.
Tom F.
Tom F.
Such a fun trip!!! If you're in Maui the ReefDancer is a must!!! Super nice crew and hilarious host (Mike) kept the vibes lively and fun while educating...
Joseph F.
Joseph F.
I brought my 84 year old mom on this trip and we both had an amazing time. The staff was incredible. They were so accommodating. When we couldn't get a ride...
Melody S.
Melody S.
We had a great trip ! The employees were all so nice and attentive ! Brody was our narrater and he really went above and beyond to make the trip special for...
Sabrina W.
Sabrina W.
Highly recommended. Better than a full submarine. You have the option of going on deck to enjoy the view at any time. Crew was great.
Rico911 ..
Rico911 ..
We went on the 60 minute ride today with our 1.5 year old and had an AMAZING time! I highly recommend this for anyone with small children. The cabin was...
Anita D.
Anita D.
Amazing and more than expected! 9 yr old daughter was not wanting to snorkel and I wanted to see ocean life. Staff was so knowledgeable and friendly. We had...
Marina B.
Marina B.
Great activity for kids! Saw lots of fish and learned a lot. My 2 and 4 year old loved the whole thing! Crew was friendly and the boat was very clean.
Annie S.
Annie S.
We enjoyed our trip today saw many type of fishes. 2 sea turtles resting. Crew was very helpful. Covid has hurt their business. Good education. Small...
Kashif S.
Kashif S.
We took a trip on the Reefdancer on 3/16/2021 and it was so much fun! I went previously with my husband and youngest two years ago, but this time we were...
Jane-holly M.
Jane-holly M.
Great activity for the kids! Only 1 hour, cool air down below, saw lots of fish, and very educational!
Melissa P.
Melissa P.
This was the highlight of our vacation and we were here for 7 days and did about every activity you can imagine. I would highly recommend Reef Dancer!
Shantell C.
Shantell C.
Lots of fun! We had a great time and will definitely be back! The crew was so fun and interactive!
Sheley D.
Sheley D.
I will do it again. Great staff, clean boat, clear water beautiful site to see.
Carl C.
Carl C.
The best! Flew over from Oahu for a quick outer island trip and came across this great activity for our 1 year old. Crew was great, informative and funny....
Shane G.
Shane G.
It is truly a unique experience that you should not miss. The waters are crystal clear and you can discern all kinds of tropical fish that exist where your divers bring short sea urchins, octopuses and more. People are professional.ALOHA
Michail A.
Michail A.
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.
Alex H.
Alex H.
What a great experience! The crew was great. The views were amazing. This was more than worth the money. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Maui.
Austin Y.
Austin Y.
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.
shmyla S.
shmyla S.
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.
Mammoth Team Real E.
Mammoth Team Real E.
We had a great time!! We checked in a few minutes prior to boarding at slip #6, and Received our boarding passes from Maggie. She was friendly and smiling!...
Sarah G.
Sarah G.
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.
T M.
T M.
Awesome experience seeing the reef up close and personal. Very informative and knowledgable narrator, smooth ride, great and fun dive crew... saw lots of reef ocean life. The wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves...
Zane S.
Zane S.
Believe it or not, this is one of the cheaper activities you can do in Hawaii with your family.... but I recommend this activity to families with kids or...
Tammy L.
Tammy L.
We just got back and I wanted to personally thank the divers and crew for a great time out for our family. We saw 2 octopus (octopi?) and a bunch of other...
Lawrence M.
Lawrence M.
Wasn't sure exactly what to expect but was very pleased with booking this excursion & really enjoyed it!!! Heidi & her crew were all awesome & would recommend them!!! I almost forgot... I loved that they took your picture & gave you the picture instead of charging you for it like most other excursions do!
Kandi S.
Kandi S.
It's a must everyone visiting Muai, for grown ups and young ones, really fascinating experience. Seeing the beauty in the deep. Staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You never know what goodies divers would be finding. Besides showing the creatures divers make sure if they find any trash in the sea to bring it to boat. Highly recommended
Babar R
Babar R
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