SNORKEL | maui



For thrill-seekers of all ages, PacWhale’s Maui snorkeling tours offer the adventure of a lifetime. From swimming in sight of dolphins to exploring Maui’s most vibrant coral reefs and volcanic craters, our expert team provides active guidance ensuring every guest is safe and prepared for a fun-filled snorkeling experience.

  • The crescent-shaped islet of Molokini is an extinct volcanic crater with a thriving coral reef, home to more than 250 fish species.
  • The island of Lana​‘i​ is known for its rugged coastline full of vibrant reefs, sea turtles and wild dolphins.
  • Honolua Bay is a protected marine conservation area off the western coast of Maui.
  • All three destinations are among the Island’s most scenic snorkeling spots.
  • Wildlife Info

    • When you snorkel Maui, you’ll have the chance to swim and explore alongside a wide range of fish species including butterflyfish, triggerfish, and several different kinds of marine life.
    • The Molokini Crater itself is home to hundreds of fish species – many of which are native to Maui, like the Hawaii state fish – Humuhumunukunukuapuaa.
    • Some of our Maui snorkeling tours, like the ​Lana‘i Snorkel & Dolphin Watch​, provide guests with unique encounters with lively spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and spotted dolphins.
    • The green sea turtle (honu) is one of the oldest turtle species ever researched on the Island. This iconic turtle species favor lava arches and coral structures and are truly an amazing sight to see up close.
    • Keep your eyes peeled for other forms of wildlife that are often hiding in and around nearby reefs including sea cucumbers, urchins, octopus (he’e), sea stars, and many others. These amazing creatures can be just as colorful and vibrant as some of the fish you’ll see while snorkeling Maui’s coastline.
  • Weather & Climate

    • The great thing about snorkeling Maui is you can get in the water any time of year and see something special. The Island’s tropical conditions keep the air and water feeling relatively warm all year-round.
    • If you’re concerned about being too cold, however, summer is the best time to go. Water temperature, while still comfortable overall, is coldest during the winter months (a neoprene wetsuit is recommended).
    • Another factor with snorkeling during the winter months is the wave sizes (swell). While wave sizes are difficult to predict and depend on your specific snorkel location, winter typically has larger wave sizes than other seasons.
    • Our tours concentrate on ideal snorkeling destinations with calm seas and low winds like Molokini and Honolua Bay.

Hawaii Visitor Update

Aloha, We Are Open!  Our PacWhale Eco-Adventures are open for booking as we welcome visitors back to Maui.  Quarantine restrictions were lifted on Oct. 15th for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.