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Top 10 Boat Tours in Lahaina

Top 10 Boat Tours in Lahaina

11 Aug 2019

If you’re visiting Maui on a vacation, and staying in West Maui, there are so many incredible boat tours to explore in Lahaina. For Maui Resort Rental guests, we always like to provide the very best information and recommendations so that our guests can thoroughly enjoy their holiday in Maui.

Located just off Front Street, and behind the Historic Banyan Tree, the Lahaina Harbor is the go-to destination for a variety of ocean activities in Maui. Visitors can book Maui snorkel tours, sport fishing charters, submarine tours, scuba diving charters, sunset cruises, and whale watching excursions during the Winter months. Located at Lahaina Harbor’s loading dock, guests can also plan ahead and take the Expeditions Ferry to the outer Island of Lanai for the day. 

With an abundance of exciting activities waiting at your fingertips, peruse through this list of the top boat tours in Lahaina. Whether you’re traveling with your family and kids, on a Maui honeymoon, or on a group vacation with friends, there’s an ocean of adventure awaiting you!


Pacific Whale Foundation- Eco Cruises

Pacific Whale Foundation offers a variety of incredible ocean experiences for the whole family. Their eco cruises are a great way to explore Maui’s oceans while learning about Maui marine life, and the diverse ecology of Maui’s coral reef systems. They operate two main tours out of Lahaina Harbor: Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail and a Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch. 

The Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail (5 hours) takes guests to explore amazing snorkeling opportunities at the Honolua Bay Marine Sanctuary. The tour operates on their Ocean Spirit catamaran, and leaves Lahaina Harbor in the morning. Honolua is considered one of the most scenic snorkel spots in the world. Guests will cruise along the West Maui coastline in comfort, snorkel at a couple of secluded spots, enjoy a continental breakfast, and a BBQ lunch. 

The Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch (5 hours) travels from Lahaina Harbor to the outer Island of Lanai. While en route to Lanai, guests have many opportunities to see the playful Spinner Dolphins jumping, twirling, and splashing in their natural habitat. Pending the season, guests may also see Bottlenose and Spotted dolphins. During the Winter months, guests can see the North Pacific Humpback Whales in the channel. 

Dolphins, snorkeling, and visiting an outer island all in one day is surely a huge vacation opportunity. This tour also includes a continental breakfast, lunch grilled on board, refreshments, and one complimentary adult beverage for those that are 21+.



Trilogy- Sunset Dinner Sails

For those that want to get on board a Maui boat tour, but don’t necessarily want to get wet, consider booking the Captain’s Sunset Dinner Sail with Trilogy. Departing from Lahaina Harbor, guests can enjoy a delicious catered meal of their choice, and an awesome Maui sunset sail. 

Upon booking a sunset dinner cruise with Trilogy, guests first get to choose from a diverse menu of meal options: Pan-Seared Top Sirloin Steak, Fire-Grilled Chicken Breast, Fresh Island Fish, or the Portabello Penne Pasta.

During this 2.5 hour dinner cruise, guest can enjoy fine dining with the most beautiful views in West Maui. This is a great Lahaina boat tour for couples on a romantic vacation, honeymooners, and those that are celebrating a wedding anniversary in Maui.


Atlantis Submarine Tours

Atlantis Submarine Tours are one of the top rated Maui ocean activities for families traveling with kids. It’s an undersea adventure like no other, and perhaps the first and only time guests will ever experience life underway in a submarine. 

Atlantis Submarine offers two main tours in Maui: Maui Undersea Adventure & Whale Watching Combo (Dec-March), and a Snorkel Cruise Combo. During all Atlantis Submarine tours, guests can see a variety of tropical fish, larger game fish, sea turtles, and visit a submerged shipwreck.

Special offers include the Ultimate Special Package, the Maui Value Pass, and Royal Lahaina Luau Combo.

The Ultimate Special Package includes five top activities in Maui: Atlantis Submarine Adventure, Royal Lahaina Luau, and admission to the Maui Ocean Center, Maui Tropical Plantation, and the Bailey House Sugar Museum. 

The Maui Value Pass offers four Maui activities: Atlantis Submarine Adventure, and admission to the Maui Ocean Center, Maui Tropical Plantation, and the Bailey House Sugar Museum. 

The Royal Lahaina Luau Combo includes a submarine adventure, then an amazing oceanfront luau experience with the Royal Lahaina Luau. All guests will surely enjoy this Hawaiian culture activity with hula performances, storytelling, an all-you-can-eat authentic luau buffet, and an open bar.



Aboard the Quicksilver, guests can enjoy snorkel tours, dinner cruises, whale watching, and more. Departing from Lahaina Harbor, one of their most popular activities are the Lanai Snorkel Tour and the Whale Watching Tours during the Winter months.

Quicksilver’s Lanai Snorkel Tour also offers visitors a chance to witness dolphin encounters. If guests don’t see dolphins, Quicksilver will offer comp’ed guest passes so that they can enjoy another future tour on the Quicksilver (within 30 days). 

While en route to the outer Island of Lanai, Quicksilver cruises at a comfortable speed while finding chance sightings of Maui’s Spinner and Bottlenose Dolphins. Upon reaching Lanai’s outer reef, guests receive snorkeling safety information, and get to see Lanai’s less visited coral  reef life. Tropical fish, turtles, dolphin sightings, and vibrantly colored reef formations are the big highlight of this Maui boat tour. Depending on weather and ocean conditions, guests will visit Manele Bay or Shark Fin Rock for snorkeling. 

Quicksilver’s Lanai Snorkel Tour (5.5 hours) includes a filling breakfast, BBQ lunch, and refreshments.



Start Me Up- Sport Fishing

Maui’s most popular sport fishing charters are with Start Me Up Fishing. Embarking from Lahaina Harbor, visitors can book Share Boat Tours (2, 4, 6, 8, and 9 hour tours available), and Private Charters (4, 6, 8, and 9 hour charters are available). 

Having a fishing license is not required to partake in a sport fishing charter in Maui. Start Me Up sport fishing adventures happen on their fully outfitted 42’ Bertram Sport Fisher. With an experience crew, and state-of-the-art fishing equipment, here’s a Maui activity that’s all about the action!

Available to beginners and experienced sport fishermen/fisherwomen, fishing expeditions can go towards the outer islands of Lanai, Molokai, and Kaho’olawe. Guests have an opportunity to hook Ono (Wahoo), Ahi (Tuna), Mahi (Dorado), and more game fish varieties.



Hawaiian Ocean Project

Hawaiian Ocean Project offers a variety of Lahaina boat tours that all guests will enjoy. Visitors can choose from Dinner Cruises, Lanai Snorkel Trips, Dolphin, Whale Watches (Winter only).

Departing from Lahaina Harbor, Hawaiian Ocean Project operates tours on Kaulana of Maui (70-ft double-deck catamaran), the Lahaina Princess (65-ft double-deck adventure vessel), and the Maui Princess (120-ft touring vessel).

Aboard the Maui Princess, guests can enjoy Maui Sunset Dinner and Dancing Sail 7-days a week. On the Kaulana, guests can enjoy the morning Lanai Dolphin Snorkel (approximately 6 hours). The Lanai Snorkel goes to two in-the-know snorkel sites off the Lanai coastline, and includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, and one complimentary cocktail. 



Lahaina Divers- Scuba Diving & Certification

Lahaina Divers is West Maui’s go-to ocean tour company for scuba diving charters and Maui scuba lessons. It’s perhaps one of the most exciting ocean hobbies that one can develop; allowing adventure seekers an opportunity to explore and get close to a variety of Maui marine life; tropical fish varieties, octopus, turtles, hammerhead sharks, and so much more.

Lahaina Divers offers a huge variety of scuba dive tours for all levels. Moored dives visit locations like Lanai, Molokini, and Turtle Reef. Adventure dives (for the experienced diver) visit the Carthaginian Wreck, Molokini Back Wall, and Molokai. 4-Tank dives go to Lanai’s Turtle Reef, Molokini’s Turtle Reef, and the the Carthaginian Wreck.

For those that are just beginning scuba certification, Lahaina Divers has you covered. They offer intro trainings, open water certification packages, and open water referrals. They also provide training for those that are seeking advanced scuba training including adventure dive certifications, advanced open water, emergency first response, rescue diver trainings, and more specialties including PADI. 



Makai Adventures

If you’re seeking small group snorkeling tours in Maui, Makai Adventures is an awesome choice. Operating day trips out of Lahaina Harbor, visitors can enjoy a variety of ocean activities on Kainalu (12 feet), and Kainani (a 43’ Beneteau Oceanis). 

Makai Adventures’ tours include Whale Watching (Winter months only), a Snorkel & Dolphin Tour, Bottom Fishing, Sailing, and Private Charters. Tours include an expert in-water guide, snorkel and ocean safety information, snorkel gear, Maui marine life learnings, and more. 

Here’s an awesome Lahaina boat tour company to choose if you’re a family that wants to avoid the crowds and hustle of the larger boats. Or, for a group of friends that want to cruise through Maui’s oceans in style.



Reef Dancer

The Reef Dancer is Maui’s most popular glass bottom boat with surround viewing. Whether you’re traveling with small children, elderly, or just don’t want to jump in the ocean to see the action, here’s a one-of-a-kind Maui activity out of Lahaina. 

Reef Dancer offers 60-minute and 90-minute tours throughout the week. Guests can spend time on the observation deck, or they can view Maui’s ocean wonder world from the underwater air-conditioned cabin.

Narrated by their expert crew, guests will see a variety of tropical fish and critters tucked into coral reef shelves. There’s also a possibility that they’ll see spotted eel, octopus, turtles, and more. 

The most amazing thing about an experience on the Reef Diver is that guests get to learn and see at the same time. Everyone stays dry, and all guests can explore Maui’s underwater oasis.



Expeditions Lanai Ferry

Visiting Maui provides so many amazing opportunities to explore, eat, relax, and find adventure. One of the coolest things about visiting Maui is that guests can also explore the Island of Lanai for day trips and island hopping. Aboard the 1-hour long Expedition Maui to Lanai Ferry, visitors can easily visit Maui’s ‘Pineapple Isle’ while enjoying stunning Pacific Ocean views.

On Lanai, visitors can experience hiking trails, untouched beaches, 4x4 drive tours, luxury packages, Lanai golf resorts, and more. The ferry departs Maui 5x a day (6:45am, 9:15am, 12:45pm, 3:15pm, and 5:45pm), and it departs Lanai 5x a day (8am, 10:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm, and 6:45pm). Surely, this makes life convenient for roundtrip ferry travel!

With Expeditions, guests can also book Lanai tour activities and packages. A few of the most popular packages are Manele Golf Course Packages, Jeep Rental Packages, Lanai Horseback Riding Packages, and Lanai 5th Friday Packages. Lanai 5th Friday’s happen only on the months with a 5th Friday. The event takes place in Lanai City, and offers visitors a chance to attend a lively community based event with a variety of food vendors, arts and crafts, Maui made items to purchase, live music, entertainment, and more.



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