When on Maui, one activity you should most definitely take advantage of is exploring the ocean. Whether that means scuba diving, surfing, outrigger canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, or simply hopping aboard a boat to enjoy sunset views with a cocktail, remember to set time aside to explore why Maui’s marine life and underwater world is one of the most unique in the world.
Perhaps the most convenient and relaxed way to explore the Pacific while on Maui is by joining a boat tour. Two in particular, The Malolo and Quicksilver, are some of the most popular options, both for their affordability and convenient departing location from Maalaea Harbor.
This 55 foot power catamaran is one of the easiest options to get to Molokini Crater, a volcanic atoll off of Maui’s coast, which offers excellent visibility and relaxed conditions, perfect for beginners to advanced snorkelers. Departing daily from Maalaea Harbor at Slip #87, each snorkel cruise includes continental breakfast, lunch, snorkel equipment, snorkel instruction, flotation devices, a second snorkeling location at South Maui’s Turtle Town or West Maui’s Coral Gardens, and optional adult beverages for purchase.
Children 7-12 are $49 each, while adult tickets are $69.95 each with a discount for booking online. This is definitely one of the most inexpensive ways to reach Molokini Crater and a great value for all ages.
If you’re not the early bird that most boat tours require while on Maui, no worries! The Frogman offers an afternoon snorkel tour which departs from Maalaea Harbor at 1:30pm, returning at approximately 5pm. Depending on wind and wave conditions, the Captain takes guests to Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens for an afternoon of relaxed snorkeling. Alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase with valid ID.
Children are only $19 each, while adults are only $29.98 each when booking online. Excellent value!
The Quicksilver is a double decker sailing catamaran that offers unique features like a glass-bottom viewing area, fun waterslide, freshwater showers, and plenty of shade in the main cabin. The tour begins with continental breakfast and a quick cruise to Molokini Crater, where you’ll hop in to enjoy scenic snorkeling at one of the most popular snorkeling locations in all of Hawaii, before continuing to Turtle Town in South Maui to enjoy a BBQ lunch and more snorkeling with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.
Tours also include a cruise along the southern shore with island narration about the surrounding scenery, in addition to live music and a trivia game with the chance to win prizes. Beer and mai tais can be purchased for $2 each, and optional wetsuit and underwater digital camera rentals are available.
Snorkel tours depart from Maalaea Harbor at Slip #44, and typically last 5.5 hours. Save by booking your Quicksilver Deluxe Molokini Snorkel Trip online.
Time and time again, whale watching is named the #1 thing to do while on Maui between the months of December and April. There’s nothing quite like seeing these magnificent animals up close, and a boat tour is one of the easiest ways to do just that. Quicksilver offers a 2-for-1 whale watching tour on Maui – 2 tickets for $39.95 – perfect for couples or friends. Tours last approximately two hours, and are the best way to see some of the humpback whales’ most common behaviors, including breaching, blowing, fluke-up diving, head lunging, peduncle arching and more.
Hop aboard the Quicksilver sunset cruise to enjoy a two hour tour off the southwest coast of Maui. Enjoy views of the scenic West Maui Mountains, Haleakala Volcano, and neighbor islands of Lana’i and Kaho’olawe. Sunset cruises include a full three course meal, two complimentary adult cocktails (with the option to buy more for $3 each), a live music performance, dance floor, table seating, and stellar sunset views. For under $70 per person (with an online discount), this is a great option for families or groups of friends looking to enjoy a fun evening out on a boat.
Want to fancy it up by reserving your own private charter? Quicksilver offers that, so do it to it! First mate Kenny awaits…
Mahalo for reading, and don’t forget to boat it up on your next trip to Maui!