Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Encounter

Are you ready for an epic snorkeling adventure around Lanai? Awesome! We’re thrilled to have you and your family aboard for an unforgettable exploration of Lanai’s remote underwater world.

Start your day by checking in 30 minutes before departure at the Boss Frog’s store in Ma’alaea Harbor. A crew member will be waiting outside to assist you. We like to get an early start when the seas and breeze are usually calm. Relax on either of our two decks and, if you squint, you might catch a glimpse of Manele Bay across the Maui Nui Basin.

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Shark Fin Rock, however, remains hidden until our double-decked vessel rounds the west coast of the island, revealing even more stunning landforms. Some, like Sweetheart Rock, are steeped in Hawaiian legend. Our engaging captain and crew, always full of aloha, will bring these ancient tales to life as they narrate your journey.

The nearshore waters of Lanai feature sheer cliffs, rugged rocks, and coral reefs teeming with colorful marine life. A large pod of spinner dolphins often inhabits the channel, and it’s common to see these incredible creatures diving, leaping, and swimming alongside the boat!


Due to Lanai’s less developed state compared to Maui, Oahu, or Kauai, and its small human population, the corals and other reef life here have more space and time to thrive. You’ll love exploring the snorkel sites! Whether you’re admiring the extensive coral reef of Manele Bay or the unique marine life around Shark Fin Rock, this Lanai snorkeling tour will leave you with lasting memories.


About the Location

Discover Lanai – One of the most unique snorkeling experiences near Maui is actually off Maui, on Lanai! Just 8.8 miles across the channel lies the Pineapple Isle, Maui’s closest neighbor. Once the site of the world’s largest pineapple plantation, Lanai is now home to two luxurious resorts with their own golf courses. Historically, it also served as a banishment site for Maui’s lawbreakers.

Our catamaran’s Lanai snorkeling tour offers you the chance to visit this amazing place! Lanai boasts incredible snorkeling spots and diverse marine life. Aboard Quicksilver, you might encounter spinner dolphins, known for their acrobatic jumps and twirls. Lanai is home to a huge pod of over one hundred of these social marine mammals.

Lanai’s snorkeling sites are located beneath towering cliffs over three hundred feet high, providing unbeatable photo opportunities. Few people in the world ever snorkel in these remote areas like Manele Bay and Shark Fin Rock, each offering visibility of up to one hundred feet.

What’s Included

Continental Breakfast

  • Mixed fruit, mixed muffins, and pastries
  • Ice-cold soda, juice, and water
  • Coffee and tea

Deli Sandwich Lunch

  • Turkey and ham Hawaiian sweet roll sliders
  • Vegetarian option: Hawaiian sweet roll slider with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, and avocado mayo (must be ordered at the time of booking)
  • Mediterranean pasta salad
  • Veggie platter with homemade ranch dressing
  • Chocolate chip cookie and triple chocolate brownie bites
  • Ice-cold soda, juice, and water
  • Coffee and tea

Also Included

  • Professional and experienced captain and crew
  • Use of top-quality snorkel gear and flotation devices
  • Whale watch (Seasonal December-April)
  • Informative and historical narration
  • Two restrooms
  • Two freshwater showers
  • Water slide
  • Jumping platform
  • Dolphin search

Also Available (for purchase)

  • Alcoholic beverages: $3.00 each (21+ with a valid photo ID)
  • Wetsuits: $10.00 each
  • Underwater photographer: custom photo shoots and a variety of packages
  • Underwater cameras: $85.00 each
  • Dramamine: 2 tablets for $5.00
  • T-shirts: $20.00 each

What’s Excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking fees

What to Bring

  • Towel
  • Reef-safe sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Valid photo ID (required for passengers 21+ drinking alcoholic beverages)
  • Cash for tipping the crew

Things You Should Know

Snorkel Location

  • The ride to the snorkel location is approximately 1.5 hours. If prone to sea sickness, please prepare accordingly.
  • Snorkel locations are determined daily by our captains based on weather, swell, and years of experience in Maui waters.
  • Wildlife sightings, while likely, are not guaranteed.

Special Dietary Needs

  • For vegetarian, gluten-free meals, or any other special dietary needs, please call (808-661-9937) at the time of booking.


  • For safety, alcohol is served once the snorkel portion of the tour is complete.


  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult


  • Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Level of Difficulty

  • Most travelers can participate
  • Basic swimming ability recommended

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