LANAI SNORKELING & DOLPHIN ENCOUNTERS
Adults Online Special: $79.95 regularly $109.95
Kids 12 & under, 1 free per paying adult.
Additional kids 12 & under $54.95
One of the most unique places you can snorkel on Maui is actually off Maui, on Lanai! Just 8.8 miles across the channel is the Pineapple Isle – Maui’s closest neighbor island. Now home to two opulent resorts with their own golf courses, Lanai used to be agricultural land for the world’s largest pineapple plantation. Long before that, it was one of the banishment sites for Maui’s lawbreakers. (The other island used for that purpose was Kaho’olawe.) Today, the Quicksilver catamaran’s Lanai snorkeling tour gives you the chance to visit this incredible place.
The nearshore waters of this island are home to sheer cliffs, craggy rocks, and coral reefs full of colorful marine life. A large pod of spinner dolphins lives offshore and spends a considerable amount of time in the channel. It is very common for our guests to witness these incredible marine mammals diving, leaping, and swimming powerfully alongside the boat! Because the island is not as developed as Maui, Oahu, or Kauai, and the human population is small, the corals and other reef life have more space and time to thrive. You will love exploring the snorkel sites here. Whether you get the chance to see the wide-ranging coral reef of Manele Bay, or the unique reef life surrounding Shark Fin Rock, this Lanai snorkeling tour will leave you with lasting marine life memories.
You’ll board Quicksilver at the world-renowned Lahaina Harbor in the morning, when the seas and breeze are usually calm. While sitting on either of our two decks in comfort on the west shore of Maui, if you squint and look across the Maui Nui Basin, you can almost see Manele Bay on the south shore of Lanai. Shark Fin Rock, on the other hand, is not at all visible until your double-decked vessel rounds the west coast of the island, and brings you past even more amazing landforms. Some, like Sweetheart Rock, come to us steeped in Hawaiian legend. Quicksilver’s engaging captain and crew – always full of aloha – will bring these ancient tales to life as they narrate your time at sea.
This family-friendly Lanai snorkeling tour is sure to satisfy everyone, from first-timers to those more experienced with the thrilling sport. All snorkel gear, flotation devices, and snorkel instruction is included on Quicksilver. You can rent wetsuits and underwater cameras! There is also an exciting water slide, a freshwater shower to rinse off the salt, and even a glass-bottom viewing area so you can see underwater while staying dry!
You’ll enjoy a filling breakfast, tasty BBQ lunch, and all kinds of drinks during your half day (5.5 hour) excursion. Feel free to enjoy adult beverages once your water time is through; the crew is watching out for you both in and out of the ocean, and one thing’s for sure: alcohol and snorkeling don’t mix safely. And in case you’re wondering, two on-board restrooms are available for your convenience.
We’d be delighted to host you and your family on the Quicksilver, and guide your exploration of Lanai’s remote underwater world.
Are you ready for this epic Lanai snorkeling tour? Awesome! Let’s go!
Quicksilver features four glass viewing panels so you can see the marine life right through the bottom of the boat. This is a great option for non-snorkelers to take a peek at the reef. On rare occasions whales have been seen swimming under the boat on our whale watch tours.
Need a quick way into the water? Do your kids need extra entertainment on the Lanai snorkeling tour? Look no further than the Quicksilver’s water slide. It is located on the back of the boat, next to our easy staircase into and out of the water. You and your kids can go around and around, down the slide and up the stairs, repeat to infinity and beyond!
Safety is always a priority. Quicksilver is a United States Coast Guard certified passenger vessel. We abide by all their applicable rules and regulations. We carry all the necessary safety equipment required by the United States Coast Guard. We also provide safety instruction and information about the snorkel spots and the boat. At each snorkel spot we always have a crew member in the water to act as a lifeguard and to lend general assistance with snorkel gear or to answer any questions.
Easy Ocean Access
There are two easy-access staircases that lead to our sea level swim platforms on the back of Quicksilver. No steep ladders to traverse. This makes getting in and out of the water quick and easy. Also, a crew member is almost always standing by on each swim platform to help you in and out of the water, provide flotation devices, and help you with your snorkel gear, digital cameras or any other items.
Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Dessert! Cookies! These deserve a special mention. Everyone loves our chocolate chip cookies. I don’t know what it is about being on a boat, but cookies always taste better at sea. We have plenty, so seconds are never a problem on our Lanai snorkeling tour.
Cushion bottom or bucket type seating, most with some variation of a back rest, highlight the Quicksilver’s comforts. Having something to lean back against and a soft cushion to sit on makes for a comfortable and relaxing day. Most seats on Quicksilver have both.
After you return from your frolic with the fish, freshwater showers are available. It’s always refreshing to have a freshwater rinse after a saltwater bath.
We provide several different types of flotation devices. If you’re not a strong swimmer, or you just like to float around, our foam noodles, life vests and boogie boards are available for free. Wetsuits, which not only keep you warm, are also great flotation devices. These are available to rent.
Shady Main Cabin
I know what you’re thinking; I came to Hawaii for sunshine. Don’t worry, on most days you’ll get plenty. Believe us when we say you’ll be happy to have a shady place to hang out if you want to get out of the sun. You don’t want to show up for dinner looking like a cherry, do you?
On our cruise out to Lanai, our crew members bring you all the snorkel gear you need. They also give instruction on how to properly fit and use your equipment. For those who need special assistance or a little more instruction, a formal Snorkel 101 class is taught by the captain aboard the boat, once you’re moored (parked) off Lanai. This is great for first-time snorkelers.
Passenger comfort is one of our main concerns. The Quicksilver was designed specifically to operate in Maui. The wind tends to increase throughout the morning which causes the bay to become a bit choppy on our ride back to the harbor. The hull design of the Quicksilver allows the boat to easily glide over and literally stay on top of the wind chop, instead of plowing through it.
We provide ambient music throughout the trip to add to the relaxing atmosphere.
SNUBA DIVE. BREATHE UNDERWATER!
8 years and older welcome. No experience necessary.
If you are already familiar with snorkeling, and you’d like to try something new, enjoy snuba diving! Snuba brings you closer to the fish for a longer period of time than snorkeling can. An experienced guide accompanies you throughout your dive. You breathe from a tank of air that is floating on the surface, and you have the option to swim down to a maximum of ten feet – taking your air tube with you! Snuba does not require prior experience breathing from a tank.