Whale Watching, Snorkeling, and More
A number of companies offer snorkeling adventures and during whale season, they'll take you out to see if you can get a peek at the giant creatures. A great snorkeling and diving spot is the crescent-shaped little island of Molokini, which is a remnant of a submerged volcanic cone. The area is protected as a marine life conservation district, and the underwater views are spectacular. Don't expect your boat to be the only one in the area there; it really is very popular. Here are a few companies that will help to get you out on the water:
Pacific Whale Foundation's Eco-Adventures: The foundation is concerned about the oceans and all that live in it and offer eco-tours on eco-friendly catamarans. 249-8811 1-800-942-5311 www.pacificwhale.org
Capt. Steve's Rafting: Take a look at dolphins and whales in these motorized rafts. Leaves from Mala Wharf in Lahaina. 667-5565 www.captainsteves.com
Friendly Charters: Snorkel and watch whales aboard the 53-foot catamaran Lani Kai. 244-1979 1-888-983-8080 www.mauisnorkeling.com
Pride of Maui Charters: Morning and afternoon snorkeling trips and a sunset cruise. 242-0955 1-877-867-7433 www.prideofmaui.com
Maui Classic Charters: Take a trip aboard the catamarans Maui Magic or the Four Winds II to Molokini and other snorkeling destinations. 879-8188 1-800-736-5740 www.mauicharters.com
Snorkel Bob's Maui wants to outfit you with snorkeling paraphernalia. Kihei 879-7449; Lahaina 661-4421; Napili 669-9603
Atlantis Submarines: For a view of life and terrain under the sea, Atlantis Submarines takes you sightseeing below the surface in its special passenger submarine. Departs from Lahaina. The trip costs $79.99 for adults and $39.99 for kids under 12. 677-2224 www.atlantissubmarines.org
Other great snorkeling areas are described in a book by Judy and Mel Malinowski, Snorkel Maui and Lana'i: Guide to the Underwater World of Hawai'i (Indigo Publications, 2000).
Interested in sport-fishing off Maui? Check out this Web site that can answer questions and connect you with some charter boats: www.fishmaui.com.