Maui has been voted the Best island in the world by the readers of the Travel & Leisure magazine for five years and Worlds best Island by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine for the last ten consecutive years. The second largest of the 8 islands that make up Hawaii, it offers a relaxed sunset feel with just the right balance between a tropical getaway and resort convenience. Your trip to Maui will be one against which all others will be measured.
But tourists arent the only ones who are attracted to Mauis great weather; out of the approximately 7, 500 humpback whales alive today, around 3, 000 spend their winter in Mauis waters. With 120 miles of coastline and more than 30 miles of beaches, Maui is the perfect whale watching and snorkeling destination for families.
The best tours for Maui Snorkeling are located in the south and west parts of Maui. Most shores on these sides of Maui are protected from trade winds by the Maui mountains which means the water is always calm and clear. There is a variety of Maui boat tours to choose from depending on the type of excursion you are after.
All are unique and guaranteed to leave you with wonderful memories of these beautiful islands. Apart from snorkeling and whale watching you could also hire a boat for sailing, rafting, dinners cruises, dolphin adventures and sunset cruises with live music and dancing. Some snorkeling tours will let you choose between 2 or 5-hour tours while most humpback whale watching tours only run between 1 and 2 hours. It is important that you check your schedule and ask the right questions before booking any of the Maui boat tours.
The best snorkeling location in Maui are Molokini and turtle town. Molokini is a small islet located around 3 miles off the southern coast of Maui. It as a marine sanctuary that is home to a wide variety of fish. On the other hand, Turtle Town is where you need to be if you are in need of viewing sea turtles - there are about 3000 of these in this sanctuary. You can also get on excursions to Lanai for dolphin sightings and snorkeling, Kanaio, La Perouse and Honolua Bay.
While Maui captains have the experience to provide the smoothest rides possible, larger boats are more stable. On the other hand, smaller boats can give you a more personalized experience with the crew paying special attention to your needs. Zodiac boats are the best for whale watching since they are lower on the water and can take you to that hard-to-reach exotic location. Other remarkable options are glass bottom boats and submarines.