HawaiiMaui Activities February 26, 2020

Luxury Snorkel Tour with Ali’i Nui Maui

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A Luxury snorkel Tour with Ali’i Nui Maui


Have you ever dreamed of snorkeling in Hawaii? There are many options to make this dream a reality, from bringing your own snorkel gear from home, to renting equipment at a local surf shop to booking a tour. Recently my best friend since college came out to Maui to celebrate our milestone birthdays. It’s whale season here on Maui and I knew that enjoying a snorkel tour, and possibly seeing whales playing in the Pacific, would give us both memories to last a lifetime.

We were able to book a tour with the amazing Ali’i Nui Maui. I’d heard great things about this luxury catamaran company from clients, and was excited to see for myself.


Ali’i Nui offers several tours: snorkel sails, whale watches & sunset dinner cruises. We chose the Maui Deluxe Snorkel Sail, and started our day before sunrise, meeting at Ma’alaea Harbor to climb about their beautiful catamaran. Once aboard, we were offered a lovely breakfast bar.

After a warm welcome by the captain and staff, we were out to sea, well, out to Molokini, at least. The sun was rising as the boat took us from the harbor to the beautiful crescent-shaped snorkel spot.
Some whales came out to play and wow us with their antics along the way. We stopped to admire them, with people gathering at the front of the catamaran.
A petite older lady stood next to me and mumbled under her breath how “all the tall people” were standing up front. Just as she finished her sentence, two whales swam directly next to us, creating a mini-rainbow with their splashes. It was truly a magical Maui moment. No time for photos, only time to soak in the incredible presence of these creatures.


Once we arrived to Molokini we had the option to snorkel or scuba dive (extra cost) and wet suits were provided. The water was wild that day, but I felt extra safe because Ali’i Nui had two lifeguards watching us in the water, as well as provided floaties & life jackets for whomever wanted them. We got to see all kinds of tropical fish at Molokini! The water was a bit rough that day, so we went to a special place toward West Maui called Talking Rocks. There were more tropical fish, sea turtles and even a manta ray joined the party!

I enjoyed the fresh snacks and homemade ginger ale atop the catamaran during the second snorkel. It was fun watching more whales play and my college bestie had a blast in the water. When everyone got out of the water there were hot showers and towels provided for us to wash off the saltwater.
After both snorkels, the food didn’t stop there! A yummy BBQ lunch, with salads and dips & sides galore awaited us. The day was magical, from sunrise to post-snorkel glow time. The captain and crew were top-notch and the word “luxury” fit this tour perfectly.
If you’re looking for a snorkel excursion here on Maui, I highly recommend Ali’i Nui Maui. Check them out at aliinuimaui.com.

Jenny Poppy