Snorkeling off the coast of Lanai with Maui Adventure Cruises is an experience every tropical adventure enthusiast should tick off their bucket list. Dive into the crystal-clear waters where vibrant marine life thrives beneath you. With nothing but your snorkel gear and fins, you might even spot some spinner dolphins gracefully gliding through the water.

Maui Adventure Cruises offers a casual, laid-back atmosphere where you can relax and soak up the sun while enjoying the thrill of exploring one of Hawaii’s most enchanting underwater worlds: The Coast of Lanai!


Snorkeling off the Coast of Lanai Island vs. Maui

Which is Better?

Snorkeling is a popular activity for tourists visiting Hawaii, and for good reason. The crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and diverse marine life make for an unforgettable experience. While Maui is known as a snorkeling mecca, fewer people know about the hidden gem of Lanai Island.

Let’s explore the benefits of snorkeling off the coast of Lanai vs. Maui and help you decide which is better for your next snorkeling adventure.


Diversity of Marine Life

While both Maui and Lanai offer incredible snorkeling experiences, Lanai is known for its diversity of marine life. Unlike Maui, which is home to mainly green sea turtles and reef fish, Lanai boasts more common sightings of spinner dolphins Snorkelers off the coast of Lanai have also reported spotting rare creatures like manta rays and the ever-elusive reef sharks. If you’re a marine life enthusiast, Lanai might just be the perfect snorkeling destination for you.

snorkeling Lanai


Less Crowded

Maui is a popular tourist destination, and its shoreline snorkeling spots reflect that. During peak season, Maui’s easy-access snorkeling areas can become crowded and overwhelming. On the other hand, Lanai is relatively unspoiled and quiet, with much fewer tourists. Snorkelers who want a more peaceful, tranquil experience will love the isolated feeling of snorkeling off Lanai’s coast.


Pristine Coral Reefs

Lanai has some of the most pristine coral reefs in Hawaii, which means you’ll have the opportunity to see a wider variety of coral and marine life. In Maui, some of the coral reefs have been damaged by overfishing and over-tourism.  You can still see amazing Maui reef systems by taking a boat trip to areas hard to access from the shore. Snorkeling off Lanai’s coast means snorkelers can witness impressive corals that have seen little human exposure . And, of course, coral health means happier and healthier fish populations to observe as well.

snorkeling with dolphins



The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals is a unique and truly magnificent snorkeling spot on the coast of Lanai island. It consists of two underwater cathedrals or lava tubes, which snorkelers can swim into and explore. The tubes are covered in colorful corals, with schools of fish swimming around them, and occasionally a bigger creature like a shark passing by. Few snorkeling experiences in Hawaii or anywhere in the world are as exciting as swimming through these natural aquatic wonders.



Maui is home to more tourist amenities and is generally easier to get to than Lanai. However, Lanai is easily accessible with us! Because of its distance from Maui and smaller overall tourism industry, Lanai snorkeling trips can offer a quieter, more serene experience compared to other tours offered on Maui.

channel crossing Maui

This picturesque location boasts some of the best snorkeling opportunities in all of the Hawaiian islands. With crystal-clear waters and an array of colorful marine life, you’ll feel like you’re swimming in a living aquarium. Keep your eyes peeled for schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, and maybe even some friendly dolphins. Lanai is the perfect place to dip your toes into the stunning natural wonders of Hawaii.

So grab your snorkel gear and let’s go explore!