Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Encounter

Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Encounter

Duration 5.5 Hours

Adult Ages 13+ $139.95
Child Ages 7-12 $109.95
Small Child Ages 6 & under Free


An Incredible Dolphin & Snorkeling Adventure in Lanai

Ready for an epic Lanai snorkeling tour? Awesome! Let’s go! We’re delighted to host you and your family aboard the Quicksilver and guide your exploration of Lanai’s remote underwater world.

Begin the day by boarding the Quicksilver at the world-renowned Lahaina Harbor, when the seas and breeze are usually calm. Sit on either of our two decks in comfort. 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, are 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.

The nearshore waters of Lanai 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 lot of time in the channel. It’s common to see these incredible marine mammals diving, leaping, and swimming 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’ll 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 memories.

About the location

Travel & Experience an Entirely New Island of Hawaii- Lanai!
One of the most unique places you can snorkel on Maui is actually off Maui, on Lana’i! 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, Lana’i 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.

Today, the Quicksilver catamaran’s Lanai snorkeling tour gives you the chance to visit this amazing place! Lanai offers incredible snorkeling destinations and marine life. While aboard Quicksilver, passengers often encounter spinner dolphins, who jump and twirl in the air! Lanai is home to a huge pod of over one hundred of these social marine mammals.

Lanai snorkeling sites are located beneath towering cliffs more than three hundred feet high! As you can imagine, the photo ops are just unbeatable. Few people in the world ever snorkel these remote areas like Manele Bay and Shark Fin Rock, each with visibility of up to one hundred feet.

What's Included
Breakfast: fruit, muffins, pastries, juice (passion, orange, guava), soft drinks, hot coffee/tea, water
Lunch: Deli sandwiches or pulled pork sandwich with BBQ sauce, a vegetarian option (usually a salad), coleslaw, chips, chocolate chip cookie, soft drinks, juice, water
Water slide
Professional captain and crew
Use of top-quality snorkel gear and flotation devices
Ice-cold soda, juice, coffee or tea
Two restrooms
Two freshwater showers
Informative and historical narration
“Jump for Joy” Jumping Platform
Dolphin Search
Whale Watching (When in Season, December – April)

Check-in: 6:00AM | Departure: 6:30AM | Return: 12:00PM

Dietary Needs
If you have a dietary restriction (vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) this must be noted and specific dietary restricted lunch requested at time of booking.

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. Minimum drinking age is 21 years old.

Wheelchair accessible, however all surfaces are not wheelchair accessible (uneven terrain, stairs, etc.). Boat is Stroller accessible. Near public transportation. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Level of Difficulty
Most travelers can participate


Additional information

2nd Deck Jump Platform 💦

One of Quicksilver’s coolest features is its 2nd Deck “Jump For Joy” platform. You can jump right off the side of the boat! This option is perfect for guests who are not interested/ done with snorkeling and want to add a little excitement to their trip – take the plunge into big BLUE! Quicksilver is the only snorkel charter that goes to Lana’i that has a coast guard safety certified jump platform. There are easy access stairs right behind the boat to get back aboard after your leap! Epic for all ages!


Water Slide

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!

Guest Safety

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.


Flotation Devices 🏊

If you are not a strong swimmer, or you simply appreciate floating around, we provide several different kinds of flotation devices. Choose from life vests, float belts, boogie boards, and foam noodles – all of which are included on your tour. Wetsuits are great flotation devices too, and they’ll keep you warm! They are available to rent for an additional fee.

Shady Main Cabin 🌴

We understand you are more than ready to work on your tan, but FYI: when you’re out on the ocean, the sun comes from above and reflects off the water. Trust us, you’ll be delighted to have access to shade every once in a while. You don’t want to arrive at dinner looking like a lobster, do you?

Snorkeling Instruction 🤿

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.


Smooth Ride 🛥️

One of our main focuses is passenger comfort. The Quicksilver was specifically designed for Maui’s weather and waves. The island winds add up throughout the day, which causes the water to be a bit frothy on our return trip. Our catamaran’s double-hulled design is largely above the wind chop. This allows the boat to avoid much of the rough water, and makes for a smoother ride.


Great Music 🎶

Our Lanai snorkeling playlist is a lot of fun! We’ve selected music from a range of decades to entertain everyone in your party. Rest assured, Jimmy Buffett and Jack Johnson are both represented!

Cancellation Policy

48 hours notice required for cancellation or reschedule.

Gerard G
Portland, OR

Great morning boat trip in Maui! Staff was incredible and very helpful. Went to two different locations to snorkel and saw beautiful fish and turtles. Also saw dolphins when we were returning back. Absolutely a highlight of our vacation and would do again! Afterwards bonus was spending the afternoon in beautiful Lahaina. Would highly recommend to visitors. Expect couples, families, and 5 hours of fun.


Awesome adventure!! Very cool, attentive staff!!! Everything was exceptional…the captain was a riot and very informative. The water was a brilliant blue I’ve never seen before. We spotted a whale off season with her baby so that was a major treat.