If you want to see ocean wonders while having a blast on the water, Kaanapali Ocean Adventures is the way to go. They offer everything from snorkeling tours to jet boat adventures, plus plenty of private charters built to impress. All their tours start off at the Whalers Village on Kaanapali Beach, putting you close to tons of shopping and dining opportunities to fill out the rest of the day. Depending on the adventures you select, you’ll spend anywhere from one to four hours out on the water.
Their tours book out well in advance, so sign up as soon as you know you’ll be on the island. To reserve your spot, you just need to use the online booking service on their website or give them a call. You’ll get to choose your ideal date and departure time, but remember to allow enough time to arrive 30 minutes early for check in. During booking, you can select from a variety of add-ons, like a GoPro, Yamaha Sea Scooter, or even wetsuit tops.
On your tour date, be sure to arrive wearing your swimsuit plus an even layer of reef-safe SPF 50+ sunblock. Sunglasses are a good idea, too, but make sure they have a strap to hold them securely on your head. Even if you’re not snorkeling, expect to get wet during your trip. So, leave all your valuables in the hotel safe and put your phone or camera in a waterproof case.
You’ll need to wait for your captain on the beach, but it’s not well marked. If you ask around, you’ll likely get pointed in the right direction. Then, once the captain and crew get there, you’ll get a quick safety brief before loading up in the dinghy for a ride to the boat. After that, your captain will treat you to a wild excursion on the open water. Just don’t expect a whole lot of quality service, however, as the captain can prove a bit matter of fact at times.
Their most popular adventures:
Jet Boat Rides
Jet Boat Rides serve as a truly unique way to enjoy the oceanside, all while satisfying your need for speed. While keeping an eye on safety always, the captain takes each group out on a whirlwind trip full of high-speed maneuvers and plenty of tricks. The grab bars let you hold on tight, although you’ll want to put your hands in the air like you’re on a rollercoaster.
On their Snorkeling Tours, you’ll head out to all the top dive spots along West Maui and in Lanai. At each location, you’ll get to see colorful fish, sea turtles, sharks, and so much more. If you’re not a strong swimmer, that’s okay! They’ll give you a pool noodle for a little extra support while you gaze upon all the beautiful sights.
From December through May, you can go on a whale-watching tour to remember. The humpback whales make their appearance during that time, allowing you to marvel at their magnificence. Spinner dolphins are a common sight as well. Each tour gives you about two hours to watch in awe as the whales and dolphins enjoy their ocean habitat to the fullest.
If you prefer to just go on adventures with your friends and family, sign up for a private charter. They offer all their top experiences as private excursions, allowing you to experience the oceanside on your terms. Just let them know how you’d like to see the ocean wonders and they’ll get you set up on your ideal trip.
-Bring cash so you can tip the captain and crew for excellent service.
-Take an over-the-counter motion sickness medication if you’re likely to get seasick.
-Their cancellation policies vary considerably from trip to trip. Depending on which trip you choose, expect to have to cancel 48 to 120 hours in advance to get a full refund.