Does snorkeling amongst fishes, turtles, and the coral reefs ever get old? I don’t think so, and I certainly don’t feel that way today. Only on Kaanapali Beach will your Maui snorkel adventure begin with the boat coming right up to you. Stroll out from your hotel, walk the beach until you are in front of Leilani’s On The Beach and wait. At 9:30 am sharp you will board a 65-foot Catamaran and then you are off to sail to sail the Western shores of Maui. I’m excited to experience the waters off of Maui with Teralani Sailing Adventures and to see if there is a difference between snorkeling here and the Big Island of Hawaii. Let’s get this underwater adventure started!
As I mentioned, our morning starts waiting on the pristine beach of Kaanapali in front of Leilani’s On The Beach. At around 9 am our boat, the Teralani 2, makes its way towards the beach where one of the crew jumps off to meet with us. We sign waivers and remove our shoes. Once that is complete, the boat comes back, and we begin to board.
Once we are all aboard it is time for us to begin. As soon as we clear the other boats anchored just out from the beach our Captain comes out to give us a safety briefing and a run through of what to expect today. He plans on taking us to two snorkeling locations, and then the crew will serve up a BBQ lunch. When we start to sail back to Kaanapali they will open up the bar. Sounds like a fun morning and afternoon to me.
After applying plenty of sunscreen, it is time to head out on top to feel the wind in my face as we sail towards our first snorkel spot. It didn’t take long before someone yelled out Dolphins! We are only ten mins away from the beach, and already it feels magical.
Dolphins weren’t the only things we spotted en route to our first stop, a Sea Turtle and some flying fish were also spotted to the delight of all of us.
When we reach our first destination, it is flippers and masks for everyone. I can’t wait to get in the water. We have just over an hour at this location, I’m going to spend all of it in the water.
I didn’t have my underwater camera equipment with me, but my friend John Biehler did and these are some shots of a friend that came for a swim near us. In total I think I swam with about four turtles, and each one was spectacular.
Of course there were plenty of fish and coral to see as well, but let’s be honest, Turtles are the most exciting thing. They appear so awkward on land, but in water they are so graceful and beautiful. We moved to another snorkel spot that offered some different underwater landscapes, but again I was lucky and found a turtle that I swam with for almost 30 minutes. There was no one else near me while my Turtle friend and I just swam around. It looked effortless for him/her I had a workout just to keep up. AMAZING.
Back on board it is time for lunch. While we snorkeled the crew prepared our BBQ feast. Hot Dogs, Chicken, Burgers and Veggie Burgers served up with Maui Potato Chips and pasta salad. Plus all the water and punch you could drink.
Sad to say our second snorkeling location time nears an end, it is time to return to Kaanapali. We can head on down to the bar where all the drinks are included in our snorkel package. It’s a Mai Tai and wind in my face kinda sail back to Kaanapali.
As we approach the beach, our crew prepares for “landing” on the beach. Drop the ladder and off the boat we march.
Our time with Teralani Sailing is at an end, but the memories are forever. Not only did I see Dolphins I swam with Turtles. How awesome is that? Plus we met this great couple named Alex and Silvia, who had just become engaged the day before. All in all a great way to spend a day in Maui.
Oh and if you are wondering if there is a difference between snorkeling on the Big Island and Maui, the answer is yes. I can’t put my finger on it, but both are 100% worth it.
This was a great day on the water. The crew is friendly, knowledgeable and seen when needed but leave you to your own otherwise. I love that all the items like drinks and equipment are included in your price package. The only reason you need to bring $ is for a crew tip and for the optional SNUBA. It's also cool that they take you to 2 different locations with two different underwater landscapes.
Value for $9.5
Service/Knowledge of Crew9
Variety of activities9
Would I go back?10