Top 10 Water Sports And Activities In Maui, Hawaii - Updated 2024

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Spectacular volcanic rock formations, pristine palm-fringed beaches, tropical climate, and stunning underwater life, are the many elements that come together to define the spirit of Maui. One of the largest islands of the Hawaii archipelago, Maui is an exciting holiday destination for all types of travelers. But most of all, it is the ideal destination for active travelers and those seeking outdoor adventures. There is no dearth of water sports in Maui for everyone, be it beginners or experts, you have lessons for all activities like scuba diving, kiteboarding, and surfing. We have a list of water sports and activities in Maui where you can not only indulge in these activities but also witness nature’s wonders and view incredible aquatic life. Read about these activities below.

1. Kiteboarding group lesson (from USD 235.0)

Kiteboarding is a high-adrenaline-inducing adventure sport, and the waters of Maui are perfect for indulging in this activity. You can go kiteboarding with a small group of two to three people in this activity; it is ideal for families, friends, or even teams as it strengthens teamwork in a fun and stress-free environment. All the members of the group will do different tasks to become skillful kiteboarders. You will get the expertise of a guide as a part of this activity, and all the equipment required is provided.

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Maui Small-Group Kiteboarding Lesson - Kite Beach

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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2. Maui Surf School surfing lessons (from USD 75.0)

Maui is an excellent surfing spot for beginners; the waves are just high enough for your first surf lesson. You can learn and have fun while undergoing your first surf lesson in this activity. The group lesson will be conducted at the Breakwall Beach near Lahaina Harbor and will need approximately three hours. An experienced surfer with CPR and First Aid certification will guide you through the lesson and accompany you into the water. You will also have access to top-of-the-line gear. You can also pick up the photographs from your surf lesson; you will undoubtedly make memories for a lifetime!

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Outrageous Surf ScHool Lesson on Lahaina Side

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

483 reviews

3. Turtle Reef kayak tour (from USD 118.0)

The kayaking and snorkeling is an excellent choice for active travelers including families who love exploring nature through adventure sports. On this tour, you will kayak out of the southern side of Maui near Makena Landing for about 2.5 miles (4 KM) into the water towards turtle reef. The reef at the edge of the Haleakala volcano is a beautiful reef filled with exotic fish and the rare Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. You can kayak to the point and then get into the snorkeling gear and swim with the turtles. It’s a magical moment that is one to remember forever!

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Maui Turtle Reef Kayak Tour, with Snorkeling

Duration: 3 hours

297 reviews

4. Molokini Crater and Maui's Forbidden Coast, green sea-turtle adventure (from USD 210.0)

Maui is as much about scenic landscapes as it is about fantastic seascapes! There is a natural treasure hidden undersea, and you will get to explore it on this five-hour boat trip. You will be taken to Molokini crater, where the clear waters offer visibility up to 180 feet (55m), and you can view stingrays, tropical fish and other creatures of the sea. Breakfast and lunch are on board as you soak in the views of the pristine waters. Your last stop will be at Turtle Town, a reef that is the home of the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles; you can snorkel and come face to face with these beauties! And to top it, you can also spot dolphins at La Perouse Bay.

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Molokini Snorkel, Green Sea Turtle Small-Group Tour from Maui

Duration: 5 hours

1357 reviews

5. Molokini snorkeling adventure aboard the Calypso (from USD 179.0)

Enjoy the best of snorkeling on this boating adventure in Maui! The Calypso is a new catamaran with top-of-the-line features that include fresh water showers, water slides, and the use of snorkeling equipment, floatation devices, and SNUBA. You will have the services of a lifeguard on board as well. Your trip, which lasts about 5.5 hours, will first take you to Molokini Crater, that is a nature reserve and offers great underwater views. Next, you will head to Turtle Town to swim with the green turtles. You will enjoy breakfast and lunch on board, and take in the beautiful views of the coast and underwater.

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Molokini Crater Snorkeling Cruise from Wailuku

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

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6. Maui whale-watch cruise (from USD 57.0)

Whale watching is a must-do activity in Maui, especially in the months from December to May when the Humpback Whales come to breed in the warm waters from their feeding waters in Alaska. You will board a boat and head out of Lahaina Harbor to the whale habitat. You can choose to sit on the upper deck or main cabin; the ship is also equipped with an underwater video camera and hydrophone to monitor whale sightings. On board, the captain and an experienced naturalist will narrate information about the whales and their lifecycle. The cruise is a perfect opportunity to teach kids about wildlife, nature, and the importance of preservation.

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Favorite Oahu Whale Watch! (2 Hour Tour! Ala Wai Harbor, Oahu)

Duration: 2 hours

1616 reviews

7. Maui sunset dinner and dance cruise (from USD 156.0)

Gorgeous sunsets, delicious food, and a night of fun and frolic are guaranteed on this Maui cruise. An ideal romantic getaway, you will depart from Lahaina harbor and cruise along the West Maui shoreline to get fantastic views of Molokai and Lanai. The upper-deck seating assures unhindered views of the sunset, and you will be serenaded by Maui’s best singers and entertainers on board. You can enjoy a three-course dinner with options for vegetarians as well and a choice of three cocktails. The cruise also has a dance floor for those willing to shake a leg, the atmosphere is fun, and you will enjoy the personalized table service.

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Romantic Sunset Dinner & Live Music Cruise (Lahaina Harbor, Maui)

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

733 reviews

8. Maui Atlantis submarine adventure (from USD 179.0)

Fancied going under the sea in a submarine? This exciting adventure trip will take you down to depths of around 100 feet (30 m) to view the underwater life. Your journey begins from Maui from where a boat will take you to the dive site in 15 minutes, and you will descend to the water for about 45 minutes. You can view the Carthaginian, a whaling ship, which has now become an artificial reef and is teeming with aquatic life. From December to May, there is a chance of spotting whales too! On tour, you get access to English and Japanese narration, and the shuttle service to and back from the dive site.

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Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure

Duration: 2 hours

703 reviews

9. Whalewatch sail, Lahaina

Whales are enigmatic creatures, the largest beings on the planet; watching them in their habitat is a rare opportunity. This sailing trip to the Lahaina harbor is a great chance to view these majestic whales in their element. You will sail out in a catamaran to watch the yearly migration of Humpback whales. You can see many animals, mothers with calves, male whales jousting with each other or whales singing underwater. Pectoral slaps, tail slaps, full breaches; you can spot them in various ways! Whale sightings are guaranteed on this trip, and if you fail to sight one, you can return on a trip free of cost within a year of booking!

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Whalewatch Sail from Lahaina

Duration: 2 hours

83 reviews

10. Maui scuba-diving introductory lesson (from USD 227.0)

The joy of breathing and swimming underwater is unparalleled and makes you feel one with the ocean. You can experience this wonderful feeling by going on this scuba-diving introductory lesson. The activity is for a small group of up to four people who will be accompanied by a trained diver. You will learn the basics of diving and then get into the waters of Black Rock, Canoe Beach or Kapalua Bay to test it. These water areas are calm, have good visibility and have a depth of only around 35 feet (10.7 meters), and you will get a chance to view turtles and reefs. You can also use this lesson to count for your PADI certification.

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Maui Scuba Diving Introductory Lesson from Lahaina

Duration: 3 hours

155 reviews

Enjoy water sports in Maui

Maui is a water wonderland, there are multiple water sports that you can participate in and there is a wealth of nature to wow you! Hope you liked this collection of water sports in Maui. Book them for your next trip to beautiful Hawaii.

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