Where to Swim With Dolphins in Maui

The waters around Maui are full of bottlenose, spinner and spotted dolphins that swim close to the shores during many months. Several cruise and tour operators around Maui offer dolphin watching tours and snorkeling excursions where guests can swim and play with the dolphins. You can make your Maui vacation more fun and memorable by adding a dolphin swim experience to your itinerary.
Maui Classic Charters

Maui Classic Charters offers a cruise and snorkeling trip around the islands and departs from the marina in Ma'alaea. Explore the famous Dolphin Cove where the spinner dolphins play as well as the ancient villages and scenic destinations around the Maui shore. The cruise adventure can be booked with a continental breakfast and deluxe barbecue lunch, and includes snorkeling gear and instruction. You can swim with the dolphins during a brief break around Dolphin Cove. As of 2009, prices start at $112 per adult plus tax and applicable fees. The tour lasts approximately five hours and is available every day.

Maui Classic Charters
1279 South Kihei Road # 110
Kihei, HI 96753
808-879-8188
www.mauicharters.com/mauimagic_trip01.html

Maui Adventure Cruises Dolphin Adventure

Take a high-speed boat ride around the islands of Maui and Lanai with the Maui Adventure Cruise operators. The cruise includes time to snorkel and swim with the dolphins, snorkeling instruction and a guided tour of the waters. In addition to the bottlenose dolphins, you may see manta rays, green sea turtles and reef fish. As of 2009, prices start at $94.46 per person plus tax and applicable fees. The trip lasts approximately five hours.

Maui Adventure cruises
Lahaina Harbor, Slip #11
West Maui
www.hawaiiactivities.com/us/hawaii/maui/sg/2375/ag/10374/

Pacific Whale Foundation

The Pacific Whale Foundation's scenic cruises around the Maui shorelines provide a close look at the bottlenose and spinner dolphins. This organization also offers whale watching trips and scuba diving sessions where you can interact with the dolphins. Book the Lanai Wild Dolphin Snorkel adventure that departs from 512 Front St. on Lahaina Harbor to board the 65-foot luxury power catamaran and look forward to a day of sailing, snorkeling and gourmet lunch service. As of 2009, prices for this dolphin swim and cruise adventure were $79.95 per adult, and free for children 12 years and under.

Pacific Whale Foundation
300 Ma'alaea Road # 211
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
808-249-8811
www.pacificwhale.org/mauiecocruises

Captain Steve's Rafting

Captain Steve's Rafting offers full-day and half-day adventure rafting excursions around Maui County and Lanai's coastline, and gives visitors a chance to snorkel for a portion of the trip to interact with the reef fish, dolphins and sea creatures. The half-day excursion includes snorkeling gear and healthy snacks and beverages while the full-day excursion includes a continental breakfast, snacks, lunch and snorkeling gear. As of 2009, prices start at $99.99 per person.

Captain Steve's Rafting
91 Kaniau Rd.
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
808-667-5565
www.captainsteves.com

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