Maui

Marine Biologist Guided Snorkel Tour from Shore with Photos

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Snorkel with a Marine Biologist
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Embark on a thrilling, small group 2 hour journey of discovery, taken with an expert marine biologist as your guide. In an area called Olowalu awaits Hawaii's oldest and most vibrant reef where you'll enjoy close encounters with sea turtles and brilliant coral gardens teeming in color and life, all while learning invaluable lessons about marine biology and conservation. No previous experience is necessary but basic swimming skills suggested and complete snorkeling gear is provided along with start-of-trip instructions (groups limited to 8 people or fewer).
  • Snorkeling equipment is provided so you don't have to worry
  • A marine biologist guides your experience, learn from an expert
  • Get photos of the tour, keepsakes from your holiday
  • Convenient central meeting point in Olowalu

What's Included

  • Use of Snorkeling equipment
  • Flotation
  • Reef-safe sunscreen
  • Marine Biologist guide
  • Snorkeling instruction
  • Photos from Tour
  • Clean sanitized gear
  • Guide gratuities not included

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • RC32+RX Olowalu
    RC32+RX5 Olowalu, HI, USA

    You will receive a pin of the exact location via text the day prior to tour, as well as a picture of company vehicle. We will be going from an area called Olowalu. Look for mile marker 14 along the Honoapiilani highway, and park on the ocean side of the road.

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for non-swimmers
  • Flotation provided, but basic swimming skills required
  • Ages 8-65
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Anh_V
We could not have asked for a better snorkeling experience! Paul was incredibly patient and kind, and came prepared with everything we needed. He provided snorkeling gear, fins, flotation devices, mask defogger, a Go Pro camera for photos, and even had a freshwater cleaning station for us when we got back! All you need to do is show up in your swimsuit and bring a towel to dry off. We are glad we had a wetsuit for our daughter, though, as the water was a little chilly for her, but my husband and I were fine without one. None of us are the strongest swimmers, but never once did we feel unsafe with Paul. He brought flotation belts for us to wear, and also had kickboards for us to hold onto while we swam out. Paul stayed close to our daughter so that my husband and I could focus on snorkeling and not miss any fish or coral or turtles. =) My husband did get a little motion sickness once the wind picked up, so we'd recommend taking Dramamine if you're prone to this, especially on windy days! Paul taught us a lot about the area, the coral, and the different species of fish we saw. The biggest highlight was being able to see SO MANY sea turtles, and Paul was nice enough to snap a few photos for us. =) We HIGHLY recommend this experience for anyone who is either new to snorkeling or who wants to go with someone who can show you where the sea turtles hang out! 100% worth it!

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Great time
Michael_C, Apr 2024
Maui is so great for snorkeling and doing it with a biologist is an add bonus. Snorkel there every chance you get.
Perfect guided snorkeling tour!
Anh_V, Apr 2024
We could not have asked for a better snorkeling experience! Paul was incredibly patient and kind, and came prepared with everything we needed. He provided snorkeling gear, fins, flotation devices, mask defogger, a Go Pro camera for photos, and even had a freshwater cleaning station for us when we got back! All you need to do is show up in your swimsuit and bring a towel to dry off. We are glad we had a wetsuit for our daughter, though, as the water was a little chilly for her, but my husband and I were fine without one. None of us are the strongest swimmers, but never once did we feel unsafe with Paul. He brought flotation belts for us to wear, and also had kickboards for us to hold onto while we swam out. Paul stayed close to our daughter so that my husband and I could focus on snorkeling and not miss any fish or coral or turtles. =) My husband did get a little motion sickness once the wind picked up, so we'd recommend taking Dramamine if you're prone to this, especially on windy days! Paul taught us a lot about the area, the coral, and the different species of fish we saw. The biggest highlight was being able to see SO MANY sea turtles, and Paul was nice enough to snap a few photos for us. =) We HIGHLY recommend this experience for anyone who is either new to snorkeling or who wants to go with someone who can show you where the sea turtles hang out! 100% worth it!
Don’t miss this amazing experience!
Camie_S, Apr 2024
We saw a turtle cleaning station with lots if turtles … it was amazing! We also loved that Sara took time to teach us about our location, the reef and the types of fish we were seeing. 100% recommend. She also took pictures and sent them to us afterwards 👍🏻👍🏻
Great small snorkeling experience.
Allison_S, Mar 2024
Much more chill and personal than a large boat tour. It was a little murky that morning, but we made the best of it and the guide was very helpful and made sure we all felt comfortable and that each of us got to see the cool things we found. If you are new to snorkeling and a little nervous about it, this is a fantastic option.
Best Snorkeling Experience EVER
MONICA_N, Dec 2023
Paul is the ultimate guide! Great gear! We had a 10/10 day with visibility of more than 100 yards. Paul took his time, and we were able to spend more time in places that we wanted to. We were very comfortable and had no concerns about safety ever. I was also very glad to not have to take a boat somewhere. Snorkeling from the shore was wonderful- no worries of sea sickness, wasted time, or big crowds. Paul guides from his heart and passion!
Beautiful experience!
Avinash_K, Dec 2023
My son and I had a great time snorkeling the clear waters. The turtle cleaning station was the highlight! Would recommend this experience in Maui.
Amazing experience!
Carla_M, Jul 2023
We had such an awesome time with Paul! He's informative, easy going and the location was incredible for spotting sea life. Highly recommend!
Best snorkeling experience
Linda_R, Dec 2022
Paul was exceptional. Knowledgeable and patient. We saw and learned a lot. He knew the area so well and guided us to amazing areas. Very personal and the kids said it was the best part of our trip.
Swimming with the Turtles.
John_S, Aug 2022
This was an excellent experience. Paul took the time to make sure We we’re all comfortable going out and ensuring the best experience for everyone. Was also nice to have someone who cares about the area and can really speak to how it all fits together as both a Marine Biologist and local. Thank you Paul.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Im glad you guys had such a good experience and got to learn about our underwater world. Mahalo for spending the morning with me!
Personal service, small group
Karla_R, Jun 2022
Paul was a great guide. The water was too choppy and our initial excursion had to be canceled. Paul was able to book us for a different day that worked in our schedule. We saw several colorful fish, coral and turtles. I was terrified to go into the water but Paul made everything very comfortable and I had the time of my life. Definite highlight of the trip. And a small group tour with just my family was ideal. Would recommend!!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
So glad we were able to find some time to reschedule our tour! You guys were great, and by the end of the tour everyone was expert snorkelers!! Look forward to seeing you guys again ( :
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