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Marine Life Sightings While Traveling to Lanai Snorkel Spots

When it comes to our Lanai Snorkel Tour, the destination is breathtaking, and so is the journey.
February 03, 2017

Marine Life Sightings While Traveling to Lanai Snorkel Spots

Lanai is one of the best places for snorkeling in Maui County. The nicest spots are much less crowded than those surrounding Maui, and the coral reefs are full of delightful marine life, such as native fish, crabs, urchins, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and much more. You may have heard this before, but what many adventurers forget to mention is that there are often some exciting marine life sightings on the journey to Lanai and back, from Lahaina Harbor, where we operate our Maui ocean tours.

If you're visiting Maui now, in February, you can experience the delights of peak whale season. There are often so many of these gentle giants in our waters this time of year, they can be hard not to spot, especially on the trip to Lanai. Luckily for us, humpbacks are the most acrobatic of the baleen whales. They routinely perform all kinds of maneuvers above the surface of the ocean. The best way to track them is by watching for spouts, which looks like a misty spray of water that rises straight up as they exhale and take a new breath. Keep an eye on those, and you're much more likely to see an exciting behavior, like a breach, which is quite a thing to see, considering humpbacks reach up to 45 feet in length.

One of the most common sightings on the Lanai trip is the spinner dolphin pods that prefer to roam those waters. The nice thing about these charismatic little mammals is that, unlike the humpbacks, they stick around throughout the year. This particular species of dolphin isn't very big, reaching a maximum of 5-6 feet, depending on the individual. What they lack in size, they often make up for in number. Pods range from as few as 15 to as many as 300 individuals. The playful spinners also tend to be very aerial, which is how they earned their name. Their signature move is leaping from the water in a corkscrew spin. In fact, they have been observed spinning up to seven times in a single jump.

Last but not least is the most diminutive of the creatures that you may spot along the journey to Lanai. That is the Hawaiian green sea turtle. It may be smaller than the other members on this list, but this marine reptile is one of Hawaii's most celebrated animals. You'll need to keep your eyes peeled for this sighting, as they will often just pop their heads up for a breath before descending back into the water. You may see a flipper, a bit of iconic shell, a pair of big eyes, and then just a ripple in its quiet wake. The nice thing about the sea turtles is that although they can be challenging to spot during the trip, you may get to watch them when you arrive at our chosen snorkeling site. They feed off the algae and other greens that grow on and around the reefs, so they are regularly spotted on snorkeling trips all over Hawaii, including Lanai. 

When it comes to wildlife, you never really know who is going to show up, or for how long, but that's half the fun of the journey. If you're very lucky, maybe you'll spot all three of the animals on our list: humpbacks, spinner dolphins and Hawaiian green sea turtles. If you want to snap some pictures, have your camera at the ready, just don't drop it overboard! We hope to see you aboard our Lanai Snorkel Tour soon. As a reminder, you will save 10% on your trip if you book online! Mahalo!

Blogs for February 2017

Top 10 Things To Do in Lahaina Town

Posted on February 24, 2017
Top 10 Things To Do in Lahaina Town

As you may know, our Maui ocean cruises and activities depart from the scenic Lahaina Harbor, which is on the southern end of Lahaina Town, one of Maui's most distinctive and celebrated beach towns. Before that, it was a whaling port, and before… Continue Reading

Join Us For a Whale Tales Benefit Maui Whale Watch Tour

Posted on February 17, 2017
Join Us For a Whale Tales Benefit Maui Whale Watch Tour

If you love marine mammals and you're on vacation to Maui, why not join in on Whale Tales, an annual marine science and education event? Specifically, you may wish to jump on one of the event's benefit Maui… Continue Reading

Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Golf Combo

Posted on February 10, 2017
Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Golf Combo

Looking for good deals on combo activities? It's a great trick for saving money on your vacation! We have a new package that might interest you. It includes a Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Golf Combo. These are two of the island's… Continue Reading

Marine Life Sightings While Traveling to Lanai Snorkel Spots

Posted on February 03, 2017
Marine Life Sightings While Traveling to Lanai Snorkel Spots

Lanai is one of the best places for snorkeling in Maui County. The nicest spots are much less crowded than those surrounding Maui, and the coral reefs are full of delightful marine life, such as native fish, crabs, urchins, sea… Continue Reading

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