Coral Gardens is Maui’s largest and healthiest reef, containing over 100 acres of some of Hawaii’s oldest reef structures. With giant coral head formations that have been found to date back over 500 years, Coral Gardens remains one of the best snorkeling destinations in all of Hawaii.
Olowalu, in large part due to its shallow waters and protection from strong trade winds, is a great place for beginner and intermediate snorkelers, even when most other places on Maui are too windblown for snorkeling. During some times of the year, Olowalu is also a popular surf spot.
Located just south of Olowalu and Lahaina and fronting the stunning West Maui Mountains, Coral Gardens was formed when lava flows extended across the ocean floor nearly half a million years ago. These volcanic ‘fingers’ provide the perfect environment for marine life to thrive.
Prepare yourself to spot a breathtaking array of tropical fish, many of which can only be found in Hawaii’s waters. Butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish, and triggerfish are all represented; as is each color of the rainbow! Plus, the world-famous Hawaiian green sea turtles make appearances regularly, along with eels, crabs, and even octopus.
What Our Customers Say
“We took the afternoon snorkel trip on the Lani Kai out to Molokini. I had 2 adults and 3 children in my party, and we had a great experience. I can’t say enough about the Crew. They were so incredibly friendly and helpful! They were very alert and aware of every person on board during the trip…”
“We got on the massive boat with about 30 snorkelers total. They had coffee, water, juice and a selection of fruit & danishes for breakfast. It took about an hour to get to Molokini but it was totally worth it. The water is crystal clear and there was tons of marine life to explore…”
“Went out on the Lani Kai on Tuesday. Staff was very friendly, organized and experienced. On the way to Molokini saw many whales; some up very close. Snorkeling equipment was top of the line. Brand new shorty wetsuits were available for a charge. A continental breakfast as well as a fresh deli lunch were included. Soft drinks, Mai tais,…”