The Kanaio Coast Tour offers an opportunity to explore a rarely seen part of Maui, the volcanic Kanaio Coast and a variety of remote exotic snorkeling sites, includng both spinner dolphin and green sea turtle habitats. You are in for a treat as as you tour along Maui’s Gold Coast past Wailea and Makena to a remote and inaccessible coastline with spectacular views of the slopes of Mt. Haleakala.
About 200 years ago at Kanaio, molten lava exploded from a side vent and poured into the ocean forming incredible lava arches, grottos and sea caves. The experience of entering a sea cave by raft or passing through a massive lava arch should not be missed! (conditions permitting) Photographers will delight with the array of unique formations that await at every turn.
Looking for Dolphins
Following Kanaio, you will cruise to the protected waters of La Perouse Bay while encountering spinner dolphins either along the way or in the bay it’s self. Named for their acrobatics, these playful mammals will frolic in the wave produced by our boat sometimes only a few feet from the bow! On many occasions snorkelers have been approached by the dolphins while in the water.
This experience has been described as spiritual and is a visual and auditory experience that one never forgets. One of several remote snorkeling sites may be offered (time and conditions permitting) such as the La Perouse Pinnacle, which is teaming with fish. Each site has a unique underwater terrain and a variety of marine life.
Departing La Perouse Bay, you will make one more stop in Makena where we serve a delicious buffet lunch and snorkel with sea turtles and spotted eagle rays near pristine lava fingers. These turtles, although endangered and protected, are accustomed to seeing snorkelers and do not mind being photographed as they surface for air just a few feet away.