By Lora Chow
Tom and I love the clear, turquoise blue waters of Maui. During our time on the island, we explored off the beaten path beaches, coves, and reefs. The water was healthy in support of an abundance of sea life. Although it’s great to explore on our own, we also like to go on organized tours. During our most recent trip, we decided on a morning tour with Sail Trilogy.
Sail Trilogy is Maui’s most established and highly rated boat tour company. Tom and I wanted to experience this top excursion for ourselves. We decided upon the Discover Kaanapali tour. This trip is a 5-hour exploration of West Maui that departs at 8am. With our hats, sunscreen, towels, and snorkel gear, we settled into comfortable and shaded seats on the fleet’s newest catamaran for an hour ride north.
Our tour was expertly guided by CAPTs Caleb and Michael and crew Gillian, Jenny, and Vanessa. As soon as we set sail, the staff went around to all passengers to take beverage orders (coffee and non-alcoholic options). Next, we were served warm cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit. It was lovely to dine on the deck and sailing by the lovely west Maui coast to our east and Molokai to our west. By the way, if you don’t have your own equipment, no worries. It is provided along with all food and beverages
Once we arrive at Honolua Bay, we don our gear and venture into the ocean. Tom and I love to snorkel and dive. Maui is a great place to do both. However, we feel that snorkeling in Maui is just as lovely as diving as much of the marine life is at shallow depths. We spend a decent amount of time in the water and see schools of colorful fish, eel, and even a shark.
Next, we sail a few minutes around the cove to Mokuleia Bay. This is my favorite spot because I get to swim with sea turtles. Not just one, but several turtles abound in this location. This is on my travel bucket list and I finally get to cross it off. These animals are so beautiful and peaceful. Swimming with these beauties makes my trip to Maui complete!
We return onboard with quite an appetite. Lucky for us, CAPT Caleb has the grill going with chicken for lunch. Along with substantial protein, the meal also includes rice and a fresh salad. A vanilla ice cream sundae is the dessert of the day. After finishing lunch, we set off on our return to Kaanapali Beach. During the return, Tom and I dry off in the sun and enjoy soda water and ginger ale (the waters are a little rough). However, for those interested in adult beverages, they are included!
Sail Trilogy’s Discover Kaanapali tour is a well-organized snorkeling tour and a fun way to spend the morning. Although we enjoy our own explorations, it is fun to go on the occasional group tour. Interacting with the staff, especially CAPTs Caleb and Michael, as well as with other tourists made this a fun experience that we highly recommend.
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