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3 Cool Ways to Explore Our Water World

See the Best of Both Worlds

Keep it easy. You have the fins, the snorkel mask and the beach at just footsteps. You get away and float around lazily in the school of fish and turtles as they greet you. But what if a person could move a few layers below the surface and get a better view? Amazingly, it’s possible! Ever tried Snuba? Snuba is a shallow-water dive system that bridges the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving. It’s not quite like learning to scuba dive, and is much, much easier.  A tank of air supplied by a scuba tank is on a float allowing you own free exploring space.

There are a few tour operators on both sides of the island. Curious? Check out the free daily (11 a.m.) snuba pool demos at each of Shoreline Snuba’s locations.

Soar high Parasailing

It’s much safer and easier than you think! You book a ride with a parasailing company that will take you out on a boat. You are attached to a towline and a parachute. The towline is released and viola you soar! You see the incredible views of the Pacific and its peaceful and the coolest part is seeing parts of the island of Maui with it huge churning sapphire blue water. You can fly single, tandem or triple occupancy, no experience necessary.

The best parasailing activity occurs on Maui’s west side, off the coast of Lahaina near Black Rock in Ka‘anapali. Soaring above it all, you’ll take in the scenic beauty that is West Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. It’s worth it and super fun!

Sailboats of the Ocean Blue

Day dreaming at the beach watching the sail boats. Awe, it looks so nice. So why not book a trip out for an afternoon since Maui is one of the world’s premiere sailing destinations. Whatever your sailing preference, you’ll find it here. Single-hull, double-hulled and tri-hulled yachts and catamarans of all sizes offer great sailing adventures.

Sailboats leave daily from Ma‘alaea Harbor in South Maui, Lahaina Harbor in West Maui, and from the beach at Ka‘anapali. Book a private charter or meet and mingle with your island friends. Winds are usually light in the morning, by mid-afternoon the trades pick up, giving sailors a faster trip back to port. By evening, it’s gentle again—calm enough to enjoy cocktails as you watch the sunset. Some sailboats offer snorkeling as well as food and other refreshments.

Sail during whale season and you’re in for a real treat! Expect close-ups of breaching and blowing humpback whales. Wherever you go sailing on Maui it is always an adventure. Enjoy our ocean blue.