Experience the ultimate underwater adventure on the island of Lanai with our top picks for Lanai snorkeling spots! From the stunning coral reefs of Shark Fin Cove to the captivating sea turtles of Turtle Haven, Lanai has an abundance of marine life waiting to be explored. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Manele Bay, where schools of colorful fish will surround you, or discover the hidden gem of First Cathedral, where underwater caves and arches will leave you in awe. Our guides at Hawaii Ocean Rafting can help you explore all these spots, so keep reading to find out more.

Club Lanai

Club Lanai, located on the east shore of Lanai, is a popular snorkeling spot that attracts many visitors each year. The area is named after the club house that used to be open for visitors on the nearby beach. This spot is closest to Maui and is often sheltered from weather, making it a go to for calm snorkeling.

The water is crystal clear, and the coral formations and colorful fish make for a unique underwater experience. Whether you're an experienced snorkeler or a beginner, Club Lanai  is a must-visit spot for anyone looking to explore the beauty of Lanai's underwater world.

Manele Bay

Manele Bay in Lanai is a prime location for snorkeling, with crystal-clear waters that allow for exceptional visibility of the underwater world. The area is home to a diverse range of marine life, including colorful tropical fish, green sea turtles, and even spinner dolphins.

The calm, shallow waters make it an ideal spot for beginners, while more experienced snorkelers can venture further out to discover larger creatures, such as moray eels and reef sharks. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, Manele Bay is definitely worth exploring for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

First Cathedral

“First Cathedral" can be a popular snorkeling spot on Lanai Island but is most attractive as a scuba diving location due to the depths that draws visitors with its stunning underwater landscape. The site features an underwater archway that leads to a spacious chamber with colorful coral, schools of tropical fish, and occasional sightings of sea turtles and octopuses.

The cave-like structure of the First Cathedral creates a unique atmosphere for snorkelers and free divers alike. This spot is recommended for intermediate to advanced snorkelers, as currents can be strong and the entrance to the Cathedral requires a deep dive.

Shark Fin Cove

Snorkeling enthusiasts looking for a unique and exciting underwater adventure in Maui should definitely visit Shark Fin Rock. This picturesque cove is home to a wide variety of colorful fish and marine life, and is known for its clear waters and vibrant coral reefs.

Snorkelers can explore the nooks and crannies of the rock formation and encounter friendly sea turtles, schools of tropical fish, and even the occasional eel. The cove is accessible by boat and offers a one-of-a-kind snorkeling experience that is sure to be memorable. This spot is far from Maui and is typically visited if you book a 6 hour private snorkel charter.

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