Maui Private Boat Charters

2-6 hours Private Boat Charter 17 guests max Custom Charters

Customize a private boat tour for just your family and friends!
Book a private boat charter (17 guests or less) and choose your tour activity (snorkel, whale watch, or special occasion), the duration of your tour, food and beverages and the day and time you want to go!

Private boat charters are just your party, making this the most exclusive boat tour you can book!

Private Whale Watch Tour

Maui Private Boat Charter

Private Maui Snorkel Tour

Maui Private Boat Charter

3-6 hours
Small Group
Year Round

plus tax/fees


Private Whale Watch & Snorkel Tour

Seasonal Private Boat Charter

4 hours
Small Group
Seaonal Dec-April

plus tax/fees

Special Occasion Private Charters

Sunset Cruise, Weddings or Celebrations of Life

2-6 hours
Private Group
Custom Boat Tours

plus tax/fees



Private Boat Charter Itinerary

Check in for your for your private boat charter 20 minutes prior to departure from Lahaina Harbor Slip 8!

Private whale watch boat charters are typically 2 hours and are available sunrise to sunset. You are welcome to bring food and beverages and adult beverages on your private charter, just no glass containers please! We can provide ice and coolers onboard!

Private snorkel boat charters run 3-6 hours and have a few location options! A 3 hour tour is enough time to snorkel 1-2 locations along Maui’s coast! A 4 hour tour will give you time for 1-2 snorkel stops on the island of Lanai with dolphin watching, and a 6 hour snorkel tour will include an additional snorkel stop!

We have two sister rafting vessels: Great White hosts up to 17 guests and Man-O-War hosts up to 10 guests!

Other private boat charters including sunset cruises, special occasions and celebrations of life are a minimum of 2 hours and can include other activites as well with flexible departure times.

What’s Included
Snorkel Gear
All snorkel gear is included, snorkel, mask and fins! Flotation devices include pool noodles and float belts to assist with snorkeling. Wetsuit tops are available to rent for $10 and are optional. Lifevest are onboard for emergencies but not required during the tour.
Marine Education & Snorkel Instruction
We also include snorkel instruction and a marine naturalist guide and education! On our whale watching tours we can also listend to whale songs via our hydrophone onboard!
Food and Beverage Upgrades
Food and beverages upgrades are available at a per person price, see the section below for a full menu!
Food and Beverage Upgrades

Private Charter Catering Upgrades
Catering options are available per person! Gluten Free and Vegan lunch wrap options available. Prepared fresh daily by Down the Hatch Restaurant.
$10 per person Breakfast, Snacks and Beverage
$15 per person Breakfast, Lunch Wraps, Snacks and Beverages

Homemade banana bread with passionfruit creamcheese and a fresh fruit platter of straw- berries and pineapple!
Lunch Wraps (Included in the Full Day Snorkel Tour or Private Charters)
We will have a variety of fresh lunch wraps to choose from all with sauces on the side! Chicken Caesar, Turkey, Bacon Ranch or Vegan Hummus, all with gluten free bun options per request.
Snacks include Maui Style Potato Chips and Homemade Cookies!
Beverages include Coke, Diet Coke, GingerAle, Unsweetened Green Tea and Purified Water.

What to Bring
We recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, reef safe sunscreen and a light jacket for
Maui’s tropical weather. Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel!
Most important, bring a camera or go-pro to photograph your snorkel adventure!
You are welcome to bring other beverages or snacks onboard as well, just no glass containers on our snorkel tours. There is a small water resistent storage area onboard our vessels.
Tour Restrictions and Policies
Because of our style of rafting vessels please no guests with back or neck injuries or pregnant. Children ages 3 year and older are welcome, no infants please.
We offer a flexible 72 hour cancellation policy for our private tours. Just notify us at least 24 hours prior to your tour and receive a full refund!
Private Boat Charters depart from Lahaina Harbor, Slip 8 on the island of Maui! Lahaina Harbor is located on the ocean side across from the Banyan Tree. Parking is free for 3 hours or less near the harbor. Closest paid parking lots are located behind Paia Fish Market on Front Street, or off Dickenson Street in Lahaina Town.
Why should I book a private boat charter in Maui?
Booking a private charter is the most exclusive way to customize a tour. The boat is char- tered for just your party, letting you determine how many you want onboard. You can choose what activities you want to enjoy, the food and beverages, music and conversation. If you have a large group, it is also more economical to choose the private charter and save on your tour cost!

What activities can I do on my private boat charter?
Because your Maui private boat charter is customizable you can include a variety of activi- ties on your tour! You can book a snorkel tour, whale watch or both! Boat cruises or sunset trips are also available as a private charter! Each tour has a duration minimum, call us for more info!

How many people can I bring on my private charter?
Our hard bottom inflatable rafts comfortably seats 16 adults! May be able to accomodate more if children under 50lbs are in your party.

What does a celebration of life look like on a private charter?
Celebrations of life can include anything that is special to you and your family. Hawaiian blessings, ash scatterings and lei/flower scatterings are a few options. For ash scatterings we can mark the GPS coordinants for you so you can visit that special location again in the future. You can include other activities such as whale watch and snorkeling or a sunset cruise as well.

What marine animal encounters can we expect to see on my private boat charter?
We see a variety of tropical fish when we are snorkeling! Many of the tropical fish found in Maui are found no where else in the world! Dolphins are seen on 9/10 trips we take to Lanai, typically spinner dolphins, but we also see spotted and bottlenose. We often see green sea turtles and we will instruct you on how to safely snorkel with them following their protection guidelines.

Another endangered and protected species you may encounter are monk seals! These sight- ing are rare and special! Reef sharks, whale sharks, false killer whales and eagle rays also make occassional appearances on our snorkel tours and that’s when having your go-pro ready to film really pays off! Whale Watching is our tour highlight during the migration months of December through April when humpback whales are in Hawaii.

What is the best weather for private boat charters?
Lahaina is also located on the leeward side of the West Maui Mountains, creating the most consistent and driest weather on the island. This means we have the most sunny days on the island, making it the best place to snorkel or whale watch in Maui! Often it will be raining in Wailea or Kaanapali and be dry in Lahaina. Because we are a tropical island, weather reports are rarely accurate more than 24 hours out and we use special NOAA and sailing weather reports to get the most accurate weather for our Maui private charter destinations. With that in mind, we will reschedule tours due to weather if it wil be unpleasant or unsafe for our guests.

Still have questions? Send us a message!
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Traveler from Sandy Springs, Georgia

Highlight of our trip!

We just finished our tour. It was amazing! Captain Sean and first mate Paul took us out to see a fantastic collection of ocean delights. We saw fish, a huge pod of over a hundred dolphins, sea turtles, and more. Our crew was really helpful and had great stories and knowledge of the sea and the area-like straight out of a Hemingway novel. We really liked the small boat setting where you got individual attention. The crew were fascinating, fun, and focused on safety. We have done a number of outings this trip but this was by far the best. We took our three kids ages 11-15 and they totally loved it. Have this be the first thing you book on your trip.

mybutler Des Moines, Washington

BEST Snorkeling EVER!!!

We were fortunate enough to take a ride with Sean and Stephanie on a chance of a lifetime snorkeling trip! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They took us to a coral reef that was the most BEAUTIFUL thing we have ever seen! Sooooo many fish and the reef was unexplainable…BEAUTIFUL! They took us to see the dolphins, hundreds of them surrounding our boat! You could reach out and pet them! They took us to whale watch, we saw a whale spout twice! The boat is fast and fun and takes the waves like butter! The breakfast and lunch were included and very yummy! We will never forget that trip! Thank you, Hawaii Ocean Rafting!

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