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When visiting Maui, snorkeling is likely at the top of your bucket list. Hawaii is known for the endless visibility in our sparkling ocean water. When on a snorkeling sailing adventure tour, there is a variety of sea life you will get to experience. Depending on what time of year you are visiting, you may see different sea life. Gemini Sailing Tours is here to share some sea like you can count on seeing no matter what time of year you are in Maui.
Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Fun Facts
The 375 pound green sea turtle is a highlight for many when they visit Hawaii. The slow, calm way they swim through the water is a sight to behold. The green sea turtle has a brown shell and usually creamy underside. Sometimes you may notice that green algae is growing on the shell.
Why Do Spinner Dolphins Spin?
The athletic spinner dolphin is hardly ever spotted on its own. They travel around in large schools and put on a good show for those visiting Maui. They jump and spin acrobatically from the water and enjoy playing in the bow waves of a boat. No one really knows why spinner dolphins spin. It could be for practical purposes such as to eject water from the upper respiratory tract or reset organs of balance; or it could be for fun or courtship!
Palenose Parrot Fish Class
This pale blue fish can be seen whether you are deep water or snorkeling in a coral reef. They have dark blue lines on their fins as well as their face with some yellow markings toward the tail.
Whitetip Reef Shark Habitat
These sharks hide out in caverns and caves as well as sandy ledges. You will know they right off the bat by their fins. They have white tipped dorsal as well as tail fins. Steer clear from these guys.
Hawaiian State Fish; Picasso Triggerfish
You are sure to spot a Picasso triggerfish while snorkeling in Maui. This fish is the Hawaii state fish and is found in shallow reefs. They have distinct gold and black triangle markings toward the back of the fish.
Whitemouth Moray Eel
Whitemouth Moray Eels are dangerous and should be avoided if you spot them. They are brown with white spots on their head and throughout their bodies. They live at various depths in their puka (holes) found in reefs.
Hawaiian Monk Seal Conservation
When these seals aren’t out hunting food, they are sleeping lazily on the rocks. They enjoy eating various fish and lobster, but need their rest to be able to hunt. Sometimes they are sleeping so deeply that they look dead. It is estimated there are only about 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals left in the wild.
If you spot a long silver fish that often looks pale green or blue, it is likely a Cornetfish. They swim in shallow water and often linger just above a reef.
This fish has whiskers like a catfish below its mouth. You will usually find them traveling in small groups, and they use those whiskers to probe and taste their food before eating it.
Snorkeling Sail Adventure Tours & More in Honolua Bay, Lahaina, Ka’anapali Beach, Turtle Town in Olowalu, Molokai, Lanai, & West Maui, Hawaii
If it isn’t already, snorkeling should be at the top of your to do list while visiting Maui. What better way to see this spectacular variety of sea life that a snorkeling tour with Gemini Sailing Tours? We know this island inside and out, and can take you to prime snorkeling spots along the Maui coast. Call us to schedule your snorkeling tour today!