Discover Lanai

Trilogy Excursions (4.7)

The best way to experience Lana'i

Set sail from the harbor and enjoy breakfast on board. Then get ready for a day of swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, beach volleyball and the increasingly popular SNUBA. Head off on an optional tour of Lana'i town before tucking into a tasty Kiawe wood BBQ overlooking Manele Bay.

We depart from Lahaina Harbor at around 10 am (seasonally we offer a sunrise departure at 6:30 am--this is the "Crew's Favorite"!) for the one and a half hour sail to this very special island. Because we are the only company with permission to bring guests to Hulopo'e Marine Preserve, we pay close attention to both your safety and comfort. Our crew, as well as our island-born Beach Boys, are trained in CPR and First Aid and are experts at ensuring your safety in and out of the water. For those wanting to deepen their ocean adventure, we recommend upgrading to SNUBA.

Besides swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and beach volleyball, we also offer a guided tour of Lana'i's historic plantation town narrated by island-born Cultural Guides. Our Kiawe wood BBQ dinner, served at the Hale O Manele overlooking Manele Bay, is considered by many to be one of the best in Hawai'i! The return sail to Maui can be restful and relaxing, or wet & wild, but it is always safe and lots of fun. So whether you are a sunrise or sunset kind-of-person, many of our guests write to tell us that Discovering Lana'i was the highlight of their whole vacation! Come out and discover for yourself why we have been chosen #1 sailing company on Maui for over 42 years.

  • Fresh-water showers, beach mats, lawn chairs, the shade of palm trees, and one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Hawaii
  • Snorkeling equipment and an optional SNUBA upgrade
  • For safety purposes, we require our passengers to wear a type of flotation while snorkeling.
  • Discover Lanai offers two comfortable options for guests to choose from.
  • Guided snorkel-reef tour with a trained naturalist
  • Whale Watching December - April
  • Narrated Island Tour of Lana'i plantation town by certified Hawaiian Cultural Guides
  • Only company in Hawaii with permission to escort guests to Hulopo'e Beach & Marine Preserve
  • Crew ensure your safety in and out of the water
  • State-of-the-art medical emergency equipment on the boats and at the beach
  • Staff are all CPR trained and certified
  • Lunch is served at Hale O Manele Pavilion overlooking Manele Harbor

Food and DRINKS
  • Breakfast - Mom Coon's 4th generation recipe Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Kona Coffee, Hot Tea and Cocoa, and Pineapple Juice. En route to Lana'i, the 6:30 am tour will serve an Egg Croissant
  • Sandwich and the 10 am will serve a variety of Deli Wraps
  • BBQ meal - Captain Coon’s kiawe pulehu (grilled) BBQ Chicken *GF, Asian Stir-fried Noodles,
  • Seasonal Vegetable, Tossed Green Salad with Mom's Secret Blue Cheese Dressing, Assorted Rolls, and Fresh Hawaiian Pineapple
  • Beverages - wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages. Our premium selection of adult beverages are available after your ocean activities. Bar Includes Moloka'i Mule, Lana'i Tai, Locally Brewed Beer, and White Wine. For guests ages 21 years and older, two premium beverages are included on the return sail! *Must have I.D. present
    Dietary restrictions - Vegetarian and vegan meals are available only upon request when booking your reservation. *GF- gluten free

Time 6:30 am or 10:00 am
Not available Saturday and Sunday
Duration 8.5 hours
Location Lahaina Harbor

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions.

Cancellation Policy

1 - 8 Guests = Must cancel 48 Hours prior to trip departure time 
9 or more Guests = Must cancel 72 Hours prior to trip departure time  
Or full amount will be charged for your tour.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


Entering and exiting the boat and accessing the on-board restrooms requires ascending and descending steep stairs.  Customers must have the necessary mobility to navigate this.
No wheelchairs or walkers permitted (small or collapsable cane okay).

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- Sep 2018 -


We have done tours like this in a lot of different places. This trip is first class. The crew are great. Captain Turtle, Todd, Josh the photographer, and the rest were absolutely wonderful. After your safety, their only other interest is that you have a great time. They are great at pointing out items of interest and finding dolphins to swim with the boat. I have done Snuba before and did so again with Trilogy. It is great and Todd was very patient with one in our group who was having some anxiety. I highly recommend that you try it. We also took the tour around Lanai. It was very informative and we learned a lot about the island. Lunch was very good and served in a covered lanai only used by Trilogy. The sail back was great along with the drinks. The crew did a good job trying to engage all of the guests. Overall, a great trip and worth the money

- Sep 2018 -

Ryan P

I went on the Lanai Trip in September, an 8-hour tour which included a visit to Lanai for snorkeling or snuba diving, self-directed hiking or a tour of the Lanai town, a barbecue meal, and a sail back to Lahaina Harbor. The weather was perfect and the crew was fun to share the day with. I left on the sunrise tour - Heartily recommended if you can get up for it. Parking for your rental car is about $10 for the day. The beach we used for snorkeling was a dedicated spot for Trilogy. The gear was provided and it was good. There was plenty of marine life including turtles and even some spinner dolphins who played with us for awhile (while we were sailing into Lanai). I chose a short nature hike to see the "Sweetheart Rock" Puu Pehe after snorkeling, picture below. Food was delicious and plentiful. Cocktail options on the way back were good. In addition to the fee for the trip, you can expect to pay about $40 for additional professional photos (a third party subcontractor) and $75 ish for snuba. Everything else other than shopping on Lanai was included. The only thing I think could be better would be to have a live musician onboard for the sail back (other Trilogy trips I've taken had one). But that said, sailing out to a Moana soundtrack or Pirates of the Caribbean is pretty funny. And a song or two by Brother Iz on a sailboat while sipping a rum drink is pretty awesome.

- Sep 2018 -


Our family (two 70 yr olds, and two 40 somethings) did the Discover Lanai trip in March 2018. We had an amazing time! Captain Turtle, First Mate Mario, Lol and the rest of the crew were fabulous. Everyone was incredibly friendly and made sure we were always doing well. We did the 10am sail which was perfect for us, as we aren't early birds. Not only was the food on the boat great, but the crew made sure we wanted for nothing. They were very professional when teaching the group to snorkel (knowing that some people had experience and some didn't) and they had really good water safety with many of the crew out in the water while people snorkeled. The lunch they prepared and served to us on Lanai was delicious. And on the way back, we saw a ton of whales (it was March, but we were really lucky). Even with all the whale watching we did, we still arrived back in Lahaina right on time. Our whole family would definitely recommend this trip. There were also some younger kids (under 10) on the trip and it was good for them, too. We would sail with Trilogy again in a heartbeat!


sandy m.

On 8/28/19, we did the cruise to Lanai. The crew (Captain "Turtle" Brian; Angelo; Aquaman; Ali and the rest we're soooooo awesome!! Best trip ever! We had a...


Christina R.

Great adventures today with Trilogy Excursions! Captain Katie, Dave, Dan, Rich were awesome! Celebrating moms 90th birthday! They all made the day very...


Rachelle V.

I cannot write enough about this experience. Yes, it's worth the money. Book in advance. Come ready to eat. Don't worry about bringing sunblock, they...