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Captain Steve's Rafting

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Address: Mala Wharf, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Phone Number: +1 808-667-5565
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7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Snorkeling trips to Lanai and Whale watching in...

Snorkeling trips to Lanai and Whale watching in season

Constantly in search of the "Perfect Day" of snorkeling or whale watching, Captain Steve and his crew will stop at nothing to ensure unparalleled service and quality.

Waste no time in discovering the secrets of the reef and playing with dolphins, humpback whales, turtles and rays. There is no telling what we might encounter on any given day. No two trips are alike, and that's probably what keeps the captains and crew so friendly and accommodating. They are as excited about going to work as the guests are about going on a Maui rafting adventure!


Established in 1986.

Captain Steve's Rafting is a true example of the words "owner operated." Since he started his business in 1986, Steve has been insisting on personal service and satisfaction for every guest. As he explains, "I want to make sure everyone who comes with us absolutely loves the experience."

It's hard to find someone more sincerely dedicated to making visitors happy. That's why so many customers keep coming back to Captain Steve's year after year.

A note with regard to the captains and crew: It is widely known that Captain Steve has been the only operator of the family business for the past three decades, but with the advent of his second boat, he obviously cannot be two places at once. He is therefore committed to selecting only people who truly care about the craft of tourism and wish to make a positive impact on the experience of the guests. Thus "going the extra mile" is always sought after when considering a representative of his company.

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Wonderful Whale watch and water sports West Maui

We have used Captain Steve's Rafting 6 times for whale watching. Always have found whales quickly and easily, and the whale activities have been awesome. Great customer service in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bruce S
Petaluma, California

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have used Captain Steve's Rafting 6 times for whale watching. Always have found whales quickly and easily, and the whale activities have been awesome. Great customer service in a family operation. Most frequently Captain Steve is running the tour, and his assistant is very helpful and informative. Most recently (Nov 2015) we took a Captain Steve Lanai snorkel trip,... More 

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Langley, B.C. Canada
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135 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the full day (0800-1400) Deluxe dolphin watch and snorkeling trip to Lanai. Had a great day on the water and really enjoy the inflatable type boat. Ride was smooth. The highlight was great sightings of a large pod of spinner dolphins on arrival and departure from Lanai. The dolphins surrounded our boat and put on a great display... More 

Thank banditoo
Pasco, Washington
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was advertised as "snorkeling, snorkeling, and more snorkeling" and "no fuss no muss". We spent over three hours cruising too and from 1 snorkel destination from which we snorkeled for less than an hour before heading back. We were disappointed we spent our snorkeling money on this trip when there were similar trips advertised with 3-4 snorkel locations.... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We have been taking the Lanai excursion with Captain Steve's for 10 years. It is always the highlight of our trip to Maui for the whole family. My children enjoyed it when they were young and still enjoy it as teenagers. I would highly recommend this trip. My one tip is to to bring a sweatshirt as the ride back... More 

2 Thank Mary G
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Then,ovations of Lanai island where we went were amazing. Would definitely recommend Capt Steve's for a snorkeling trip! Had an awesome time! Would love to go in whale season!

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Wailuku, Hawaii
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

We took our two young daughters, ages 5 and 8, on Captain Steve's whale watch. We saw so many whales and they swam so close to the boat! It was very exciting to see such large animals in their natural habitat and also feel so safe. Captain Steve and Debbie are very knowledgeable and made sure everyone on board had... More 

1 Thank Lena D
Auburn, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Awesome trip to Lanai. We took the dolphin, snorkel adventure and were highly captivated. Fun group, great crew and good food.

1 Thank Bob J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

It's a small Group rafting trip to Lanai, in a sturdy raft. There are two guides, and about 15 people on our trip. We got very lucky and saw spinner and bottlenose dolphins , one with a baby . The guides can stop when ever and where ever they want and really meet the needs of the group. They know... More 

2 Thank neil l
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The best word to describe Captain Steve is ADVENTUROUS! We took the Lanai trip and we saw more Dolphins than I've seen in my entire life!!!! Spinner Dolphins and Bottle nose Dolphins. Crew was awesome. Food was out of this world! Saw turtles and just had a plain awesome time! THIS IS A MUST IF YOU ARE PLANNING A TRIP... More 

3 Thank Laura B
Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Great snorkeling trip. Lynn and Captain Steve were great. From the welcome, breakfast and setup, to the trip, watching dolphins and bringing us to the best snorkeling sites near Lanai. And just before we started to head back, they arranged a great lunch on board. We were on a small boat, two families; cozy and private. I strongly and whole... More 

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