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“Fun but Best for Snorkelers Rather than Scuba Divers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hula Girl Excursions

Hula Girl Excursions
5095 Napilihau St. Suite No. 109B, PMB 307, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
(808) 667-5980
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Ranked #32 of 119 Tours & Activities in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Olympia, Washington
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“Fun but Best for Snorkelers Rather than Scuba Divers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2010

Top notch boat for cleanliness, spaciousness and cuisine, although the trip is bit pricey. We took the day sail from Kaanapali to Honoloa Bay in September (low season) and there were only 20 people on a boat built for 3 times that number. They cruised slowly to the Bay, spent nearly 3 hours in the anchorage and came back under sail.

Don't take the boat for scuba diving unless you doing the non-certified explore scuba program. They use small tanks and only fill them to 2800 lbs. We were the only people scuba diving and one of the crew had to guide us as an extra duty. He took us on a fairly long swim on the bottom along the base of a small wall to the turtle cleaning station from the anchorage. I use air more rapidly than most people so we had only a few minutes viewing turtles (pretty neat) and a then he took us straight back along the bottom across the boring sand. We should have gone there and back on the surface to maximize bottom time in the reef. This might be an OK trip for the explore scuba program which are shorter dives anyway. The water is shallow and visibility pretty good. However, we saw more fish at other shore sites such as Ahihi Cove.

The bay looks like it is good for snorkeling, which is on your own without a guide. The boat stays there plenty long enough for people to spend hours in the water and still have a leisurely meal before departure. The on board food is excellent and quite reasonable. We had the Okapakapa (snapper) and it was fresh and delicious.

The sailing is leisurely and mellow. Speed is adjusted down to fit the schedule. Not adventure sailing! This trip emphasizes amenities and comfort.

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Denver, Colorado
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“Unreliable”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

We were booked to sail on the Hula Girl on Monday and were looking forward to the trip. Unfortunately, 2 hours before we were to sail, we received a phone call telling us the trip was canceled. It seems that they didn't have what they deemed to be a sufficient passenger load, so they simply decided not to go.

We really wanted to sail on the Hula Girl based on the reviews on this site and when they sail, it must be lovely. However, if you don't have the time to rebook and hope for a departure you may want to investigate several other Catamarans that have sailings in the Maui Channel. We've had good luck with Trilogy on past visits.

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Borrego Springs, California
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“Exceptional Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2010

We had the luxury of chartering Hula Girl for a private family excursion recently, and the day was well beyond expectations. The cat is beautifully maintained in pristine condition, a real pleasure and treat to be on. The crew is knowledgeable, friendly, approachable, and eager to please. We enjoyed watching their precise teamwork and execution of every task, from getting us safely on board to managing lunch service to distributing snorkeling equipment and preparing our sail back -- they never missed a beat. Food service was outstanding. The snorkeling was fine, too, but the best part of the trip was being on Hula Girl for the day. We didn't want it to end!

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Dallas, Texas
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“Had a Great Time on the Hula Girl”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2010

We went on the snorkel cruise and had a great time on the Hula Girl. The ship is by far the nicest Catamaran we've been on in Hawaii or the Caribbean. The less crowded feel was very noticable even with 45+ on our cruise and the food was as good as the reviews we've read. The snorkel spot in Honalua Bay was very nice and even though you can get there by car, we were parked in a spot that was right by the best parts of the coral so it was nice to just jump in and be in a great spot immediately. Probably one of the best parts of our week in Maui so we would highly recommend the Hula Girl.

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“Good for Childern-Senior Citizen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

We spent 4 days on the Maui. For starters, the Kahului airport is busy. Plan on 1.5 hrs to get through security and ticketing, unlike the usual 1 hr at most US airports We stayed at the Royal Lahaina. It was a very nice hotel that is located right beside the beach. We rented a 12 passenger van (6 adults and 2 children) from Dollar. They treated us very well and so we have no complaints. Our traveling group consisted of 4 Senior Citizens, 2 Forty Year Olds, 1 Eight Year Old and 1 Five Year Old. Here is a listing of the top things that we did, listed from best to not the best:

1.)Kupanaha Magic Show-Good and clean humor, awesome magic and great food.
2.)Hula Girl Sunset Dinner Cruise-Smooth Cruise, Great Staff, Awesome Boat and wonderful food.
3.)North Shore Drive-Beautiful sights but a bit tight with a 12 passenger van.
4.)Alexander Baldwin Museum-Pretty lame unless you are into history or sugar or board.
5.)Sugar Cain Train-Very Lame

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