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“They are the best!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hawaii Ocean Rafting day tours

Hawaii Ocean Rafting day tours
slip 8 Lahaina Harbor, PO Box 381, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96767
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Ranked #16 of 165 Activities in Lahaina
Type: Water sports, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Climb aboard our HI Tech Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We encounter the Spinner Dolphins quite often on our excursions. We’ll spend time interacting with them as they frolic in the water. Continental breakfast, snack and cold drinks will be served throughout the day. Snorkel gear provided. This trip will be the highlight of your vacation. Departs daily from slip 8 Lahaina Harbor.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“They are the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2010

I've been coming to Maui for many, many years. I especially like to take a snorkel
trip to Lanai. You can't go wrong with Hawaiian Ocean Rafting. i was with them
today. Captain Jack searched various snorkel sites to find the perfect one with
clear waters. Other tours take you our to Manele Bay, period. (today it was cloudy
so Capt. Jack searched for better sites) A wonderful trip.

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“Highly recommend this one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

Went out with Capt. Ryan and had an amazing experience. It's the tail-end (no pun) of the humpback whale season and was still able to find them out there. What attracted us to this excursion over the others was the fact that it's a small boat with a limited number of people. The bigger boats can carry up to 120 people, and basically make it Disneyland on the water. My wife and I enjoy the more intimate settings, so this one made the most sense for us. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone. Capt. Ryan and his first-mate made the trip well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

This trip exceeded our expectations, as female, male, and baby humpback whales swam up to and underneath our rubber raft of approx. 15 people. The whales were in a playful mood as mid March is mating season. Breathtaking breaches happened frequently and nearby throughout the two-hour ride. Our captain knew how to spot and trail the best of the whale pods. He was entertaining and bold, making for a fun and exhilarating trip, complete with interpretive narration of what was really going on under water as the male whales jockeyed for the females... Sooner or later, the couples on the boat began to add their own commentary. Riders could put on a snorkel mask and dip their heads overboard to see for themselves what 45 tons looks like. We'd do this again in a heartbeat and have recommended the ride to several of our friends already.

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“Most amazing experience ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

We went with Capt. Ryan & Brian on a morning whale watch. What an experience! The whales were so close we could almost touch them. Awesome!

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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Whale Watching and Snorkeling - a blast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

We went on 2 raft excursions with Hawaii Ocean Rafting. The whale watch was great, we immediately got near a Northern Humpback whale and her calf that surfaced and rolled and played all around us. Our guides were conscious of staying the required distance away to not disturb them, but close enough for us to see them. It was thrilling. We learned a lot from the guides and enjoyed everyone on the boat. There were about 10-12 of us, small fun group. As we were heading back, a different pair of whales started leaping into the air, we followed them for awhile and were so excited to see all this action. After a great trip, we sign up to snorkel with the H.O.C. the next day. Our guides were Captain Ryan and "Goddess of the Sea" Nome. They were happy and fun and truly seemed to enjoy the outing as much as we did. We saw whales and went into kind of rough water to get a great opportunity to see 2 male Humpback's putting on a huge display. They were leaping and flopping into the air, slapping their huge fins, sooo exciting to watch. We got wet and loved it! Then to our snorkel spot near the dock at the island Lanai. We saw many fish in the amazing coral, then off we went and saw a huge group of dolphins. The second snorkel spot had turtles. After fruit, cakes and beverages, we were off again, spotting more whales on our trip back to Lahaina. Nome was a wealth of information and made a point to assure everyone had a super adventure. Highly recommend Hawaii Ocean Rafting Adventures.

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