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“Lay back and enjoy the ride!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Expeditions Lahaina/Lanai Passenger Ferry

Expeditions Lahaina/Lanai Passenger Ferry
658 Front Street, Suite 127, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
808-661-3756
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Auburn, Washington
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“Lay back and enjoy the ride!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Funny how a day can be more fun by letting it unfold and making the best of what it throws your way. After researching several options how to get over to and explore Lanai for a day from Maui we decided on the Expeditions ferry/jeep combo. Problem was no jeeps were available for a week. So we decided to hop a ferry ride to Lanai and spend the day picnicking and snorkeling at Hulopo'e Bay. We took the 9:15 a.m. ferry from Lahaina - make reservations cause it sure made for a no hassles boarding. Found a place to park our car at a residence all day for $10!! Round trip ferry ride was $180 for two adults and a 15 yr old. Reasonable considering the alternatives. The staff were professional and the captains were excellent navigators. The no frills voyage takes about 50 to 60 minutes. There's plenty of storage for carry ons and if you get there early you can ride on top, though the bottom cabin is just fine. Ride over was smooth and seeing dolphins was a bonus. The ride back was rougher, but a whole lot more fun blasting through the swells though I wouldn't advise using one of the 2 restrooms onboard with the boat pitching up and down. Anyway, we found out on Lanai that for $10 a person you can catch a ride all day on shuttles between the resorts, downtown and airport. We paid for the shuttle at the dock and headed over to Hulopo'e Bay where we spent a couple of hours snorkeling (take your own gear). Best view of fish we had was on the left side facing out near the rocks. The water was mostly calm as it was the morning, but some sets of waves were big. Hardly noticeable if your out in the water, but the large ones can knock you over if you're standing close to shore. Not real bad since lots of the kids were having fun getting tossed over. After picknicking, snorkeling and showering (don't forget your comb or brush) we headed up to the lobby of the Four Seasons Resort at Manele Bay to catch the shuttle to Lanai City. Unfortunately, we were given the wrong pickup time and since the shuttles run on a one hour circuit we had to wait 45min for the next one. One of the attendants suggested we get drinks or appetizers in the resort's Sports Bar. Ok, so we did. Guess what, the lounge has an incredible ocean view. The mixed drinks were pricey, $15 each and shave ice was $4 for my daughter, expensive but excellently mixed. Anyway, long story short, we made it to Lanai City after a 20 min ride. In the city, I found that if you are friendly, the folks there are really friendly. Cars will stop let you cross roads when there's not even traffic behind them. Not sure I'd call I'd call Lanai City a city since it's small with only a few shops, but I have to say it epitomizes the "let it happen and soak in the moment" stay we were having on Lanai. Escape on a day trip there and if you don't rush it, it'll last a whole lot longer.

Visited July 2013
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“A Day will Do it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

If one must see Lanai, the only way to do it is with a guide. The trip over and back from Lanai was a great experience. There was a moderate chop over and very calm seas on the trip back. We saw several whales on the morning trip, some were breaching others spouting water. The outside upper deck is the place o sit to enjoy the scenery. Our trip included a guided tour of the island arriving at 9:30 and returning at 6:45. We were met at the port by our guide, Garrett, a local born and raised on the island. He was very knowledgeable about everything on the island. His growing up stories were quite interesting. We would not have been able to find many of the places her took us. There is little signage, if any. During our 1 ½ hour lunch break, we ate at the Blue Ginger Café and toured the town square. The Michael Carroll Gallery should not be missed. We saw so much on out tour that we changed our plans the stay on the island the next time we come to Hawaii, in two years. If you are a golfer, a stay would be advisable.

Visited April 2013
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Macomb, Michigan
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“nice accomodations/boat trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

If you get motion sickness- sit in the lower level/back of the seating. The front and TOP seem to rock the most. about 45 minutes from Island to island. Lanai was nice- so Different than Maui--each Island has its own "Flavor". Make reservations though--they do sell out.

Visited February 2013
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Junction City, Oregon, United States
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“smooth sailing & great tour of Lanai”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We started on a full-day 4-wheel drive tour of Lanai from Maui to Lanai via the ferry. The ferry ride over and back was pleasant with lots of whale sightings along the way. Our tour driver, Bruce, met us at the dock and was very up front about the places that we would be able to get to and those places that the road had been made impassible by the recent rains. We adjusted our tour to half day and off we went. AWESOME tour. Bruce was great, he shared history, legends, and general info about the island and people. We were able to go out to Shipwreck Beach and the Garden of the Gods. On shipwreck beach, when the clouds cleared a bit we were able to see 5 waterfalls on Molokai! I'd take the trip again in a heartbeat. Thanks Bruce for making it a great day.

Visited February 2013
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Haiku, Hawaii
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“Reliable Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

The Lanai Ferry is reliable and on schedule most all of the time. They have a helpful and friendly staff. They offer many sailings a day, a time for everyones needs. Great & convenient way to get to Lanai. They offer a kama'aina discount as well.

Visited November 2012
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