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Hawaii Ocean Rafting

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Lahaina, HI, USA
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About Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Maui’s original ocean rafting experience! Voted TripAdvisors Traveler's Choice, Hawaii Ocean Rafting has been offering Maui ocean adventures for more than 30 years! No crowds on our small group whale watch or Lanai snorkel tours (16 guests or less) departing from Lahaina Harbor, Slip 8! Our small group tours make for a fun, family style experience! Encounter dolphins and whales at eye-level on our low-to-water adventure rafts! Native Hawaiian owned and operated! Join us for a Hawaii Ocean Rafting adventure you won’t forget!
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Pearljoanna wrote a review Aug 11
Pearljoanna24 contributions29 helpful votes
This was a fun trip but due to rough water and changing winds we only stopped at one spot on Lanai so it didn’t really feel like a Lanai trip. It was open water rather than a sheltered cove so a few people were seasick. The reef is interesting because it sort of seems like it comes out of nowhere and then plunges to deeper water. We did see a reef shark which was fun. We saw turtles back at Mala Wharf on the shores of Maui as well as a very large pod of spinner dolphins which was fun. If you are prone to seasickness, before booking I would suggest asking more questions about Lanai to determine if one of the trips that stays on the Maui side might be better for you. While Mother Nature is always totally unpredictable, you might have a few options that are generally more protected. The guides were very nice and friendly and made a point to find the dolphins. The rafts are a blast and we always choose that style of boat rather than the larger snorkel boats or catamarans. There are fewer people on the raft trips and you’re closer to the water making it easier to see dolphins or turtles. Also, we find the fast, low rafts make us way less prone to motion sicknesses but again, it depends on what Mother Nature has in mind with the waves!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Hawaii O, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Responded 1 week ago
Love hearing about your snorkel trip and that you got to see turtles, sharks and even dolphins! Stoked you enjoyed the small group rafting experience as well! Yes as an island the weather changes hourly which is why we advertise the Lanai 4 hour tour as 1-2 snorkel stop and do not guarantee 2 snorkel stops as we want to be transparent about the tour so everyone has the same expectations and can enjoy the adventure Maui gives us that day :) Mahalo for sharing your experience with us!
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Taruna wrote a review Aug 7
Redwood City, California1 contribution
Peter took us to some amazing spots where there wasnt another boat in site. We swam with turtles, fish and got to see pods of dolphins. He was very knowledgeable about the area and took great care of us. Even when my youngest (age 6) was getting sea sick both Lexie and Peter showed such empathy and helped her through the journey. I would highly recommend this company!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
So glad you had an awesome snorkel tour with Lexie and Peter and sorry your little one got sea sick, but glad to hear the crew was attentive and the tour was overall a positive experience for your family! Mahalo!
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Jacob W wrote a review Jul 2022
Kaneohe, Hawaii1 contribution
Great service from Lexxi and Will. Accommodating everyone's needs and making sure everyone had a good time.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Hawaii O, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Responded 1 week ago
Always stoked to hear the crew is taking care of our guests ohana! There are many boats to choose from and the snorkel experiences are similar, its really the crew that makes the snorkel tour memorable! Mahalo for adventuring with us!
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AKC1175 wrote a review Jul 2022
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We had a really great time with Will and Val! Knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful! Loved the small group excision in comparison to larger boats/groups we have snorkeled with in the past.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Hawaii O, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Responded 1 week ago
Will and Val are so much fun and their knowledge of the ocean makes the trip educational too! Stoked you had a great time with them and loved the small group snorkeling experience! Mahalo!
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Nick D wrote a review Jul 2022
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Awesome captain and assistant! Very knowledgeable of the area and handled the boat well. Breakfast was great! If you want to skip the larger crowds then go with this crew! I think we only had 9 people and it felt perfect.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Hawaii O, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Responded 1 week ago
Mahalo for loving on the small group snorkel experience, we are so glad you included us in your special Maui honeymoon trip!
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