Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Hawaii Ocean Rafting
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River Rafting & TubingScuba & SnorkellingBoat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Maui’s original ocean rafting experience, Hawaii Ocean Rafting is Native Hawaiian owned and operated and has been offering ocean adventures for more than 30 years. No crowds on our small group whale watch and Maui snorkel tours departing from Lahaina, Maui. Our small group tours make for a fun, family style experience as you learn about marine animals, Maui's history and sustainable ocean practices. Encounter dolphins and whales at eye-level on our low-to-water adventure rafts and enjoy an authentic Hawaiian ocean experience all while supporting a small locally owned family business.
Lahaina, Hawaii
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Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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(107 reviews)

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Bob K
Westfield, IN18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
We did the whale watching with these guys to be blunt based on price but we were really surprised at how great this small company is. John and Paul were knowledgeable and engaging. Great ride and we really got to see some whales close. They would park and it seemed like the whales came to us. Support this small business, you won't be disappointed.
Written December 17, 2020
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Thank you Bob. We are here for the long haul. We enjoy showing the whales up close. Thank you for joining us.
Written December 19, 2020
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Ann T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
So much fun! Sean and Jill were awesome! They were knowledgeable, engaging and really comfortable to be around. They clearly love what they do. We have done the big tours and this smaller tour is truly the best. There were 13 people on our tour and 4 couldn't swim. As a teacher, I was listening to Sean and he had the non-swimmers in the water snorkeling with comfort. Hat's off to him! It was really impressive. After snorkeling nearly an hour, we hopped back on the boat and he drove us to an area with a pod of spinner dolphins. We were so close! It was amazing. Then back to another area to snorkel. Truly an amazing day! This tour delivers!
Written July 1, 2021
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WOW! What a great description of a great day on the water with Hawaii Ocean Rafting. Thank you for taking the time to write, and for allowing us to show you how much we love Maui's ocean environment and how much we love showing our guests how to enjoy it! Please join us again when you come back to Maui!
Written August 16, 2021
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LaceyLeet
Florida72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Wow what a FANTASTIC trip! CJ and Paul were our guides and they did an awesome job. We didn’t just see tons of whales, they told us what the whales were doing—explained what we were seeing. We saw a mama whale teaching her calf to breech. We saw a female whale tail slapping to call some males to come courting. We saw 9-12 males courting one female, and head butting each other. It was so much more than we expected and CJ and Paul managed to keep my 10 year old grandchild riveted. Highly highly recommend this company!!
Written March 20, 2023
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Dylan B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Our trip with Hawaii Ocean Rafting was beyond my expectations. Starting with the price, which blew my mind, I didn’t think I’d be able to afford to take my kids on any big adventures this trip so I was thrilled to find something so affordable. The crew were chill and informative and made sure everyone got a good view and knew what to look for. The whales showed up and gave us a beautiful show, bringing me to tears more than once - what a wonderful way to experience Maui!
Written March 30, 2023
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The whales are magical and often bring us to tears as well, we are thrilled you had an awesome whale watch experience and got to share it with your family! Mahalo for going out with us!
Written June 28, 2023
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Q839YVkevinm
Cheshire, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stopped off in Mauai during a princess cruise. We booked this 2 hour whale watching tour and I can confirm it was the highlight of our cruise. We went on the "Man O War" boat with a great captain and his colleague. We have never seen so many whales in our life with some great information from the captain. We managed to get up close and take lots of photos and a video of a Whale breaching the water "Wow". Great value, great whales, great time and great lifetime memories.
Written February 5, 2020
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Well that is a wonderful way to spend a shore excursion! We are thrilled that you had such a great whale watch. Mahalo for taking the time to share your experience🤙
Written February 6, 2020
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Sarah R
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Our experience with Hawaii Ocean Rafting was nothing short of wonderful! Darryl and Lexie were absolutely great and had a lot of wonderful information to share with us about whales. It's so fun seeing how much excitement they got seeing the whales despite doing this every day. Being on the eye level vessel was a unique experience that certainly made us feel closer to the whales. Having a whale calf actively chin slapping and breaching along side the boat was an absolute thrill and amazing experience. We could not stop smiling! Highly recommend booking with this company!
Written April 10, 2023
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We really love what we do and so glad you loved sharing a whale experience with us! Darryll and Lexie are awesome! The low to water raft is so much fun, glad it was the right fit for you! Mahalo!
Written April 17, 2023
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Suzanne L
Payson, AZ20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great day on the water with Val and Jack. We did three tours today. Jack makes every experience, even on a slower whale trip, feel like the best day ever. Val’s shared info on the whales. You always feel safe, and Jack makes a great effort to respect the wildlife which we’ve seen not to be the case with everyone. Going to hate waiting for another year.
Written February 6, 2024
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We always hate waiting for every season to come back around too, we love the whales and are so glad you do too! Mahalo for adventuring with Jack and Val this season!
Written February 16, 2024
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floridakeysmama
Sacramento, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We have been on whale watching trips in the past but this experience topped them all. Jack and Jess provided an informative and entertaining whale watching experience that we will be talking about for a long time. This is the trip to take!
Written January 20, 2024
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So glad you go to make some special Maui memories with Jack and Jess on your whale watching tour! Mahalo for your support this season!
Written February 18, 2024
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Mary Anne
Lorton, VA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We went out this morning with Captain Country and Val. We had a wonderful time despite the cloudy, rainy weather, large swells, and initially very few active whales. However, when we did see whales, they were close up. The first group was a group of three whales, a female whale with her escort and another male. The next sighting was impressive because of the number of breaches and dorsal fin slaps that took place by two male whales. Val was very informative and I learned a lot from him. He said that once the whales started to breach other whales would follow. And, that’s exactly what happened. I wish we had more time on the island because I would consider going out with them a second time. Thanks, Country and Val for a fun morning. Mahalo!
Written January 30, 2024
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Mahalo for braving our tough winter weather and being down for whale adventures with Country and Val! So glad you were able to encounter some whales and hope to see you next time you are on Maui!
Written February 16, 2024
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Wayne V
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
It can’t get any better, with Hawaii Ocean Rafting! Instead of a huge number of people, wandering the deck, you have a clear view of the whales, with only about 18 people, due to the size of the Zodiac boat. The two crew were very knowledgeable about the whales. They took the time to answer everyone’s questions.

The best part, and the reason you are on the boat , is seeing the whales. They are quickly able to move from point to point, with their diesel engine. We spent the majority of our two hours in one area, moving about observing a mother and baby along with their escort. There was perhaps six whales in the area and additional moving near the group.

The larger operations, took a long time getting near our same area. The advantage, which is in the advertising, is the fact you are down low/eye level to observe the whales. We had a couple of whales pass under our boat, giving an experience you can’t get on the larger boat, fighting the crowds coming over to the side to see the whales.
Written March 2, 2023
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