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Address: Mala Wharf, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Phone Number: +1 808-667-5565
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Snorkeling trips to Lanai and Whale watching in season

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Snorkeling trips to Lanai and Whale watching in season

Constantly in search of the "Perfect Day" of snorkeling or whale watching, Captain Steve and his crew will stop at nothing to ensure unparalleled service and quality.

Waste no time in discovering the secrets of the reef and playing with dolphins, humpback whales, turtles and rays. There is no telling what we might encounter on any given day. No two trips are alike, and that's probably what keeps the captains and crew so friendly and accommodating. They are as excited about going to work as the guests are about going on a Maui rafting adventure!


Established in 1986.

Captain Steve's Rafting is a true example of the words "owner operated." Since he started his business in 1986, Steve has been insisting on personal service and satisfaction for every guest. As he explains, "I want to make sure everyone who comes with us absolutely loves the experience."

It's hard to find someone more sincerely dedicated to making visitors happy. That's why so many customers keep coming back to Captain Steve's year after year.

A note with regard to the captains and crew: It is widely known that Captain Steve has been the only operator of the family business for the past three decades, but with the advent of his second boat, he obviously cannot be two places at once. He is therefore committed to selecting only people who truly care about the craft of tourism and wish to make a positive impact on the experience of the guests. Thus "going the extra mile" is always sought after when considering a representative of his company.

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Excellent day snorkeling and dolphin watching trip

Mica and Lynne were super captains and guides on our Deluxe Lanai Snorkel trip. I was disappointed to not see any turtles while snorkeling, though we saw many in the harbor... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 4, 2016
Roberta D

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

Mica and Lynne were super captains and guides on our Deluxe Lanai Snorkel trip. I was disappointed to not see any turtles while snorkeling, though we saw many in the harbor before we left! However the fish, urchins, octopus and DOLPHINs were great fun. They were professional with a sense of humor and it was an incredibly pleasant day. Perhaps... More 

1 Thank Roberta D
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is a great snorkel adventure and Captain Steve and Lori are both very nice people and provide a great snorkel and dolphin tour around Lanai. The absolute best snorkel spot (IMO) was at Shark Fin Rock on the far side of Lanai, near the cliffs. The most amazing color of blue water, more unique fish here and deep waters... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Captain Steve's Rafting is by far the best snorkeling adventure ever! We saw sea turtles, tons of tropical fish, touched an octopus, held a sea urchin, and witnessed the most beautiful scenery. Finally, the icing on the cake was about two hundred dolphins flipping, spinning and frolicking together in the ocean on both sides of our boat. Captain Steve and... More 

Thank Judy R
Turnersville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Our family went on the snorkeling excursion with Captain Steve. It truly was a high light of our vacation to Maui. A nice breakfast and delicious lunch was provided. Some interest points along the way were pointed out. The views were spectacular and we can't recommend this event enough.

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

I longly hesitated beetwen three stars or four bécause the captain and the crew were very Nice and it s a good Way to Go to lanai. They brought us in some Nice places for snorkeling in lanai, the lunch was ok. The ride is Nice, we saw some dolphins and the crew is professional. The reason of the three... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Our snorkeling trip with Captain Steve was the highlight of our trip to Maui. We were traveling with our 20 and 22 year old children and it was a great way to spend the day. I highly recommend this company.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

Went diving with Capt Steve two great dives off of Lanai and a great brunch in between dives. Crew very helpful

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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

The Lanai trip with Captain Steve is a great alternative to the catamarans that go to Hulopo'e. With this trip you get multiple snorkeling spots, to places you wouldn't be able to get to on your own. The spots are not at all crowded with other boats, which is very nice. Captain Steve and Lynn were both so nice and... More 

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Newcastle, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

We've been on many snorkel tours on four of the Hawaiian islands and in Mexico and we love Captain Steve! We have now done 5 trips with him and Lynn and we always have a great time. We went to a number of fantastic spots around Lanai and the fish, coral, turtles and dolphins were all spectacular! They always find... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

We have gone out with Captain Steve's twice now. Both times were great, but a little different. The snorkeling around Lanai is so nice and with not many people. Both times we were lucky enough to see a few dolphins. The first trip was nice conditions. The water was pretty smooth which made for a smooth ride ( for a... More 

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