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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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Knowledgable and intimate whale tour

I have been on 6 captain steve whale watches. Both captain steve and john are great at zipping you up to the action and getting the boat into a great position for photos and where... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been on 6 captain steve whale watches. Both captain steve and john are great at zipping you up to the action and getting the boat into a great position for photos and where the whales are moving.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a budget of 1 special outing this trip so researched quite extensively and Sooo glad we picked captain steves. John and Amanda (hope that's name..so sorry if not) were fantastic. Safety was number one on this nice small zodiak that carried about 20 of us. We thought lunch was really good with quality sandwich fixings. We saw lots... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our fifth time with Captain Steve's Rafting for the snorkel and whale watching tour and, once again, we were delighted with all aspects of the trip. What made us realize just how wonderful this organization is was when we went on another trip with a different company and it paled in comparison with Captain Steve's. First, let me... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great trip this one because we got so close the the whale action. There are no frills of course as this is a raft (large RIB), so no food, drinks or facilities. That is not a criticism, just a fact. Captain Steve was entertaining, helpful and knowledgeable, and the naturalist, Jennifer, incredibly well-informed and enthusiastic. We took the 7.30am... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've gone with Captain Steve before and every time we go to Maui, we make sure to go. We took the whole family this time which is something we have always wanted to do....and while the day was a bit overcast with some rough seas, we still had an amazing time. I would highly recommend and we will most certainly... More 

Thank Steve P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have taken several whale watching trips on our visits to Maui, and this was by far the best. Captain John & Lynn were fantastic ....friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating. We saw several whales, and enjoyed every minute. The raft today had 15 passengers plus 2 crew, and no one seemed to have issues with viewing the whales or... More 

Thank Sherry D
Charles City, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great whale watching experience. John and L were wonderful guides. We saw lots of whales. It was an amazing trip.

Thank Robin M
Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We very much enjoyed this snorkel and whale watching trip. It was special being so close to the water and much better viewing for whales than the bigger boats. It's a small craft, an intimate trip with your fellow passengers and crew. Captain John and Amanda were terrific. Don't expect much for breakfast. It was donuts, muffins, cereal bars and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a trip on Captain Steve's boat. They run out of a boat ramp north of Lahaina. We only gave them 3 stars because of the boat configuration. You sit back to back on bench seats and it's really tight to move around. We did get up close to a mom and baby right next to the boat -... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This rafting adventure was truly the BEST we've ever been on! Our guides, Micah and Amanda, were full of information and went above and beyond to ensure we had the perfect trip! Took us to the best spots where we saw whales, sea turtles, very old shipwrecks, top snorkel spots (2 different ones) and we ended the trip with a... More 

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