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“Awesone way to see whales”

Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel
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Owner description: The BEST small group ocean rafting tours since 1982, Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel invites you to snorkel Lanai with us, as well as share photographic, non-threatening close-encounters with Dolphins, Whales and Turtles! Our rafting vessels host less than 26 guests per trip, creating a fun and uncrowded experience with Maui's marine life! We offer two different Lanai snorkeling tours, 4.5 and 6.5 hours on the water! Our snorkeling tours include snacks and meals, gear and multiple snorkel stops where you will be able to spot a variety of marine life along with our most beloved ocean friends, the dolphins! From December through May, Humpback Whale encounters are guaranteed and the crystalline offshore waters frequently provide a passing subsurface eye-to-eye view as we host tours, photography session and research groups. Make a difference and experience one of the last remaining great migrations of the Animal Kingdom. Your ticket supports freeing of entangle whales, whale research and education on Maui! See you out on the water!
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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Awesone way to see whales”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Eric was a wonderful captain and Lindsay was a very knowledgeable naturalist. With only 18 people on the boat, we were able to follow the whale we wanted to see. I wanted to go back later in the day for a second trip but they were booked, Will go back next year and only cruise with them!

Visited February 2013
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Toronto
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71 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Pretty good.”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We went on this trip a few days ago.
We did see some whales breaching, but I guess I expected it to be better. We were in Alaska last June and the whales were much more impressive. I understand it's "hit and miss" as far as whales are concerned, and you can't predict when they'll put on a show.
The narrative was OK, but again I expect more considering the previous reviews.
Some bottled water would have been nice, considering the cost of the trip. Our Alaska trip cost less, had fewer people and included several kinds of beverages and food. It was also a longer trip.

Visited February 2013
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Squamish, Canada
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164 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“no better way to see the whales in action”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

At first I was a little apprehensive as we had been spoiled in the past with Trilogy trips. However, this was worth ever single penny and we considered going back for another trip ( i wish we had actually) The small boat was perfect for getting out on the water quickly and then watching the spectacle of nature unfold. We were lucky to get to watch a competition pod that was nothing short of awesome. Our guide and driver were friendly, funny and knowledgeable. It was a real highlight of our time in Maui, I would highly recommend this company. ( I think they even have a promise to see whales or your money back guarantee!!)

Visited December 2012
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Newport Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“fun awesome must do excursion”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Do not be put off by the disinterested almost hostile host on the pier. guides and naturalists all good and friendly. Zodiacs are good as faster to whales and more fun than catamarans but worse in that they are at sea level so photos often harder to get good pix of whales unless right at boat.

Visited February 2013
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Santa Rosa, California
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Ultimate the ultimate!”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

If you are planning to whale watch or snorkel, this is the only way to do it! We have been going to Ultimate Whale Watch for over 10 years, meeting the same friends here ( The Aloha Breakfast Club) and have had the best time ever.The owner, Lee, Captain Eric and Captain Joel are very informative and so much fun to be around.Their naturalists are very knowledgeable and friendly. You get up close and personnel with the whales and the boat is so comfortable to ride in. Don't miss this opportunity.We look forward to seeing them again next year.

Visited January 2013
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