Debated between this trip and the Molokini tour but after reading the description and info about both areas, my sister and I decided on this one.
It was a fun trip and informative. The day started with a breakfast of coffee cake and banana bread and a selection of fruit at the marina. We then boarded the Ocean Adventurer, a rigid hull inflatable boat, and set out. Our tour started off with a bottlenose dolphin sighting just outside of the harbor. They were a bit on the shy side and hunting so we moved on fairly quickly from there. The boat is definitely not a smooth ride but will get you to your locations quickly. We were one of the last pairs to board the boat so ended up sitting on the pontoons (side of the boat). While it made for an exciting ride, it was not all that comfortable and eventually your back will let you know it! The crew made a point of saying that there was no assigned seating and that we should feel free to switch seats but the passengers had other ideas about that. When my sister tried to sit in a normal seat under the shade of the canopy, the lady who had been sitting there rudely told her to move. We ended up on the pontoons the whole time and in the sun. Probably could have made more of an issue of it with the crew if we had felt like rocking the boat (pun intended).
We stopped at three snorkeling sites, the very first we went to had too much of a swell so we went to a different site. My favorite and the most interesting was one where you could swim right up to the rock cliff face and look at all the coral and fish along it. The visibility was quite good and there was lots of life. The site in the harbor was pretty good and we saw a couple of turtles and plenty of fish. The last site was not super great - near a barge harbor. At that point the waters were a bit rough and there wasn't as much reef to see and explore.
Lunch was provided and pretty good though simple fare if a sandwich and other foods. The naturalist with us have a talk on the different types of fish and what they eat and how they live. It was interesting and enriched the experience. Overall the captain and naturalist were fun and helpful and made the experience enjoyable.
In addition to the bottlenose dolphins at the start of the trip, we also got to see spotted and spinner dolphins. The spinner were impressive since one apparently had a hitchhiker (aka fish) stuck on it and it repeatedly jumped out of the water and spun trying to lose it's unwanted passenger. We saw a plethora of fish, several turtles, an eel, sea slugs, all different types of coral and the dolphin trifecta. Not a bad list!
The ride back was exhilarating - the captain took us over some big waves and we caught some good air a few times. It was a good, comprehensive trip that allowed us to see a lot of the Lana'i coastline up close and explore it's offshore treasures.
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