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“Great time with HOR”

Hawaii Ocean Rafting
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Owner description: Snorkeling and Whale Watching tours. Climb aboard our HI Tech Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We encounter the Spinner Dolphins quite often on our excursions. We’ll spend time interacting with them as they frolic in the water. Continental breakfast, snack and cold drinks will be served throughout the day. Snorkel gear provided. This trip will be the highlight of your vacation. Departs daily from slip 8 Lahaina Harbor. Whale Watching tours from December through April from Maui Hawaii.
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Reviewed November 22, 2017

Went snorkeling with Hawaii Ocean Rafting while on a company sponsored trip. Had a great time. The conditions were bad in that it was very windy, so we had to stay closer to shore than normal. HOR did everything they could to get us to new spots and provide a variety of snorkeling experiences. Capt. Sean and First Mate Amanda were awesome. I would recommend HOR.

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2017

Aloha, In the recent weeks the weather has not been the best. We do our best to insure you experience the best of snorkeling in the Hawaiian waters within the timeline of your vacation. If the weather is bad on your scheduled day we do the best we can to reschedule you to a better day rather than just go anyway as some of the larger boats do.
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Reviewed November 17, 2017 via mobile

We had a great time because we drove with a pod of spotted dolphins! We stopped in 2 snorkeling spots and while both were good, one in particular was spectacular! What we appreciated the most was that our captain (Sean) took time to find calm spots on this windy day. And he extended our trip by an extra 45 minutes to drive with the dolphins. This was lucky but it sounds like many trips with this company have dolphin sightings.

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2017

Our snorkeling trips are often extended to accommodate the possibility of enjoying dolphins and whales. It is our wish to show you a great time rather than have a return deadline.
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Reviewed November 14, 2017

We were fortunate enough to take a ride with Sean and Stephanie on a chance of a lifetime snorkeling trip! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They took us to a coral reef that was the most BEAUTIFUL thing we have ever seen! Sooooo many fish and the reef was unexplainable....BEAUTIFUL! They took us to see the dolfins, hundreds of them surrounding our boat! You could reach out and pet them! They took us to whale watch, we seen a whale spout twice! The boat is fast and fun and takes the waves like butter! The breakfast and lunch was included and very yummy! We will never forget that trip! Thank you Hawaii Ocean Rafting!

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2017

Thanks for the "Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Stephanie and Sean are our most experienced team. They are part of what makes us a company known for taking great care of our guests.We try our best to supply good food for the trip. We get you back in time to experience one of the great lunch restaurants in Lahaina.

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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

Funny man Sean and Celia did a great job entertaining us today. By being in a raft we were able to go fast and close and personal to the cliffs and a blowhole. Sean took us to his favorite snorkling spots in Lanai. Finally lots of variety of fish and schools of fish - which is lacking in Maui beach snorkling. On the way back we were fortunate to see a humpback whale (not in season yet), false killer whales (which are rare - one came up close to check us out) and dolphins. Includes snacks but gluten free not offered. I was able to eat the fruit and vegies with dip but missed out on the cakes and wraps - so bring extra snacks with you. Loved the small boat with a small group of people with no one sitting in your view. A perfect way to do a snorkel trip.

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2017

The size of our raft allows us to get to some of the spectacular snorkeling/ sightseeing areas the larger boats can't. The Humpback whales have started arriving. We are seeing them almost every day.
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Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

Captain Sean and first mate Amanda both were very cool and easy going. They knew the best snorkeling spots to go to based on surf and weather conditions. Very competent captain, very awake and informed. Knows a lot about Maui history too!

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2017

Sean has been with us for close to 20 years. He really knows the best spots for snorkeling as well as more history than most. Amanda is one of the best we have for making the guests happy. They enjoy what they do.

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