This is our very favorite boat in the harbor. The open deck allows you to get to anywhere the action is best seen from. We have been visiting Maui for 12 years and go watching every day that we are in town. We have done the rafts (fast but rough), sailboats (rarely sail), bigger psuedo non-profits (cattle pens), and finally dialed in on the company that doesnt beat its research drum. They do have a direct to research arm of the business and try very hard to cater to the tru legends of the Humpback Whale recovery effort. We have sailed with them enough to really appreciate the laid back approach and quality service. The Kaulana is a katamaran style hull with enough speed to get to the action and stable enough to do 3 trips in the same day without feeling it all night. Captain Dave is one of our favorites as is Mario the naturalist supremo. We look forward to meeting up with the regulars onboard and stay in touch with a few between trips. We stay on east cost time so getting down to slip 3 for check in on the 7:30 early bird is no problem. We have had some memorable trips with whales swimming so close that the engines had to be shut down to avoid altering their behavior. Breaches are not uncommon but each trip is different and they are wild animals in their own environment after all.
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