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“Kaulana Whale Watch” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lahaina Cruise Company

Lahaina Cruise Company
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Owner description: Hawaii Ocean Project hosts whale watches and other exciting excursions aboard the Maui Princess, the Molokai Princess, the Lahaina Princess, the Prince Kuhio, and the Kaulana. Our vessels are large, stable, and comfortable, and they offer the best viewing available. Trained naturalists on board share their knowledge of the West Maui marine environment. Whether you prefer a guided day trip around the exotic island of Molokai, A snorkel tour of Molokini, following a pod of Dolphins around Lanai, or a sunset dinner cruise of the coast of West Maui, Hawaii Ocean Project can accommodate you with your Maui Ocean Activity. Our Mission is to provide you with the finest Maui Ocean Activities available. Not only do we offer the finest Dinner cruises on Maui and ocean tours off the coast of West Maui, as well as excursions to Maui's neighboring islands, we are proud our services promote and support marine research and promote the education of Hawaii's marine eco system.
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“Kaulana Whale Watch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

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.

Visited January 2012
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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“Everything about the Dinner Cruise was excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2012

We went on the Maui Princess for the New Year's Eve dinner cruise. This was something that we would definitely do again! The food was excellent, the staff was efficient and friendly, the entertainment was enjoyable, and it was just a very fun evening. That night the sunset was spectacular, and seeing it from the water made it even more so. Great way to finish 2011!

Visited December 2011
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Whales Ahoy!!!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2011

Looking for something inexpensive to do? Try the 2 hour whale watching trip. My wife and I went on the very first boat they offered for the whale watch season. Only 10 people at 7 a.m. came along. We did have success with spotting at least 5 whales in about an hour of looking. The info the crew gave on the whales was pretty basic, but good for a novice on the subject. Nice and short, but a pretty good value at less than $25 per person (check to see if they offer early morning and late evening rates).The boat tour operates out of slip 3 in Lahaina harbor. P.S. The whales do not pose for photos. Be ready and quick with the camera.

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Tahuya, Washington
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“Great dinner cruise... not far enough from the harbor”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

This experience was really fun for us both. We really enjoyed the food, service and strong drinks. We got lucky enough to have our own table because the other couple didn’t show up. The hospitality was awesome and the entrainment could not be any better than the X Factor DJ. The music was good and the laser light show on the mast just helped his inspired singing. You could roam around the boat freely and enjoy the views from all angles. The food was really good and filling. The bar tender made very strong drinks and for only getting 3 drinks, we did just fine catching a good buzz. The cruise lasted 2 hours and it was just long enough for a good time. The only down side was that we stayed close to shore.

Visited October 2011
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Dallas, Texas
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“Maui Sunset? Yes, please!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

We got married in Maui on July 22nd. We decided to plan a sunset cocktail cruise on the Wednesday prior for family and friends to get to know each other. I had read several reviews that didn't have the best things to say but we went ahead and tried it. How can you mess up cocktails on a boat? There were close to forty guests from our wedding aboard the cruise. I felt a bit sorry for the other guests on board who weren't in our party because we were definitely having a great time. To start off, we arrived early to check in and the process was quick and painless. Everyone got two drink tickets and a boarding pass. Three of my friends had gotten lost and were running late for boarding. They ended up arriving a couple minutes after the 5:00 departure but the employees were kind enough to hold the boat with no sign of frustration. They even razzed my friend a bit :) About 10 minutes into the cruise, the bar was open! The bartenders were super friendly and quick with their service. Their signature drink, the Maui Sunset, was delicious. The poor bartender probably made 100 of them. The pupus put out aren't anything from a 5 star restaurant but are perfect for a little bite while drinking. Then, came out the musician on board. I was thinking it would be a mellow Hawaiian guitar player but our musician had a keytar and played awesome 80's tunes. This, in turn, led to a dance party on the bottom deck of the boat! He was great, but unfortunately, I cannot remember his name. All in all, our whole party had a great time! It was a perfect way for everyone to get to know each other and was a perfect start to our wedding celebration! And, of course, the sunset was spectacular and made for great pictures!

Visited July 2011
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