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“Great, once you find it, and park your car.”

Expeditions Lahaina/Lanai Passenger Ferry
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Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great, once you find it, and park your car.”
Reviewed October 12, 2012 via mobile

The ferry runs on time, it's bumpy enough to be fun, and it's a cheap way to get between the islands - here are some comments to make your trip easier:

we interrupted our stay on Maui with a 2-night stay on Lanai. So, we took the ferry with one suitcase and 2 carry-on bags. There is storage for luggage on the boat, inside the main cabin, right after you board. There's nobody to help with luggage, and they do have limits, so travel light.

we needed to park for almost exactly two days, which worried us a bit, but we called the ferry company, who told us "park behind the Wharf Cinema", which is the huge building on Front St in Lahaina, right across from the famous Banyan Tree at the harbor. Parking in Lahaina can be mysterious the first time, because there's usually nobody to tell you what to do. Turns out you prepay via a machine for the amount of time you expect to be there, leave the receipts on your dash, and settle up when you leave. We found that the machines have a 24-hour limit, so you buy two tickets for the two days. We weren't sure all this would really work, so we found a staffed lot - a guy in a booth - which we found comforting. That lot is south of Dickenson St on WaineeSt (i.e. if you're coming north on rt. 30, go left on Dickenson, left on Wainee, then the staffed lot is on the right). This lot charges $15 for 24 hours. (There is also at least one unstaffed lot on Dickenson.) This lot really is "behind the Wharf Cinema" but It's a walk from there to the harbor if you stay on streets ... if you walk away from Waimee throught the parking lots you get to an alley to the right of he Cinema Center which brings you to Front St at the harbor. Ask the guy in the booth - it's hard to describe.

Finally - why do I say "once you find it"? Expeditions Ferry's directions say "across from the Pioneer Inn", but they don't say across from WHAT, and phoning them isn't helpful. You'll find The Expeditions booth right by the ocean, so walk away from Front St toward the water, with the pioneer inn on your right, and you'll find a booth on the edge of the water. It has a sign on each SIDE, not visible from the front, and a sign on top, obscured by trees. The person in the booth will take your reservation and give you tickets. She would probably take money for tickets as well, but reserving on-line is a good idea.

9 Thank Barry C
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Glad we did this but won't do it again”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Our Hawaiian vacation started with 4 days on Oahu and then we took Hawaiian Air to Maui for 8 days. We wanted to visit one more island so I booked round trip tickets to Lanai. It was $30 each way so we spent $120 on ferry rides. I chose the 9:15 am departure and the 6:45 pm return. The ferry itself was a lot of fun. The water is beautiful and it is fun to see Maui from the ocean. The people on the ferry were nice and it was very organized. Take something for seasickness before you leave. One of the highlights was watching a youth soccer team arriving in Lahaina for a game. The kids must have been about 10 years old we could hear them cheering as the ferry arrived in the harbor. It felt like we were doing a "local" thing. There was nothing to do on Lanai except snorkel so we checked back in at the harbor and they let us catch the 4:30 pm ferry back to Lahaina. They were very accomodating and nice. It's a great ferry service. Just make sure you know what you want to do on Lanai when you get there. Ironically, the soccer kids were waiting to catch the last ferry back to Lanai. They were cheering because they had won.

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Kathy A
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Lahaina, Hawaii
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“They are the only ferry so yes they are over priced but still worth doing”
Reviewed September 6, 2012 via mobile

It would be nice if they had some computation to keep the pricing honest but what can I say it's far from a perfect world.......lanai is awesome though snorkel in manili bay and there is a good chance to see dolphins plus there is a four seasons there and they have a free bus into town

9 Thank nate b
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Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Dependable, on time, and professional”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

Nice large boat for the channel crossing makes good time getting to Lanai. They also offer kama'aina which is good.

4 Thank StylishNature
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Santa Cruz, Ca
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Bring drinks and food - there's no place to buy them on Lanai...”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Nice ferry ride - courteous staff clean, and airconditioned boat, and it left on time.

We went to Lanai on the early boat for day of snorkeling, figuring there would be a few places to buy food and beverages when we got there. When we arrived we found out that the only store at the dock was permanently closed. We walked to the beach, we found that the only place that sold anything was affiliated with the hotel, and they wouldn't sell to people who weren't guests of the hotel. So basically, bring yOur own supplies and food- you won't find anyplace open unless you walk up hill to the hotel. We caught the 2pm boat back to the Maui for a late lunch.

BTW, the ferry service sold us some oil to put behind our ears to prevent seasickness. Amazingly it worked, even on the rough trip back.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank lillycoy
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