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“The best of the Whale Watching Tours.”

Hawaii Ocean Project
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$99.95*
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Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Maui
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$99.95*
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Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise
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$200.98*
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Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Royal Lahaina Luau Combo
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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“The best of the Whale Watching Tours.”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

We have been on a number of different whale watching tours, but this one ranks above the rest. You catch it at the Harbor in Lahaina and involves walking a plank to get on--not the standard-'load 'em from the ocean' catamaran trips. There were two very knowledgable guides on the vessel from the Ocean Project. Two things are good-1) ease of access and 2) support of the Hawaii Oceanic Project.

Visited December 2012
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Coquitlam, Canada
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“Kids loved it!”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Great day on the water and we were lucky enough to see a competition pod (a group of males competing for a single female) and the males were putting on quite a show. Amazing staff, they showed a lot of excitement for our sake as they most likely make many journeys daily and see the same thing over and over again. I didn't personally use the restroom inboard but according to my husband it was not very clean.

Visited January 2013
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Saanichton, Canada
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“Fantastic Whale Watching”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I have been whale watching a number times in smaller zodiac type boats, so decided to try a larger boat this time. It was a great experience and though we were a bit early in the season, still saw at least 200 humpbacks out in the channel. The staff was very knowledgeable and the price was just right.

Visited January 2013
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California
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“Great affordable whale watch”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

Had a great time with the kids, but how do you really rate a whale watch when so much of the trip is dependent on nature and luck. So I think you can compare only on service, price, and onboard experience irrespective of whether you see a full breech, whale swim under the boat and emerge only few yards away, or spout so close that the mist almost hits you. All of which we were fortunate enough to experience. Earlier on the trip we went on a whale watch with Pacific Whale Foundation, and comparing the two, they were very comparable on all parameters. PWF may have been a little more kid friendly with posters, stickers, and mini kids education program. Also, there is more seating available on the PWF since much of the lower level on the HOP was reserved. We sailed in the 1130 with PWF and it got a bit hot under the sun at times. With HOP we sailed the early bird at 0730 which sucked to get up early, but might workout well early in the trip if you are still adjusting to island time. The discounted early bird will save you $, plus the morning breeze is so refreshing compared to the full sun of later sailings.

Visited January 2013
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Elkford, Canada
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“WHALE WATCH FOR RESEARCH - GOOD TOUR”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Whale Watch Maui 808 667 6165
January, 2013. WHALES, WHALES, everywhere. This is prime season for Whale Watching as they fatten up in Alaska and then come down to Maui to fast, give birth and/or breed. We received this free whale watch tour when we checked in for the Maui Princess Dinner cruise. I believe everyone who takes the Dinner Cruise is offered to book a free whale watch. Be ready to book this when you check in for the dinner, that way you have it. We always (twice) book it for the last day in Maui as most accomodations require you be out by 11 a.m. and in our case we had an 11 p.m. flight so taking the 2:15 whale watch which was with www.hawaiioceanproject.com was the perfect way to end the trip. "They" (the powers that be) say that the best time for a whale watch is first thing in the morning but we have always taken them in the afternoon. The crew was very knowledgable and answered questions for everyone on the tour. We saw a "tonne" of whales breeching the surface that day, waving their "arms" and tails at us. There was a momma and baby that came very close to the boat. It was not the best day weatherwise as we got closer to Lanai Island we could see it was raining out there. It is hard to get really good photos as when you see them and click - they have gone back under - it is a real show tho - a video camera might be the best.

Visited January 2013
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