My family and I just returned from eight wonderful days on Maui. My wife and I agree that the highlight of the trip was our snorkel trip around the Island of Lanai with Ocean Riders.
Before leaving for Maui, I reasearched different snorkel trips with different companies and decided that the trip offered by Ocean Riders was the best. They take you around the complete Island of Lanai which is quite an adventure and very fun.
From the moment I picked up the phone to make my reservation to when we stepped off the boat we were treated like VIP's!!
The snorkel gear the have for use is top notch and never leaked. (Unlike the ones we rented from a dive shop) They take you to three different coves to snorkel and we never had anyone else (other tour boats) with us at any time, it was like we had the whole island to ourselves!
The sandwich tray for lunch was perfect, best tuna I have ever had!! You don't need a gourmet lunch when you are trying to spend as much time in the water as possible. Save that fancy stuff for dinner and enjoy true point of the trip..snorkeling!!
Chad the owner, and Patty the Captain were knowledgable and very helpful of my young Daughter. She is obsessed with turtles and it was the highlight of her trip that she got to see and swim with one in the wild. WOW!! What a thrill!!
The added bonus of our trip was we went during whale season. Earlier in the week we went on a whale watching trip with another company and the boat was very crowded and the trip was only two hours long. With Ocean Riders we were so close to the water because the boat is smaller and designed different the the whale watching boats the view was spectacular. We had a whale do a full breach right near us. It was like being at Sea World in the wild!!! Patty made sure we did not go back to the harbor before we saw plenty of whales. Her and Chad seemed to be enjoying that part of the trip as much as the customers were.
To sum it up, I would say if you want to go on an adventure, and not just a snorkel go with Ocean Riders, they are THE BEST!!