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“Best snorkel trip in Maui”

Ocean Riders Adventure Tours
Ranked #37 of 130 Tours in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Original Lanai tour established in 1988. Only Ocean Riders circumnavigates the island of Lanai on a continual, year round basis. Nobody knows the island better. Others have tried imitating our trip but it cannot be duplicated. Our boat is the perfect vessel for handling what Lanai has to offer and the others just can't or won't do what we do. No timers to call you back from the water and cutting your time short (the other tours can't say that).
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Northern VA
2 reviews
“Best snorkel trip in Maui”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2009

Patty and Chad rock. The tour was amazing. We went during whale season and it's the best ever way to see the whales up close in a small boat.

Their boat is nice as it doesn't hold many people, so you aren't feeling like cattle.

They treat you really well. It's a the only company that totally circumnavigates the whole island of Lanai. The ride over and back is very bumpy, more so on the way back due to the winds picking up.

Since it was whale season we saw some amazing whales. The snorkels were good. We weren't rushed at any of the snorkel spots it was take it as long as you wanted. Patty knew loads about Lanai history and the marine life. We were really happy with everything.

We were so lucky to see as much of the whales that were so close. Better than the actual whale watching trip we took!

Thank Roxnsno
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“Ocean Riders Adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2008

Went on the trip around Lana'i with Oceanriders on the 21st May 2008. The crew were fantastic and seemed to get everyone else excited about the trip and what we were experiencing, just by their excitement. These people love their jobs!

The wildlife that we got to see was incredible. We saw turtles, spinner dolphns, bottlenose dolphins, barracuda, and lots of fish. What was brilliant was that the trip does/did not feel rushed, so don't book it on the last day of your holidays if you are planning on flying out later that day. Give it the time it deserves. They don't rush you away from the snorkel sites which are fantastic by the way, pretty incredible viz. We spotted pods of dolphins and spent many minutes with these animals in very close proximity. Due to the size of the boat, it is able to get close to the cliffs, keep up with the dolphins and get to the areas where there have been whales spotted very very quickly. Hold on tight, its a thrilling ride.

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“Great adventure!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2008

The Maui Ocean Riders adventure was great fun. Its a relaxed, all day outing from Maui to Lanai. It was very personalized, as the boat only takes about 15-20 passengers at a time. We had a guide and the owner on our trip. THye helped us spot all kinds of marine wildlife including sea turtles, spinner dolphins, whales and loads of fish! Thye offered a simple b'fast of fruit and granola bars and a lunch of sandwiches and sodas. OVerall, a great way to see a new island and to snorkel is isolated areas. I wish I had an underwater camera b/c we saw much more than I was expecting!

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“Highlight of our trip to Maui!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2008

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!!

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