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Hawaii Ocean Rafting

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Address: 675 Wharf St, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1296
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Snorkeling and Whale Watching tours. Climb aboard our HI Tech Ocean Rafts...

Snorkeling and Whale Watching tours. Climb aboard our HI Tech Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We encounter the Spinner Dolphins quite often on our excursions. We’ll spend time interacting with them as they frolic in the water. Continental breakfast, snack and cold drinks will be served throughout the day. Snorkel gear provided. This trip will be the highlight of your vacation. Departs daily from slip 8 Lahaina Harbor. Whale Watching tours from December through April from Maui Hawaii.

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SEEING WHALES

When in Maui during the month on Feb. or Mar. you have to see the whales, and the closer the better. At the docks they are all the boats, which one is the best? Am I going to get... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
Everett M
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Sound Beach, New York, United States

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Sound Beach, New York, United States
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

When in Maui during the month on Feb. or Mar. you have to see the whales, and the closer the better. At the docks they are all the boats, which one is the best? Am I going to get taken for a ride? We put our money down and made a res. for early Sat. morning, 8:30. We loaded up... More 

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Thank Everett M
Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

So happy you took a chance on us! Sounds like a good trip, the morning tour really is a great way to start the day. Mahalo for taking the time to leave a review, it means a lot! Aloha, Mark Robinson More 

Vancouver, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I have been on whale watching tours in the past, but this without question was the best!! Three whales spent at least 40 minutes up close and personal and because of the small boat experience we were able to get a true picture of how whales react and how magnificent they really are to spend time with in their natural... More 

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

Thank You! They really are amazing arent they? The small tour size really does make a difference, allowing you to get eye to eye with these gentle giants. Thanks for leaving a review too! Aloha and Mahalo, Mark Robinson More 

Petaluma, California
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017

This was one of the most amazing experiences we have ever had - nearly surreal - we saw whales -we could have touched them- it was a full hour of whales playing beside us -breaching -goIng under our boat -I can not even describe how incredible this was` thank you Sam and Ben

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

Wow, sounds like a once in a lifetime kind of experience. The whales can feel surreal and magical sometimes. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and thank you for choosing us in the first place. Aloha and Mahalo, Mark Robinson More 

Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We went whale watching with Hawaii Ocean Rafting and had an awesome experience. Captain Jeff and Rhianna knew right where to go and we were able to see multiple whales up close. Rhianna was extremely knowledgable and Captain Jeff made the whole experience super fun. Highly recommend this to anyone (our group ranged in ages from 12-46)!!!

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

Captain Jeff has been a whale captain for many years, both around Maui and Alaska. His experience certainly makes for some great whale watching experiences. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we greatly appreciate it! Aloha and Mahalo, Mark Robinson More 

Leavenworth Washington
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51 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

What a trip yesterday morning! Our Capt. Stephanie did not wait for the whales to come to her she found them, and in spades. Our guide Sean gave great naritave with lots of humor and tales (pardon the pun) included. We saw mothers and babies, we saw breaching whales, tale slamming whales, whales slapping their fins over and over again,... More 

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

Sometimes one whale watch just isn't quite enough, right? Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience with us, sounds like you witnessed the full spectrum of whale behavior! Thanks for choosing us, aloha and Mahalo. Mark Robinson More 

Spanaway, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

So amazing to see the whales up close! We saw a couple babies and their mom's, as well as "wanna be dad's" as Sean said. Stephanie was a great pilot and the experience was much more fun than a larger boat. I'd never go back to another one...I'm sticking with HOR! They'll even allow you to hang over the edge... More 

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

You know it's good when you feel compelled to stick your head in the water! Have a blast on your snorkeling trip and thanks for your loyalty!!! Aloha and Mahalo, Mark Robinson More 

1 review
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We had to reschedule our trip due to windy conditions and it was worth the wait! We loved our time on the boat (it is smaller than other companies and it a blast to ride on!). Kim and Amanda did a great job of keeping us entertained, giving us fun whale facts, and finding the whales!!! We had a calf... More 

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

Thank you, thank you, thank you, positive reviews make all the difference in the world for a small family company like ours! Glad that you had such a wonderful trip. Aloha and Mahalo, Mark Robinson More 

SF bay area
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Did the half day snorkel trip. It was the 4 of us (hubby, 8yo, 6yo). Got there on time and fitted for snorkel gear. Should have brought our own snorkel mask/tube since ours don't let water in. However, it was fine after the initial gulp of salt water. There were maybe 6 or so other people on the boat. Amanda... More 

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

We really appreciate you leaving such a detailed review and pointing out some hidden strengths of a small sized tour. There is comfort in a small crew to guest ratio for any reluctant snorkelers. Glad the kids ended up having a good time. Aloha and Mahalo, Mark Robinson More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We had the BEST time with Captain Jeff and Rihanna on our 2 hour whale watching trip. They were very knowledgeable and their love for whales spread to everyone. Booking the trip online was easy, I recommend this company to anyone looking for fun!

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review and for choosing us in the first place! You are right, booking online is easy and also saves an automatic %15! Aloha and Mahalo, Mark Robinson More 

Wilmington, Ohio
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Enthusiasm spread quickly from the crew to the passengers when we spent almost an hour with a mama whale and baby followed by daddy later. They all came right up to and under our boat. Amazing

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Mark R, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, responded to this review

It's hard not to get excited out there with these beautiful creatures! Thanks for the review and for choosing Hawaii Ocean Rafting. Aloha and Mahalo, Mark Robinson More 

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