Maui’s Award Winning Whale Watch & Snorkel Rafting Tours!
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BEST MAUI WHALE WATCH & SNORKEL TOURS.
Voted TripAdvisors Travelors Choice for Maui Whale Watching and Snorkeling Tours, we’ve been offering adventure style small group rafting tours more than 30 years!
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Small Group Rafting Whale Watch
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Small Group Rafting Snorkeling Tours
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We just finished our tour. It was amazing! Captain Sean and first mate Paul took us out to see a fantastic collection of ocean delights. We saw fish, a huge pod of over a hundred dolphins, sea turtles, and more. Our crew was really helpful and had great stories and knowledge of the sea and the area-like straight out of a Hemingway novel. We really liked the small boat setting where you got individual attention. The crew were fascinating, fun, and focused on safety. We have done a number of outings this trip but this was by far the best. We took our three kids ages 11-15 and they totally loved it. Have this be the first thing you book on your trip.
mybutler Des Moines, Washington
We were fortunate enough to take a ride with Sean and Stephanie on a chance of a lifetime snorkeling trip! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They took us to a coral reef that was the most BEAUTIFUL thing we have ever seen! Sooooo many fish and the reef was unexplainable…BEAUTIFUL! They took us to see the dolphins, hundreds of them surrounding our boat! You could reach out and pet them! They took us to whale watch, we saw a whale spout twice! The boat is fast and fun and takes the waves like butter! The breakfast and lunch were included and very yummy! We will never forget that trip! Thank you, Hawaii Ocean Rafting!
The Original Adventure Rafting Tours
Hawaii Ocean Rafting has been sharing Maui’s Humpback Whale Watch and Snorkel Tours with visitors for over 30 years! Our seasoned captains and marine natualist have spent thousands of hours with humpback whales every year, understanding their behavior, ob- serving their habits and sharing their knowledge with our guests!
Our snorkel tours take small groups to unique reef snorkel locations on the island of Lanai and stop for dolphin watching along the way!
We can’t wait to share our passion for Maui’s ocean adventures with you!
Maui Whale Watch Tour Adventures
Our adventure rafts only take 16 passengers maximum, giving everyone a front row view of humpback whales! Avoid crowds and enjoy an eye-level encounter with whales during our tours, perfect for photo ops and underwater go-pro footage! We guarantee whale sighting or you go again for free!
Best chance for upclose whale watching in Maui!
Because we are a small raft, whales are more likely to swim up to us which makes for a once in a life- time close whale encounter! Although they can ap- proach us, whales are protected in Maui so we do not approach them closer than federal regulations allow. Listen to whale songs on our hydrophones and learn whale facts from our Our marine natural- ist guides will also share whale facts and other ocean information, making this tour a fun and edu- cational experiMarine Naturalist onboard during your Maui Whale Watching Tour!
When is the Best Time for Maui Whale Watching?
The short answer is that any time of day is great for Maui Whale Watching! Because Humpback whales migrate to Maui to mate and give birth but are not feeding, they do not have any time they are more or less active! Whales migrate to Hawaii seasonally and can be seen from December through April!
What is the Best Weather for Maui Whale Watching?
Obviously, whales don’t mind getting wet, so the rain isn’t a bother! When it comes to weather there does not appear to be weather patterns that affect whale activity.
With that in mind, we reschedule tours due to weather if it will be unpleasant or unsafe for our guests.
Can we swim or snorkel with whales?
Whales are protected in Hawaii so we do not approach them closer than federal regulations allow, that includes no swimming or snorkeling with whales. But because we are a small raft, whales are likely to swim up to us in the boat! When whales approach our boats closely, it’s called a mugging!
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Maui Snorkeling Tour Adventures
If you’re looking for an adventure snorkel, escape the crowds with us and snorkel the island of Lanai, exploring unique reefs, sea cliffs and watching wild dolphins! The island of Lanai is a 20 minute boat ride from Maui and has more than a dozen snorkel spots to choose from!
Snorkel with turtles & see dolphins!
Many of our snorkel stops include snorkeling with the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle! Sea turtles are pro- tected in Maui so we will guide you on snorkeling safely with Maui’s honu! Dolphins are also protected in Maui, but we can watch them in the wild from the boat! This is where our low to water rafts make the dolphin watching experience the next best thing
Are you snorkel tours beginner friendly?
Yes our snorkel tours are beginner friendly! Our Maui Snorkel Tours are small groups and give one-on-one snorkel instruction, and our crew snor- kels with our guests is in the water during the tour! Flotation devices like float belts and pool noodles to assist snorkelers are also available on our snorkel tours!.
Where do the snorkel tours go snorkeling?
Our snorkel tours go to the island of Lanai which is a private island about 8 miles from Maui! This island has more than a dozen snorkel spots with unique reef, tropical fish and turtles! Lanai also displays giant sea cliff you can see from the water and is home to pods of spin- ner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins!
What kind of marine animals will we snorkel with?
Most commonly we snorkel with tropical fish and Hawaiian Green sea turtles on our snorkel tours! Although we can’t snorkel with dolphins due to their protection, we do get to watch them from the boat! We also see other marine animals on rare occasions including whale sharks, monk seals, rays, octopus, reef sharks and psuedo orcas!
About Hawaii Ocean Rafting
Rafting adventures and snorkel tours in Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii Ocean Rafting is a locally owned and operated rafting company in business since 1990. We focus on the guests having an adventurous safe time with us. Our crew has been with us for 10+ years. Mark, the owner of Hawaii Ocean Rafting, has lived on Maui for over 43 years. We’re proud to say Hawaii Ocean rafting offers an up close and personal experience with marine life unlike any other tour company out there!
We give back. Every year, we donate to 2 boats to the Whale Trust for fundraising efforts. We also sponsor the berth, skip fees, and fuel to support the cause.