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Maui’s Award Winning Whale Watch & Snorkel Rafting 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!

Book an award winning Hawaii Ocean Rafting adventure today!

Afternoon Maui Turtle Snorkel Tour

2.5 Hour West Maui Turtle Town Snorkel Tour

2.5 hours
Small Group
Seasonal May-Nov

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Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Tours

Small Group Rafting Snorkeling Tours

4-6 hours
Small Group

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Maui Whale Watch Tours

Small Group Rafting Whale Watch


2 hours
Small Group
Seaonal Dec-April

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Maui Private Charters

Private Whale Watch or Snorkel Charters

2-6 hours
Private Group
Choose your Tour

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Traveler from Sandy Springs, Georgia

Highlight of our trip!

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

BEST Snorkeling EVER!!!

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

Guaranteed whale sightings or go for free!
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!

Guaranteed whale sighting or go again for free!
Book a whale watch tour today!

Maui Snorkeling Tour Adventures

Maui Snorkeling away from the crowds!
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!

Ready to jump in? Book one of our award winning snorkel tours!
About Hawaii Ocean Rafting

About Hawaii Ocean Rafting

Rafting adventures and snorkel tours in Maui, Hawaii

Hawaii Ocean Rafting was established more than 30 years ago and is proudly Owned and Operated by a Native Hawaiian and Lahaina local with lineage that traces back to the early royalty and ancestors who lived in Lahaina many years go.

It is our passion to share the aloha of our Hawaiian heritage in one-to ohana snorkel and whale watch experiences, practicing the malama of our oceans and aina, with hope our visitors will take these practices home and together work to better our world.

Hawaii Ocean Rafting Crew

Experienced Captains

Our experienced Captains will take you to the best snorkel spots.
Hawaii Ocean Rafting Crew

Knowledgable Crew

Get to know your crew, and be a part of our ohana!
Hawaii Ocean Rafting Crew

Focused on Safety

All of our crew are focused on providing a fun and safe adventure.
Hawaii Ocean Rafting (808) 661-7238

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Talk with Toni to make your whale watch or snorkel reservation! Call (808) 661-7238

Ocean Adventure Blog!
Maui’s latest snorkel and whale watch updates !

A Beginner’s Guide to Snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of Maui’s most popular activities If you are considering snorkeling for the first time, we have put together 5 tips to use as a guide to snorkeling. 

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Ensuring your snorkel equipment fits properly and you know how to use it allows you to get a glimpse of Hawaii’s underwater world giving you the opportunity to see tropical fish. Here’s what you need to know.

Best time to go whale watching in Hawaii

Some months of the year are better for whale watching in Hawaii, because of the whale’s migration patterns, Learn when the best times of year are in this article.

Is whale watching safe?

To help our visitors feel more comfortable, we answer the question is whale watching a safe and fun activity to do while in Maui!

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