‘Ike loa Maui Blog

‘Ike loa means to see knowledge and wisdom. Our blog is a place to share our knowledge of Maui, travel tips, marine animal education and more!

Curious about Maui dolphin and whale sightings? While whales are some of the most sought after sites for those visiting Maui this winter, the warm waters along Maui’s coastline are also home to a vast amount of other marine life like turtles, monk seals, and dolphins! No matter what type...

Winter is a very special time here in Maui. While the weather stays warm, with pictures of a sunscreen and grass skirt-adorned Santa Claus lining the shops of Lahaina’s Front Street’s windows and greeting cards; both tourists and locals alike are more excited for the arrival of our greatest tourists;...

Whale watching is the most anticipated activity to do in Maui in December, January, February and March every winter! While there are a ton of other great activities to plug into your vacation schedule, whale watching is assured to be a once in a lifetime opportunity that the whole family...

Looking for things to do in Maui for your Honeymoon? Maui is one of the most romantic places on the planet to have a honeymoon. From beautiful coastal resorts, to experiences taking you out on the ocean or to the peaks of the West Maui Mountains— the island of Maui...

As tourism opens up there is one thing on a lot of visitor's mind-- Can You Swim With Whales on Maui? Maui is home to some of the most amazing wildlife that the Pacific (and by association, North America) has to offer. Whether you are looking to visit and learn...

Maui is a beautiful island in the Pacific and home to some of the richest and most diverse microclimates. You can travel from a 10,000 foot frosted summit to a sea-level sandy beach in no more than a couple hours. With the varied environments, Maui is home to numerous unique...

Whale watching is one of the most unique and incredible experiences that you can have when vacationing on Maui Isle. These majestic creatures travel thousands of miles to the warm waters of Maui from Alaska in order to mate, birth, and raise their young calves. But is Whale watching in...

Looking for the best whale watching in Lahaina? Whale watching is undoubtedly one of the most sought after experiences that Maui has to offer. Because the whales only travel to Maui from the cold Alaskan waters for a limited period, once a year, it is vital that you secure your...

While there are an endless list of possibilities for fun things to do on Maui, nothing compares to getting up close and personal with the largest mammal in the Pacific. Whale watching is a wholly unique and magical experience. When the humpback whales arrive to Maui from the cold waters...

Wondering what's the best weather for a Maui Whale watching tour? The peak of whale season in Maui is typically in the latter winter months. While many expect Maui to be sunshine all year round this island is home to six major microclimates. This means Maui is not a one-size-fits-all...

Whale watching on Maui is arguably the most popular activity the island has to offer. What makes Maui so unique is not only that whales migrate to the warmer waters of the Hawaiian islands but they chose the channels and ocean inlets that weave between the county islands as the...

What is the difference between Lanai vs Molokini snorkeling?  While these two snorkel spots are arguably the most popular destinations when it comes to visitors looking for a unique snorkeling adventure during their travels to Maui, their accessibility, geography and marine life are very different.  Where Can You Snorkel in...

Looking for info on Hawaii’s Pineapple Island? Maui is most known for the resort lined white sandy beaches and the remnants of different cultures and generations that have passed through the valley isle; whether that be the relics of the whale trade at the height of imperialism or the stone...

Honolua Bay may be most known for the impressive competitions that have made it one of the most popular surf destinations in the world— but during the off season for surf, it is known amongst locals as a snorkeling hot spot and home to some of the most amazing sea...

Looking to enjoy Maui marine life? Maui is one of the most unique of the Hawaiian Islands due to the simple fact that it is full of marine life. From the crazy creatures of the deep on the outer reaches and drop offs that line the sea cliffs; to the...

Tempted to book Lanai snorkel tours? Maui County is home to some of the greatest whale watching and snorkel tours. One of the hidden snorkel destinations is on the island of Lanai. We're here to give you the scoop on snorkeling and booking your next snorkel tour to Lanai is an...

Not sure if you should be booking Lahaina whale watching tours? Whale watching in Maui is one of the greatest pastimes and most talked about experiences by tourists visiting the Valley Isle. Not only is it an amazing change to get almost face-to-face with some of the most majestic Humpback...

Looking for information on what NOT to do on Maui? Maui is a magical place filled with majestic beauty and a host of amazing activities. We should we all work to preserve that natural environment. While locals are working hard to spread the message of how important it is to...

Not sure what to do on Maui? There are so many things that you can do on your island vacation! Maui island is home to six distinct and versatile climates. Whether you are looking to trek through the rainforests of Hana or take a dip in the pacific of the...

Looking for some Maui snorkeling tips? Maui is one of the best and most beautiful places in the world to snorkel. You not only have a unique ecology and host of marine life that populates the reefs surrounding the island but the warm waters and accessibility makes it fun for...

There are a lot of different weather phenomena that occur out here in the South Pacific; the most intimidating and most asked about by visitors to the islands of Hawaii are hurricanes. But, do hurricanes ever hit Hawaii and how can we anticipate and prepare for any inbound severe weather...

You’re planning your dream vacation to the beautiful island of Maui; but as the date to departure gets closer you may be wondering what you can expect when it comes to the weather and sea conditions of this beautiful remote island. One of the biggest questions that we get from...

Snorkeling gives us windows into the underwater world where we can see marine life in its natural habitat. Snorkeling is one of Maui’s most popular activities and almost anyone can explore the ocean with easy to use snorkel equipment even if they are a beginner snorkeler.   What Is Snorkeling?...

Snorkeling is one of the best activities to do while vacationing in Maui. Getting a glimpse of Hawaii’s underwater world gives you the opportunity to see tropical fish, green sea turtles (also known as Honu), octopus and many other amazing creatures.  Learning snorkeling can be easy for all ages, ensuring...

When is the best time of year to see whales in Hawaii? The answer is right now! More than 10,000 Northern Pacific Humpback Whales migrate back to Hawaii every year from Alaska during the winter months to mate and give birth. They travel 3000 miles to the Hawaii islands which...

Working on the ocean every day we become accustomed to the changing ocean conditions, the vessels, marine life, and navigating the variables. It’s easy for us to assume that everyone feels comfortable on the ocean, so we appreciate the chance to answer questions like “Is whale watching safe?” to help...

So you’ve booked Maui’s best whale watching tour! Check! .. And like any other adventure, it takes a little preparation for you to fully enjoy the experience! What to wear whale watching is one of the top questions for many of our guests. If you know what to wear whale...

Question of the day: Do you need to know how to swim to snorkel? Snorkeling is one of Maui’s top activities to do! Maui’s underwater world is teeming with life. You can see tropical fish, green sea turtles, coral reefs and so much more when you snorkel in Maui! But...

Small Group Lanai Snorkel Tours Who else wants to check snorkeling in the waters of Lanai off their Hawaii bucket list? Well now you can by joining Hawaii Ocean Rafting for our Half Day Snorkel Tour! Due to the lack of people living on the island and pollution, Lanai offers...

Whale Watching is Going Strong! Whale watching in the beautiful waters of Maui is one of those unforgettable experiences that will leave you with memories that  last a lifetime. With over 30 years in service, Hawaii Ocean Rafting offers incredible whale watching tours that the whole family can enjoy! Be...

The Countdown is on, Whale Watching Starts in 5 Days!! Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai.  You may wonder why even go on a whale watching tour?  You may not be able to truly understand the difference until you actually get out there...

Setting out on a whale watch is a bucket list item of many travelers around the world. There are very few things as thrilling as hopping on a boat bound for the open ocean in search of those magnificent and massive sea creatures. Whether you are cruising the tropical island...

Why Choose Snorkeling with Us? You may be lucky enough to see an eel just poke its head out of a hole on the coral and just as quickly tuck it back in. Jellyfish are also pretty rare (at least the stinging kind, which is all we are worried about,...

Up Close Whales Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai.  You may wonder why even go on a whale watching tour?  You may not be able to truly understand the difference until you actually get out there on the water up close and personal....

Spring Break is Just Around the Corner!   With Spring Break just around the corner you may be looking for activities to keep everyone occupied. Look no further! There is no better way to spend a day than snorkeling or whale watching. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina...

Why Maui Snorkeling and Dolphin Tours? Maui Snorkeling and dolphin watching tours are the focus of our operation and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. Maui has such variety...

! From Breaching to Fluke Slaps! It is often breathtaking how these humpback whales live their lives in such a gentle way and communicate with one another in so many ways.  From breaching to fluke slaps to fluke waves to babies and mothers. it’s always a something amazing to see and...

What a Treat! What a Treat for yourself to an amazing experience of watching majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat. Every winter numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm and shallow waters of Maui.The come to breed, calve...

“Mai Tai Mayhem” The beloved Mai Tai is a staple of any vacation worth its poi here on Maui. Only adding to the appeal of this tropical libation is the fact that this beauty is often complimentary. That’s right FREE! The combination of exotic drums and gently scented breezes and...

Maui's Premier Up Close Whale Experience! Why go out on a Whale watching tour when you can see the whales from your lanai? For those of you perplexed by the first sentence. A porch or balcony is called a”lanai” here in the islands. You may not be able to truly...

  Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs...

Dolphin Watching Done Right! We take small groups far from the beaten path to experience some of the worlds most pristine reefs and landscapes. The island of Lana’i is home to at least three different species of dolphin. We are often met by either spotted or spinner dolphins. The Island...

Maui Has such Variety! Maui Snorkeling is the focus  of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. Maui has such variety available when looking for a snorkeling...

Where are all the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles? There is a bit of misinformation out there when it comes to snorkeling with the turtles of Maui. We get quite a few phone calls asking if we go to “turtle town”, and the answer is yes and no. First of all, there...

It would be a mistake to skip Lanai! Your snorkeling adventure with Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor on Maui's Historic Front Street.It would be a mistake to skip Lanai!  A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui Nui in the distance....

There is no better way to top off 2019! What a Treat! Treat yourself to an amazing experience of watching majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat. Every winter numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm and shallow waters of...

Check out our New Online Specials! If you plan to snorkel Maui you will  find that some of the very best snorkeling is around the island of Lanai.  Climb aboard our high speed Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We...

A Holiday Whale Watch! Christmas is just around the corner and we are officially in the swing of the holiday season. As we speak the Humpbacks that have spent the summer feeding in the cool Northern waters are beginning their journey South. They are not the only ones, you may...

The Gift That Keeps on Giving. Can you believe it is already December? Christmas is just around the corner. Do you have all of your Christmas shopping in the bag or do you still have that one person that is impossible to shop for? Often times the novelty of a...

[caption id="attachment_6297" align="alignnone" width="300"] DCIM100GOPROGOPR0019.JPG[/caption] Our Company really offers something for everyone! We offer something for everyone! Our snorkeling trips leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home...

Did Black Friday leave you feeling a bit stressed or worn out? The Problem Sometimes you may emerge from the Thanksgiving holiday feeling a bit disjointed. We spend Thursday relaxing and focusing on our gratitude for all that we have. Family and friends come from near and far to eat,...

Maui whale watching season is officially between December and May The whales have been known to show up as early as the end of October. What a treat for those lucky witnesses. While there are often a few whales around throughout November, we begin our tours on December 15th. We...

The Number #1 Maui Must Do!! If you plan to snorkel Maui you will  find that some of the very best snorkeling is around the island of Lanai.  Climb aboard our high speed Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We usually encounter the...

Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs as...

The Maui whales have Begun to arrive and whale watching season is officially between December and May The Maui whales have been known to show up as early as the end of October. What a treat for those lucky witnesses. While there are often a few whales around throughout November,...

Why Maui Snorkeling? Maui Snorkeling is the focus  of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding the islands are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. Maui has such variety available when looking for a snorkeling...

It is Really Hard To Pick a Favorite Spot The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. The volcanic formations below also allow for a kind of visual drama found nowhere else on earth....

Have you booked your Maui Whale Watching tour? If you find yourself gazing out over the crystal blue waters off Maui this Winter take a second to notice the activity of the boats out there. You will see grouping of large vessels clustered just a few miles from shore. Each...

  A Day at the Beach, Snorkeling, Hana, Haleakala, and a Ton of Epic Culinary Choices. Maui just isn’t Maui without a few days devoted to the beach. Sunkissed cheeks and sandy toes may be all you have to show for your efforts but you won’t regret a day at...

Let's go Snorkeling! The Details On out Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will depart at 8:00 am from Lahaina harbor and head for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 4.5 hour...

Turtle Town There is a bit of misinformation out there when it comes to snorkeling with the turtles of Maui. We get quite a few phone calls asking if we go to “turtle town”, and the answer is yes and no. First of all, there is no one “turtle town”. Wouldn’t...

Fall is Here, Lets Plan Your Next Family Adventure! Fall is here and everyone has probably been back to school for a while. As the warm summer sun fades into the distance and pumkin spice pops up everywhere it may be time to make some Fall break plans. Here on...

Why Not Just Watch The Whales From The Shore? Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai, so why even go on a whale watching tour?For those of you perflexed by the first sentence, a porch or balcony is called a”lanai” here in the...

Maui Dolphin and Snorkeling Trips! One of our favorite  spots is just allong the coast of the neighbor island of Lana’i. As we approach this spot it appears to be an impossible snorkeling spot because we are in nearly 60 feet of water.There is a secret pinnacle here that reaches...

Stretch Those Days of Summer Alright, so it is already September. For all you optimists out there, this is clearly still summer! The end is however either tomorrow or a few generous weeks out. We all start to feel the crunch to get the most out of the last few...

Now is the time to book your Private Charter! Have you ever dreamed about cruising around Maui in a private speedboat? Imagine just you and your favorite people spending the day doing exactly what you want when you want to. Maybe you have been out on a tour and wished...

Something for Everyone! We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination and it offers something for everyone. It is home to endless pristine coral reefs as well...

When is the best time for Maui Whale watching? It depends on exactly what you are looking for. Maui really does have something to offer throughout the year. For those that are all about snorkeling you are pretty good throughout the year. If it is possible for you to schedule your trip...

Why Maui Snorkeling and Dolphin Tours? Maui Snorkeling and dolphin tours are the focus of our operation and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. Maui has such variety available...

How to See the Mysterious Lana’i Shipwreck The rugged north shore of Lana'i is home to something quite unusual. As you approach an area called Kaiolohia you will be astonished to see a massive 375' rusty giant towering above the surf. The sight of the leaning hull of a dark...

Stretch Those Days of Summer Alright, so it is already August!  For all you optimists out there, this is clearly still summer! The end is however fast approaching and many are even back to school. We all start to feel the crunch to get the most out of the last...

Our Dolphin Tours are a Great way to kick off the school year! Our Lanai snorkeling and dolphin tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. We specialize in small group tours to the island of Lana’i. We take groups far from the beaten path to experience some of...

Which Tour is Best for YOU? We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs as well as dolphins...

It's getting hot out there: 5 ways to beat the heat Snorkeling Take advantage of your locale on these super hot and humid days. The ocean is always cooler than the air and that is a big deal on days like today. Record temps are expected and may reach the...

Is this your first time Snorkeling with Us? The Details On out Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will depart at 8:00 am from Lahaina harbor and head for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose...

  3 Reasons some folks refuse to set foot in the Ocean Creepy Creatures Some folks thinks it's all sharks, eels, and jellyfish out there. In reality the Maui snorkeling scene is more like dolphins, turtles, fish oh My! All ocean waters are indeed home to sharks, eels, and jellyfish,...

Lanai Snorkeling is a Must If you visit the island of Maui, Lanai snorkeling is a must. The sparsely habited island is home to so many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui’s majestic West side. Hop aboard one of our high speed...

Maui is cool in so Many Ways As the rest of the country experiences record high temperatures, some places are upwards of 100 degrees. Maui remains pleasant with the trade winds steady we are  hovering just around 80 degrees. Summer snorkeling around Maui is one of the absolute best ways...

What Makes a Great Tour? We know that there are tons of different options out there for you to choose from. It is possible to become overwhelmed with all the different price options and vessel sizes. Some tours look like a great deal, even to good to be true. Many...

Why do visitors choose Hawaii Ocean Rafting for Snorkel Tours in Maui? Here are some of the top benefits our guests love about Hawaii Ocean Rafting: 1. Avoid the Crowds! Our ocean rafts comfortably fit 16 passengers. Unlike some of other Maui snorkel tours, you won't be competing with 50+...

As anyone who has gone out with us before will attest, our captains and crew are highly experienced and helpful in all things snorkeling and marine life. To make sure that you get the most out of your snorkeling trip we have compiled a few Maui snorkeling tips to prepare...

Do you need a Last Minute Graduation Gift? We Have a Suggestion. Check out our Snorkeling Tours! Maui Snorkeling is the focus of all of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to...

You may primarily think about fish when you imagine snorkeling but there are also so many turtles here around Maui. It is always a treat when one crawls up onto the beach to sun itself. This experience absulutely pales next to seeing one swim into view while you are snorkeling....

The Details On our Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will depart at 8:00 am from Lahaina harbor and head for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 4.5 hour trip we...

Snorkeling or Whale Watching Maui is home to a vast variety of marine life just waiting to be discovered. Snorkeling is the number one of the top 4 must do activities on maui. Snorkeling is availabe throughout the year all around Maui. We would suggest that you hop on one...

Top Two Reasons to Choose a Tour Company! We know that there are tons of different options out there for you to choose from. It is possible to become overwhelmed with all the different price options and vessel sizes. Some tours look like a great deal, even to good to...

Don't let your nerves keep you from enjoying one of our snorkeling tours. You do not need to be a great swimmer to be a great snorkeler. This belief is just patently false and there are a few reasons for this. First each of our tours is decked out with...

  Are you looking for a great Snorkeling tour? We know that there are tons of different options out there for you to choose from. It is possible to become overwhelmed with all the different price options and vessel sizes. Some tours look like a great deal, even to good...

Why Hawaii Ocean Rafting? This experience will be aboard our speedy zodiac style ocean raft which comfortably carries around 16 passengers. We have embraced a small group tour model that takes our guests far from the beaten path. Our knowledgeable captain and crew love their jobs and it shows. They are always happy...

The Details On out Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will depart at 8:00 am from Lahaina harbor and head for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 4.5 hour trip we will...

Lanai is where it's at! If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui’s majestic West side. Hop aboard one of our high speed ocean rafts for the experience...

There is still time left for a whale watch! When is Whale Season Over? The general rule is that Maui's whale season is from December until May. This is a rough estimate on both ends. Sometimes we see whales arrive as early as October and remain through the end of...

Lanai is where it's at! If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui’s majestic West side. Hop aboard one of our high speed ocean rafts for the experience...

Don’t Miss The Gravitass Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai.  You may wonder why even go on a whale watching tour? For those of you perflexed by the first sentence. A porch or balcony is called a”lanai” here in the islands. You may not...

Go Snorkeling From Lahaina, it is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine...

Our Lanai snorkeling tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. We take small groups far from the beaten path to experience some of the worlds most pristine reefs and landscapes. The island of Lana’i is home to at least three different species of dolphin. We are often met by...

The Mistakes You would be surprised how many folks think that parking at the lookout with binoculears is whale watching. Some even claim to whale watch ftom the balcony of their condo. Not possible! Others crowd together on a giant slow moving boat and expect to have a high quality...

Top 3 Reasons to Visit Lanai ! Find The Time To Snorkel Lanai If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui’s majestic West side. Hop aboard one...

How about a snorkeling trip for a Valentines Day gift? How would you like this as a valaentines day gift? Your Lanai snorkeling adventure aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai,...

Anybody else Love the Turtles of Maui? A bit of misinformation There is a bit of misinformation out there when it comes to snorkeling with the turtles of Maui. We get quite a few phone calls asking if we go to “turtle town”, and the answer is yes and no. First of...

Maui whale watching is a must do! There are so many things to see and activities to choose from here in this paradise that is Maui, Hawaii. If you're fortunate enough to be here during Winter, a whale watching tour is a must! Whale watch trips come in many shapes...

Maui Snorkeling is the focus  of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. Maui has such variety available when looking for a snorkeling tour. There are large...

Now is the time to book your spot on one of our Maui whale watching tours. Treat yourself to an amazing experience of watching majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat. Every winter, numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the...

Our Lanai snorkeling tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. We take small groups far from the beaten path to experience some of the worlds most pristine reefs and landscapes. The island of Lana’i is home to at least three different species of dolphin. We are often met by...

Snorkeling or Whale Watching Maui is home to a vast variety of marine life just waiting to be discovered. Snorkeling is the number one of the top 4 must do activities on maui. Snorkeling is availabe throughout the year all around Maui. We would suggest that you hop on one...

What a Treat! Treat yourself to an amazing experience of watching majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat. Every winter numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm and shallow waters of Maui.The come to breed, calve and nurse their young. The...

Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs as...

Don’t Miss The Gravitass Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai.  You may wonder why even go on a whale watching tour? For those of you perflexed by the first sentence. A porch or balcony is called a”lanai” here in the islands. You may not...

Skipping Lanai is A big Mistake! If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui’s majestic West side. Hop aboard one of our high speed ocean rafts for the...

Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs as...

  The Best whale watching in the World starts in just under a week! Why Maui? Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. Whale watching begins in less than a week. Can you believe it? The waters off of west Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and...

If you plan to snorkel Maui you will  find that some of the very best snorkeling is around the island of Lanai.  Climb aboard our HI speed Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We usually encounter the Spinner Dolphins and spotted dolphins.  Occasionally...

Lana'i Snorkeling or Maui Whale Watching? Join us year round for snorkeling and whale watching on Maui (December-May) Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you can’t get sharing a Maui Whale Watching trip with 60 other people. Go on a half-day or full-day Maui snorkeling or Whale Watching adventure. Outings to the island...

7 Ways That You May Be Sabotaging your Maui Vacation.  Planning a Maui vacation? “Mai Tai Mayhem” The beloved Mai Tai is a staple of any Luau worth its poi here on Maui. Only adding to the appeal of this tropical libation is the fact that this beauty is often complimentary,...

Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs as...

A Holiday Whale Watch Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are officially in the swing of the holiday season. As we speak the Humpbacks that have spent the summer feeding in the cool Northern waters are beginning their journey South. They are not the only ones, you may be planning...

The very best snorkeling Maui has to offer! If you plan to snorkel Maui you will  find that some of the very best snorkeling is around the island of Lanai.  Climb aboard our high speed Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We...

Maui whale watching season is officially between December and May The whales have been known to show up as early as the end of October. What a treat for those lucky witnesses. While there are often a few whales around throughout November, we begin our tours on December 15th. We...

Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs as...

  The Gift That Keeps on Giving. Can you believe it is already November? Thanksgiving is just around the corner and some of you out there may be starting your Christmas list. Often times the novelty of a material gift wears off and the gift is put in a drawer...

Halloween in Lahaina Halloween returns to world famous Front Street! Highlights include the 40th Annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade at 4:30pm. Maui keiki are invited to come in costume and parade down Front Street to Banyan Tree Park and receive a congratulatory ribbon and bag of treats. Come enjoy a happy...

Sharks, Eels, Jellyfish, Oh MY (snorkeling is safe) In reality the Maui snorkeling scene is more like dolphins, turtles, fish oh My! All ocean waters are indeed home to sharks, eels, and jellyfish, but we are certainly not thier prey and they are (and it’s the truth) more afraid of...

A Secret Pinnacle Maui Snorkeling is the focus of all of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. The volcanic formations below also allow for a kind of...

Everyone Loves The Half Day Snorkeling Trip! On our half day snorkeling tour, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 5 hour trip we...

This time of year the best way to see a whale is to hop on a Lanai Snorkeling Tour! Snorkeling or Whale Watching Maui is home to a vast variety of marine life just waiting to be discovered. Snorkeling is the number one of the top 4 must do activities...

Anybody else Love the Turtles of Maui? A bit of misinformation There is a bit of misinformation out there when it comes to snorkeling with the turtles of Maui. We get quite a few phone calls asking if we go to “turtle town”, and the answer is yes and no. First of...

Keep these Two things in mind when choosing your Maui Snorkeling tour! We know that there are tons of different options out there for you to choose from. It is possible to become overwhelmed with all the different price options and vessel sizes. Some tours look like a great deal,...

Why Not Just Watch The Whales From The Shore? Don’t Miss The Gravitass Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai, so why even go on a whale watching tour?For those of you perflexed by the first sentence, a porch or balcony is called...

Maui Dolphin Watching trips Our Lanai snorkeling tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. We specialize in small group tours to the island of Lana’i. We take groups far from the beaten path to experience some of the worlds most pristine reefs and landscapes. As if the mind blowing sights just...

A Few Things Set Lanai Apart When it Comes to Snorkeling. Why Maui Snorkeling? Maui Snorkeling is the focus  of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination....

Your Lanai snorkeling adventure aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance. Our Lanai snorkeling adventures will surely be a highlight of your visit to Maui....

 Snorkeling is a magical way to spend the day! Maui Snorkeling is the focus of all of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. The volcanic formations...

Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs as...

Stretch Those Days with Some Summer Snorkeling! Alright, so it is almost September out there. For all you optimists out there, this is clearly still summer! The end is however either tomorrow or a few generous weeks out. We all start to feel the crunch to get the most out...

Give the Gift of Snorkeling They Will Never Guess Whats in This Box You can book any of our tours well in advance and tuck the gift certificate  in a beautiful card. We think it would be fun to wrap it up in a gift basket with some sunblock and...

Believe it or not there are still a few of you out there that refuse to get out there and snorkel. While this is certainly true most of the fears or beliefs holding these folks back are baseless. Lets dispell some of these right now.   You Do Not Need...

Lanai Has A Secret! Lanai is home to several different species of dolphin which usually greet us upon our arrival to the shores of Lanai. There is something about our quick rafts and wake that the dolphins find irresistable. They jump, spin and surf along side as we approach our...

Our most popular Snorkeling tour leaves daily from Lahaina Harbor! The Details On out Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will depart at 8:00 am from Lahaina harbor and head for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner,...

The Island of Lanai is Home to a More Varied Array of Wildlife and  There is something about our quick rafts that the dolphins just love! Lanai is home to several different species of dolphin which usually greet us upon our arrival to the shores of Lanai. There is something about our quick rafts and wake...

Right Now is the Perfect Time to Visit Maui Unless you live under a rock you have been seeing the volcanic activity blasted all over the news. This is certainly dramatic and heartbreaking for those that live in the area but it has no effect whatsoever on the rest of...

The Best Gift Ever!! The Gift That Keeps on Giving. Often times the novelty of a material gift wears off and the gift is put in a drawer or the back of the closet. Taking your loved one on an ocean adventure will create memories to last a lifetime. The...

Lanai is where it's at! If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui’s majestic West side. Hop aboard one of our high speed ocean rafts for the experience...

Anybody else Love Turtles? There is a bit of misinformation out there when it comes to snorkeling with turtles. We get quite a few phone calls asking if we go to “turtle town”, and the answer is yes and no. First of all, there is no one “turtle town”. Wouldn’t...

Right now is the prime time to plan your snorkeling adventure! As you explore Maui you will find many different types of beaches and skylines. The West Maui mountains tower above Lahaina and Kaanapali in lush green majesty. There are giant white sand beaches as well as hidden little black...

The Details On out Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will depart at 8:00 am from Lahaina harbor and head for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 4.5 hour trip we will...

December Through May This is the time of year that humpback whales make the journey from Alaska to Hawaii to mate and give birth. Did you know that whale calves may gain up to 100 pounds a day from nutrients in their mothers milk, even though adult whales don’t eat...

Believe it or not there are still a few of you out there that refuse to get out there and snorkel. While this is certainly true most of the fears or beliefs holding these folks back are baseless. Lets dispell some of these right now. Sharks, Eels, Jellyfish, Oh MY...

7 Ways That You May Be Sabotaging your Vacation.  Planning a Maui vacation? “Mai Tai Mayhem” The beloved Mai Tai is a staple of any Luau worth its poi here on Maui. Only adding to the appeal of this tropical libation is the fact that this beauty is often complimentary, that’s...

Our whale watching tours allow you to witness the intricate communication between these whales that you could never detect from the shore. It is often breathtaking how these humpback whales live their lives in such a gentle way and communicate with one another in so many ways.  From breaching to tail slaps to fluke waves...

How about a snorkeling trip for your Valentine? Your Lanai snorkeling adventure aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance. Our Lanai snorkeling adventures will surely...

  Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana’i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral reefs...

January is nearing it's end. have you been out on a whale watch yet? Treat yourself to an amazing experience of watching majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat. Every winter, numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm, shallow waters...

Why choose a small group tour? Maui whale watching is what we do, join us aboard our high speed eco rafts for the experience of a lifetime. Did you know that a humpback whale can weigh 90,000 lbs and be more than 45 ft long. Our rafts take small groups...

Our most popular Lanai snorkeling adventure leaves daily from Lahaina Harbor! Your Lanai snorkeling adventure aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance. Our Lanai...

Get Up Close to the Action !!! Why go out on a Whale watching tour when you can see the whales from your lanai? For those of you perflexed by the first sentence, a porch or balcony is called a”lanai” here in the islands. You may not be able to...

Snorkeling or Whale Watching Maui is home to a vast variety of marine life just waiting to be discovered. Snorkeling is the number one of the top 4 must do activities on maui. Snorkeling is availabe throughout the year all around Maui. We would suggest that you hop on one...

Last minute Christmas shopping can be a bit stressful as the big day approaches. Too Late for Shipping If you find yourself with a few more gifts to check off the list, you are probably not alone. The holidays can certainly sneak up on us. most folks work right up...

The best whale watching in the world starts in just over a week! Why Maui? Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. Whale watching in a week, can you believe it? The waters off of west Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating...

Did you know that Lana'i is actaually home to more than one species of dolphin?Lana'i is also home to far more of these intellegent and playful creatures than the island of Maui. Our Lanai snorkeling tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. We take small groups far from the beaten path to...

Do black Friday and cyber Monday got ya down? The Problem Sometimes you may emerge from the Thanksgiving holiday feeling a bit disjointed. We spend Thursday relaxing and focusing on our gratitude for all that we have. Family and friends come from near and far to eat, drink, and be...

Can You Guess the Top 4 Must Do Activities on Maui? Lets Go! Snorkeling or Whale Watching Maui is home to a vast variety of marine life just waiting to be discovered. Snorkeling is the number one of the top 4 must do activities on maui. Snorkeling is availabe throughout...

[caption id="attachment_1695" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Some of the best snorkeling around Maui is found on the island of Lanai. We offer two different snorkeling options that allow you to experience Lanai snorkeling spots far from the beaten path. Half Day snorkeling in Maui On our half day snorkeling trip, we will depart...

Our Maui whale watching tours specialize in taking small groups for an adventurous trip off the beaten path. If you find yourself gazing out over the crystal blue waters off Mauithis Winter, take a second to notice the activity of the boats out there. You will see grouping of large vessels clustered about...

Why Not Just Watch The Whales From The Shore? Don't Miss The Gravitass Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai, so why even go on a whale watching tour?For those of you perflexed by the first sentence, a porch or balcony is called...

As anyone who has gone out with us before will attest, our captains and crew are highly experienced and helpful in all things snorkeling and marine life. To make sure that you get the most out of your snorkeling trip we have compiled a few Maui snorkeling tips to prepare...

A Few Ways To Squeeze Every Last Drop from These Last Few Days of Summer [caption id="attachment_1899" align="alignnone" width="225"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Stretch Those Days of Summer Alright, so it is already September out there. For all you optimists out there, this is clearly still summer! The end is however either tomorrow...

  [caption id="attachment_1700" align="aligncenter" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] A Few Things Set Lanai Apart When it Comes to Snorkeling. Why Maui Snorkeling? Maui Snorkeling is the focus  of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home...

Believe it or not there are still a few of you out there that refuse to get out there and snorkel. While this is certainly true most of the fears or beliefs holding these folks back are baseless. Lets dispell some of these right now.   You Do Not Need...

Top 3 Reasons to Visit Lanai ! Find The Time To Snorkel Lanai If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui's majestic West side. Hop aboard one...

[caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. This Just May be Maui's Best Kept Secret The Island of Lanai is Home to a More Varied Aray of Wildlife Lanai is...

The Top 5 Ways to Beat the Heat Snorkeling Take advantage of your locale on these super hot and humid days. The ocean is always cooler than the air and that is a big deal on days like today. Record temps are expected and may reach the low 90s. There...

When it comes to these 3 things, settle for nothing less than the best! 1. Accomodations We would never discourage you from finding a bargain, but you should certainly do your research in this department. With all of the BnB and private home rental options out there, a few junkers...

It's a Maui Themed Birthday Birthday Gift! They Will Never Guess Whats in This Box You can book any of our tours well in advance and tuck the gift certificate  in a beautiful card. We think it would be fun to wrap it up in a gift basket with some...

7 Ways That You May Be Sabotaging your Maui Vacation.  Planning a Maui vacation? “Mai Tai Mayhem” The beloved Mai Tai is a staple of any Luau worth its poi here on Maui. Only adding to the appeal of this tropical libation is the fact that this beauty is often complimentary,...

Our half day snorkeling tour includes dolphins, turtles, snorkeling and a super fun trip from Lahaina harbor to the pristine waters of Lana'i! We offer small group tours all year long. Our speedy ocean rafts will take you far from the beaten path for some world class snorkeling. We have...

Right now is the prime time to plan your snorkeling adventure! As you explore Maui you will find many different types of beaches and skylines. The West Maui mountains tower above Lahaina and Kaanapali in lush green majesty. There are giant white sand beaches as well as hidden little black...

Snorkel Lanai's Sweetheart Rock. On the southern coast of Lanai is picturesque Hulopoe Bay and Lanai’s main boat harbor, Manele Bay. Rising from the sea just between these two bays is the iconic Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. Besides being a picturesque natural landmark, Puu Pehe is also steeped in...

dolphins, turtles, snorkeling and a super fun trip from Lahaina harbor to the pristine waters of Lana'i! Our half day snorkeling tour includes dolphins, turtles, snorkeling and a super fun trip from Lahaina harbor to the pristine waters of Lana'i! The Details On out Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will...

Why Not Just Watch The Whales From The Shore? Don't Miss The Gravitass Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai, so why even go on a whale watching tour?For those of you perflexed by the first sentence, a porch or balcony is called...

Our speedy ocean rafts are super fun! The whales are here in the islands between December and May, as we head out of february the season is in full swing! Our Maui whale watch trips leave from Maui's historic Lahaina harbor. We offer trips throughout the day. You could hop on a...

Our half day snorkeling tour includes dolphins, turtles, snorkeling and a super fun trip from Lahaina harbor to the pristine waters of Lana'i! The Details On out Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will depart at 8:00 am from Lahaina harbor and head for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some...

We offer seasonal whale watching from Maui, and snorkeling all year long. Humpback whales are one of the larger species of baleen whales, with adult males ranging between 40 and 52 feet and weighing up to 45 tons. Whale watching can be life altering. Despite their size, humpback whales are surprisingly...

Maui whale watching is what we do, join us aboard our high speed eco rafts for the experience of a lifetime. Did you know that a humpback whale can weigh 90,000 lbs and be more than 45 ft long. Our rafts take small groups and we stray far from the...

Our most popular Lanai snorkeling adventure leaves daily from Lahaina Harbor! Your Lanai snorkeling adventure aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance. Our Lanai...

Get to know Hawaii Ocean Rafting! How Did it All Start? We have been in businesss for more than 30 years. When asked why he started this business, Mark would probably say that he has always been mechanically inclined and developed a love for boats and the natural beauty surrounding Maui. It all started...

Top 4 Activities on Maui! Snorkeling or Whale Watching Maui is home to a vast variety of marine life just waiting to be discovered. Snorkeling is the number one of the top 4 must do activities on maui. Snorkeling is availabe throughout the year all around Maui. We would suggest...

Get the most out of your Maui whale watch! All Whale Watches are Not the Same As soon as you start shopping around for your whale watching tour you will probably be surprised bt the variety out there. Tour size is one if the main differences among the various tours...

Would you dip your head in to get eye to eye with a whale? "I took my 3 teens on this experience and it was amazing. Sean was an awesome narrator and story teller. He shared his life experience stories, his expertise in this industry and his passion for ocean life....

Check out this recent review, Amy sums it up pretty well! "Great Experience - Lanai Dolphin" 3 days agoReviewed by Amy Z We traveled in a group of four at 8:00 am to Lanai. We got very lucky to only have 6 people on the boat (including us). We saw...

The whales are here in the islands between December and May, as we head into february the season is in full swing! Our Maui whale watch trips leave from Maui's historic Lahaina harbor. We offer trips throughout the day. You could hop on a morning trip, come in for lunch...

Snorkeling or Whale Watching? Join us year round for snorkeling and whale watching on Maui (December-May) Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you can’t get sharing a Whale Watching trip with 60 other people. Go on a half-day or full-day Maui snorkeling or Whale Watching adventure. Outings to the island of...

Last minute Christmas shopping can be a bit stressful as the big day approaches. Too Late for Shipping If you find yourself with a few more gifts to check off the list, you are probably not alone. The holidays can certainly sneak up on us. most folks work right up...

Our Maui whale watching tours specialize in taking small groups for an adventurous trip off the beaten path. Next time you are gazing out over the crystal blue waters off Maui, take a second to notice the activity of the boats out there. You will see grouping of large vessels clustered about...

There are 3 days left to lock in 2016 whale watching prices! There are 3 days left to lock in 2016 whale watching prices We have been looking forward to this for quite some time here at Hawaii Ocean Rafting and we are mere days away. What to expect Our...

The best whale watching in the world starts in 2 days! Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. The waters off of west Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are also...

7 Ways That You May Be Sabotaging your Maui Vacation.  Planning a Maui vacation? “Mai Tai Mayhem” The beloved Mai Tai is a staple of any Luau worth its poi here on Maui. Only adding to the appeal of this tropical libation is the fact that this beauty is often complimentary,...

  Should you snorkel or should you whale watch? This time of year Maui snorkeling and whale watching are both readily available. We have had quite a few inquiries about whether you would be able to see the whales aboard our snorkeling tours. The answer is that yes you will...

Are you making rookie mistakes while whale watching? The Mistakes You would be surprised how many folks think that parking at the lookout with binoculears is whale watching. Some even claim to whale watch ftom the balcony of their condo. Not possible! Others crowd together on a giant slow moving...

Do black Friday and cyber Monday got ya down? The Problem Sometimes you may emerge from the Thanksgiving holiday feeling a bit disjointed. We spend Thursday relaxing and focusing on our gratitude for all that we have. Family and friends come from near and far to eat, drink, and be...

Our Lanai snorkeling tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. We specialize in small group tours to the island of Lana'i. We take groups far from the beaten path to experience some of the worlds most pristine reefs and landscapes. As if the mind blowing sights just below the oceans surface...

You really must get out on the water to truly experience the wonder of these mysterious whales. We specialize in Maui whale watching during humpback whale season and world class snorkeling adventures all year round. If you have been on Maui between Christmas and Easter, you have surely seen the...

Destination Lanai! Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana'i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral...

Why snorkel and whale watch around Maui? We make a point to find and retain Captains and crew that love their jobs and believe in the mission of our company. The highlight of a small company like ours is the intimate experience that small group tours with great Captains and...

 The countdown is on for the Maui whale watching season! There are a few things to keep in mind while planning your vacation during Maui's Winter months. The countdown is on for the Maui whale watching season! Maui's whale watching season is officially between December and May The whales have...

Can You Guess the Top 4 Must Do Activities on Maui? Lets Go! Snorkeling or Whale Watching Maui is home to a vast variety of marine life just waiting to be discovered. Snorkeling is the number one of the top 4 must do activities on maui. Snorkeling is availabe throughout...

[caption id="attachment_1700" align="aligncenter" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Maui Snorkeling and Whale Watching, our small group tours can't be beat. Maui Snorkeling We offer Maui snorkeling tours throughout the year and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors...

Get to know Hawaii Ocean Rafting! How Did it All Start? We have been in businesss for more than 30 years. When asked why he started this business, Mark would probably say that he has always been mechanically inclined and developed a love for boats and the natural beauty surrounding Maui. It all started...

There are a few things to keep in mind while planning your vacation during Maui's Winter months. The countdown is on for the Maui whale watching season! Maui's whale watching season is officially between December and May The whales have been known to show up as early as the end...

Our Maui whale watching tours begin in December, what a Christmas gift that would be! Hawaii Ocean Rafting offers the best Maui whlae watching experiences. Our Maui whale watching tours will begin again this coming December. Six months may seem like a long way away, but it can sneak up...

When is the best time for Maui Whale watching? It depends on exactly what you are looking for. Maui really does have something to offer throughout the year. For those that are all about snorkeling you are pretty good throughout the year. If it is possible for you to schedule your trip...

Did you know that Lana'i is actaually home to more than one species of dolphin. Lana'i is also home to far more of these intellegent and playful creatures than the island of Maui. Our Lanai snorkeling tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. We take small groups far from the beaten path...

Believe it or not there are still a few of you out there that refuse to get out there and snorkel. While this is certainly true most of the fears or beliefs holding these folks back are baseless. Lets dispell some of these right now. Sharks, Eels, Jellyfish, Oh MY...

There Are A Ton of Options out there, and Maui Whale Watching is just around the corner.            There are many different types of whale watching tours from Lahaina harbor. There seems to be something for everyone, however most actual available seats are aboard the large vessel/large group type tours....

[caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Head to Lanai when You Visit Maui! Find The Time To Snorkel Lanai If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui's majestic...

Half Day Snorkeling Maui, Lanai On our half day  snorkeling Maui trip, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling and dolphin/turtle watching around. Lana'i is  home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins as well as hawaiian green sea...

Maui whale watching season is just around the corner! Our Maui whale watching tours begin in December, what a Christmas gift that would be! Our Maui whale watching tours will begin again this coming December. Four months may seem like a long way away, but it can sneak up on you....

The 3 Areas to Never Compromise When Choosing a Whale Watching Tour; A Maui Whale Watching Checklist. A Fast Boat This one may not seem obvious, but it really is one of the most important aspects. You can end up with better value as well as an overall superior experience....

Small Vessels and Small group snorkeling tours on Maui Hawaii Ocean Rafting has been in business here on Maui for more than 30 years. We have remained small and family oriented and believe that our smaller vessels and small group size allow for the absolute best experience out there. There are...

December Through May This is the time of year that humpback whales make the journey from Alaska to Hawaii to mate and give birth. Did you know that whale calves may gain up to 100 pounds a day from nutrients in their mothers milk, even though adult whales don't eat...

[caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. The Island of Lanai is Home to a More Varied Array of Wildlife Lanai is home to several different species of dolphin which...

  Why Not Just Watch The Whales From The Shore? Don't Miss The Gravitass Most of you will be able to see some whale activity from your Lanai, so why even go on a whale watching tour?For those of you perflexed by the first sentence, a porch or balcony is...

Destination Lanai! Snorkeling From Lahaina is the Gateway to the Island of Lanai We offer snorkeling trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily throughout the year. We also offer whale watching tours between December and May. The neighbor island of Lana'i is our destination because it is home to endless pristine coral...

Our half day snorkeling tour includes dolphins, turtles, snorkeling and a super fun trip from Lahaina harbor to the pristine waters of Lana'i! The Details On out Half Day Snorkeling Tour, we will depart at 8:00 am from Lahaina harbor and head for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some...

Surprisingly the neighbor island of Lana'i is actaually home to more than one species of dolphin. Lana'i is also home to far more of these intellegent and playful creatures than the island of Maui.   Our Lanai snorkeling tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike. We take small groups far from...

  Snorkeling with Excellent Reviews Dolphins and Turtles "Took the Family out to Lanai to Snorkel and Maybe see Dolphins and Turtles. Lydia, was our Captain, and She showed us a great time. From my Teens to the Little ones. They explained everything and took us to their favorite spots,...

Can You Guess the Top 4 Must Do Activities on Maui? Lets Go! Snorkeling or Whale Watching Maui is home to a vast variety of marine life just waiting to be discovered. Snorkeling is the number one of the top 4 must do activities on maui. Snorkeling is availabe throughout...

It's a Maui Themed Birthday Birthday Gift! They Will Never Guess Whats in This Box You can book any of our tours well in advance and tuck the gift certificate  in a beautiful card. We think it would be fun to wrap it up in a gift basket with some...

Believe it or not there are still a few of you out there that refuse to get out there and snorkel. While this is certainly true most of the fears or beliefs holding these folks back are baseless. Lets dispell some of these right now. Sharks, Eels, Jellyfish, Oh MY...

Join us and go snorkeling around the island of Lanai. [caption id="attachment_1899" align="alignnone" width="225"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] We are a small family company and have been operating here on Maui for more than 30 years. Having been in the business for a while we have tailored our tours to offer the best snorkeling...

Half Day Snorkeling Maui, Lanai On our half day snorkeling trip, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling and dolphin/turtle watching around. Lana'i is  home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins as well as hawaiian green sea...

Our Maui whale watching tours begin in December, what a Christmas gift that would be! Our Maui whale watching tours will begin again this coming December. Six months may seem like a long way away, but it can sneak up on you. The Holiday season is one of the busiest...

Summer snorkeling in Maui is the best way to beat the heat! As the rest of the country experiences record high temperatures, some places are upwards of 100 degrees, Maui remains pleasant. With the trade winds steady we are  hovering just around 80 degrees. Summer snorkeling in Maui is one...

[caption id="attachment_1695" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Some of the best snorkeling around Maui is found on the island of Lanai. We offer two different tour options that allow you to experience Lanai snorkeling spots far from the beaten path. Half Day snorkeling in Maui On our half day snorkeling trip, we will...

[caption id="attachment_1700" align="aligncenter" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Maui Snorkeling is the focus of all of our tours and for good reason. The waters surrounding Maui are crystal clear and usually glassy calm. The reefs below are breathtaking and home to colors that are beyond imagination. The volcanic formations below also allow for...

[caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily to provide snorkeling from Lahaina harbor on Maui's majestic West side. Hop aboard one of our high speed ocean rafts for the experience...

Snorkeling from Lahaina. As the winter and for many the school year comes to an end it is time to plan a getaway. Summer in Maui is a magical time. For many of you out there Maui is actually a great place to escape the summer heat waves. There is...

As anyone who has gone out with us before will attest, our captains and crew are highly experienced and helpful in all things snorkeling and marine life. To make sure that you get the most out of your snorkeling trip we have compiled a few Maui snorkeling tips to prepare...

Small group snorkeling tours from Lahaina We specialize in small group snorkeling tours from Lahaina harbor. Our zodiac style ocean rafts take about 16 guests per tour, which is much less than most tours available out there. The group size really does effect the overall snorkeling experience. Our vessels are...

  Lahaina Snorkeling. This time of the year we offer three different snorkeling options, all leaving from Lahaina harbor. We have a half, full, and mid day  Lahaina snorkeling trip. The mid day trip is reserved for private charter. These trips are off the beaten path for sure. Lanai is an island...

There is a bit of misinformation out there when it comes to snorkeling with turtles. We get quite a few phone calls asking if we go to "turtle town", and the answer is yes and no. First of all, there is no one "turtle town". Wouldn't it be odd if...

Hawaiian spinner dolphins of Lanai are one of the more commonly seen dolphins of Maui. Called nai'a in Hawaiian, these friendly and beautiful animals flock to the shores of Maui to enjoy the warm, clear, tropical water and shallow bays. Four different species of the spinner dolphin exist, spanning parts...

There are quite a few Lahaina snorkel trips available out there, none our quite like ours. Our high speed ocean rafts can take you around the entire island of Lanai. The back side of Lanai is seen by very few and is a land of towering sea cliffs, pristine snorkeling, even...

Whale watching tours from Lahaina are offered between December and May.            There are many different types of whale watching tours from Lahaina harbor. There seems to be something for everyone, however most actual available seats are aboard the large vessel/large group type tours. We offer something a bit different...

Snorkeling. When you think of Maui there are probably a few different things that come to mind. Like the sweet fragrant air that hits you the moment you step from with the airplane and engulfs your senses in paradise the entire time that you are here. Or maybe it's the...

We specialize in Maui whale watching during humpback whale season and world class snorkeling adventures all year round. If you have been on Maui between Christmas and Easter, you have surely seen the splashes and blows from the shore. You really must get out on the water to truly experience...

Lanai snorkeling tours! Your adventure aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance. Our Lanai snorkeling adventures will surely be a highlight of...

Lanai snorkeling tours! Get ready for a fun and exciting adventure aboard one of our high speed eco rafts. Our rafts are speedy and fun and are certain to give you an unforgettable ride!  This is a great option for those looking for an adventure that will take them off the beaten path. Our...

The humpbacks of Maui visit between December and May. Maui whale watching season is roughly from December until May. We choose to begin our tours one there are enough whales for us to garauntee you a sighting. Our 30 foot high speed eco rafts are a great way to experience...

As you explore Maui you will find many different types of beaches and skylines. The West Maui mountains tower above Lahaina and Kaanapali in lush green majesty. There are giant white sand beaches as well as hidden little black sand beaches. The sunrise over the ancient Haleakala is beautiful both...

We offer daily snorkel trips to Lanai leaving from Lahaina harbor on Maui's West side. Lahaina harbor is the most convenient hopping off place for a trip to Lanai. For those of you staying at Kaanapali, Napili, Kahana, and Lahaina the drive to the harbor is less than 20 minutes. ...

Lanai snorkeling is consistently placed within the top ten places to snorkel in the world, by numerous publications. Lanai is the sixth largest Hawaiian island. The island is comma shaped with an area of 140.5 square miles and is about 18 miles long. Lanai once produced 1/2 of the worlds...

shark fin (click here for an awesome video of shark fin rock) Dont worry, this awesome snorkeling spot gets its name from its distinctly shark fin shape alone. There are quite a few spectacular snorkeling spots around the island of Lanai and weather depending each one is a favorite. This spot offers such...

The winds are down and the sea is glassy, perfect for a little Maui snorkeling. Maui's snorkeling is one of the reason that the readers of Conde' Nast Traveller magazine name Maui the #1 island in the United States year after year.  One factor that contributed to the  spectacular and abundant...

If you are considering private charters from Maui, Island Star Excursions has a lot to offer. We operate three different vessel types with our flagship being the elegant 58' sailing yacht "Island Star". Island Star is beautiful under sail and is equipped with a full galley to make your culinary...

Our seasonal whale watching tours are available between December and May, but you can book your tours year round. Most people shop for flights and hotel rooms well in advance of their actual travel dates to secure dates and get the best deal. The same goes for many of the...

Hawaii Ocean Rafting takes you to the virgin coastline of the island of Lana'i. See secluded sea caves, endless beaches, shipwrecks, sea cliffs, pinnacles and fantasy snorkeling. Climb aboard our high speed rafts and spend the day snorkeling the pristine waters surrounding the island of Lanai. Our captain and crew...

Snorkeling with dolphins is an unexpected surprise for many of our guests. All of our tours leave from Maui's Lahaina Harbor (slip 8). Once you are aboard we will do a quick safety presentation and then we are off to the majestic island of Lana'i. Lana'i is the island that stars...

We offer a variety of  Maui snorkeling and whale watching tours (November-May for the whales). Check out the variety and choose the perfect trip for you HALF DAY SNORKEL TRIP On our half day snorkeling trip, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of...

The secret to Maui's world class snorkeling is that it isn't actually on Maui. Let us introduce you to Maui's lesser known neighbor island, Lana'i. We have been spacializing in Lana'i for 30 years now and love that it remains a mystery to many. This gem of an island is...

[caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily from Lahaina harbor on Maui's majestic West side. Hop aboard one of our high speed eco rafts for the experience...

Large vs. Small vessel tours; Which is best for you? We have been on the boating business her on Maui for 30 years and have seen tours of  all shapes and sizes. We specialize in small vessel tours for small groups of guests. A larger vessel may be a good...

Spring snorkeling on Maui can be some of the best throughout the year. There are quite a few reasons that the Spring snorkeling on Maui can be some of the best to be had all year. Spring break is over and the kids are back in school, the rest of...

 This time of year we no longer offer whale watching tours, that doesn't mean you won't see a whale or two on your snorkeling trip! Whale season in Maui lasts from around December through May, clearly this is the time of year to go on a whale watch.  This is...

This is whale you can expect on one of our Lanai snorkeling tours. Hawaii Ocean Rafting takes you to the virgin coastline of the island of Lana'i. See secluded sea caves, endless beaches, shipwrecks, sea cliffs, pinnacles and fantasy snorkeling. Climb aboard our high speed ocean rafts and spend the day on...

If you plan to snorkel Maui you will  find that some of the very best snorkeling is around the island of Lanai.  Climb aboard our HI Tech Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We usually encounter the Spinner Dolphins, spotted dolphins,...

Our ocean ragts can take you snorkeling around the island of Lanai which is truly some of the best in the world. We all know that Maui has a well deserved reputation as a breathtaking and low key vacation spot. The tropical breeze is relaxing and the crystal blue waters are refreshing and...

Whale watching season is winding down as the gentle giants return North to feast for the summer. It is always bitter sweet to see them go. With the arrival of Spring we will begin offering our full day snorkeling tour again. We are planning to offer the tour beginning April...

Snorkel Lanais Sweetheart Rock. On the southern coast of Lanai is picturesque Hulopoe Bay and Lanai’s main boat harbor, Manele Bay. Rising from the sea just between these two bays is the iconic Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. Besides being a picturesque natural landmark, Puu Pehe is also steeped in...

Maui whale watching is an experience of a lifetime. [caption id="attachment_817" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] When you join us aboard our high speed eco rafts you can experience some of the best Maui whale watching out there. Our captain and crew are very knowledgable about all things humpback whales. Imagine looking...

[caption id="attachment_2561" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] We offer Kaamaina rates for all of our Lanai snorkeling trips! This is the time of year when we are settling back into the school year and getting back into our routines. Spring break is over in most places, here in Maui the high season is...

We offer seasonal whale watching from Maui, and snorkeling all year long. Humpback whales are one of the larger species of baleen whales, with adult males ranging between 40 and 52 feet and weighing up to 45 tons. Whale watching can be life altering. Despite their size, humpback whales are surprisingly...

It's official, Spring is here! For some, the return of the warmer months that hint at summer may spark plans for summer vacation. There are many times when "flying be the seat of your pants" is the best way to approach a vacation. Booking a snorkeling tour is not one...

Lanai snorkeling adventures leave daily from Lahaina Harbor! Your Lanai snorkeling adventures aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance. Our Lanai snorkeling adventures will surely...

Maui whale watching is what we do, join us aboard our high speed eco rafts for the experience of a lifetime. Did you know that a humpback whale can weigh 90,000 lbs and be more than 45 ft long. Our rafts take small groups and we stray far from the...

Lanai snorkeling with Hawaii Ocean Rafting will be the highlight of any vacation! Your adventure aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance....

[caption id="attachment_1699" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Our Maui whale watches often prompt this question, How do whales sleep and breath at the same time? Humpback whales continue to remain quite mysterious, did you know that no one has ever documented a humpback whale giving birth? Here on Maui we witness all...

Lanai snorkeling adventures leave daily from Lahaina Harbor! Your Lanai snorkeling adventures aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance. Our Lanai snorkeling adventures will surely...

Our whale watching tours allow you to witness the intricate communication between these whales that you could never detect from the shore. It is often breathtaking how these humpback whales live their lives in such a gentle way and communicate with one another in so many ways.  From breaching to tail slaps to fluke waves...

Maui Whale Watching Trips! Maui whale watching trips! The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was created by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i. The sanctuary, which lies within the shallow (less than 600 feet), warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands, constitutes...

If you plan to snorkel Maui you will  find that some of the very best snorkeling is around the island of Lanai.  Climb aboard our HI Tech Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We usually encounter the Spinner Dolphins, spotted dolphins,...

The whales are here in the islands between December and May, as we head into february the season is in full swing! Our Maui whale watch trips leave from Maui's historic Lahaina harbor. We offer trips throughout the day. You could hop on a morning trip, come in for lunch...

[caption id="attachment_1935" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Maui Whale watching. Humpback whales were once plentiful in oceans worldwide. The global population was depleted by the commercial whaling industry at the start of the 20th century. Now, as many as 12,000 animals may migrate to Hawai‘i each year. This endangered species is slowly...

There are all kinds of ways to go snorkeling while on Maui. Maui's road system  can take you to many spots that offer good snorkeling. Often you could walk right out of your hotel and and snorkel the beach acrosss the street or out front. We agree that any snorkeling is...

Now is the time to book your spot on one of our Maui whale watching tours. Treat yourself to an amazing experience of watching majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat. Every winter, numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the...

Why go out on a Whale watching tour when you can see the whales from your lanai? For those of you perflexed by the first sentence, a porch or balcony is called a"lanai" here in the islands. You may not be able to truly understand the difference until you actually...

Now is the time to book your spot on one of our Maui whale watching tours. Treat yourself to an amazing experience of watching majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat. Every winter, numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the...

Our Maui whale watching tours specialize in taking small groups for an adventurous trip off the beaten path. www.hawaiioceanrafting.com is the jumping off point to one of the absolute best ways to get out on a Maui whale watching adventure unlike all the others. Next time you are gazing out over the...

  Should you snorkel or should you whale watch? This time of year Maui snorkeling and whale watching are both readily available. We have had quite a few inquiries about whether you would be able to see the whales aboard our snorkeling tours. The answer is that yes you will...

Our Lanai snorkeling tours are a favorite among visitors and locals alike, probably because we specialize in the island of Lana'i. We take small groups far from the beaten path to experience some of the worlds most pristine reefs and landscapes. As if the mind blowing sights just below the oceans...

There is a lot of talk about the Maui whale watching season being off to a slow start. We have noticed that they seem to be arriving a bit later this year, but there are definately whales out there. We have had some really spectacular whale watching trips in the last...

Hawaii Ocean Rafting has been in business here on Maui for more than 30 years. We have remained small and family oriented. We believe that our smaller vessels and small group size allow for the absolute best snorkeling and whale watching experience out there. We specialize in snorkeling around the...

Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. The waters off of west Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are also drawn to the area’s shallow waters, less than 600 feet deep,...

Maui Whale Watching is what we do! Maui's whale watching season is here again, join us aboard one of our high speed eco rafts for the experience of a lifetime. If you are planning a vacation during you winter break don't forget Maui's whale watch season is from December through May....

Sometimes when you are lucky enough to live on Maui you can forget that all the activities out there aren't just for visitors. School is out this Friday and the Holiday break is underway. Why not take advantage of our Kama'aina rates and take the family out for a Maui...

Maui Whale Watching! Winter is in the air, even here on Maui. The humpback whales feasting up North in Arctic waters are beginning to feel a chill and the pregnant females are growing larger.  These whales are preparing for an epic 3,000 mile journey from the waters of Alaska to the...

www.hawaiioceanrafting.comMaui Whale watching. Maui whale watching is what we do, join us aboard our high speed eco rafts for the experience of a lifetime. Did you know that a humpback whale can weigh 90,000 lbs and be more than 45 ft long. Our rafts take small groups and we stray...

Graceful and magnificent, Maui whale watching will inspire awe in young and old alike. These marine mammals travel great distances to take advantage of the best breeding grounds and feeding spots. North Pacific humpbacks, for example, mate and give birth in Hawaii and then travel to Alaska each summer to feed. These...

Did you know that the BEST snorkeling on Maui is most often found in the crystal blue waters surrounding the island of Lana'i? The full day Lanai snorkeling trip is the adventure of a lifetime. This trip departs at 7:00am in order to take advantage of the early calm weather ...

Humpback Whale Songs Each of our high speed eco rafts is equipped with an underwater microphone. You will be delighted to be able to listen to the whales below the surface. humpback whale songs are haunting and beautiful and will add a new dimension to your whale watch trip. Humpbacks have a...

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we are officially in the swing of the holiday season. As we speak the Humpbacks that have spent the summer feeding in the cool Northern waters are beginning their journies South. They are not the only ones, you may be planning just such a...

If you plan to snorkel Maui you will  find that some of the very best snorkeling is around the island of Lanai.  Climb aboard our HI Tech Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We usually encounter the Spinner Dolphins, spotted dolphins,...

Whale watches from Maui will begin on December 15th, that is less than a month away! Winter is in the air, even here on Maui. The humpback whales feasting up North in Arctic waters are beginning to feel a chill and the pregnant females are growing larger.  These whales are...

Our half day snorkeling tour includes dolphins, turtles, snorkeling and a super fun trip from Lahaina harbor to the pristine waters of Lana'i! On our half day snorkeling tour, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around...

Maui whale watching is what we do, join us aboard our high speed eco rafts for the experience of a lifetime. Did you know that a humpback whale can weigh 90,000 lbs and be more than 45 ft long. Our rafts take small groups and we stray far from the...

[caption id="attachment_1899" align="alignnone" width="225"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Lanai is the sixth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, has been ranked one of the top ten snorkeling destinations in the world numerous times. The pristine condition of its beaches, bays and harbors is due in large part to the fact that almost the entire island...

Maui whale watching season is fast approaching. Some seasons we actually begin to see a few whales arriving as early as late October and early November. The height of Maui whale watching tends to occur between the months of December and May. When the season is in full swing we...

  "Halloween in Lahaina on Maui” returns to world famous Front Street on Friday, October 31, 2015. Highlights include the 37th Annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade at 4:30pm. Maui keiki are invited to come in costume and parade down Front Street to Banyan Tree Park, receive a congratulatory ribbon and...

We offer Lanai snorkeling trips with dolphin watching included! Hawaiian spinner dolphins of Lanai are one of the more commonly seen dolphins of Maui. Called nai'a in Hawaiian, these friendly and beautiful animals flock to the shores of Maui to enjoy the warm, clear, tropical water and shallow bays. Four...

Maui Whale Watching! Winter is in the air, even here on Maui. The humpback whales feasting up North in Arctic waters are beginning to feel a chill and the pregnant females are growing larger.  These whales are preparing for an epic 3,000 mile journey from the waters of Alaska to the...

Maui and Lanai snorkeling tours, book now and lock in 2015 prices! When you join us to snorkel Maui's fabulous coral reefs you will find the colors and sights as beautiful and diverse as the famous sunsets of Maui. The corals reefs are far more than just a beautiful sight...

Lanai snorkeling trips! We just received a review from a family that spent the day with us to snorkel Lanai. They pointed out how much they liked the eco aspect of our tours. You will find that the dolphins seem drawn to it as well. It is a pretty amazing...

Our Maui whale watches will begin on December 15th 2015. The whales may begin arriving in small numbers any day now. You may get very lucky and see one before December, but there aren't enough whales to justify any actual Maui whale watches until December. Many of our November snorkeling...

Half Day Snorkeling Maui, Lanai On our half day snorkeling trip, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling and dolphin/turtle watching around. Lana'i is  home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins as well as hawaiian green sea...

 Our trips take you snorkeling from Lahaina acoss to the island of Lanai and the waters around the West side of Maui.  Maui and Lanai are known for their crystal clear waters and the abundance of beautiful creatures living just below the surface. As a result, one of the most popular activities for...

The humpbacks are a part of the Maui seascape every year between December and May. If you plan to visit the islands this winter you really must go on a whale watching tour. Keep in mind that this also high season here on Maui. You should try to book well in...

Snorkeling from Lahaina is the gateway to the island of Lanai. We have half day trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily from December through May. This time of year is the approach of Whale Season and it doesn't take long to figure out why. Our snorkeling trips venture across a channel...

Join us year round for snorkeling and whale watching on Maui (December-May) Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you can’t get sharing a Whale Watching trip with 60 other people. Go on a half-day or full-day Maui snorkeling or Whale Watching adventure. Outings to the island of Lanai invite superb snorkeling...

There are quite a few Lahaina snorkel trips available out there, none our quite like ours. Our high speed eco rafts can take you around the entire island of Lanai. The back side of Lanai is seen by very few and is a land of towering sea cliffs, pristine snorkeling,...

Whale watching from Maui can't be beat! When you a looking around and deciding what kind of whale watching trip you would like to have, there a few different things to consider. The average tour lasts 2 hours and is pretty standard. If you want a longer whale watching experience...

Maui's best snorkeling! For those in the "know" Lanai isn't really a secret. She is Maui's neighbor that is captured in so many beautiful sunset pictires. Locals enjoy taking the ferry over for camping trips. Lanai is sparsely populated and doesn't posess much of a road system. As you know...

Lahaina whale watching season is just around the corner and we have officially entered Fall. This means that the humpbacks that summered up North are beginning to think about heading South. You may be feeling the same way. If you are planning a trip to the islands this Winter, don't forget...

The waters surrounding the islands that make up Maui County are so full of life. On each Lanai snorkeling tour we see such variety below the surface. Myriad colorful fish fill the reefs and we are often escorted by pods of dolphins at play in our wake. On a recent...

There are a few things that make our tours stand out from the rest. All of our tours are operated aboard our high speed eco rafts that comfortaby seat about 16 passengers. This is a much smaller group size than most other tours take out. We believe that this makes...

One of our favorite destinations is the island of Lanai. Lanai is a sparcely inhabited island with breathtaking rugged landscapes that offers some of the best snorkeling in the world. You will see soaring cliffs as well as pinnacles rising up out of the sea. Snorkeling  Lanai offers a variety that can't...

Maui whale watching is an experience of a lifetime. [caption id="attachment_817" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] When you join us aboard our high speed eco rafts you can experience some of the best Maui whale watching out there. As we begin to enter Fall we start thinking about the whales. Sometimes a few...

Hurricanes Ignacio and Jimena has passed far north of our Hawaiian islands without incident. They have however disrupted our trade winds, which means it feels really really hot out there. Without the cooling effects of the tradewinds  it can border on too hot. This is the perfect time to jump aboard one of our...

Every year from December through May the North Pacific humpback whales migrate to the warm tropical waters surrounding these Hawaiian islands. The clear blue waters surrounding Maui is home to the vast majority of these gentle giants. You might find some tours that begin before December but these are more...

Get ready for a fun and exciting adventure aboard one of our high speed eco rafts. Our rafts are speedy and fun and are certain to give you an unforgettable ride!  This is a great option for those looking for an adventure that will take them off the beaten path. Our quick vessels allow...

We specialize in Maui whale watching during humpback whale season and world class snorkeling adventures all year round. If you have been on Maui between Christmas and Easter, you have surely seen the splashes and blows from the shore. You really must get out on the water to truly experience...

  [caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] snorkeling around Lana'i[/caption] There are all kinds of ways to go snorkeling while on Maui. Maui's road system  can take you to many spots that offer good snorkeling. Often you could walk right out of your hotel and and snorkel the beach acrosss the street or...

Every year from December through May the Humpback Whale migrate to the warm tropical waters of Hawaii. We are Fast approaching the Fall Months here on Maui and we have begun to think about the Maui whale watching season 2015. If you are planning a Winter vacation or live here on Maui...

On our half day Lanai snorkel tour, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 5 hour trip we will visit (at least) 2-3 different...

Lanai snorkeling! No crowds on our Lanai snorkeling tours! Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you cant get sharing a trip with 60 other people. Go on a mid-day, half-day or full-day Maui snorkeling adventure. Outings to the island of Lanai invite superb snorkeling and breathtaking landscapes far from the beaten path. The...

You may have been out on one of our snorkeling or whale watching tours, but did you know that you can privately charter any of our vessels. Imagine designing the perfect tour for your family and friends. You can choose to leave any time you find convenient, but we find...

Maui whale watching season is roughly from December until May. We choose to begin our tours one there are enough whales for us to garauntee you a sighting. Our 30 foot high speed eco rafts are a great way to experience these gentle giants in all their glory. Our vessels...

  Maui Marine Life Turtles Of the three native Hawaiian species, the most common is the green sea turtle. This is the largest of the hard-shelled turtles weighing up to 440 pounds and measuring up to 4 feet. Hawaii's green sea turtles reach sexual maturity at around 25 years. They...

We offer a variety of tours aboard our high speed aco rafts including a full day trip around the island of Lanai and fully customizeable privately chartered tours. Our most popular tours are the half day Lanai snorkeling tours and seasonal whale watching. Our whale watching tours operate during the...

All of our snorkeling tours and whale watching trips leave from Lahaina harbor on the island of Maui. The harbor is right there on Front Street which is probably a place that you wanted to visit anyway. Why not grab lunch at one of the myriad and diverse eateries, browse...

Join us for some lanai snorkeling!   We are a small family company and have been operating here on Maui for more than 30 years. Having been in the business for a while we have tailored our tours to offer the best snorkeling Maui has to offer. We have high speed...

Hawaiian spinner dolphins of Lanai are one of the more commonly seen dolphins of Maui. Called nai'a in Hawaiian, these friendly and beautiful animals flock to the shores of Maui to enjoy the warm, clear, tropical water and shallow bays. Four different species of the spinner dolphin exist, spanning parts...

Half Day Maui Snorkeling trips. All of our tours leave conveniently from Maui's Lahaina harbor located right on Historic Front Street. Plan on allowing yourself  10-15 minuted for parking and head on down to the harbor for a wonderful adventure. On our half day Maui snorkeling trip, we will depart at...

As you browse brosures or chat at the activity counters you will surely be made aware of the granduer that is Molokini. Molokini is an amazing natural cresent shaped tiny island and is certainly cool in that respect, but if you are going for the snorkeling you may be dissapointed....

Graceful and magnificent, humpback whales inspire awe in young and old alike. These marine mammals travel great distances to take advantage of the best breeding grounds and feeding spots. North Pacific humpbacks, for example, mate and give birth in Hawaii and then travel to Alaska each summer to feed. When...

www.hawaiioceanrafting.comLANAI TOURS GO SNORKELING FROM LAHAINA DAILY. We offer a variety of trips that allow you to go snorkeling from Lahaina. Our half and full day trips both head over to the majestic island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the best snorkeling in the world. Lanai is a sparcely...

All of our snorkeling tours and whale watching trips leave from Lahaina harbor on the island of Maui. The harbor is right there on Front Street which is probably a place that you wanted to visit anyway. Why not grab lunch at one of the myriad and diverse eateries, browse...

Maui whale watching is a must if you will be in the islands between December and May! This is the time of year when you book a snorkeling tour and expect to see dolphins, turtles, and myriad tropical fish as well as the ocassional manta ray, but if you book a...

[caption id="attachment_2160" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting[/caption] On our half day snorkeling trip to Lanai, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted dolphins, Hawaiian spinner dolphins, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 4.5 hour trip...

Will this be your first time snorkeling on Maui? We know that snorkeling for the first time can be a bit nerve racking for a few reasons. It is very important that you feel comfortable and have a knowledgable teacher at your side. This is nearly impossible on many of...

Snorkeling around Lanai is truly some of the best in the world. We all know that Maui has a well deserved reputation as a breathtaking and low key vacation spot. The tropical breeze is relaxing and the crystal blue waters are refreshing and full of life. Not everyone knows about...

We offer seasonal whale watching from Maui, and snorkeling all year long. Humpback whales are one of the larger species of baleen whales, with adult males ranging between 40 and 52 feet and weighing up to 45 tons. Despite their size, humpback whales are surprisingly graceful acrobats. Keep your eye...

First-time visitors to Hawaii can be overwhelmed when planning their trips. After all, the state has six tourist islands—which is the right one to experience? It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking Waikiki Beach and Honolulu should be the first stops, especially because most of the direct flight...

This is a small and slender dolphin, and the size of them will vary based on where they  live and they are white or light gray on the belly. They may have a very dark gray stripe that runs from the beak to the tail. The average size for a...

  Hawaii Ocean Rafting! The only Whale Watching in Maui  adventure that will stay out a bit longer, if the whales start really putting on a show. It’s all about the fun with us.  You can have our 30ft’ hard bottom inflatable eco raft all to yourself or enjoy the sights with 16...

  Have you ever considered taking your own private boat trip around the island of Lanai? Depart from  Lahaina Harbor for your exclusive boat trip around the island of Lanai, Hawaii’s most exclusive and enticing island. The day starts with a continental breakfast at the first snorkel site. Our Captains are friendly,...

This is the perfect time to jump aboard one of our high speed eco rafts for one of tours and snorkel Lanai. Our rafts are fast and the wind in your hair will be a welcome relief from the tropical humid heat out there. We also only take small groups of...

Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you can’t get sharing a Whale Watching trip with 60 other people. Go on a half-day or full-day Maui snorkeling or Whale Watching adventure. Outings to the island of Lanai invite superb snorkeling and breathtaking landscapes far from the beaten path. The dolphins are a sure favorite among...

Snorkel Lanai and be amazed! Maui Snorkeling tours can come in all shapes and sizes. Our tours focus on small groups snorkeling far from the beaten path. We depart from Lahaina harbor on Maui's West side and set out for the island of Lanai. The experience to be had aboard...

Hana, Haleakala, and Snorkel Lanai. When you visit Maui there are a few things that you really should find the time to do. Some are easier to do than others. Hana is a magical place unlike anywhere on earth, but be prepared for a bit of a windy road. The...

  We offer a variety of  Maui snorkeling and whale watching tours (November-May for the whales). Check out the variety and choose the perfect trip for you   HALF DAY SNORKEL TRIP On our half day snorkeling trip, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers...

Lanai snorkeling is consistently placed within the top ten places to snorkel in the world, by numerous publications. Lanai is the sixth largest Hawaiian island. The island is comma shaped with an area of 140.5 square miles and is about 18 miles long. Lanai once produced 1/2 of the worlds...

From Maui, venture to the coast of Lanai for a snorkeling adventure! The Hawaiian island of Lanai is virtually untouched, often called 'Pineapple Island' for the abundance of pineapple groves. Much like the island, the waters surrounding it are untouched by humans and teeming with colorful and vibrant sea life....

[caption id="attachment_1700" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Maui County is made up of a group of four islands, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe.  These islands were once a giant land mass called Maui Nui.  As the last ice age ended the giant crater filled with water leaving the islands we have today....

Snorkeling Lanai is best with a small group, and that is all we do. Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you can’t get sharing a trip with 60 other people. Go on one of our half-day or full-day tours and we will take you snorkeling Lanai and dolphin Watching. Outings to the island of Lanai invite...

www.hawaiioceanrafting.comIf you have ever travelled with us to the island of Lana'i you have probably witnessed the spinner dolphins spinning, ever wonder why they spin? Spinner dolphins are aptly named for their above-water actions. they can leap into the air and make as many as seven complete spins before diving back...

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was created by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i. The sanctuary, which lies within the shallow (less than 600 feet), warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands, constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale...

Book your Lanai dolphin watching and snorkeling tour online and save %15 automatically. Snorkeling tours can fill up quick during the spring season. Most people book their flights and hotels well in advance but may not think about the activites until much later. This is also something to keep in...

Whale watching from Lahaina is convenient and offers so many ways to spend the rest of your day. Our Maui whale watching tours leave from Maui's historic Lahaina harbor. For whale watching from Lahaina we offer trips throughout the day. You could hop on a morning trip, come in for lunch on Front...

Maui snorkeling and dolphin watching tours are a blast and leave daily from Maui's historic Lahaina harbor. Whale season in Maui lasts from around December through May, clearly this is the time of year to go on a whale watch. This is also a pretty magical time of year to...

Our trips are consistently rated as one of the best maui whale watching tours out there.Departing from Lahaina, this Maui whale- watching cruise promises to be an experience you'll always remember. The high speed eco rafts will get you quickly to each whale sighting and thier low profile provides excellent visibility....

There are many reasons why people go on vacation. One of the major ones is to relax and escape from the daily grind. Maui is a prime destination for so many reasons, one of which is "Maui time". Everything moves a bit slower here and the gentle breezes carry the...

  Without a doubt, one of the most amazing marine wildlife adventures you’ll ever have the opportunity to partake in is a chance to witness the majesty of the North Pacific Humpback Whales in their natural environment. Year, after year, these magical mammals grace Hawaiian waters and shorelines for their...

Whale watching and snorkeling by private charter are a great option if you want the place to yourself. You can enjoy your very own unique adventure aboard one of our rafts with a private charter. With this option you can choose the focus of your trip. With this option you...

Our Maui whale watch trips leave from Maui's historic Lahaina harbor. We offer trips throughout the day. You could hop on a morning trip, come in for lunch on Front Street, and head back out for an afternoon trip. What a way to spend the day! Our high speed rafts...

Book a Lanai snorkel tour at www.hawaiioceanrafting.com or give us a call at 808-661-RAFT.                                         Snorkeling from Maui and Lanai. On our half day Lanai snorkel tour, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also...

Whale watching is an experience you really should not miss if you pln to visit the islands between December and May. Kohola (humpback whales) are one of the larger species of baleen whales, with adult males ranging between 40 and 52 feet and weighing up to 45 tons. If you...

Snorkeling tours can fill up quick during the spring break season. Most people book their flights and hotels well in advance but may not think about the activites until much later. This is also something to keep in mind for the locals too, snorkeling Lanai is a great way to...

Whale watching from Lahaina Harbor, make a day of it! Maui is your gateway to some of the best whale watching in the world. The waters off of West Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are...

Snorkel Maui and Lanai aboard our high speed eco rafts. On our half day snorkeling trip, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 4.5...

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary was created by Congress in 1992 to protect humpback whales and their habitat in Hawai`i. The sanctuary, which lies within the shallow (less than 600 feet), warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands, constitutes one of the world's most important humpback whale...

Our Maui snorkeling tours are an adventure to the island of Lanai. We leave daily from Lahaina harbor on Maui's magnificient West side. We provide the best way to experience world class snorkeling far from Maui's popular road system snorkeling spots. We provide any equipment you may need as well...

Lahaina whale watching season is here and we leave throughout the day from Maui's Lahaina harbor. Hawaii Ocean Rafting offers Private Whale Watching trips ~ exclusive Maui rafting tours for you, your family and friends. Don’t have a group to go with? Per person rates are also available. Come join...

Snorkeling Lanai is the best. There are a lot of great snorkeling spots in the waters surrounding Maui. Many spots are right on the road system and you should check them out if you like to snorkel. They are worth a look but can be a bit crowded because they are...

Now is the time to book your spot on one of our Maui whale watching tours. Treat yourself to an amazing experience of watching majestic humpback whales in their Pacific habitat. Every winter, numerous pods of these magnificent creatures make a trip from the cold waters of Alaska to the...

Our Lanai snorkeling tours leave daily from Maui's Lahaina harbor. Our high speed eco rafts will zip you across the channel to the pristine snorkeling around the island of Lanai. This is the spot to go to witness a truly healthy reef, a large variety of fish and truly striking surroundings. Once below...

  Maui humpback whale watching and listening; did you have any idea how complex a humpbacks "song" can be? The word "song" is used to describe the pattern of regular and predictable sounds made by the humpback whale. The male humpback whales have been described as "inveterate composers" of songs...

Did you know that Hawaii Ocean Rafting has more great reviews than any other rafting company on Maui. We are family owned and operated and really pride ourselves upon customer service that exceeds your expectations. According to the reviews, it looks like we have quite a few happy customers. Everything about snorkeling  Lanai with Hawaii...

This is the time of year when you book a snorkeling tour and expect to see dolphins, turtles, and myriad tropical fish as well as the ocassional manta ray, but you had probably not expected a humpback whale. There are quite a few whales out there, not enough to justify...

Lahaina whale watching season is fast approaching, and we are excited. Winter in Maui is such a wonderful time of the year. There is a festive air with all of the holiday celebrations and school vacations. To top off all the holiday joy, the whales are here. Lahaina whale watching...

  [caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] snorkeling around Lana'i[/caption] There are all kinds of ways to go snorkeling while on Maui. Maui's road system  can take you to many spots that offer good snorkeling. Often you could walk right out of your hotel and and snorkel the beach acrosss the street or...

Every year from December through May the Humpback Whale migrate to the warm tropical waters of Hawaii. The  coastal waters of Maui by far, enjoys the largest concentration of these amazing animals. Whale Watching in Maui is some of the best in the world and as good as it gets.  Our vessels...

The Valley Isle has an average year round temperature of 75-85°F.  The great weather in addition to the beautiful blue water produces world class snorkeling throughout Maui County. Did you know that Maui has been voted “Best Island in the World” by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for...

[caption id="attachment_1935" align="alignnone" width="300"] Pectoral fin www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1778" align="alignnone" width="300"] Tubercles[/caption] Though Humpbacks are not the largest whales in the world, they can grow up to 50 feet long, weighing approximately 80,000 pounds, making them the 5th largest of the whales. Humpbacks have the longest pectoral fins of all...

[caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] snorkel Lanai[/caption] Sunbathing aside, snorkeling is one of Maui's most popular activities. There are many different types of operations out there, you will be presented with large and small groups and fast and slower moving vessels. It is hard to know which you will be getting...

  Halloween in Lahaina” returns to world famous Front Street on Friday, October 31, 2014. Highlights include the 36th Annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade at 4:30pm. Maui keiki are invited to come in costume and parade down Front Street to Banyan Tree Park, receive a congratulatory ribbon and bag of...

Everyone travels differently. Some people leave home with nothing more than a suitcase, a plane ticket, and a general idea of their final destination. Others plan months in advance and do extensive research before they leave home. Most, however, decide where to go and then do a bit of research...

As anyone who has gone out with us before will attest, our captains and crew are highly experienced and helpful in all things snorkeling and marine life. To make sure that you get the most out of your snorkeling trip we have compiled a few Maui snorkeling tips to prepare...

Maui is a paradise in so many ways, there is magic to be found all over this special little island. If you visit Maui a stroll down Front street in Lahaina is a must. Once known as Lele, which means “relentless sun” in Hawaiian, Lahaina is a historic town that has...

  Maui Marine Life Dolphins Dolphins are part of the same family as porpoises and whales, all called cetaceans. The cetacean family includes the world’s largest and most diverse group of living animals. Dolphins are mammals that nurse their young. There are more than fifteen species of wild dolphin that...

Humpback whales migrate to feed and breed. They migrate to warm equator waters in the winter and cooler polar waters in the summer. The migration pattern followed by humpback whales is as follows: Winter is spent in tropical waters, where the whales mate and calve. When summer arrives, the whales...

Snorkel Maui aboard your own private charter. You can enjoy your very own unique adventure aboard one of our rafts with a private charter. With this option you can choose the focus of your trip. With this option you can pick and choose what you would like to do more...

Ocean rafting Lanai. Hawaii Ocean Rafting takes you to the virgin coastline of the island of Lana'i. See secluded sea caves, endless beaches, shipwrecks, sea cliffs, pinnacles and fantasy snorkeling. Climb aboard our high speed eco rafts and spend the day snorkeling the pristine waters surrounding the island of Lanai....

  [caption id="attachment_2655" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] If you visit the island of Maui, you really must find the time to snorkel Lanai and its many pristine underwater treasures. We leave daily from Lahaina harbor on Maui's majestic West side. Hop aboard one of our high speed eco rafts for the...

Humpback whale watching season in Maui isn't just fun for visitors. The whales have been coming to the islands since before the islands were inhabited by people. Imagine the first native Hawaiians astonishment the first time they realized that these whales would return each season. Whales are woven throughout native...

[caption id="attachment_1700" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Spinner dolphins are aptly named for their above-water actions. they can leap into the air and make as many as seven complete spins before diving back into the ocean again. The spinner dolphins usually perform a series of spins, each spin tending to be made with...

The first humpback whale of the season has been spotted off Kauai.Crew aboard a boat with a Kauai Charter saw the whale surface about a mile off the west side of the island. They snapped a photo of the whale before it slipped back underwater. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that as...

Maui whale watching season is fast approaching. Some seasons we actually begin to see a few whales arriving as early as late October. The height of Maui whale watching tends to occur between the months of December and May. When the season is in full swing we offer trips throughout...

There are quite a few Lahaina snorkel trips available out there, none our quite like ours. Our high speed eco rafts can take you around the entire island of Lanai. The back side of Lanai is seen by very few and is a land of towering sea cliffs, pristine snorkeling,...

[caption id="attachment_2561" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] This is the time of year when we are settling back into the school year and getting back into our routines. Summer is over in most places, here in Maui it is pretty hard to tell from the balmy 85 degrees outside. Summer in Maui...

PRIVATE MAUI WHALE WATCHING TOURS! The Humpback Whale returns to the warm Hawaiian waters every year during the winter months of December through April for their mating and calving season. The majority of them find their home in the calm waters around the island of Maui. The Humpback whale can...

  Snorkel Lanais Sweetheart Rock. On the southern coast of Lanai is picturesque Hulopoe Bay and Lanai’s main boat harbor, Manele Bay. Rising from the sea just between these two bays is the iconic Puu Pehe, or Sweetheart Rock. Besides being a picturesque natural landmark, Puu Pehe is also steeped...

  SNORKEL MAUI AND LANAI! On our half day snorkeling trip, we will depart at 8:00 am for the neighbor island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the most pristine snorkeling around and is also home to spotted, spinner, and bottlenose dolphins. On this 4.5 hour trip we will visit...

shark fin (click here for an awesome video of shark fin rock) Dont worry, this awesome snorkeling spot gets its name from its distinctly shark fin shape alone. There are quite a few spectacular snorkeling spots around the island of Lanai and weather depending each one is a favorite. Shark fin...

Maui Whale Watching is what we do! Maui's whale watching season is approaching once again, join us aboard one of our high speed eco rafts for the experience of a lifetime. Our main whale watch Captain follows the whales from his summer home in Alaska to captain our whale watches...

Lanai Snorkeling Tours! [caption id="attachment_2160" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting[/caption] Hurricane Julio has passed far north of our Hawaiian islands without incident. He has however disrupted our trade winds, which means it feels really really hot out there. Without the cooling effects of the tradewinds  it can border on too hot. This...

Your adventure aboard Hawaii Ocean Rafting begins at historic Lahaina Harbor with an 7:30 am check-in. A  continental breakfast is served as you enjoy the panoramic view of the islands of Maui, Molokai, Kahoolawe and Hawaii in the distance. Our Lanai snorkeling adventures will surely be a highlight of your visit to...

Maui Snorkeling tours can come in all shapes and sizes. Our tours focus on small groups snorkeling far from the beaten path. We depart from Lahaina harbor on Maui's West side and set out for the island of Lanai. The experience to be had aboard our high speed eco raft...

[caption id="attachment_1700" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption]  Maui Snorkeling Adventures. The Maui waters offer some of the best snorkeling on Earth. The "Honu", or Green Sea Turtles, make their homes here in the beautiful coral reefs surrounding Maui's world class beaches. With 80 degree waters and crystal clear visibility, it doesn't get...

  Hawaii ocean rafting is an adventure snorkel charter boat company that operates on the best Island destination in the world... Maui! We are a favorite with the visitors, and also Hawaii residents, and have been taking passengers  snorkeling off the beaten path for 30 years now. We have a fleet...

Snorkeling from Lahaina. As the winter and for many the school year comes to an end it is time to plan a getaway. Summer in Maui is a magical time. For many of you out there Maui is actually a great place to escape the summer heat waves. There is...

If you plan to snorkel Maui you will  find that some of the very best snorkeling is around the island of Lanai.  Climb aboard our HI Tech Ocean Rafts and spend the day snorkeling the crystal clear waters surrounding the island of Lana’i. We usually encounter the Spinner Dolphins, spotted dolphins,...

As whale watching season winds down we will undoubtedly have a last whale watch of the season. The day will come when we head out to watch some whales and there are none to be seen. When this happens we will call it a day.  If you happen to be...

Lahaina Snorkeling. This time of the year we offer three different snorkeling options, all leaving from Lahaina harbor. We have a half, full, and mid day  Lahaina snorkeling trip. The mid day trip is reserved for private charter. Thees trips are off the beaten path for sure. Lanai is an island of...

All of our snorkeling tours and whale watching trips leave from Lahaina harbor on the island of Maui. When you choose one of our Lahaina snorkeling or whale watch trips don’t overlook this gem of a town. Front Street is the main through fare of Lahaina and definitely shouldn’t be missed....

Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you can’t get sharing a Whale Watching trip with 60 other people. Go on a half-day or full-day Maui snorkeling or Whale Watching adventure. Outings to the island of Lanai invite superb snorkeling and breathtaking landscapes far from the beaten path. The dolphins are a sure favorite among...

[caption id="attachment_1103" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] SNORKELING FROM LAHAINA We offer a variety of trips that allow you to go snorkeling from Lahaina. Our half and full day trips both head over to the majestic island of Lanai. Lanai offers some of the best snorkeling in the world. Lanai is a...

Whale watching weather. Maui's whale watching season is still in full swing, join us aboard one of our high speed eco rafts for the experience of a lifetime. Dont let a cloudy or rainy day keep you from going out whale watching. Sometimes a cloudy day is the best whale...

Maui's humpbacks remain quite mysterious, but here are a few things that we do know.   The humpback whale is a baleen whale and a rorqual whale that sings amazing songs.  It performs complex and cooperative feeding techniques.  The humpback has a bulky head with bumpy protuberances (tubercles), each with...

[caption id="attachment_1695" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Some of the best snorkeling around Maui is found on the island of Lanai. We offer two different tour options that allow you to experience Lanai snorkeling spots far from the beaten path. Half Day snorkeling in Maui On our half day snorkeling trip, we will...

We offer snorkeling tours to the island of Lanai as well as whale watching from Lahaina. We are a small company and rely heavily on reviews and word of mouth. Below is a recent review that highlights a few things that we are proud of. Our captains and crew are...

[caption id="attachment_1935" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Maui Whale watching. Humpback whales were once plentiful in oceans worldwide. The global population was depleted by the commercial whaling industry at the start of the 20th century. Now, as many as 12,000 animals may migrate to Hawai‘i each year. This endangered species is slowly...

Humpback Whale Songs Each of our high speed eco rafts is equipped with an underwater microphone. You will be delighted to be able to listen to the whales below the surface. humpback whale songs are haunting and beautiful and will add a new dimension to your whale watch trip. Humpbacks have a...

Join us and snorkel around the island of Lanai. [caption id="attachment_1899" align="alignnone" width="225"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption]   We are a small family company and have been operating here on Maui for more than 30 years. Having been in the business for a while we have tailored our tours to offer the best...

Maui's humpbacks fast the entire time that they are in the islands. Our crystal blue waters provide zero food opprotunities for the whales. Maui's humpbacks spend thier winters up North in Alaska where food is abundant in the long days of summer. These whales are enormous and it takes tons...

[caption id="attachment_1699" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Humpback whales continue to remain quite mysterious, did you know that no one has ever documented a humpback whale giving birth? Here on Maui we witness all kinds of mating behavior as well as mothers and thier new calves getting to know each other. One...

Snorkel the island of Lanai. We offer daily tours leaving from Lahaina harbor on the island of Maui. This time of year we also offer whale watching tours leaving from the same spot. Our half and full day tours allow you to snorkel the island of Lanai far from the...

Hawaiian spinner dolphins of Lanai are one of the more commonly seen dolphins of Maui. Called nai'a in Hawaiian, these friendly and beautiful animals flock to the shores of Maui to enjoy the warm, clear, tropical water and shallow bays. Four different species of the spinner dolphin exist, spanning parts...

This time of year it is hard not to focus on the gentle giants that are visiting, but humpbacks aren't the only amazing creatures out there right now. We offer several different snorkel tours leaving from Lahaina harbor. If you want to snorkel with turtles in Maui, we see them...

[caption id="attachment_1935" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Whale watching from Lahaina is the most convenient way to get out there and experience the wonder of these humpback whales that visit us each year. Lahaina harbor is only minutes from most West side locations, Kaanapali, Kahana, Napili, and Honokawai are a 10 to...

[caption id="attachment_1925" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Maui whale watching at its best! The humpback whales have been here in the islands since October of last year. The started to trickle in a little bit earlier than usual this year. They have always been very mysterious creatures, both to scientists and the...

No crowds on our Maui snorkel tours! Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you can’t get sharing a Whale Watching trip with 60 other people. Go on one of our half-day or full-day Maui snorkel tours or Whale Watching adventure. Outings to the island of Lanai invite superb snorkeling and breathtaking landscapes far from the beaten...

Graceful and magnificent, humpback whales inspire awe in young and old alike. These marine mammals travel great distances to take advantage of the best breeding grounds and feeding spots. North Pacific humpbacks, for example, mate and give birth in Hawaii and then travel to Alaska each summer to feed. These...

[caption id="attachment_1899" align="alignnone" width="225"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Maui snorkeling and whale watching are what we have been doing for the past 30 years, we are so grateful to be able to be in this business!We are a small family company and we know that times are still   tough out there. We also...

Maui whale watching is an experience of a lifetime. [caption id="attachment_817" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] When you join us aboard our high speed eco rafts you can experience some of the best Maui whale watching out there. Our captain and crew are very knowledgable about all things humpback whales. Imagine looking...

Humpback Whales of Maui. We offer a variety of ways to experience the humpback whales of Maui. Our high speed eco rafts leave four times daily from Lahaina harbor. Our high speed eco rafts as well as  a luxury sailing yacht and scarab speed boat available by private charter. We carry...

[caption id="attachment_1122" align="alignnone" width="225"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Whale Watching from Lahaina.   We specialize in experiences off of the beaten path. Our trips leave four times a day for whale watching from Lahaina harbor. We operate high speed eco rafts that carry small groups and allow us to avoid the crowds. There...

[caption id="attachment_1696" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Every year from December through March the Humpback whales migrate to the warm tropical waters of Hawaii. The  coastal waters of Maui by far, enjoys the largest concentration of these amazing animals. Whale Watching in Maui is some of the best in the world and as good...

Check the reviews of our Lanai snorkeling trips on tripadvisor.com “Visited the most secluded coves on Lanaii. You guys Rock!!!” Reviewed December 9, 2013 I stopped at a kiosk looking for ideas and pricing for attractions. I have always wanted to visit Molakini. After discussing pricing with the sales guy...

Humpback whale watching and snorkeling the island of Lanai are our specialties this time of year. Our snorkel trips pass through prime whale watch territory as we cross the channel between Maui and the island of Lanai.  Between the months of December and May we will stop and do a...

[caption id="attachment_802" align="alignnone" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] MAUI WHALE WATCHING! We offer some of the best Maui whale watching around. We leave daily from slip 8 in Lahaina harbor. If you take a stroll through the harbor stop by and chat with our folks at the booth. You can also find out...

We offer daily snorkel trips to Lanai leaving from Lahaina harbor on Maui's West side. Lahaina harbor is the most convenient hopping off place for a trip to Lanai. For those of you staying at Kaanapali, Napili, Kahana, and Lahaina the drive to the harbor is less than 20 minutes. ...

MAUI WHALE WATCHING Did you know that Hawaii ocean rafting offers private Maui whale watching trips? You can have our 30ft' hard bottom inflatable eco raft all to yourself or enjoy the sights with 16 family members and friends. Unlike larger vessels our raft allows you to get that up...

  Snorkeling from Lahaina is the gateway to the island of Lanai. We have half day trips that leave from Lahaina harbor daily from December through May. This time of year is Whale Season and it doesn't take long to figure out why. Our snorkeling trips venture across a channel full of...

Humpback Whale Watching from Maui! Humpback whale season is fast approaching, you may have noticed there are already quite a few here. Humpback whale watching from Maui lasts from the middle of December through the beginning of May. These whales migrate to the islands to mate and give birth. The...

Our Lahaina whale watches offer some of the best whale watching in the world. The waters off of West Maui are shielded by the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala, creating calm and clear waters for high visibility. Humpback whales are also drawn to the area’s shallow waters, less than 600...

Lanai Snorkeling! We offer three different Lanai snorkel tours, full, half, and mid day trips. You can book directly at our website, and if you book you future trip before January 1st you can lock in this years prices. While you are researching you options and planning your vacations take...

Maui Whale Watching! Winter is in the air, even here on Maui. The humpback whales feasting up North in Arctic waters are beginning to feel a chill and the pregnant females are growing larger.  These whales are preparing for an epic 3,000 mile journey from the waters of Alaska to the...

Hana, Haleakala, and Snorkel Lanai. When you visit Maui there are a few things that you really should find the time to do. Some are easier to do than others. Hana is a magical place unlike anywhere on earth, but be prepared for a bit of a windy road. The...

We offer a variety of snorkeling trips as well as whale watching from Maui. Check out the variety and choose the perfect trip for you. Remember to book before the end of the year to lock in this years prices, doesn't matter when you plan to go out! Hawaii Ocean...

The winds are down and the sea is glassy, perfect for a little Maui snorkeling. Maui snorkeling is one of the reason that the readers of Conde' Nast Traveller magazine name Maui the #1 island in the United States year after year. This year is no exception, Maui was just...

The only  Whale Watching in Maui  adventure that will stay out a bit longer, if the whales start really putting on a show. It's all about the fun with us.  You can have our 30ft' hard bottom inflatable eco raft all to yourself or enjoy the sights with 16 family members...

Did you know that Hawaii ocean rafting offers private Maui whale watching trips? You can have our 30ft' hard bottom inflatable eco raft all to yourself or enjoy the sights with 16 family members and friends. Unlike larger vessels our raft allows you to get that up close and personal...

  The full day Lanai snorkeling trip is the adventure of a lifetime. This trip departs at 7:00am in order to take advantage of the early calm weather  and travels around the entire island of Lanai. This trip is off the beaten path for sure. Lanai is an island of...

We specialize in Maui whale watching during humpback whale season and world class snorkeling adventures all year round. If you have been on Maui between Christmas and Easter, you have surely seen the splashed and blows from the shore. You really must get out on the water to truly experience...

All of our snorkeling tours and whale watching trips leave from Lahaina harbor on the island of Maui. When you choose one of our Lahaina snorkeling or whale watch trips don’t miss this gem of a town. Front Street is the main through fare of Lahaina and definitely shouldn’t be...

Maui whale watches Fall is in the air, even here on Maui. The humpback whales feasting up North in Arctic waters are beginning to feel a chill and the pregnant females are growing larger.  These whales are preparing for an epic 3,000 mile journey from the waters of Alaska to...

Maui Marine Life Dolphins Dolphins are part of the same family as porpoises and whales, all called cetaceans. The cetacean family includes the world’s largest and most diverse group of living animals. Dolphins are mammals that nurse their young. There are more than fifteen species of wild dolphin that live...

Lanai snorkeling! No crowds on our Lanai snorkeling tours! Our smaller boats offer a personal touch you cant get sharing a trip with 60 other people.. Go on a mid-day, half-day or full-day Maui snorkeling adventure. Outings to the island of Lanai invite superb snorkeling and breathtaking landscapes far from the beaten path. The...

We just received a review from a family that spent the day with us to snorkel Lanai. They pointed out how much they liked the eco aspect of our tours. You will find that the dolphins seem drawn to it as well. It is a pretty amazing experience when we...

Snorkel Maui! When you join us to snorkel Maui's fabulous coral reefs you will find the colors and sights as beautiful and diverse as the famous sunsets of Maui. The corals reefs are far more than just a beautiful sight to behold, they are also something to be protected and...

 Our Lahaina snorkeling trips leave daily from Lahaina harbor across to the island of Lanai and the waters around the West side of Maui.  Maui and Lanai are known for their crystal clear waters and the abundance of beautiful creatures living just below the surface. As a result, one of the most popular...

As anyone who has gone out with us before will attest, our captains and crew are highly experienced and helpful in all things snorkeling and marine life. To make sure that you get the most out of your snorkeling trip we have compiled a few Maui snorkeling tips to prepare...

Maui Dolphins are an absolute favorite part of our snorkeling tours. On our trips we commonly see three species of dolphins.  Below is a bit of information about the most common species we encounter. Hawaiian spinner dolphins At dusk Spinner dolphins travel offshore to feed. Spinner dolphins live in an open and loose...

  The following is a review that a guest left for us on trip advisor. They took our tour over to the island of Lanai and experienced some of the best snorkeling Maui has to offer. They took the time to write this very detailed account of their trip, it...

Lanai snorkeling is consistently placed within the top ten places to snorkel in the world, by numerous publications. Lanai is the sixth largest Hawaiian island. The island is comma shaped with an area of 140.5 square miles and is about 18 miles long. Lanai once produced 1/2 of the worlds...

  [caption id="attachment_1423" align="alignnone" width="225"] A monk seal under our raft in Lahaina harbor.[/caption] This Hawaiian monk seal was a surprise visitor below our raft inside Lahaina harbor.  These guys are considered an endangered species, with only about 1.100 remaining. They are a species of earless seal that only live only...

[caption id="attachment_1700" align="aligncenter" width="300"] www.hawaiioceanrafting.com[/caption] Maui County is made up of a group of four islands, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe.  These islands were once a giant land mass called Maui Nui.  As the last ice age ended the giant crater filled with water leaving the islands we have today....

  Maui snorkel trips are our specialty. Our rafting trips are a great way to avoid crowds, usual trips are made up of just 3 or 4 families. If you are a group of eight, you are more than half the crowd.  You will find that by the time you return to...

Aloha Friday all!

There are some great photos here! Have you seen the winning images of the Mammal Society Photographer of the Year competition?This image "Leaping Dolphins" (in the Firth of Forth) won the Under 18 category! Photo credit: Alessandro Oggioni. See them all here: http://ow.ly/iqMRF

This striking coastline belongs to the island of Lanai, where we do our full and half day snorkelling trips.https://hawaiioceanrafting.com// Happening now - sea cliffs with a view! Who would you want to share this stunning moment with? #visitlanai

Humpbacks around maui. Check out this spectacular underwater humpback footage shot on one our whale watch trips, so graceful!

"Mermaid Mist" A beautiful shot taken this last week by The Spa Doc titled "Mermaid Mist"

This is cool, these humpbacks do not migrate, and have no contact with other humpbacks for 60,000 years. They have found that their songs are much simpler.www.islandstarexcursions.com/ Talk about feeling isolated!Fascinating video about Arabian Sea humpback whales who have not had contact with other humpback populations for 60,000 years. Their...

Happy meteorological spring! Today marks the beginning of the three-month period (March-April-May) that meteorologists and climatologists use to keep track of temperature and precipitation on a seasonal basis. What's the difference between meteorological spring and astronomical spring? Click the link below to find out. http://1.usa.gov/rlnJol

This is a spectacular picture. WWF-Canon Pic of the Week: Bryde's WhaleAnother stunning site from the natural World as the delicate balance between living things plays out. A Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera brydei / edeni) swims through a bait ball of Sardines anxious to avoid becoming a meal for it. Taken off...

Wanted: Oceanic Whitetip Protection. Central Pacific data: 93% population decline between 1995-2000. Send your letter to CITES Leaders today urging them to vote YES for the Oceanic Whitetip at CITES: March 2013:http://bit.ly/RGLOKe Special thanks to Guillermo Munro Colosio

Behold the majesty of the sawfish. The United States is supporting proposals to list manta rays in CITES and increase protection of freshwater sawfish. We hope other nations will join us in this global effort. Learn more about what’s happening this year in CITES to help protect these amazing creatures:http://1.usa.gov/14XWYyJ....

Much mahalo to Missy Woolf Ellis for sharing her footage from one of last weeks trips. Amazing day in Maui This was the most amazing trip on 1/17/13 on Hawaii Ocean Rafting with Captains Jeff and Lydia. Thanks so much for an amazing time!!

Originally published in No Ka Oi Magazine Jan-Feb 2009 Issue Sail Away Climb aboard a private yacht for the all-day cruise of your dreams. Shannon Wianeck Photography by Nina Lee In my fantasy, I'm cavorting with a few friends on a private yacht in the Pacific. We linger in idyllic coves,...

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