Based on 66 reviews
01:52 08 Mar 20
These guys are the BEST! We had been on one of their trips seven years ago and they were our first stop when we traveled back to Lahaina! Mona got us our tickets on site and we snacked on pineapple and cake while we waited for the tour to start. It's migration season so there were lots of whales out, but a good captain is essential and our captain - Captain Jeff and assistant Angela - were awesome! They helped everyone relax and get ready for a great time, and we saw tons of whales!! We had a very energetic baby that must have breached 8 times while we were hanging around the area they were in. Captain Jeff wanted to give the momma and baby a break so we went looking for more and did we ever find them! We had a huge momma (or male escort) breech three times in front of us and it was magnificent!! Then her baby followed suit and practiced their breech several times ... truly magnificent. Angela and Capt Jeff shared all kinds of knowledge with us, and their respect for these beautiful animals was greatly appreciated. Will be back for sure - probably before we leave this vacation! Thank you MONA, CAPTAIN JEFF, AND ANGELA!!
00:39 24 Feb 20
Great outing with the boys of Hawaii Ocean Rafting - we found the whales right off the start on the 7:00 am trip 2-22-20. Great information and knowledge about the whales and kept us on the downside of the sun so we could take photos when they showed up. I would recommend these folks as a first rate group - Mahalo
18:47 15 Feb 20
Captain Sean was absolutely amazing! The whole experience was exceptional and we were absolutely thrilled. The facts they could provide about the whales were fantastic, and the whale watching was astounding. We were able to get close to baby whales, breaches, and at one point they were swimming under the boat. Highly recommend!
06:00 10 Feb 20
We loved this trip! I have been whale watching twice before and they were both experiences of squinting in the distance trying to find the tiny spout or fin that some others were seeing. This was not that. We were right up close. The backs, bodies and action were easy and close to see. The naturalist was excellant with her enthusiasm, love and knowledge of whales and whale behavior. The capt was, of course, water and boat savvy but also loved whales and their behavior . I have an underwater camera, tho not a go-pro, and it has not great telephoto ability, so you can see in the attached photos how close we were. (Not sure why it will not let me attach photos)
00:03 05 Feb 20
The best on the island!!! Smaller groups. Up close and personal with the whales. We captured the most amazing pictures and the crew were great!!!! Jana we just loved you!!! Very informative and personal!! Highly recommend this tour!! Stay away from the big boats!!!! Toooooo many people.
04:19 04 Feb 20
I booked this knowing that whale watching is a great thing to do on Maui. My girlfriend and I ran into car trouble and so had to call Mark. We explained our situation and that we were going to be late. Mark understood and let me know that it would be alright to reschedule us for a different time. That was my first indication of how awesome this was going to be. Nice people running a great operation. We got to the wharf and the staff was friendly and helpful. Sean and Angela were onboard with us during the excursion. They were knowledgeable, welcoming and extremely professional. They explained facts about the whales, made sure to answer all our questions and make us feel safe. I highly recommend them!
20:25 26 Jan 20
What an amazing afternoon! We received this excursion as a gift from our daughter who lives on Island ... she said it was the best and she did not disappoint! I wish I remembered the names of the Skipper and the Guide, because they were both so knowledgeable and personable. And, I know this is a small thing, but it stood out, they were asked about other companies and how they compared. Their answer was they are all friends on the island, they share information, and they support each other. I don't know if that is true or not ... but I thought that was such a classy answer and I love it that two women will represent us in that way. But on to the trip ... I felt safe, it was fun running around on the ocean, and wow, are those whales incredible! Yes, I wish one would have decided to come over to take a closer look at us as I saw in a picture, but I have no complaints at all. Everywhere we turned we saw splashes, tails in the air, mommies with their babies. Honestly, just being in their presence was was enough for me. I felt honored. Two hours was the perfect amount of time. I recommend highly and would go again in a heartbeat.
08:01 24 Jan 20
Highly recommended captain Paul and crew Sean! They’re super professional and friendly. Every details was done perfectly.
Kenn and Jamie Hanson
22:51 19 Jan 20
What a great snorkel trip we had. Our guides were excellent. Provided a lot of knowledge about the area and took us to great snorkel spots. We had the good fortune of being able to view humpback whales up close which was awesome. While this was a snorkel trip it turned into the BEST whale watching trip ever. Snacks on the boat were perfect. Everything about the adventure was great. We will do this again for sure with this company the next time we are in Maui.
05:51 17 Jan 20
Paul and Captain Sean are amazing and fun! I had the BEST Lanai Snorkel trip today where I saw Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins and had the most extremely awesome up close Humpback Whale encounter!! They came right up to our boat, two young males and looked right at us for a long time!! It was an experience I will never forget!
17:31 13 Jan 20
I cannot comment on the actual tours, but have to give a shout-out to how accommodating Hawaii Ocean Rafting was to us. When I originally saw that our scheduled port arrival was not until after all available snorkel tours were due to depart, I contacted Hawaii Ocean Rafting and they offered to delay their departure time by an hour to allow us to make it. I immediately pre-paid for both a snorkel tour and then a later whale watch. Unfortunately, due to a medical emergency we had to cancel our scheduled reservation less than a week out. When I contacted them and explained the situation, they fully refunded our bookings. (We had other scheduled tours on other islands for this trip that were not refunded.) Once we do make it to Maui, I will definitely be reaching out to Hawaii Ocean Rafting again.
06:09 04 Jan 20
They were very helpful in getting us a private boat whale watching tour when it was very busy. Crew was great and very fun, made the trip a unique experience!
19:09 21 Sep 19
Can't recommend more highly. Both Captain Sean and Molly really cared about not just our experience but also the comfort of the marine life that we were going to see (and boy! Did we see some incredible animals). They are patient and helpful and excited about what they do. 6/5 stars.
20:49 25 Aug 19
We had a great experience with Hawaii Ocean Rafting. We were a little skeptical about the smaller boat but it turned to be the perfect choice for this type of tour. It is faster and more maneuverable up near the coast. We were able to see things you just can get to with the bigger boats. The staff was great too! This was the first snorkeling experience for our daughters and they made them feel safe and comfortable, going out of their way to ensure it was a great day for all of us.
18:37 30 Jul 19
Wonderful experience from start to finish yesterday. Captain Sean and Nick were great, engaging, knowledgeable and helpful with any needs anyone on the boat had. They were very environmentally conscious and cared about preserving the reef. It was great to be on a faster boat, able to outrun bigger boats and not feel like you were spending your whole trip getting to your destination. We had 2 snorkel stops, both had turtles and plenty of fish and coral. We also had about 15-20 minutes of riding directly alongside dolphins. This was great because our feet were in the water and the people on a bigger boat tour that was next to us were standing on the deck at least 4-5 feet up. I thought it was very competitively priced. Would highly recommend.
03:49 29 Jun 19
I cannot say enough about Captain Sean and Miss Noni! They gave my family and I a once in a lifetime day, complete with fish, sharks, turtles, dolphins and amazing reefs. The personalized service was better than any other snorkeling trip we have been on. Noni took our boys under her "water" wing and showed them how amazing the ocean can be. The added bonus of seeing a submarine emerge from the depths was fantastic. Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing day and for taking such great care of the boys! We will remember it forever! Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!
04:01 03 Jun 19
Paul and Darryl were awesome guides. Had the best time and even got to see spinner dolphins and snorkel with turtles (Honu). Great trip. Highly reccomend. Thank you Mona for the info and the booking.
18:35 26 May 19
My girlfriend and I had a phenomenal time with Hawaii Ocean Rafting. Captain Shawn and Linda did a fantastic job of ensuring we had the adventure we were hoping for, even against the uncontrollable force of mother nature. We saw an entire pod of dolphins within arms reach of the boat, a number of sea turtles at multiple locations, and the beautiful island of Lanai. I would highly recommend Hawaii Ocean Rafting for anyone looking to make the most of their vacation.
03:28 06 Apr 19
Great Whale watching tour with Linda and Linda. They were great and got us up close to a family of whales. Informative and fun. Raft-boat really moves!
16:07 22 Mar 19
Both the skipper and the guide where amazing. They shared a lot of knowledge and where eager to get us close to the whales. We were seeing whales almost all the time. Both diving under us and come just a few meters close while gaping and getting there head high out of the water and looking in our eyes. One of the guests on the boat had tested all the whalewatching companies several times and gave both the skippers of Hawaii Ocean Rafting the best evaluation.
19:48 12 Mar 19
We've been on the Hawaii Ocean Rafting whale watch about 10 times over the last 4 years and have had such an amazing time every time that we always come back for more. The crew are always helpful and entertaining, and we have multiple whale sightings every trip. The raft is always a smooth ride and keeps you feeling closer to the whales. I definitely recommend this whale watch to anyone who visits Maui.
02:22 02 Apr 18
It was nearing the “end” of whale watching season so we were not expecting much, but Captain Sam and Linda went above and beyond! We saw three herds of whales in different locations. Captain Sam sped us all over the bay to make sure we saw Bottlenose Dolphins and Spinner Dolphins too! Linda’s educational facts kept us all up to speed on what we were seeing. It was a magical experience with unbelievably enthusiastic tour guides whose knowledge of the water made the trip beyond memorable. These are your people for whale watching when you’re looking to choose!!
15:13 13 Mar 18
Been on their trips several times and have always been impressed. Last trip we were on with them though, the motor was left running while we were setting still and this caused excessive exhaust smelling, which made it fairly uncomfortable. But overall I have enjoyed their services.
23:33 02 Mar 18
Had a private whale tour with a group of 15 and it was the BEST experience of our week long maui trip. Mona was great with communication and captain Shawn and his staff were incredible with our family and making sure we had a memorable experience. We saw dolphins, toms of whales (one came under our boat) and we got a chance to swim with our kids in the ocean. Thought it was very reasonably priced, but would have paid double given the experience they gave us.
19:23 02 Mar 18
We went on a two hour zodiac whale watching last week. We saw about 20 whales - mama's with babies and once saw mama, papa & baby! It was great! Sammi is fantastic - she made the experience really fun & she truly loves her job & the whales. She did everything possible to make sure when she spotted a whale in the distance - to rush over to the spot. She really wants to make sure we find the whales out there! Jenna who was part of the crew was great too - very informative! Loved it and would use this company again! Thanks!
05:07 17 Dec 17
WE HAD A WHALE OF A TIME!!! Captain Sam was awesome and we were ALWAYS to the whales first! I would do it over and over again - she was always on point where we needed to go, super informative, and super fun!! IF you guys go on any tours, you should definitely go with Captain Samantha with Hawaii Ocean Rafting!! IT was amazing!