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Hawaii Ocean Project

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Loading Dock Main Booth, Lahaina Harbor, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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US$31.74*
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Maui Whale Watch Cruise
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US$117.11*
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Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Maui
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US$117.11*
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Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Hawaii Ocean Project hosts whale watches and other exciting excursions aboard the Maui Princess, the Molokai Princess, the Lahaina Princess, the Prince Kuhio, and the Kaulana. Our vessels are large, stable, and comfortable, and they offer the best viewing available. Trained naturalists on board share their knowledge of the West Maui marine environment. Whether you prefer a guided day trip around the exotic island of Molokai, A snorkel tour of Molokini, following a pod of Dolphins around Lanai, or a sunset dinner cruise of the coast of West Maui, Hawaii Ocean Project can accommodate you with your Maui Ocean Activity. Our Mission is to provide you with the finest Maui Ocean Activities available. Not only do we offer the finest Dinner cruises on Maui and ocean tours off the coast of West Maui, as well as excursions to Maui's neighboring islands, we are proud our services promote and support marine research and promote the education of Hawaii's marine eco system.
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Loading Dock Main Booth, Lahaina Harbor, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As a hobby photographer, the Kaulauna boat with Hawaii Ocean Project has been recommended to me for our whale watch tour. The boat was pretty stable, and there was almost zero splash at all on the lower level. Initially the lower level was great -...More

Thank AurorasEnvy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew was exceptional - Shannon, Oliver and Captain Becca. It is the end of the season but ourCaptain and Naturalist found a mother and calf along with a number of juveniles for us to watch. A dolphin swiming along with the boat on the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the best whale tour I have been on,I have never had the opportunity to see as many whales as I did on this tour.The information that was shared with us was amazing and was not dry and boring.We took 7:30 a.m. tour the...More

Thank auntiebe2754
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hawaiioceanproject, Guest Relations Manager at Hawaii Ocean Project, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Auntie Be, for your kind words!!! We appreciate you joining us, and are so happy you had a wonderful time!!!!

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We took an early morning trip at 7:30 am which is the least expensive trip of the day. We had good commentary from the naturalist. The ship gets close to the action. Sit on the top or in the back for the best angles and...More

Thank jim_mcdonald
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hawaiioceanproject, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Project, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

MAHALO for you kind review, Jim! Hope you got some great photos!!! A hui hou (until we meet again).

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

My wife and I went for the snorkeling trip on March 5, 2018 and although it wasn't necessarily a bad time it could have been much better: Cons: The boat left late. The crew members didn't seem to get along. 2/3 of the crew didn't...More

Thank mmenary2018
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hawaiioceanproject, Owner at Hawaii Ocean Project, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Mark, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We love taking guests out to enjoy Maui's beautiful waters, especially for a fun and safe snorkeling tour. I just wanted to follow-up, and let you know that we have spoken to all...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

My husband and I took our first whale watch of our Maui stay this year on Valentine’s Day last week!! My husband and I had a blast! I wanted to just to look for whales so I passed camera duty to my husband! Not the...More

Thank mahonedawgmom
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Over the years, we have taken numerous whale watching trips. Without a doubt, we saw more whales, closer to us than every before. However, find a seat as soon as possible. I would not suggest the rear of the boat because you do get the...More

Thank patsyannie
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

While we did get to see whales, including a mother and calf, and one that breached multilple times, there were some issues. This is a fairly large vessel and seating on the open deck is arranged with tables for four. Each row consisted of four...More

Thank MMMarty2ya
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Just returned from Maui where my husband and I went on one of the whale watching tours. It was the worst experience we have ever experienced in our many years of coming to Maui and going on these types of excursions. The tour was oversold...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

The trip was amazing. The guides shared their knowledge and navigated to a group of whales that entertained us for almost the entire trip. We were fortunate to have a whale spyhop with us multiple times. Two males were fighting within 100 yards of our...More

Thank Randy N
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Stonica
2 April 2017|
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Response from hawaiioceanproject | Property representative |
Aloha Stonica!, Excellent question -- Our boats are large, stable catamarans, so they don't rock/bounce like the smaller rafts. That is why we do not have any limitations on pregnant passengers joining us, as long as you... More
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Worldisamazing
10 February 2017|
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Response from hawaiioceanproject | Property representative |
Aloha, We do have limited transportation available for our Sunset Dinner Cruise. I do apologize, but TripAdvisor will not let me link directly to our website, however, if you look under "About Us", then "Bout Tours" our... More
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Nicole B
22 November 2016|
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Yes! On our Lanai snorkel, one complimentary cocktail is included, and may be enjoyed after you have finished snorkeling. Additionally, on our Sunset Dinner Cruise, a welcome Mai Tai is served, after the boat has departed... More
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