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whale watches

whale watching from lahaina

2 hours

Enjoy comfortable seating for up to 16 passengers and spectacular views of Maui’s gentle giants from the best seats in town! Avoid the crowds… Unlike larger vessels our raft allows you to get that up close and eye level photo you wish for.

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full day snorkel

The Full Day Snorkel Trip is the adventure of a lifetime and is available on a per person rate from April 15th through December 15th and on a private basis all year long. 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. View more details

Half Day Snorkel

We 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 (at least) 2-3 different and unique snorkel spots as well as dolphin watching opportunities.

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private charters

Enjoy comfortable seating for up to 16 passengers departing from Lahaina Harbor. We can create your own personal trip to meet your needs such as arranging for Scuba diving, visiting the superb snorkel spots of Maui, or spectacular views of Maui’s gentle giants from the best seats in town.

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SleptAround CARMEL

Great time with HOR

Went snorkeling with Hawaii Ocean Rafting while on a company sponsored the trip. Had a great time. The conditions were bad in that it was very windy, so we had to stay closer to shore than normal. HOR did everything they could to get us to new spots and provide a variety of snorkeling experiences. Capt. Sean and First Mate Amanda were awesome. I would recommend HOR.

mybutler Des Moines, Washington

BEST Snorkeling EVER!!!

We were fortunate enough to take a ride with Sean and Stephanie on a chance of a lifetime snorkeling trip! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They took us to a coral reef that was the most BEAUTIFUL thing we have ever seen! Sooooo many fish and the reef was unexplainable…BEAUTIFUL! They took us to see the dolphins, hundreds of them surrounding our boat! You could reach out and pet them! They took us to whale watch, we saw a whale spout twice! The boat is fast and fun and takes the waves like butter! The breakfast and lunch were included and very yummy! We will never forget that trip! Thank you, Hawaii Ocean Rafting!

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