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“Best family/adult snorkel trip ever...made us feel like "ohana"”

Hawaii Ocean Project
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 28 June 2013

We booked though the Lahaina Cruise Company for the Lanai Snorkel trip. Capt. David Girvin and his crew Raquel, Lily and Meric aboard the Kaulana made for an exceptional tour of the waters off Lanai and Maui! Capt. David and all his crew were very knowledgeable, providing facts about all the islands and surrounding waters, making this not only a snorkeling venture but also sightseeing tour. We were even able to see the top of the Big Island! My husband and I took our 7 year old daughter. This was her first time snorkeling. She had so much fun with the help of Lily personally helping her make adjustments to her mask and Raquel helping us find sea turtles. I felt very safe as Capt. Dave was very clear and instructional about what to do if anyone aboard needed help while on board or in the water. Capt. Dave did his best to ensure a smooth sail...very few sick people on board. Breakfast and Lunch were excellent. We tend to be picky about our BBQ. Lily's burgers and chicken were thoroughly cooked and not burnt. Finally, eating aboard the Kaulana was a pleasure with table style seating opposed to rows of benches as found on other ships like the Pride of Maui! Capt. Dave advised against the "famed" Molokini for snorkeling due to lack of fish. We found this proved to be true a few days later when we sailed with the Pride of Maui and saw very little of anything at Molokini. BTW don't go with Pride of Maui...they cram a ton of people on their boats and just dump you off...very impersonal. THANK YOU Capt. Dave, Raquel, Lily and Meric for making us feel more like friends than customers!!

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Reviewed 11 May 2013

What a lovely island. Went on a cruise, bit disappointed at first, thought late April weather would be good, siling from LA 24TH April it was cold, two days at sea before it warmed up. Hilo rained worse than back home.

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Reviewed 22 April 2013 via mobile

Even though it is late in the season for whale watching this group made it happen. We had a great experience with a terrific crew. My husband has a disability & the guys on board went out if their way to assist my husband & me. We would definitely book with them again!

Thank Ceezie
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

Great tour...lots of little known whale factoids courtesy of the naturalist. Nice trip,despite the chop; captain knew just where to idle out of the wind and the worst rocking. well worth the cost...mom and baby whales jumping everywhere!!

Thank Kj P
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Reviewed 17 March 2013 via mobile

We took the 7:30 am whale watching cruise & saw dozens of whales. The staff were very knowledgeable with whale facts & education.
The cruise was fantastic ! Due to the early hour, the price was only 24.00 including tax per person. Kids under 6 were free.
I highly recommend the tour.

Thank Ecolorado
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