Hawaii Ocean Rafting – Whale Watch by Raft
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Maui whale watching tours, such as the Hawaii Ocean Rafting Whale Watch, on a raft, are much different than on the larger boats. They are very up close and personal! Being eye level with the Humpback Whale is thrilling, especially when they breach close to the raft. Everyone gets wet! There have been many occasions where the whales come right up to the side of the raft and you can look them right in the eye. Whoa…. From Hawaii Ocean Rafting Whale Watch, you can really get an idea of how big the Humpback Whale really is. They are much bigger than the raft. You can feel their power, see the barnacles and soaked when they spout. A whale watching tour in Maui from a raft is unique as it is fun. Hawaiian Ocean Rafting Whale Watch is known for getting to the whales extremely quick. This provides more time to watch the magnificent Humpback Whales. The boat they use is a zodiac rigid hull raft. Zodiac rafts usually are certified to carry 22 guests. Hawaiian Ocean Rafting keeps the passenger count to 18 for comfort. There is shade aboard, but not much. Because of the number of passengers allowed on each tour, they sell out quickly. You should schedule your whale watching tour
Hawaiian Ocean Rafting Whale Watch keeps the passenger count to 18 for comfort. There is shade aboard, but not much. Because of the number of passengers allowed on each tour, they sell out quickly. You should schedule your Hawaii Ocean Rafting Whale Watch tour early, before you arrive on Maui, then you’ll have a front-row seat to the best show on Maui – featuring the Humpback Whales. Schedule your Hawaii Ocean Rafting Whale Watch on Maui today and discover the magic.
The Humpback Whale winter home is Hawaii. During the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere, the whales prefer the cooler waters off the coast of Alaska. Alaska is their feeding grounds. While our annual visitors are enjoying the warmth of the tropics in the winter they do not eat. Although whale watching tours can be had from any island in Hawaii, the best ones are from Maui. Maui is a whale sanctuary. They seem to know as more whales are sighted off Maui than any other island.
In the 1990’s whale watching was more or less out of control, with charter boats trying to get within a couple of feet of the Humpback Whale. Environmentalist got together and petition the State Legislature to pass laws limiting the distance a charter boat can come to the whales. This act alone resulted in less whales being struck by boats, resulting in less injury to the whales. The federal government also added the Humpback whale to the endangered species list about the same time. Once a population in decline, the Humpback Whale is now flourishing. Each year there is a whale count. Volunteers man their boats and count all the whales around Maui. The population has grown significantly since they were added to the endangered species list.
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Wear a hat
Dress to get wet
Make sure your camera is charged and has space for your photos
Bring bottled water
There is no food or beverage during the tour.
No pregnant women
No people with bad backs or necks
No children under 5 years old
No handicap access
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Meet Location: Lahaina Harbor Slip 8
GPS: 675 Wharf St. Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Saturday
Closed on Christmas Day, New Years Day
48 Hour Cancellation Policy
7:30am, 10:00am, 1:30pm, 4:00pm
Check-in 30 minutes prior to activity start time.
Total Duration: 2 hours
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.
It really makes a difference to go out in a smaller boat. My wife and I went on a snorkel excursion in a bigger boat and did some whale watching then as well but it was not quite the same. It was still cool on the bigger vessel,but it was a much more intimate experience. With the rafts you really get to see the whales up closer and learn about the behaviors they were displaying.
Went on a whale watch in Jan 2019 but did not see much. One was up close but all the others were far away. We had better views from the road. He was more interested in telling stories than looking for whales. So disappointed in the end. The boat ride was the best part of the trip.
The rafts are comfortable with padded seating running the length of the raft, all passengers facing out toward the water so no one has to elbow their way to a great view. Most of the seating has a back to lean on as well. The captain kept us a respectful distance from the competition pod we were enjoying and the crew provided good information about whales without intruding on our enjoyment. There are public restrooms near the dock. Allow enough time to park and walk to the dock as it can be a bit challenging to park in Lahaina.
We saw white tip reef sharks, turtles, hundreds of dolphins, and whales. It was awesome!!!!!! Shawn was a great captain and even extended our trip to watch whales that were spotted on our way in. They also offered yummy healthy snacks which was a bonus. It was a small group which made it really personal & one of the guides swam with our group the entire time and pointed out harder to see things like sharks under coral. We would highly recommend this company!!!!!!!