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.
Tip of the Day:
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
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.