We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Hawaii Ocean Project

Certificate of Excellence
Features Animals
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Loading Dock Main Booth, Lahaina Harbor, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Phone Number:
+1 808-667-9266
Website
Today
08:00 - 20:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:00
Description:

Hawaii Ocean Project hosts whale watches and other exciting excursions...

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 31.74*
and up
Maui Whale Watch Cruise
More Info
US$ 99.95*
and up
Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise
More Info
US$ 99.95*
and up
Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Maui

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 220 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 121
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Whales Galore

We went whale watching with the Hawaii Ocean Project. The crew were awesome. Our first boat was some technical issues and the resolved them quickly and professionally. The guide... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
Jessie R
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

220 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 212: English reviews
Level Contributor
36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We went whale watching with the Hawaii Ocean Project. The crew were awesome. Our first boat was some technical issues and the resolved them quickly and professionally. The guide was super informative and really excited to be out watching whales.

Helpful?
Thank Jessie R
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

My husband and I did the Lanai Snorkel tour. We lucked out with a beautiful, warm, sunny early January day. The weather and the ocean were unbelievably gorgeous! The ride out to our first snorkel spot in Lahaina was relaxing as we watched the sunrise (you check in at the dock at 6:30 & the boat leaves 7am - still... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jenn H
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We went on the early morning excursion and saw many humpback whales exhibiting many whale behaviours and even a pod of dolphins. It was an amazing experience! I especially liked that we were on a larger ship with a cabin below. It felt very safe and is the reason we chose this company over other options with smaller raft sized... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jenna H
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We went on a Molokini Snorkel Trip in December with Hawaii Ocean Project during our week on Maui. Four from our family (youngest 18 years old) went hoping for a half day of snorkeling trip. What we got was a trip on an older ship which was packed in with over 70 people (80 or so max) where there were... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kevan S
hawaiioceanproject, Guest Relations Manager at Hawaii Ocean Project, responded to this review

Aloha Kevan S, Thank you for taking the time to review our Molokini snorkel. We love taking guests out to experience Maui's amazing ocean environment, and are very sorry that Mother Nature was not cooperative on the day that your family joined us (Although it is wonderful you saw turtles and dolphins!!). On rare occasions, we have to re-route trips... More 

Evans, Georgia
Level Contributor
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We participated in 2 tours of the Hawaii Ocean Project. The first, a 2-hour whale watching tour was very pleasant. The second, a 6-hour Lanai snorkel trip, bordered on disastrous. Our first tour had 25 participants; the second, 96. We saw whales and spinner dolphins on both tours. The first tour was a great experience. MY COMMENTS BELOW ARE DIRECTED... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jim30809
hawaiioceanproject, Guest Relations Manager at Hawaii Ocean Project, responded to this review

Aloha Jim30809, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience. We value customers, like you and your family, who entrusted us enough on your first activity to come out again with us on another trip. Our Kaulana, the Lanai snorkeling vessel, is certified to travel with 147 passengers; however, we, typically, go out with well below 100 in... More 

Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

We have done whale watching tours from Lahaina before,we booked this one at the last minute and were not disappointed. It was very early in the season to see whales, but the captain took us right to them, one even came up right next to the boat, so close they had to turn off the engines. There were only 20... More 

Helpful?
Thank Eric W
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

We went whale watching with Hawaii Ocean Project in December 2016. Our crew was Becca, Clint, and CJ. They were very friendly and we were very fortunate to find a young jouvenile humpback whale in the mood to show off. He breached multiple times for us to get get great video and pictures. The captain was very friendly and knowledgeable... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nicholas N
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

We planned on going to the Lana'i Snorkeling trip, however, when we arrived to check in at 6:30 am, we were told that Lana'i area is not clear to snorkel due to the rain from the day before. The receptionist politely asked if we would like to reschedule or we can go on the trip but a different destination -... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lazypigr
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

We took the Lanai Dolphin Watch trip and it was amazing. First we snorkeled in Lanai, where the water was clear and the fish were huge. We saw three turtles as well! Then on the way back, the dolphin pod raced in front and alongside our boat so close you could almost reach down and touch them! It was such... More 

Helpful?
Thank Susie M
Caves Beach, Australia
Level Contributor
60 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

early morning start was worth it to see a super pod of dolphins and almost the chance to swim with them. Our captain was such a lovely lady with many years experience which showed as we had to change direction due to the winds that just kicked up. great day, great lunch, lovely crew. Fantastic! Thank you!

Helpful?
Thank jenwal23

Travellers who viewed Hawaii Ocean Project also viewed

 

Been to Hawaii Ocean Project? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Hawaii Ocean Project and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
St Helens, United Kingdom
1 month ago

See all questions (3)

Questions? Get answers from Hawaii Ocean Project staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?