My husband and I went on the Lanai dolphin and snorkeling tour. We had such a wonderful time! Due to the windy weather we couldn't go to Lanai, but out was fine because the captain found other fantadtic snorkeling spots for us. We saw beautiful fish, sea turtles, and even a white fin reef shark! The crew was helpful and friendly. We enjoyed muffins, fruit, and juice for breakfast, and there was lots of barbeque hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken for lunch. They had veggie burgers too, just ask them to grill them if you want one. The potato/pasta salad was tasty. We also got a complimentary drink, just had to ask for it. We were lucky because it was a beautiful sunny day, and whale season started early! Even though it was only the end of November we saw several whales! Our crew was great, and they would stop the boat whenever one was spotted and let us know where to look.
Our trip was ok, went to some nice snorkeling spots. We did not go to Lanai due to weather conditions with wind. Our tour captain did her best to make it nice and upbeat, but it fell short in a lot of ways. We ended up going to a snorkel spot that we could have gone to on our own on the coast a little ways up from Lahaina and then we went back to another spot just outside Lahaina. Both spots we could have easily accessed without paying a large amount of money to go to. It was a very disappointing day. We asked for a discount on the trip cost since we were not going to Lanai, but we were denied that request. We were given the option of possibly returning on another day, but since we had already gotten up at 5:00 a.m. to meet our boat, had no breakfast, and were already there and ready and the captain stated that there might be a chance that we would be able to go to Lanai, we decided to take the trip. Needless to say, it was not a great day to try and go to Lanai, according to our captain and we ended up skirting the southern coast of Lahaina.
Food was mediocre and not too plentiful. Breakfast consisted of muffins, coffee, and granola bars. Plenty of water and soda, however, but since we do not drink soda, it was a mute point.
We feel that there should be a contingency for weather conditions, a discount for customers when these things occur, notices on the website when booking that there might be a slight change in trips due to wind, weather conditions, etc., but discounts will be allowed if such occasions occur.
Overall, we were highly disappointed in the process and in the trip. However, the snorkeling was fun and we did enjoy that aspect and the Captain and Crew were highly upbeat and really did try and make it an interesting trip despite the wind conditions.
We were a party of five adults, ranging in age from 60 to 22, and quite varied snorkeling experience and we all enjoyed this tour immensely. We booked this tour through Viator because a similar one through our cruise ship was sold out. This was not only significantly less expensive than booking through the cruise line but ended up being one of our favorite activities of the week. The crew was very safety conscious and respectful of the environment. They were also lots of fun and shared a wealth of information about the islands, the reef and the sea life we were seeing. The reef was beautiful and we were able to see a great variety of beautiful fish as well as sea turtles. A highlight was the large pod of dolphins that frolicked along side the boat for quite a while. The provided breakfast and lunch were good and the drinks we enjoyed once we were done snorkeling were very good. Brandon and Kevin were terrific apologies if the names aren't accurate, I'm terrible at remembering names. I would highly recommend this excursion, a perfect mix of a relaxing cruise and exciting activity. Also, when researching excursions before choosing this one, I saw several reviews that stated the snorkeling sites, while beautiful, were too crowded to be enjoyed. This was definitely not true with this one. We were the only boat at the first site and there was only one other boat at the second one. Our boat was also spacious with ample seating, two decks and both sun and shady areas to enjoy. Tip-put your sunscreen on well before boarding the boat, we were informed it is toxic to the reef if not allowed to soak in to your skin. Spray on is discouraged on board too. Do this, even if you are not an experienced snorkeler!!!
Captain Jill and her crew were awesome!! Our family of four daughter 15, son 12 had an amazing time!!
On the way to Lanai to go to or first stop to snorkel, we had a delicious continental breakfast of various muffins, fruit, juices, granola bars, and coffee. We saw large groups of spinner dolphins and also found three bottle nose dolphins which are not easily found swimming together, turtles, and flying fish.
Both the stops off of Lanai and Maui were really good. We got to see quite a bit of fish and turtles. The BBQ lunch of chicken, hamburgers/cheesebrgers, hot dogs was delicious that they served. The crew was personable, friendly and were very knowledgeable of the surrounding islands. We learned a lot of history of the people, animals, and plants on each of the islands and in the surrounding ocean.
Captain Jill was awesome! She stopped a few times to let everyone on the boat take pictures of the islands and any animals that we saw along the way.
It was a really fun day for my husband and I and our kids!! I would highly recommend it!!
Best part of our trip to Maui! Captain Becca and her fabulous crew took us to Lanai and we got to snorkel over a living coral reef.
It's a large, clean, comfortable boat and the well-trained and friendly crew was well organized and helpful to all the guests on board.
After the reef, we motored back to Maui to snorkel in a spot with turtles, then took a bit of time out on the water looking for dolphins.
Lots of good quality gear available, along with a light breakfast and lunch. Excellent!
First off all we stood in line at 6:30 am until departure at 7:30. The snorkeling sight had very minimal things to see. Small fish and small coral fields. We had 1 hr. to snorkel. Then off to the second place by a very circuitous route, they were using up time. Got to the second place and there was a private boat on our buoy, more wasted time, which had to be moved. At this time there were 3 other snorkel companies there. It was way crowded and again not much to see. Lunch was served but my friend who decided to stay in for a while didn't get anything because they ran out. Upon arriving at the dock we had to wait in a holding pattern for 30 min. Because our dock space was in use. Don't recommend this tour.