Best part of our trip to Maui by far - the snorkeling was amazing in and around untouched Lanai. Then we saw whales maybe 20-30 of them close by and breaching - spectacular! But by far the best part was running into the family of dolphins that live around Lanai - several hundred playful ones jumping out of the water and following us! really really amazing and highly recommended! Staff was great and very warm and hospitable! Would do again for sure!!!
Totally enjoyed this dolphin and snorkel cruise! Captain Sandy was informative and a whole lot of fun! Brandon kept us entertained and the naturalist on board sorry, I can not remember her name was amazing! Breakfast was very light, so if you get hungry it may be best to eat before you go. Lunch was a BBQ on the deck. Simple, yet great. They had hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken and veggie burger upon request. We were in the middle of dolphin soup and saw 3 varieties. Very cool! Even though it was in the beginning of humpback season we still saw some humpback rolling, tail flaps and blowholes. The whales were so amazing. We loved the crew and would come back and snorkel and travel with them anytime! Thanks guys for a wonderful adventure!
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!!!
Yes!!! Loved it! We would have loved to see more turtles; amazing animals. Service from the crew was incredible. The only thing was to get there, we were on the cruise ship very far and the taxi was very expensive. There should be pick up at the pier. Overall great although no dolphins anywhere!!