Only The Best On Our Sunset Dinner Cruise

By Captain Dave

Just a few reasons why you must experience a memorable evening on our Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise:

  • Our sunset dinner cruise offers a unique experience of fine dining and dancing beneath the stars while cruising steadily off West Maui’s beautiful coastline.
  • Experience an  A M A Z I N G  island sunset and three hundred sixty degree panoramic views of the beautiful West Maui Mountains
  • Live entertainment provided by famed musician, songwriter, and producer, Greg diPiazza.
  • Festivities take place aboard the 120′ Maui Princess: Lahaina’s largest, most luxurious and stabilized yacht.
  • “White Glove” Service provided by our extensively trained wait staff.
  • The ONLY cruise to offer premium seating at no extra charge!
  • Departure from the calm waters of Lahaina Harbor: Just minutes away from your Lahaina, Kaanapali, or other West Maui accommodations.

Ready to create some lasting memories? Book your Sunset Dinner Cruise today!

Enjoy The Shores Of Maui With Our Fantastic Tours

By Captain Dave

Want to get the most out of your next vacation on Maui? Then you’ll want to consider booking one (or more) of these fantastic Hawaii Boat Cruises & Tours offered by the Hawaii Ocean Project:

  • Sunset Dinner Cruise
    Dinner and dancing on the high seas as you enjoy an evening of wonderful food and music under the stars, aboard the 120 foot Maui Princess.
  • Sunset Cocktail Cruise
    Enjoy an intimate cruise along Maui’s coastline as the beautiful Maui sun sets beneath the horizon. A variety of cocktails and appetizers are on offer throughout your 2 hour sunset sail, as is complementary shuttle service to/from most West Maui vacation accommodations.
  • Maui Whale Watch Cruise
    From late November through early May, marvel at one of Maui’s most treasured marine guests: Humpback whales. Watch in awe as they float, jump, and play in our warm coastal waters. AS one of our most popular adventures, passengers aboard our Maui whale watch trips feature GUARANTEED WHALE SIGHTINGS; or go on another of our Maui whale watches for free!
  • Snorkel Lanai
    Our Lanai snorkel trips get you up close and personal with some of Hawaii’s most treasures sea life, just off the coast of Hawaii’s “private island” of Lanai.
  • Molokai Ferry & Tour
    Take a trip to the “Friendly Isle” of Molokai and discover why this magical island is considered not just the friendliest, but also the “most Hawaiian” island in the Hawaii chain.
  • Private Boat Tours
    Charter your own private tour aboard any of our fleets’ large luxury cruisers with our exclusive Hawaii Ocean Project Private Maui Charters.

Contact us today for more information or to schedule your next Maui cruise. Mahalo!

Enjoy a Cocktail Cruise at Sunset

By Captain Dave
An enchanting Maui sunset, 360 degree views of the West Maui coastline, and cocktail in hand. Sounds like the start of a perfect evening in paradise does it not? Whether you live here or are simply visiting the wonderful island of Maui, you owe it to yourself to enjoy just such an experience on our Maui Sunset Cocktail Cruise.

Held aboard the Kaulana, Maui’s most stable double deck catamaran, our Monday/Wednesday/Friday cocktail cruise is the PERFECT way to start an evening on Maui. Departing at 5pm, this two hour sunset sail includes two complimentary cocktails, a large variety of hot and cool appetizers, and live mixing courtesy of our on board DJ. Sit back and take in the amazing views, or dance the night away on our spacious open deck area/dance floor! There’s even an on board gift shop where you can purchase fantastic souvenirs from your fun filled cruise.

Ready for some fun? Book your Maui Sunset Cocktail Cruise today!

Fun Fun Fun on the Hawaii Ocean Project Lanai Snorkel Trip

By Captain Dave

Super clear ocean, amazing, colorful undersea life forms, and a fantastic lunch to boot. There’s only one place where you can have this much fun while learning about the many cool creatures  that call our waters home: on the Hawaii Ocean Project Lanai Snorkeling tour! But don’t just take our word for it, check out what just a few of our satisfied snorkelers have to say about their trips:

Ready to book your Maui – Lanai snorkel trip? Click here to book your trip online now!

Tips To Make The Most Of Your Lanai Snorkeling Trip

By Captain Dave

Ready for a fun filled Maui snorkel trip? Here’s a few tips to remember as you take the plunge!

  1. Look, But Don’t Touch
    While snorkeling in Maui waters you will come across absolutely stunning marine life; from beautiful coral to colorful fish and much more. In order to preserve these living treasures, it’s always best to enjoy the sights without attempting to touch or otherwise disrupt them. Especially coral which, while maintaining the appearance of tough yet colorful undersea rocks, are often extremely delicate, and can take years to grow back once damaged.
  2. Relax!
    A common mistake for many first time snorkelers is to be a bit over zealous with their underwater movements. Staying calm, and allowing yourself to almost float along with slow, measured kicks will not only save you from getting tired too soon, but will keep the fish and other marine life around you much more relaxed, and therefore much more comfortable being near you as you explore their home.
  3. Use Sunscreen
    As with any outdoor activity, you will want to be sure to protect yourself from sunburn with a safe, waterproof sunscreen prior to departure.
  4. Stay Hydrated
    Between the wonderfully warm Hawaiian sun escorting you on your boat trip out, and the low resistance undersea exercise you will receive once you don your snorkel gear, you will surely want to keep your body well hydrated with lots of water to avoid any discomfort during your day time adventure.

Now that you have these tips in mind, if you haven’t already go book your Lanai snorkel trip now and put them to good use!

Tips For An Amazing Whale Watching Experience

By Captain Dave

Ready to take [part in one of our fantastic Maui whale watching trips? Here’s a few items you may want to consider bringing along with you on your tour:

  • Sunscreen – During our Maui whale watch tour you will be spending a good amount of time watching humpback whales frolic and play in the water under the wonderful Hawaiian sun. While the warmth is always welcoming, protecting your skin from UV rays with a dab of sunscreen is always a good idea.
  • Sunglasses – Great for not only protecting your eyes from UV rays, but also for reducing glare, making seeing the beauty of our marine friends all the more clearer.
  • Lightweight, water resistant clothing – Out on the sea you might find yourself facing the occasional small splash of water. Quick drying, lightweight clothing will help keep you comfortable while enjoying your trip. If you are planning on buying a few lightweight items, look for breathable clothing with built in UV resistance for added comfort and protection.
  • Binoculars – While an up close experience is quite common during our Maui whale watches, it’s always nice to have a pair of binoculars handy for those times a whale or other marine life chooses to do something amazing a bit farther out from the boat.
  • Waterproof phone case – Just to be safe, equipping your phone with a waterproof case provides great piece of mind while snapping pic, shooting videos, or tweeting your awesome experience on the #HOPMaui whale watch!

Now that you know what to bring, book your Maui whale watch with Hawaii Ocean Project today!

Snorkeling The Warm Waters Of Maui

By Captain Dave

While we are most often praised for our fantastic Maui whale watching trips and relaxing dinner cruises, the Hawaii Ocean Project also offers an host of fun day trips and activities for those looking for something a bit more adventurous on their vacation. One of our favorite offerings: Snorkeling the warm waters off of the island of Lanai.

A half day adventure departing bright and early at 8:30am, our Lanai Snorkeling trip begins with a short cruise aboard our unique 70 foot catamaran, the Kaulana. As we set sail you will be treated to a wonderful continental breakfast while taking in amazing interisland ocean views. Soon after the real fun begins as you find yourself at the first of two stunning snorkeling spots. Put on your snorkel gear, take a dip, and marvel at the vibrant marine life living just beneath the water’s surface. Experience amazing coral reef teeming with colorful, exquisite fish varieties, beautiful living coral, and even the occasional Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle!

Once you have had enough time to explore and experience marine life, it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy a full BBQ lunch as we head on back to Maui’s simply pristine shores.

An amazing experience for families, groups, or anyone else who love the Hawaiian waters, our Lanai Snorkel trip is definitely a “must do” during your next vacation on Maui.

If you’re ready to get your feet wet, book your Lanai snorkel trip today!

Watching Whales Watching You

By Captain Dave

Have you ever been up close and personal with a Humpback whale? For most, the answer is “No.” While these majestic creatures spend some time in Maui’s clear blue waters each season, coming in contact with a Humpback is strictly prohibited by law to help protect the whales being disturbed and intruded upon by human actions. While this means you must keep your distance whether onboard a kayak or a Maui whale watch vessel, the same rule does not apply to our sea bound friends if they decide to take an interest in us!

One such occurrence took place recently aboard our ship, the Kaulana, as we took a fun group of passengers out on the high seas for a leisurely Maui whale watch off the coast of Lahaina. During our trip, an intrigued humpback decided to take a closer look at our friendly shipmates, passing underneath our boat, just beneath the surface of the water! Lucky for us this exciting experience was captured by a number of friends and #HOPMaui family; who have shared it on our YouTube channel for all to enjoy! Take a peek:

Undersea Fun Off The Coast Of Maui

By Captain Dave

Have you ever wanted to explore Maui’s coastal waters, without getting your feet wet? If you are one to take a peek before you leap, a new program from Google will help you do just that (and so much more!)

“Google Oceans,” a new program under the Google Maps | Views banner, now has a number of undersea views of our island home for all to explore and enjoy. With a particularly awesome View of Maui’s famed Molokini Crater available, this fantastic new project let’s you virtually dive in and take a look around one of Hawaii’s most memorable dive location (and one of the top 10 dive spots in the world,) all from the comfort of your laptop, phone, or tablet. Whether sitting at home 8000 miles away in your pajamas, at the airport ready to board your flight to Hawaii, or at your hotel just prior to enjoying your next Maui dinner cruise, cruising around Maui’s beautiful seafloor via Google Oceans is a fantastic experience that anyone can enjoy!

Take a peek: once you have had enough exploring on Google, come on back to our homepage and book your own above sea adventure with Hawaii Ocean Project’s daily Maui whale watch, dinner cruise, or sunset cocktail cruise today. Mahalo!

Continued Excitement Off The Waters Of Kauai

By Delphine Berbigier

I’m trying to hide how excited I am-although I get to see humpbacks every day during the season on Maui, I’ve never seen a beaked whale. We’re not sure yet which exact species we’re after, possibly Blainville’s beaked whales, which were sighted by the group a few days prior. The Navy is gradually refining their interpretation of sounds corresponding to species thanks to the sightings on the field made by the team. No luck finding the beaked whales though. We must have missed them behind the swell. Pity. At least the sun is shining through the clouds and drying our soaked clothes.

We get another call “Cascadia-M3R. We have tursiops north of your location.” Tursiops truncatus is the scientific name for bottlenose dolphins. We make it to the area indicated by the Navy, and sure enough, we find two dolphins. One of them approaches the boat and stays with us for a few minutes. Enough time for the girls to take dozens of pictures of its dorsal fin, which will identify the animal like a fingerprint would a human, and for Daniel to shoot a satellite tag at the base of it. If all goes well, the satellite tag will stay attached and provide information on the animal’s whereabouts for about a month. So far, the team has deployed 10 tags: 2 on rough-toothed dolphins, 2 on bottlenose, 4 on short-finned pilot whales, and 2 on Blainville’s beaked whales. M3R calls us again to announce another pod to the west, but the wind is picking up and it’s getting late, so we have to head back to the harbor, mission of the day accomplished.

Dr. Robin Baird and the Cascadia Research Collective is one of the researchers that is supported by the Hawaii Ocean Project. “It’s important for us to receive flexible, independent funding, so that we can work on research projects that are important, but are not necessarily part of government agencies’ priorities and thus receive no official funding,” he says. “It can also really help us to buy new equipment, like a tagging gun or a camera.” But money is not the only thing that helps research: outreach and education is essential. As a parting gift, he hands me brochures on false killer whales to pass out at our upcoming events.

A big Mahalo to the Cascadia Research Collective!