What Others Have to Say About the Hawaii Ocean Project

What Others Have to Say About the Hawaii Ocean Project

At Hawaii Ocean Project we feel honored to have some of the best guests of any company in our industry. Without them, we would not have such an outstanding ranking on one of our industry’s most trusted business reviews site: TripAdvisor. While we could tell you how wonderful our boat trips, sunset cruises, and whale watch excursions are, we much prefer to let the delighted reviews of our many customers speak for us:

A big Mahalo to our fantastic customers, outstanding crew, and amazing staff at the Hawaii Ocean Project who make this all possible!

Why Humpback Whales Come to Maui

Why Humpback Whales Come to Maui

By Captain Dave

As we all know, Maui is a premier destination for not just humans from across the globe, but for our friends the Humpback Whales as well. What many do not know however is exactly why these magnificent creatures choose to make the trip to Maui in the first place. Wonder no more, as we have three distinct reasons as to why our marine friends choose Maui for their migratory needs each winter:

  1. Warm Waters!
    Just as we like to take a dip in the refreshing warm waters off Maui’s coastline, so too do humpback whales. Migrating to the waters off Maui, which average about 75 degrees in the wintertime, allows humpback whales to keep their newborn calves safe and warm throughout these winter months as they grow in mass, and add layers of protective blubber, while enjoying the Maui waters.
  2. Increased Safety
    While humpback whales have very few natural predators to worry about, there is one species of marine life that can be particularly troublesome for these gigantic mammals: Orcas (aka Killer Whales.) Unlike humpback whales however, orcas tend to prefer the colder waters of Alaska over the tropical warmth of the Pacific: giving humpbacks an added layer of security when visiting our island waters.
  3. Comfort
    The unique placement of the islands of Maui County (comprised of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kahoolawe,) creates a comfort zone of shallow waters which humpback whales much prefer over areas with deeper depths.

Want to learn more about humpback whales and other aspects of Maui’s marine life? Then book your Maui whale watch excursion with the Hawaii Ocean Project today.

Fun In A Private Setting On The High Seas

Fun In A Private Setting On The High Seas

By Captain Dave

Looking for a unique experience on your next Maui vacation? Have you considered chartering your own private tour?

With more than thirty five years worth of experience in chartering boat tours of a wide variety, the Lahaina Cruise Company is well equipped to help you charter the perfect tour for you and your friends and family. With a large fleet to choose from, including the Island Princess, the Maui Princess, the Kaulana, the Lahaina Princess, and The Molokai Princes, our boats can accommodate your chartering needs regardless of your party’s size. Morning snorkel adventures, sunsets off the coast of Maui, wedding receptions, private whale watch cruises, or corporate parties, our experienced staff can help you put together a perfect get together atop the deep blue seas of Maui’s coast.

Ready to get your (private) cruise on? Contact us today to book your private charter with the Lahaina Cruise Company!

Baby Turtles on Maui

Baby Turtles on Maui

By Captain Dave

Many of us are familiar with sea turtles thanks to the classic Pixar film “Finding Nemo,” featuring Crush and his clan of fun loving sea turtles enjoying the great currents of the Pacific. What many do not know however is how these fantastic creatures begin their life: hatching from a nest of eggs in a sand pit near the ocean. Once hatched, the turtles begin what many consider to be the  most dangerous times of their lives; the journey from sandy nest to the freedom of the ocean. Thought typically a short journey, this retreat to the Pacific can be fraught with danger as crabs, seabirds, and other animals lie in wait to scoop up the defenseless hatchlings before they make it to the sea. For those that do make it to the ocean, a new life begins to form for the turtle which could last many, many years. Here we see one very lucky turtle as her or she makes a successful journey from sandy hill to the warm waters off Maui’s coastline. Enjoy!

An Enchanting Evening Along The Maui Coastline

An Enchanting Evening Along The Maui Coastline

By Captain Dave

Looking for the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise? Look no further than our Maui Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise.

Departing directly from Lahaina, you and your guest will enjoy a memorable evening of delicious dining and fantastic dancing aboard the Maui Princess: Maui’s largest and most stable 120 foot yacht. With a departure time of 5:30 in the evening, you will glide along Maui calming Western shore just in time to experience the always breathtaking Maui sunset, along with captivating 360 degree panoramic views of the amazing West Maui Mountains. Keep your eyes peeled an you may even catch a very special Hawaiian rainbow streaking across the mountain range.

As afternoon gives way to the night, enjoy the serene sight of twinkling lights from the coastlines of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai, or gaze skyward and discover the starry Hawaiian night sky from atop our All Premium upper deck seating. As dinner is served, enjoy live, local music, followed dancing in the Maui Princess main cabin, or simply relax atop the deck and enjoy yourself as you cruise along the beautiful nighttime Maui coastline.

An enchanting cruise you will want to experience on your every trip to Maui, click here to book your seats on the Maui Princess today!

Welcome to the Hawaii Ocean Project Blog

Welcome to the Hawaii Ocean Project Blog

By Captain Dave

Welcome to the new Hawaii Ocean Project / Lahaina Cruise Company Blog. In the upcoming weeks you can expect to see a wealth of information about the many activities, wonderful marine life, and amazing beauty to be found throughout the island of Maui and it’s beautiful blue Pacific shores.

Whether you are looking to enjoy a Maui whale watching excursion, book an intimate dinner cruise, or simply learn more about the many marine life research and conservation efforts carried out by  The Hawaii Ocean Project, our blog has you covered! Subscribe today to receive the latest news and updates, and don’t forget to also Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on the latest news and specials at the Hawaii Ocean Project and the Lahaina Cruise Company. Mahalo!