Top Five Maui Beaches

Top Five Maui Beaches

Hawaii Magazine took a poll and published their list of the top five beaches on Maui. While it’s a great list, we’re going to re-order it… and swap in a couple of our favorites. First, here are the results of the Hawaii Magazine readers poll:...
Best Rainy Day Activities on Maui

Best Rainy Day Activities on Maui

Holy Poseidon, we’ve had a wild winter here on Maui. While Wailea, Kihei and Lahaina tend to be dry pretty much year-round, this winter has been something else. Normally, the rains come in the form of showers that last less than 10 minutes. But if you happen to...
Whale Tales 2019

Whale Tales 2019

Whale Tales 2019 is coming to Maui from February 15 – 18. Hosted by Whale Trust at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Whale Tales is a fully immersive educational (and fun!) weekend featuring marine biologists, whale researchers and award-winning photographers from...
Whale Watching on Maui Q & A

Whale Watching on Maui Q & A

When is whale watching season on Maui? Unofficially, whale watching season runs from December 1 – April 30. But the whales came early this year and we’re already running Whale Watch tours! Where is the best place to see the whales? Well, we may be a teeny...
Welcome Back The Whales!

Welcome Back The Whales!

After spending the summer consuming roughly 5,000 pounds of food in Alaska, the humpback whales are completing their arduous 3,000 mile journey to Hawaii. How lucky we are! Though we witness these 30-ton beauties every winter, the sight of a humpback whale breaching...
Where are the Humpback Whales?

Where are the Humpback Whales?

Over the past three years, it appears the number of humpback whales coming to Hawaii for the winter are declining. This finding is based not only on hard counts of the whales, but also on the diminishing number of males that have been recorded singing. Finally, and...
10 Fun Facts About Jellyfish

10 Fun Facts About Jellyfish

There are two schools of thought when it comes to jellyfish. When seen in an aquarium, like the fabulous Maui Ocean Center, they are stunningly beautiful. Watching them glow and glide is a sight to behold. On the other hand, when you’re wading waist deep in the...
Where to Snorkel on Maui

Where to Snorkel on Maui

(UPDATED MAY 4TH, 2021) Maui holds some of the world’s best beaches. These beaches are a place for numerous fun activities, and one of the most popular is to explore what is going on underneath the water. Of course, some spots are better than others when it...
10 Facts About Sharks In Hawaii

10 Facts About Sharks In Hawaii

When you visit Hawaii, you’re probably going to be spending a lot of time in the water. Visitors often ask about sharks, as in “should I be worried about them?” The fact is, many more people run into personal health-related issues while in the ocean...
Five Turtles You Could See on Maui

Five Turtles You Could See on Maui

Turtles are the rare creature you can see both underwater and on shore. While you’re more likely to spot turtles, on Maui at least, in the water, if you know where to look you can see the largest of them, green sea turtles, resting on the beach. Hawaii is home...
10 Facts about Rays in Hawaii

10 Facts about Rays in Hawaii

One of the most exciting fish to see while snorkeling in Hawaii is a ray. A distant cousin of the shark, rays can often be seen in Maui’s waters fairly close to shore. Highly photogenic, seeing rays is always the highlight of any snorkeling adventure. Here are...
Why We No Longer Support Full-Faced Snorkel Masks

Why We No Longer Support Full-Faced Snorkel Masks

We recently updated our policy to no longer allow the use of full-faced snorkel masks, on our snorkel excursion to Lanai. While there is still much-needed research to be done on these trendy masks, we are not comfortable allowing the use of them, on our boats, at this...
Avoid Getting Seasick with These Simple Remedies

Avoid Getting Seasick with These Simple Remedies

I’m writing from experience. I was the only person to get sick on a snorkel excursion to Lanai... and I work here! Since that trip, I’ve been trying various ways to avoid feeling that way again. Of course, if you don’t get sick, it’s hard to...
Kid Friendly Beaches in West Maui

Kid Friendly Beaches in West Maui

Surrounded by the big ocean blue, we here at Hawaii Ocean Project strive to show you the best of Maui as well as help you avoid any hiccups while on your island adventure. For those families with keiki (children) in tow, we have listed some kid-friendly beaches on the...
Hawaii Ocean Safety Tips – Know Before You Go!

Hawaii Ocean Safety Tips – Know Before You Go!

With all the fun and exciting activities here on Maui, it is no surprise that many adventures take place in the ocean. As an enjoyable experience for all ages, we would hate for you to miss out on the clear and warm Hawaiian waters. So it is important for us here at...

What affects visibility while snorkeling on Maui?

Unlike diving, where things like water salinity levels, hydrogen sulfide and water temperature gradients can deeply affect visibility, when snorkeling around Maui, most of the external factors that affect visibility are easy to spot. If you notice the water seems...
Corals of Maui

Corals of Maui

Snorkeling in Maui is fun. When you enter our waters, you’re liable to see fish of all colors, turtles, sea urchins, and maybe even (harmless) sharks and rays. But when snorkeling, don’t overlook the coral. Coral are beautiful, living ANIMALS. Coral has a...

Safe Snorkeling in Maui

Known for the warm, clear waters and colorful marine life, it would be a shame if you missed the unique opportunity of snorkeling in Maui. Enjoyable for all ages, snorkeling offers the chance to glimpse at a whole other world built just under the water’s surface!...
Best Tide Pools on Maui – HOP to it

Best Tide Pools on Maui – HOP to it

Maui is blessed with miles and miles of sandy beaches. Not all beaches, though, have tide pools. In fact, most don’t have them. But when you come across a great tide pool, you can use it as an ecological teaching moment for children or just enjoy the sea life...
Snorkeling Q & A

Snorkeling Q & A

Snorkeling ranks high on the list of things to do when visiting Maui. But you can’t just snorkel anywhere there’s a beach. Well, you can, but you might not see more than the back of your hand. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of...
The Colorful Sands of Maui Beaches

The Colorful Sands of Maui Beaches

Maui is blessed with the best beaches in the world. A unique thing about our beaches is the variety of sands you can discover. Here’s a quick primer on three different types of sands and where you can find them on Maui. Plus, we’ll point you to two more...
Our 4th of July Maui Fireworks Cruises

Our 4th of July Maui Fireworks Cruises

Making plans for your 4th of July weekend on Maui? Lahaina Town will have the only aerial fireworks show on the island, and considering how popular this celebration has been in previous years, we don’t expect this one to be any different. That is, aside from...
The Health Benefits of Snorkeling

The Health Benefits of Snorkeling

Whether you’re looking forward to trying it for the first time, or you’re already hooked on Maui snorkeling excursions, knowing the associated health benefits can enhance your enjoyment of this wonderful experience. Not only that, but you may find yourself...
Book Your Maui Whale Watch Corporate Activity

Book Your Maui Whale Watch Corporate Activity

Corporate retreats and conferences bring more and more visitors to Maui each year. After all, who wouldn’t want to get together for fun, relaxation, and mental stimulation on a tropical island? Best of all, you get to enjoy an “exotic” location while...
Maui Ocean Tour Photo Tips

Maui Ocean Tour Photo Tips

We live in a digital age, and one of its advantages is the ease of taking pictures to preserve the special moments that we want to remember, not to mention deleting the ones we don’t! Few things are worth photographing more than a beautiful Maui vacation,...
Book a New Year’s Maui Ocean Cruise

Book a New Year’s Maui Ocean Cruise

Maui is an amazing place to welcome a new year full of possibilities, so if you’re lucky enough to be here for the celebration, you’ve made the right choice. There are plenty of exciting ways to bid farewell the old and ring in the new. For example, if you...