Have you enjoyed one of our many Maui whale watching tours and cruises? Would you like to get involved in the Hawaii Ocean Projects’ marine life conservation efforts but are unsure of where to start? Here’s some options:

  1. First and foremost, consider becoming a member of the Hawaii Ocean Project. Members enjoy special discounts, exclusives, and other benefits! Sign up today!
  2. Regardless of your membership status, you can also help increase awareness of the Hawaii Ocean Projects’ educational and conservation efforts by joining the discussion on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube or any of your favorite social networks by using the hashtag #HOPMaui in your tweets, posts, and comments. We highly encourage those wishing to join the conversation, share their favorite experience, or display their best whale watching and ocean themed photos from aboard any of our vessels via their preferred social media accounts with #HOPMaui.

Ready to get in on the action? Explore Maui’s marine life in person or online with the Hawaii Ocean Project today, Mahalo!

hop stuffReady to enjoy a bit of fun whale education on the shores of West Maui’s famous Front Street? Then mark your calendar to come on down to Lahaina’s Second Friday celebration this February 14th. Among the many exhibitors, food vendors, and entertainment on hand during the Second Friday street party, representatives from the Hawaii Ocean Project will be on hand with our friends from the Whale Trust Maui with an educational exhibit for whale and marine life lovers of all ages at Campbell Park. come discuss the many qualities of our beloved humpback whales with our Hawaii Ocean Project experts, view a number of great educational materials, and even pick up a HOP “whale’s tail” souvenir or two!

Once the sun sinks into the horizon (a magnificent event in itself, perfectly viewed from Front Street’s wonderful waterfront walkway,) Campbell Park will play host to an exclusive screening of Flip Nicklin’s fantastic documentary film “Whales in Love.” A fantastic, fun, and FREE celebration of the whales which grace our islands’ waters this time each year, this February’s Second Friday event will definitely be a “must attend.”

For more information on the HOP booth, or to book your Maui whale watch, contact our staff at the Hawaii Ocean Project today! Mahalo!

With whale season in full swing, now is the time to take your family on a Maui whale watching excursion with the Hawaii Ocean Project. Spotted in our warm waters on a daily basis, these magnificent humpback whales put on an amazing show for our guests throughout the winter months; as they frolic and play amongst the warm Maui waters. While our tours offer a great time to guests of all ages, we take particular pride in helping to educate future generations of marine biologists, scientists, educators, and enthusiasts in the many wonderful inhabitants of our world’s oceans. To this end, the Hawaii Ocean Project continues to offer educational excursions and materials to expand our children’s’ collective knowledge of the sea.

As you are never too young to start learning about the fantastic creatures which populate our seas, we have created a very special HAwaiiOceanProject.com “Keiki (kids) Fun Page” featuring a number of fun printable activities perfect for the ride to or from your next whale watch excursion. From coloring activities, to crossword puzzles and other brain game, the activities on our fun page is sure to entertain your kids while providing lots of fun and educational knowledge to boot!

Check out our Keiki Fun Page today!

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!

By Captain Dave

whale watch mauiAs 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.