Many visitors participate in some sort of boat tour while on their Maui vacation.  When searching for a boat tour company, what things do you look for?  Most visitors decide based on price, location, and/or reviews.  What about the company history? By learning more about a company’s history you can gain some excellent insight into the value offered to our guests.

Below are some interesting facts about Hawaii Ocean Project’s 30 year history on Maui:

  • Captain Dave – Hawaii Ocean Project’s President and Senior Captain – has been cruising Maui waters since 1970, sharing his seaworthy knowledge and contributing to the growth and success of HOP.
  • Hawaii Ocean Project is known for our eco-friendly vessels and ecological research projects.
  • Direct Research is supported by voluntary donations for genuine research.  With no director salaries or administrative fees, HOP is able to ensure that all funds collected and gift shop profits will go to direct research.
  • Among the numerous boat tours offered, we also operate the only interisland ferry, commuting to and from Moloka’i.
  • By educating our visitors and island community, HOP displays commitment to keeping our surrounding waters safe and healthy for the marine life.

To find out about more ways to support genuine research or to book a boat tour during your Maui vacation, contact HOP today!

Are you in search for some adventure?  If so, consider booking one of our exceptional Lanai Snorkel boat tours.  The Hawaii Ocean Project offers a fabulous snorkeling excursion aboard the Kaulana.

Enjoy a continental breakfast provided by HOP, as the Lanai Snorkel boat tour departs from the Lahaina Harbor at 7:30am.  Once we reach the private island of Lanai, you will observe some of the most magnificent reefs and an abundance of marine life.  You will be able to snorkel in two different spots amongst the wild spinner dolphins, Hawaiian green sea turtles, and amazing tropical fish.

When not in the water, you can soak up some sun on one of the decks while relishing in the astonishing views of the Lanai coastline.  It is assumed that snorkeling can work up quite an appetite.  Accordingly, we will provide a full barbecue for guests.  Once you are fully done snorkeling for the day, sit back and relax while sipping on a tropical island cocktail.

For those staying in West Maui, we offer an exclusive courtesy bus service to and from many of the resorts.  We provide all necessary snorkel gear; all you need to bring is a towel, sunscreen, and a hat.  We are sure the entire family will enjoy this unforgettable snorkeling adventure.

While on your Maui vacation be sure to book a boat tour in order to fully experience the unique coral reefs and marine life, surrounding the Hawaiian Islands.

With a whole fleet of large luxury cruisers, Hawaii Ocean Project is able to offer a variety of boat tours for our guests.  Here is a little information about the vessels in our fleet:

  • Prince Kuhio – This 92 foot motor yacht was designed to accommodate 150 passengers.  Its main cabin is fully air-conditioned, with a large upper sun deck to experience unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline.
  • Kaulana Maui – This vessel is currently used for our Maui whale watch tour.  This vessel is a 70-foot double deck catamaran, incredibly stable, and holds up to 130 guests.
  • Molokai Princess – This 100-foot yacht is used for our Maui to Molokai boat tours.  The Molokai Princess is one of the fastest, large ships on Maui and the primary vessel used for the ferry between the islands of Maui and Molokai.
  • Island Princess – This vessel is currently operated for the Lanai Snorkeling boat tour.  This 65-foot yacht offers seating for up to 149 passengers, on the open-air upper deck or the air-conditioned main cabin.
  • Maui Princess – This vessel is currently utilized for our Sunset Dinner Cruise.  It is Maui’s largest and most stable 120-foot luxury yacht, designed for passenger comfort.  This vessel has it all; an air-conditioned main cabin, spacious open-air observation deck, cocktail lounge and snack bar.

While aboard our vessels, we are confident that you will be impressed – as comfort and safety is a top priority.  Now, all you have to do is decide which ocean adventure you are going to book while on your Maui vacation.