Looking for the perfect Maui excursion for your large group? A private Maui cruise excursion may be the perfect experience to bump up your vacation from good to great, especially if you are traveling with a large group of family members, friends or business associates.

Our private ocean tours put our forty years of experience to excellent use bringing you just the kind of outing you're looking for. Whether it's a soothing sunset dinner cruise or an adventurous snorkeling excursion, we at the Hawaii Ocean Project can make it happen in an amazing way.

Aside from the benefit of our stellar boat crews and the expertise they provide, we also have a large fleet of boats to choose from. The Island Princess, Maui Princess, Kaulana, Lahaina Princess and Molokai Princess each bring something special to the experience, and we can accommodate your needs regardless of your party's size.

Some of the types of private outings we normally provide are morning snorkel trips, Maui sunset cruises, wedding receptions, corporate parties and private whale watch cruises when the whales are here during their winter/spring migratory season. If you have something else in mind, contact us and we'll collaborate with you on what we can provide.

Of course, we do everything we can to ensure that your excursions with us are unforgettable, no matter what kind of outing it is. That being said, nothing is quite like the privacy of your own tour, specially tailored to meet the unique needs of you and your party. We hope to take you out on a private Maui tour sometime in the future. If you have any questions about our tours, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

If you had an amazing time on one of our Maui ocean cruise excursions, or you want to join us in the future, our newsletter might interest you. Signing up for the newsletter is a great way to get the big highlights on what we're up to in paradise, and it's especially handy if you don't get a chance to read this blog too often!

When you sign up, you'll find that our newsletters are brief and to the point, so it's ideal for those of you who don't have time to read through much material. They also come out sporadically, depending on how often we have something we really want to share. They are infrequent, too, with months passing between them at times. The best part is what we include in the newsletters.

Every so often, we'll have a special announcement or a deal we're offering, and we put it in the newsletter. For example, our New Year's newsletter featured a special 7 Trip Pass deal that was available at our information booth located at the Lahaina Harbor. We'll also share information on upcoming events that we're a part of, along with news about our tours and various services, like the Molokai Ferry.

If you'd like to check out our past newsletters yourself, click the Hawaiian Ocean Project Newsletter link and you'll see entries from past months. If you're interested in signing up, you'll find a form to the left of the page. All we ask for is a name and email address to send them to.

We hope you find our newsletter content fun, interesting and helpful. If you're going to be visiting Maui in the future, you might find some of our announcements useful as you plan your activities. In the meantime, we hope you can check on our blog for activity ideas as well. If you need assistance booking your excursions with us, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

If you've been keeping up to date with the news on Maui, or our blog, then you're probably pretty familiar with the current challenges surrounding the Molokai Ferry. We're happy to say that the community support has been tremendous in helping shift the ferry to operation on an as-needed basis to avoid bankruptcy. The march to success is ongoing, but for now, we'd like to highlight our Molokai Ferry online booking.

These days, people rely on the internet more than ever as they plan out their daily lives. In fact, a lot of people can't even remember how life worked without it. Whether you're a Maui resident or vacationer who wants to island hop to Molokai, we're hoping our online booking system helps to make your experience as convenient as possible.

One of the reasons for using our online booking system is that it's cheaper than other options. We've also made the booking system simple to use. First, you'll go to our Molokai Ferry Online Booking page, and then you'll choose between the three options shown. We offer round trip, one-way to Maui, and one-way to Molokai options. Each is represented visually for ease of use. Once you make your selection, you can look at the availability we have for the trip of your choice, and then make your reservations.

We hope you'll take a trip on the Molokai Ferry, no matter how you book it. The journey is exhilarating, the views are stunning, and bringing luggage is more convenient than it is on a plane. The ferry has been serving the community since 1987, and it provides a unique opportunity to get between these islands.

If you're interested in the progress of the ferry's efforts to switch to providing trips on an as-needed basis, check back on our blog every Friday. We'll provide updates when there is something to report. Hopefully, the ferry will be allowed to provide its service on a reasonable basis, and continue to make travel between Maui and Molokai easier. Mahalo for reading this week!

In June, we talked about our exciting Molokini Snorkel Excursion, and now we're pleased to announce that our days of operation have expanded in response to demand. We are now offering the tour Tuesdays through Saturdays, so you'll have more days to choose from in your busy Maui vacation schedule. In light of how much fun our guests are having with this tour, we're thrilled to provide them with the added convenience of more scheduling availability.

A couple of things stand out about the excursion. First, we are the only tour company departing from Lahaina Harbor that will take you on a Molokini snorkel. Second, to make the trip even more convenient, we will provide courtesy transportation from select hotels in West Maui on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

If you're not familiar with the experience, Molokini is that tiny crescent-shaped island situated two miles off the coast of South Maui. Formed by an ancient volcanic caldera, there's little left of the island, and its encircling arms are just substantial enough to protect a thriving coral reef from wind and wave action. That means conditions are calmer for you, too! Because the island is made up of cliffs rather than beaches, there's very little sand getting kicked up, and that's why it has some of the clearest waters in Hawaii, and anywhere in the world, for that matter.

You can only get to Molokini by boat, and if you're staying in West Maui, our tour departs from Lahaina Harbor, which is the closest to your location. Most other tours depart from Ma'alaea Harbor, which is a 25-35 minute drive from Lahaina, depending on traffic.

We recommend that you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel, a hat, a cover up to protect your skin, and cash if you want some souvenirs. If you need more information, check out the flier below or go to our Molokini Snorkel Excursion page. For further assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Molokini Snorkel Tour

When it comes to the most loved Maui summer ocean tour adventures, there are so many possibilities you might find yourself lost in them, so here's an overview of the choices that we at the Hawaii Ocean Project offer you. Once you know what's available, it'll be that much easier to pick your favorite excursions.

Maui Adventures:

  • Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise – Enjoy a relaxing evening out on the beautiful blue waters of West Maui to watch one our famous tropical sunsets. What better way to enjoy it than aboard our spacious and stable 120-foot yacht, the Maui Princess? You'll get table side dining service from our wonderful staff, and after a fantastic meal, you can dance the night away as the sunset fades and the endless stars take over the sky.
  • Private Tours – With over 35 years of experience in boat charters, we are confident that we can work with you to create the perfect outing for your needs. Whether you are looking for a brisk morning snorkel or a languid sunset cruise, we can make it happen just the way you want it.

Neighbor Island Excursions:

  • Molokini Snorkel – We operate the only tour that will take you to the tiny crescent island of Molokini from Lahaina Harbor. Molokini is a sliver of an ancient volcanic caldera that is now home to a vibrant reef. The island juts out of the water in a crescent shape that protects the reefs from wind and wave action, while its lack of sandy beaches provides a rare water clarity.
  • Lanai Snorkel – The tranquil island of Lanai awaits you, and we'll bring you there on our exquisite 70-foot catamaran, the Kaulana. No two reefs are the same, and Lanai's boast their own unique array of corals, fish, crustaceans and other fascinating types of marine life. Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and pods of acrobatic spinner dolphins are common sightings on this trip.
  • Molokai Ferry – Planning a day of adventure on the neighboring island of Molokai? We'll get you there on our ferry, the Molokai Princess. After spending so many hours on a plane to get to Maui, we're guessing an exhilarating boat ride will be a lot more interesting and fun!

Combo Packages:

  • Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise and Lahaina Luau Combo – This package includes the Maui Sunset Dinner Cruise that we described above, plus the exciting Royal Lahaina Luau the following night at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Situated on the iconic Kaanapali Beach, this experience includes an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian luau buffet of traditional island fare and delicacies, with a separate buffet for keiki (kids), arts & crafts demonstrations, a traditional imu (underground oven) presentation, hula performances, an open bar, an exciting fire dance finale, and more. If you want the most bang for your buck in evening dining, this is the combo package you'll want. No Maui vacation is complete without a sunset dinner cruise and a luau.
  • Discover Molokai, Cruise and Drive Package – Are you an independent adventurer? We'll ferry you to Molokai, provide you with a vehicle when you arrive, hand you a map and send you off to explore this unique Hawaiian treasure. After your adventure, you can hop aboard our return ferry and be back on Maui by the evening.
  • Discover Molokai, Ali'i Tour Package – Prefer to kick back, enjoy the scenery and let someone else drive? This will be your preferred option for exploring Molokai. Like the Cruise and Drive Package, we'll ferry you to Molokai and back, but this adventure includes a knowledgeable local tour guide, an air conditioned van or bus, and stops at Molokai's most special sites. This excursion is an opportunity to take amazing photographs, see the sights, and learn more about Molokai's people, places and traditions. Stops include the Kalaupapa Sea Cliffs, Hawaiian fish ponds, Kaunakakai Town, Father Damien's Church, Purdy's Natural Macadamia Nut Farm and Coffees of Hawaii. The trip includes a continental breakfast and lunch at a local restaurant.