Summer has flown by this year, and we have about one more month of Autumn before the winter months arrive. Here in Hawaii, the winter season isn't just about the holidays, it's about celebrating the arrival of the whales. While the magnificent humpbacks tend to arrive in small numbers throughout November, the month of December is when things really start to pick up. We're looking forward to December 1st, when we can begin our Maui Whale Watch Tours.

For many Maui vacationers, whale watching is a source of great anticipation. In fact, it's the primary reason that some choose the winter months for their vacation. That and escaping the cold weather of their state or country of origin. Why stay at home shoveling snow when you could be soaking up the sun and watching whales on the upper deck of a luxurious yacht or a charming catamaran?

The whales give even our large craft a run for their money on size. These gentle giants can reach up to 45 feet in length. For reference, our Maui Princess yacht is 120 feet long, and our Kaulana catamaran is 70 feet long. If you book a whale watch tour with us, we'll bring you aboard one of these two remarkable vessels, which feature some of the finest stabilizing technology, so you can enjoy the smoothest possible ride.

Maui whale watching is a joy for people of all ages and all walks of life. Whether you're on a family vacation with kids, a romantic getaway, or you're here on business with colleagues, the whales are truly a marvel to witness. As the most acrobatic of the baleen whales, they are known for giving us quite a show, with all kinds of aerial behavior to amaze their onlookers. Sometimes it seems like they're showing off on purpose! But this isn't so far off from the truth. The whales come to Hawaii to breed and give birth to their calves. Their courtship typically involves a number of males vying for breeding rights with one female, and they'll go to great lengths to get ahead of the rest of the pack in this ritual chase. Singing is also one of the typical behaviors of the males. If you take a dip ocean during the winter and spring months, you can usually hear their songs if your ears are in the water.

If you're interested in going on a Maui whale watching tour, we strongly suggest that you book your excursion early! Since this activity is so popular, it's important to get your spot reserved on the day of your preference, since you probably have many plans to consider. If all goes well and you book early, you may find that your vacation activities end up seamless, and who knows? Maybe your whale watching trip will be the highlight of your trip, as it has been for so many others. We would love to help ensure that for you, so if you need our assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Snorkeling the reefs along Maui's shores is easy if you're a resident or vacationer here on the island. So why not go for a snorkel tour you can't get to every day? If you like to explore new places, our Lanai Snorkeling Tour is a wonderful opportunity to experience the charms of another island's coral reefs. Not only that, but our destinations are blissfully uncrowded compared to Maui's popular snorkeling spots.

There's nothing like a new adventure, and that's what you'll have when we whisk you off from the Lahaina Harbor to the coast of Lanai aboard the Kaulana, our lovely 70' double-decker catamaran vessel. On the way there and back, you may get to see some playful spinner dolphins, graceful turtles and if you're aboard with us during the winter and spring, majestic humpback whales. This is where our two deck levels come in handy for getting the best possible views.

We'll take you to a place that many consider to be one of the best snorkeling spots in all of Hawaii. Once you're in the warm clear water, gliding above the vibrant coral reefs of Lanai, you'll get to see all kinds of beautiful, exotic sea life. If you have a Go Pro or other underwater camera, you'll want to bring it along. Just make sure to use a strap so you don't drop it. The reefs are full of hard to reach places! That's why so many fascinating species can make a home in these habitats.

Our tour includes stops at two Lanai snorkeling spots, a continental breakfast and BBQ lunch to rejuvenate you, and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the views from the upper and lower decks. After the snorkeling is done, we provide our adult guests with a complimentary cocktail.

Last but not least, we will provide flotation devices and of course, your snorkel gear. We also want to remind our readers that you get a 10% discount if you book your Lanai Snorkel Tour online. If you need our assistance, or you have any questions, you can reach us via the contact information we have provided at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!

Looking for a Maui ocean excursion that just doesn't match up with the existing tours you've found at various tour companies? It's not that surprising. Your needs may be as unique as you are! Do you need an outing for a small group to watch you renew wedding vows, or celebrate your anniversary? Are you interested in a special activity for colleagues or associates on a business trip to Maui? Maybe you just want a tour all to yourself and your small group! Are we getting warmer?

If the answer is yes, don't fret. We may only list our primary tours on our main page, including snorkeling excursions, whale watches and dinner cruises, but our services don't stop there. With over 40 years of experience running boat charters on Maui, we know quite a bit about tailoring a tour to your custom needs.

Some of the popular custom tours we've hosted have included private group morning snorkeling trips, exclusive sunset wedding reception dinner cruisea, and family sightseeing/whale watching outings. But those are just the popular ones. Perhaps you'd like to challenge us with something a little different?

As long as your request honors our safety requirements, we are happy to collaborate with you on putting the perfect outing together.  All you need to do is fill out a simple form on our custom Maui boat tour contact page, or find our contact information at the bottom of the page and give us a call. In the meantime, we suggest that you take a look at our fleet of luxury Maui cruisers, designed with comfort and stability in mind so you can enjoy a seamless experience.

We look forward to hearing from you if you should need our assistance. Mahalo!

If you love the ocean as much as we do, you may be interested in the following simple strategies to reduce your impact. Some of these strategies apply to your time spent around the ocean, and others apply wherever you are. So whether you're on vacation and planning a Maui ocean tour activity, or you're back home reading about the health of the ocean, we hope you'll enjoy these tips!

1. Use reef safe sunscreen. Here in Hawaii, coral reefs have to contend with substantial quantities of chemicals deposited in the water every day by a myriad of swimmers, including vacationers and local residents alike. Some of these chemicals can cause serious damage, making it all the more difficult for these slow-growing animals to thrive in their vibrant colonies. Fortunately, there are now reef-safe sunscreens on the market that are not yet zero impact, but are definitely healthier. Look for one with zinc oxide or titanium, which are natural minerals that have not been found to harm corals.

2. Nix the helium balloons and the single-use bottles and bags. You probably already know what we're going to say about this. helium balloons that get lost sometimes end up in the ocean. Here in Hawaii, it's especially likely that when it finally comes down again, it'll end up in the water. Given enough time, the ocean and the suns radiation can break down pretty much everything, but not as fast as plastics are being dumped in the ocean. Unfortunately, a lot of this stuff is dangerous to marine life. If you must use these kinds of items, reuse and recycle them if you can.

3. Choose sustainable seafood. Some seafood consumption takes a heavy toll on the environment. Fishing strategies like trolling are known to cause serious damage to marine ecosystems, and some fish stocks are depleted and need time to recover. How do you keep track of all this? The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a Seafood Watch guide that simply lists seafood types according to how sustainable they are. You can print it out, or look for their app for iPhone and Android.

4. Look but don't touch. It may be tempting to play with that red pencil urchin or pick up a sea cucumber, but please resist the urge. You may think that it's okay just once, but some of these creatures contend with human interference from other individuals every day. Feel like keeping that pretty shell in the tide pool? Another hermit crab goes homeless, and this is no exaggeration, because they are often forced to fight with each other over their next suitable home. And whatever you do, don't try to ride the turtles, because climbing on a stranger isn't polite. You might get scolded by your fellow explorers, or worse, bit by the turtle.

5. Support environmentally friendly activities. If you really wanted to start with us, we couldn't say no! Want to learn how our Maui ocean tours support Hawaii's marine environment? You can read all about it on our Research Recipients page.

We hope to see you soon on one of our tours so we can show you the best of Hawaii's marine ecosystems! If you need our assistance, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo!