Maui’s Best Whale Watching

Humpback Whale Spy Hop

Thanks to Dave Richmond from Frankfort, Illinois who took this photo from the Maui Nui Explorer on February 22nd.

This behavior is known as a “spy hop” as the whale may get its eye above the surface to get a better look. Scientists have confirmed that Humpback Whales have excellent vision both above and below water. We can’t explain it, but the whales love our boat and these types of experiences are becoming more and more common.

Our Maui whale watch tours will continue through mid April, so be sure to come out for a day on the water and learn about Maui’s most famous winter visitors. We depart from Lahaina Harbor every couple hours from 8am to 3pm. Ask about our Whale Season Pass which is good for 10 whale watches at one low price.

Eddie Would Go

Dolphin Snorkel

The Eddie Aikau Big wave surf contest is only held when waves in Waimea Bay top 25 feet, which hadn’t happened since 2009 until yesterday! Waimea only gets huge swells in the winter, so organizers block out a three-month window from December to February and hope for a Pacific storm. After waiting 7 years they finally got their wish this year. The Selected few big wave surfers are given 36-48 hours notice to get to the North Shore for the event.

The memorial competition was held for the first time in 1984 in honor of legendary big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau. He was the first official lifeguard on Oahu’s North Shore, and was lost at sea in 1978, after volunteering to go for help when a canoe trip seeking to recreate an ancient Polynesian migration hit bad weather. After the Sailing Canoe flipped, Eddie volunteered to Paddle his surfboard to Lanai for help. He was never seen again.

The good news for Maui Adventure Cruises that this huge surf hits the North Shore of the islands so our tours are not affected by the north swell. We depart from Lahaina Harbor on the west facing shore and head off to Lanai’s South shore for dolphin viewing and pristine snorkeling. Book your Lanai Dolphin Adventure Today!

Great Video!!! Ever Wonder what it’s like to Cross the Channel on a Super Raft?

Lanai rafting

Click on this link to check out a typical crossing for this time of year aboard one of our Super Rafts.

This video was taken by our photographer, Joe, and shows the Auau channel crossing from Lahaina Harbor on Maui to Manele Boat Harbor on Lanai.

Notice the small group size for more personal attention and some of the stunning sea cliffs and caves once you get to Lanai.


4th of July Sunset and Fireworks Cruise


Join Maui Adventure Cruises for Lahaina’s Spectacular Fireworks Display this Friday, 4th of July.

Enjoy a large selection of pupus/appetizers, sodas, juice, and water, included in the price of $69. Feel free to BYOB and we’ll ice and serve your drinks to you!

It’s going to be an amazing fireworks display and the weather is promising to be clear and warm.

We don’t take more then 36 people so make sure you book your tickets soon, this is always a popular event!

Check-in will be at Lahaina boat harbor, slip #11 at 6.30pm – advance reservations strongly recommended.

Please call the office directly at 808.661.5550 for more questions and to make a reservation. Your concierge can also reserve your seats on this special trip – just ask.

We look forward to seeing you then!


The Maui Adventure Cruises Team

Looking for things to do the island of Lanai?

One question I am frequently asked when people are trying to decide whether to do our Lanai Dolphin Adventure or our Lanai Landing Adventure is…

…”If I choose the Lanai Landing Adventure, what is there to do with 3+ hours on the island?”

Good question. If you’re unfamiliar with the island of Lanai, it is located 9 miles off the coast of Maui and is the smallest, least populated, and therefore one of the most untouched of the inhabited islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. It boasts 2 world class resorts, with all the luxury and decadence you’d expect from the Four Seasons, but set in the midst of the rugged beauty of Lanai’s sea cliffs, and long, deserted stretches of beach.

Lanai is home to bottlenose and spinner dolphin and your chances of seeing them from our Explorer Super Rafts are really good, we encounter these guys at least 85% of the time. Spinner dolphin are friendly and playful and love to ‘surf’ in the wake of our boats. Snorkel gear and instruction as well as snacks and beverages are provided throughout the trip.

Once you reach Lanai there are so many activities that your question will change from “What is there to do?” to “Can we have more time please?”. Below are a few of my favorite recommendations:

Snorkel the Marine Preserve

It’s a short, 10 minute walk from where we drop you at Manele Harbor to Hulopo’e Bay, also known as Manele Bay. Once you arrive you’ll discover the long, crescent shaped stretch of beautiful beach which borders a Marine Preserve which prohibits boating and fishing in these waters. What this means to you is that snorkeling here is some of the best you will find in Hawaii because it is so protected and the only way you get to snorkel it is from shore. Dolphin sightings here are common too as they love the calm, sheltered waters of the bay.

Explore Lava Rock Tide Pools

The tide pools! I’ve seen a lot of tide pools in my time but these are absolutely spectacular. There are dozens of them and they range in size from small rocky depressions to pools large enough for you to swim in. Peering inside each one, you’ll discover your very own aquarium where you can examine all of the sea creatures and flora that are living inside.

Walking Trails to Stunning Lookouts

There are some trails that run along the coast which are really easy to “hike” and lead you to some stunning viewpoints, like “Sweetheart Rock”, for some breathtaking photo opportunities.

Picnic Lunch in the shade on one of “America’s Best Beaches”*
(*as voted by Travel+Leisure)

We provide a picnic lunch and beverages for you to enjoy during your time on the island. Hulopo’e Bay is lined with palm trees so there is tons of shade. Picnic tables, public restrooms, fresh water showers, and enough space to find your very own patch of serenity away from the crowds of some of Maui’s busier beaches. If you’re like me, then this in itself is the perfect way to enjoy a few hours.

Maui Adventure Cruises is one of only a handful of companies with a permit to drop guests off here, and we’re the ONLY one who offers you the Lanai Landing Adventure on an Explorer Super Raft.

This means that you get the best of both worlds; the adventure of zipping past the stunning sea cliffs, sea caves, and blowholes, to your first snorkel spot from our boat as well as the freedom to get off and explore on your own.

Rest assured that whichever trip you decide to do, there is no wrong choice. Both offer excellent snorkel sites at pristine coral reefs, snorkel gear and instruction, attentive and knowledgeable crew, as well as tasty food and beverages.

If you have any further questions regarding our trips and to reserve your spot please feel free to contact our office and speak to our friendly staff at 808.661.5550.