Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Maui - Reviews

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Morris S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Best part of our trip to Maui by far - the snorkeling was amazing in and around untouched Lanai. Then we saw whales maybe 20-30 of them close by and breaching - spectacular! But by far the best part was running into the family of dolphins that live around Lanai - several hundred playful ones jumping out of the water and following us! really really amazing and highly recommended! Staff was great and very warm and hospitable! Would do again for sure!!!

Marie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Totally enjoyed this dolphin and snorkel cruise! Captain Sandy was informative and a whole lot of fun! Brandon kept us entertained and the naturalist on board sorry, I can not remember her name was amazing! Breakfast was very light, so if you get hungry it may be best to eat before you go. Lunch was a BBQ on the deck. Simple, yet great. They had hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken and veggie burger upon request. We were in the middle of dolphin soup and saw 3 varieties. Very cool! Even though it was in the beginning of humpback season we still saw some humpback rolling, tail flaps and blowholes. The whales were so amazing. We loved the crew and would come back and snorkel and travel with them anytime! Thanks guys for a wonderful adventure!

Janet L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

My husband and I went on the Lanai dolphin and snorkeling tour. We had such a wonderful time! Due to the windy weather we couldn't go to Lanai, but out was fine because the captain found other fantadtic snorkeling spots for us. We saw beautiful fish, sea turtles, and even a white fin reef shark! The crew was helpful and friendly. We enjoyed muffins, fruit, and juice for breakfast, and there was lots of barbeque hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken for lunch. They had veggie burgers too, just ask them to grill them if you want one. The potato/pasta salad was tasty. We also got a complimentary drink, just had to ask for it. We were lucky because it was a beautiful sunny day, and whale season started early! Even though it was only the end of November we saw several whales! Our crew was great, and they would stop the boat whenever one was spotted and let us know where to look.

Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This tour was amazing!

klmelito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

We were a party of five adults, ranging in age from 60 to 22, and quite varied snorkeling experience and we all enjoyed this tour immensely. We booked this tour through Viator because a similar one through our cruise ship was sold out. This was not only significantly less expensive than booking through the cruise line but ended up being one of our favorite activities of the week. The crew was very safety conscious and respectful of the environment. They were also lots of fun and shared a wealth of information about the islands, the reef and the sea life we were seeing. The reef was beautiful and we were able to see a great variety of beautiful fish as well as sea turtles. A highlight was the large pod of dolphins that frolicked along side the boat for quite a while. The provided breakfast and lunch were good and the drinks we enjoyed once we were done snorkeling were very good. Brandon and Kevin were terrific apologies if the names aren't accurate, I'm terrible at remembering names. I would highly recommend this excursion, a perfect mix of a relaxing cruise and exciting activity. Also, when researching excursions before choosing this one, I saw several reviews that stated the snorkeling sites, while beautiful, were too crowded to be enjoyed. This was definitely not true with this one. We were the only boat at the first site and there was only one other boat at the second one. Our boat was also spacious with ample seating, two decks and both sun and shady areas to enjoy. Tip-put your sunscreen on well before boarding the boat, we were informed it is toxic to the reef if not allowed to soak in to your skin. Spray on is discouraged on board too. Do this, even if you are not an experienced snorkeler!!!

Tomarra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Captain Jill and her crew were awesome!! Our family of four daughter 15, son 12 had an amazing time!!

On the way to Lanai to go to or first stop to snorkel, we had a delicious continental breakfast of various muffins, fruit, juices, granola bars, and coffee. We saw large groups of spinner dolphins and also found three bottle nose dolphins which are not easily found swimming together, turtles, and flying fish.

Both the stops off of Lanai and Maui were really good. We got to see quite a bit of fish and turtles. The BBQ lunch of chicken, hamburgers/cheesebrgers, hot dogs was delicious that they served. The crew was personable, friendly and were very knowledgeable of the surrounding islands. We learned a lot of history of the people, animals, and plants on each of the islands and in the surrounding ocean.

Captain Jill was awesome! She stopped a few times to let everyone on the boat take pictures of the islands and any animals that we saw along the way.

It was a really fun day for my husband and I and our kids!! I would highly recommend it!!

Anne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Best part of our trip to Maui! Captain Becca and her fabulous crew took us to Lanai and we got to snorkel over a living coral reef.
It's a large, clean, comfortable boat and the well-trained and friendly crew was well organized and helpful to all the guests on board.
After the reef, we motored back to Maui to snorkel in a spot with turtles, then took a bit of time out on the water looking for dolphins.
Lots of good quality gear available, along with a light breakfast and lunch. Excellent!

Michele B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

This was by far the best snorkeling experience I've had. I've snorkeled in Mexico and the Florida Keys but this was so cool. The captain and her staff were attentive, detailed and were able to handle things quickly, even when we had to move spots because the wind shift was super quick. I found Nick to be a character and a joy to talk with. The captain helped put my friend at ease as this was her first time snorkeling. She loved it. It's worth the time and money, I'd recommend this to any and all.

arueter21

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Such a great trip. The captain and crew were spectacular. The views unbelievable and the snorkeling was perfect. A must do. Took 3 children who couldn and #39;t swim and they were able to snorkel. The crew was extremely helpful and had all the needed equipment. Bring swim shirts for the sun!

sjatienza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Really good.

Brenda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Great diving trip even though we did not see dolphins. Swimming with the turtles were amazing. The crew gave great instructions for those that were hesitant about snorkeling.

Megan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was a great adventure. If you like snorkeling this one is great. The on board crew will swim around with you and show you some interesting things. You should see plenty of turtles and colorful fish. On our way back to the dock we found a super pod of dolphins that made the trip extra special. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Tip: Have some cash to tip the crew

Patrick M. C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was a great experience, we never snorkeled before, so I was apprehensive, but once I got in the water, it was so much fun. I would do again in a heart beat. The crew of the boat were fantastic and very caring, I think they knew about my fear of the water and they reassured me everything would be fine, and I loved it.

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Excellent tour!! Saw whales, dolphins, and turtles. Crew was outstanding and would highly recommend.

Denis H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

We are a family of four and found this excursion to be a lot of fun. The crew was attentive and friendly and the whole time was well planned and organized. We did see a pod of spinner dolphins and a few sea turtles when we snorkeled. We had a really fun time. If I was to nick pick at anything, there was a longish cruise to and from Lanai.....we do recommend this.

Mary-Jo B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

So fun! Everyone was so helpful and told us a lot about the different sealife and history of maui!

Krn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

We totally loved the Snorkeling experience. It was our first time and we had the best crew to help us non swimmers experience snorkeling without any hiccups. We called them a day prior to check for a good parking spot nearby and Blossom was very helpful in letting us know about a parking lot nearby where we could get full day parking at a reasonable cost. The captain was a very nice lady, she gave non swimmers a special lesson and tips on how to snorkel. Sorry can't recollect her name. Since my husband was buddying my son and I was too afraid to go all by myself another crew member who was from Alaska and it was his first day volunteered to help me and asked me to hold on to the boogie board so I cud experience snorkeling. Had it not been for him I wud have never got a chance to experience the beautiful marine life below.We gotta see almost a dozen Dolphins swim past out boat and a bunch of Turtles too. It was truly a breathtaking experience.Not to forget the warm suit they let us rent for 10 as well as the warm BBQ burgers we relished post snorkeling. We were so glad to have choosen Viator for this once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommend this cruise.

stephanie b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Awesome day!! Super relaxing. The captain and crew were excellent. The snorkeling was amazing. Our 9 and 10 year old absolutely loved snorkeling and then jumping off the dock and sliding off the slide. Great way to explore Hawaii and get a little exercise to boot!! One tip: feel free to bring clothing to change into. We went on board with as little as possible including towels, and there was totally enough space to stash things change clothes.

JHIH CHAO P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Great!

Dell sue H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Terrific crew and delicious breakfast and lunch. Recommend highlt.

Adam K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Snorkelling was fun and we got to see whales and dolphins along the way. The crew was top knotch and efficient. Tons of food that was delicious, more than we anticipated. There are a lot of people on the boat so it isn and #39;t intimate, but the 2 snorkel sites and the beauty surrounding made a great day.

Kathi M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

This trip was awesome! The crew were young and enthusiastic, and seemed determined to find the perfect spots for us to snorkel! We were taken out to Lanai for a great hour near the cliffs, and then back to a ruined pier outside of Lahaina for some more snorkeling. On our trip out to Lanai were were surrounded by a pod of dolphins, which was a truly magical experience. In the water, we saw many sea turtles and innumerable fish. I saw one crewmember helping two ladies who were having a really hard time with seasickness but were determined to get in the water. He allowed them to hang on to his surfboard and 'snorkel' while hanging on. Really kind and considerate staff, who obviously love their jobs in this beautiful place. The boat was a real workhorse, so don't expect any glamour on this trip! If you want to see some real beauty - even if you have never snorkeled before in your life!

mmbuttigieg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The best day ever ! And the captin and the crew were awesome ! Recommend to everyone !

Debra K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

The captain of the boat was awesome with explanations and all, the sailors were very great with the instructions for those of us who hadn't snokeled before or in a long while. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous! Awesome tine.

Tammy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Amazing trip and wonderful crew!!!

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