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Dolphins on Maui win the award for being the most popular marine mammal. Everyone loves Dolphins!


The life cycle of dolphins is similar to that of other cetaceans.


As mammals, dolphins bear live young and the mothers nurse them on milk and provide care.


A dolphin calf is born tail-first with eyes open, senses alert and enough muscular coordination to follow its mother immediately.


At birth, the mother helps her calf to the surface to get its first breath.


While nursing lasts between one and a half to two years, the mother will remain with her calf for a period between three and eight years.


There is some variation in the age at which sexual maturity is reached, the reproduction rate and the life expectancy among the different species of dolphins.


Most species tend to bear one calf every other year or so during their reproductively active years and are believed to have an average life expectancy of about thirty years.


The two most popular species of dolphins located in Maui waters are the Spinner dolphins and the Bottlenose dolphins:



  • Spinner dolphins are the smallest of Maui's common dolphins. Dolphins are generally between five and six feet in length and weigh 130 to 200 pounds. Hawaii has its own subspecies that is easy to recognize by its distinctive "three-tone" color pattern which consists of a sharply defined dark gray "cape" on their backs, a stripe of lighter gray on their sides and a white or pink belly. This species gets its name from its spectacular habit of leaping high into the air and spinning several times on their tails before falling back into the water. Researchers are not sure why the dolphins spin, but most people who have had the opportunity to watch the dolphins don't seem to mind, and find it a real treat.

  • Some Maui Scuba dive shops and companies even offer a two-tank dive for beginners. You'll get used to the tanks and other scuba activities" href="https://www.tombarefoot.com/activitysearch/index.php?islandid=2&catid=11&searchstring=scuba">scuba diving apparatus during your first scuba dive and, once comfortable in the water, your second scuba dive provides the diving experience you are seeking.

  • The Bottlenose Dolphins are not seen as frequently but there are lots of them out there. They usually travel in smaller pods and are much larger dolphins. They are usually well over six feet in length and weigh in excess of 400 pounds.


Around Maui, dolphins congregate at night in large herds in the deep channels between the islands to feed.


During the day, dolphins break up into smaller groups and come near shore to rest and play.


A few of the places where dolphins can commonly be seen on Maui are along the southern boundaries of Maui especially the La Perouse Bay and Kanaio area and off the coastline of Lanai.


As anyone who has had the opportunity to watch dolphins perform in a show can attest, dolphins have an impressive ability to learn and imitate behaviors, often for what appears the sheer pleasure of doing so.


This observation, together with their large brain size, has led to numerous studies of dolphin intelligence.


Dolphins' brains are about the size of our own.


Unlike Maui's famous humpback whales, dolphins are year-round residents of Maui and can be seen swimming off all the Hawaiian islands during virtually every month of the year.


Pride of America Cruise Ship: Dolphin Excursions on Maui do not pick up at the cruise ship but may be reached via Rental Car on the Sunday afternoon or Monday morning of your Maui visit. We can arrange for you to be picked up at the ship by your Rental Car on the day of your choice. View the 'restrictions' area after you click on each of the Maui Dolphin Tour companies listed below for specifics regarding the cruise ship itinerary.

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On your six-hour deluxe adventure, you'll cruise Lanai's sea cliffs and see blow holes, pristine reefs, sea caves, tropical fish, and turtles. Hawaiian spinner dolphins, spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins,…

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Enjoy the comfort and all the amenities offered on Quicksilver as you head out of Lahaina for a beautiful morning cruise and snorkeling at a pristine Lanai location. Ham and Eggs for breakfast and a hot…

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This snorkel trip departs from Lahaina Harbor and goes over to the island of Lanai. This trip is suitable for all levels of snorkelers including children. It is not uncommon to see dolphins during this…

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Snorkel at three different snorkel sites. Includes snorkeling instruction and equipment, a light breakfast, juice and soda. Also available are optical masks, boogie boards, waist belts and underwater…

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Spend the day snorkeling the beautiful water surrounding the island of Lanai and visit several different snorkel sites (weather permitting). Spinner dolphins are seen quite often on this tour. All snorkeling…

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Guests can book a private adventure on the 37' Kainalu powerboat for groups up to 24 for options like snorkeling, whale watching, dolphin tours, at sea memorials, bottom fishing or just to catch the sunset!…

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A landing is made on Lanai at Manele Harbor and guests then take a short 1/4 mile walk to Hulopo'e Bay Marine Reserve with its beautiful white sand crescent beach. Shaded picnic tables are available…

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Head across the channel to the island of Lanai. Spinner and Bottlenose Dolphins are often encountered off the island of Lanai with lots of tropical reef fish, green sea turtles and occasional manta rays…

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Crossing the Au Au channel, begin your island circle at shipwreck beach. The rusted hulls of the shipwrecks date back to WW II. Travel down the wind swept coast where miles of isolated white sand beaches…

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Cruise to the scenic coastline of Lana'i island and snorkel a dazzling coral reef, home to abundant sea life. Wild dolphins are found in bays and offshore, including acrobatic spinner dolphins, friendly…

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Experience the thrill of watching dolphins in the wild on a state-of-the-art luxury sailing vessel, Ocean Spirit. See acrobatic spinner dolphins, friendly bottlenose dolphins, and curious spotted dolphins…

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The adventure begins in Lahaina Harbor where we set sail across the Au'au' channel to Lana'i. A continental breakfast featuring some of Hawaii's tastiest tropical fruit is served as you enjoy the panoramic…

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Your morning snorkel adventure is a two destination snorkel excursion and dolphin watching featuring an island style continental breakfast en route to Molokini Crater, and a hot BBQ lunch. Our friendly…

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Enjoy a 3 hour excursion at sea on a 51 foot catamaran for a premier sailing experience! Each day boasts a unique view of coastlines and sea life. Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins make a playground here.…

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This trip is what Trilogy is best known for. Depart from Lahaina Harbor at around 10:00 am (occasionally there is a sunrise departure at 6:30am). Start your day with an island style breakfast of Mama Coon's…

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Explore the crystal clear waters of Molokini Crater and Maui's coastline, the home of the Hawaii honu (sea turtle). As you sail from Ma'alaea Harbor, enjoy Mom Coon's home made cinnamon rolls…

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The backside of Lanai has an amazing coastline with clear water, a lot of fish and some fantastic snorkeling. See ancient burial sites, ship wrecks, caves, towering sea cliffs and blowholes that can shoot…

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Enjoy four and half hours of fun on the water. Snorkel at 1 or 2 spots that can include Manele Bay, Sweetheart Rock or other top snorkel spots on Lanai. See Dolphins (90% of trips), Turtles and Tropical…

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Maui Adventure Cruises

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On Maui, 'rafting' equates with adventure, and Maui Adventure Cruises has just about all the adventure you could want. Speeding rigid hull inflatables varying in length from 34' to 49' whisk their way from Maui over the channel to Lanai. Maui Adventure Cruises comb the shoreline looking for great snorkel spots, playing with the dolphin population, snorkeling, and viewing the whales.
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Paragon Sailing Charters

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Certainly one of the very fastest boats found in the islands is the 47' customized sailing catamaran, Paragon. Paragon Sailing Charters offers a number of choices for boat tours ranging from morning sails to Molokini; Day Trips to Lanai; Sunset Sails; and Performance Sails.
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Hawaii Ocean Rafting

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Hawaii Ocean Rafting has been operating in the waters surrounding Maui and Lanai for many years. They offer personalized snorkel and marine life excursions departing from Lahaina Harbor on hard-bottom inflatable rafts similar to zodiacs. These adventure touring vessels are fast and maneuverable and you have a great likelihood of seeing whales, dolphins and other marine life up close and personal.
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Ultimate Rafting

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Ultimate Rafting offers very exciting trips for snorkeling and whale watching off of the island of Lanai and the coast of Maui on their thirty-foot aluminum hulled rafts with inflatable surround. The engines on this boat are enormous, cranking out 400 horsepower that will get you there quick. Dolphins are commonly seen year round as are the Humpback whales during the winter months.
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Frogman Charters

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The charter boat company Boss Frog's is also known by the name Frogman Charters and it operates Molokini tours, whale watches, sunset sails and dinner cruises from it departure point of Maalaea Harbor. It's two main boats are the 55' power catamaran Malolo and the 55' power catamaran Quicksilver.
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Trilogy Excursions

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One of the most popular and respected boating companies on Maui is the Trilogy which has been in operation here since 1973. Though being a large company now, operating six or so 50' range sailing catamarans, they are still the family owned operation that was begun by Eldon Coon and his two sons, Jim and Randy. Today they offer sailing tours to Lanai, Molokini, the West Coast of Maui and an assortment of shorter sunset and sailing options and whale watches.
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Captain Steve's Rafting

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If you're longing for some ocean adventure on the high seas Captain Steve's Rafting departing off the West Maui Coast may be an excellent choice for you. Specializing in taking small groups, you'll be treated to extra attention from the captain and you will be encouraged to ask questions. He offers full and half-day tours to Lanai and fabulous whale watches during whale season.
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Ocean Riders

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Ocean Riders offers the most innovative and exciting trip to Lanai, a 70 mile circumnavigation of the Island in a heavy duty 18 passenger, 30 foot rigid hull inflatable powered by twin 250hp Mercury Outboards. Because of the vessel's extra weight, this offers the smoothest ride along these rugged and spectacular coastlines.
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Pacific Whale Foundation

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The Pacific Whale Foundation is one of the main companies we have on island that goes out in search of the whales during the winter months. In addition, throughout the year they also offer boat tours to snorkel at Molokini, dolphin watches that look for dolphins and snorkel off the coast of Lanai and have rigid hull inflatable tours that visit the back side of Lanai.
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Pride Charters

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The Pride of Maui is one of the largest and most stable power catamarans available in Maui's fleet of boats. Leaving from Maalaea Harbor the 'Pride' offers tours to Molokini in the mornings but will also operate beautiful sunset cruises a few times a week and in addition will provide one of the most comfortable boats for whale watching in the winter months.
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Hawaii Ocean Project

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The environmentally conscious Hawaii Ocean Project operates a number of tours out of the West Side of Maui port of Lahaina Harbor. Their touring options include day tours and ferry trips between Maui and Molokai, dinner cruises, sunset cruises, snorkeling tours to Lanai and whale watches. Marine naturalists will be on board to explain the marine life and ecological education is the underlying foundation of all its activities.
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Kainani Maui Sailing Charters

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Her modern yacht shape, spacious interior, and blue water sailing capabilities make her the perfect Hawaii sailing charter boat. She is also available for Memorials at Sea or Ash Scattering Services and special requests.
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Sea Maui

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Sea Maui is a beautiful 51 foot power, sailing catamaran that departs out of Kaanapali Beach. They offer a trade-wind sail every afternoon, a sunset sail in the evening and snorkel trips in the morning. Food is specially provided by renowned Chef Joey Macadangdang the former corporate executive chef of Roy's Kitchen.
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I think most people will agree that the most fun of the marine animals do we found in the ocean are the Dolphins.

Dolphins are just pure fun in their most basic nature. We find them all over the place on Maui. They're always chasing out boats there, always kind of the rascals of the ocean. They're riding the wakes of the boat, they're racing one another, racing the boats, jumping out of the water, splashing seem to have the perpetual fantastic time. Everybody wishes they were a dolphin when they see them out in the wild ocean.

We've got a lot of dolphin activities on Maui. We have two different kinds of dolphins we've got the spinner dolphins, these are the smaller ones they're usually under six feet. Then we've got the bottlenose dolphins, the larger ones. Those are 6 feet plus. They're lesser seen than the spinners. The spinners are the ones that will jump up and twirl and then fall back down to the sea. They do all these peculiar antics to keep each other in a good mood and certainly, any boats that come across them are going to be in the good mood too. They're just out there being playful.

The dolphins that we have here in Maui. They feed at night, they get together in big herds kind of in the channels and feed. In the day time is when we'll see them. They're usually much less aggressive at that point they're just either sleeping or just kind of cavorting around and having fun. Not moving all too fast usually and they're just seeming to live the life of verily out there. That's when we get a chance to get a look at them. Usually, we're going to be seeing them. The main places are off south Maui, actually around the corner from La Perouse and Kanaio is a big area for where they hang out, and also off the coast of Lanai. We've got these place that we can hopefully find them.

We have boats that go out that look for dolphins, but this is a little bit different. Each island is different in how the dolphin situation occurs. We do have specific boats that go out looking for dolphins. Do they always find them? No. In some of the other islands, it's kind of the reverse. We're always seeing them, but we see them mostly and we're going out looking for them, and it's very rewarding when we do find them. The boats consider themselves dolphin watches also will do snorkeling. Just continuing on with the marine environment, Snorkeling and dolphin watching. By the way, whale watching happens during the winter months, but these guys are around all the time. We're always going to see dolphins.

One of the things that are a little different about dolphins and dolphin watching here on Maui than the other islands is that everything is considered a dolphin watch. We never really get involved with the dolphin swim. That can happen on Oahu, the Waianae coast. It also can happen in off the coast of Kona, but rare is the occasion when you have to jump into the water with dolphins here on Maui. Just be aware of that. A lot of people get confused to think that's the part of what they're going to do. It's just not that way here on Maui. The other thing is that, on just our normal snorkeling trips that you go out, go out to Molokini, or go out to South Maui. There's a great likelihood that you're going to be seeing dolphins in the mix of the day. You don't fearlessly you actually have to go out on a particular dolphin watch to see them. Just going out to enjoy yourself on a snorkeling is usually good enough. In fact, any time you get out onto the water on any kind of cruise. You have an opportunity to see them. It's just that they're found more likely to be found on south Maui or off the coast of Lanai.

In any event, the dolphin watches and the Snorkeling cruises that see dolphins are big time on Maui and something that everyone should enjoy.


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Hawaii dolphin watching together with swimming with the dolphins in Hawaii is an industry all to its own. There is probably no sea creature quite as endearing in the eyes of a human being as the dolphin.

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Four species of dolphins are regularly found in the waters around Kauai. They are the Pacific bottlenose dolphin, the Rough-Toothed dolphin, the Spotted dolphin and the Spinner dolphin.

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The Wai'anae coast off leeward Oahu is arguably the very best spot to view dolphins in Hawaii. Hundreds of Spinner dolphins are located just moments from the harbor and trained professionals are there to introduce you to the dolphin environment.

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Known for their inshore habits, playfulness around vessels and star performances at aquariums, Bottlenose dolphins are probably the most popular of all cetacean species located off the Big Island of Hawaii.

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