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Hawaii Ocean Project

Dedicated to conservation, education, research and eco-touring, the Hawaii Ocean Project operates in conjunction with, and is considered the conservation division of, the Lahaina Cruise Company. The Hawaii Ocean Project operates a series of touring options on Maui that all depart from the protected roadstead area at Lahaina Harbor on Maui's West Side. Having operated for over 30 years these tours are conducted with trained naturalists on board on some of the largest and most comfortable passenger vessels on the island. Tour options include the only ferry service to Molokai with a couple of round trips daily including activity packages on the island, dinner cruises, sunset cruises, snorkel tours to Lanai and whale watching in season. A portion of funds collected from the touring operations are used to support direct and legitimate research endeavors of the Cascadia Research Collective, the Marine Mammal Research Consultants and several other environmentally conscious research organizations.


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We market and sell some tours as "Combination Tours" on the Big Island. Please keep in mind that as a general rule the differences between two tours bought as a "Combination Tour" instead of two individual tours that were purchased on an "A La Carte" basis normally has more to do with logistics than with pricing.

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We market and sell some tours as "Combination Tours" on Maui. Please keep in mind that as a general rule the differences between two tours bought as a "Combination Tour" instead of two individual tours that were purchased on an "A La Carte" basis normally has more to do with logistics than with pricing.

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If you are coming to Maui on a cruise ship then you need to make sure you browse our Maui cruise ship category before you make any reservations for activities during shore leave.

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Dinner cruises usually include: full dinner, an open bar, live entertainment and the best show of all: the islands, the sea, the mountain peaks, clouds, sun, stars, and - as often as heavenly possible - the moon.

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

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We frequently get asked questions from our clients about the handicap accessibility of our tours. As a result of this we have created category on our website called "Handicap Accessible Tours on Maui".

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Maui has more hiking trails per square miles than most National Parks. Tours are available to visit the crater floor of Haleakala which will take a full day or less strenuous tours will take you to beautiful waterfalls throughout the island.

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Molokini Island Crater is actually the tip of an extinct volcano, barely peeking above the ocean surface between Maui and Kahoolawe. Visibility is often 150 feet, tropical fish are everywhere, and its sheer cliffs and rugged beauty are often the focus of professional photographers.

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Perhaps you're interested in just taking a sightseeing boat tour off the coastline of the island without going snorkeling. This is the page where you want to find your Hawaiian tour boat.

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Maui land tours include tours to Haleakala Crater and to the Iao Valley. We even have land tours that travel one way visiting Hana and then return back to central Maui via helicopter.

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There's a reason people love snorkeling on Maui. The ocean waters surrounding Maui and its neighbor islands of Lanai and Molokini are comfortably warm, have great visibility (often in excess of 100 feet), and are teeming with beautiful coral formations and colorful tropical fish.

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Many vessels on Maui can take you on a sunset cruise, most leaving from Lahaina harbor. Catamarans, sloops, schooners, and even power vessels - no matter what boat on Maui you take, one thing is certain, it will be the beginning of an evening you will remember for a long time to come.

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Of the three islands that make up Maui County, Molokai stands out as having the closest link to old Hawaii. In many ways, landing on Molokai today is similar to arriving on Maui 25 or 30 years ago.

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In the 1800's Lanai was purchased by the Dole family and became the major producer for the Dole Pineapple Company. This role has diminished in recent years and Lanai has now taken a front seat in the tourist industry.

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Narration and interpretation of whale movements are provided on Maui whale watching boats. You'll find yourself wanting to know more about these fascinating creatures.

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