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Pacific Whale Lanai Wild Side Ocean Rafting


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Pacific Whale Foundation
Ocean Store
612 Front Street
Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i 96761
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Experience an Ocean Rafting adventure with the Lanai Wild Dolphin and Snorkel Eco-Tour!

Discover why Lana’i has been rated as one of the top 10 snorkel and dive spots in the world as you explore dazzling coral reefs, home to abundant fish and sea turtles. Wild dolphins are found here too, including spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and occasional toothed whales. Sightings of humpback whales are common in winter.

If yours is the spirit of an explorer, join Pacific Whale Foundation on this exhilarating small group raft adventure that brings you up close to the secluded coastline of the exclusive island of Lana'i - recently purchased from David Murdock by Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison.

Departs: Daily at 7:30 am from Lahaina Harbor

* Duration: Approximately 6 hours
* Check-in: 45 minutes prior to departure
* Onboard bathroom and fresh water shower.

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Experience an Ocean Rafting adventure with the Lanai Wild Dolphin and Snorkel Eco-Tour!

Discover why Lana’i has been rated as one of the top 10 snorkel and dive spots in the world as you explore dazzling coral reefs, home to abundant fish and sea turtles. Wild dolphins are found here too, including spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and occasional toothed whales. Sightings of humpback whales are common in winter.

If yours is the spirit of an explorer, join Pacific Whale Foundation on this exhilarating small group raft adventure that brings you up close to the secluded coastline of the exclusive island of Lana'i - recently purchased from David Murdock by Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison.

An overhead canopy provides shade. You can choose from forward facing padded seats or pontoon seats. This is one of the few Maui rafts with an onboard bathroom. There's a rear swim platform for easy access in and out of the water. There's also an onboard freshwater shower to rinse off after snorkeling!

There's no pre-determined route for this cruise. We'll explore and travel anywhere along Lana'i's coast where the weather, wind and wildlife offer fun and adventure. We'll stop at least twice for snorkeling, to jump in and explore at remote spots selected by our experienced captain to provide a customized experience that is designed just for you, your fellow adventurers and the unique conditions of the day.

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Experience an Ocean Rafting adventure with the Lanai Wild Dolphin and Snorkel Eco-Tour!

Discover why Lana’i has been rated as one of the top 10 snorkel and dive spots in the world as you explore dazzling coral reefs, home to abundant fish and sea turtles. Wild dolphins are found here too, including spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and occasional toothed whales. Sightings of humpback whales are common in winter.

If yours is the spirit of an explorer, join Pacific Whale Foundation on this exhilarating small group raft adventure that brings you up close to the secluded coastline of the exclusive island of Lana'i - recently purchased from David Murdock by Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison.

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An exhilarating small group raft adventure that brings you up close to the secluded coastline of the exclusive island of Lana'i

Departure Time 7:30 am from Lahaina Harbor
* Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure

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THE PWF DIFFERENCE

Pacific Whale Foundation is a world leader in marine ecotourism. Since 1980, we've carried more than 3.5 million guests on our ocean ecotours. Trip Advisor, Yelp, guidebooks and travel writers give our Eco-Adventure cruises rave reviews. But Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures is not your ordinary cruise company.

All Profits Support Pacific Whale Foundation
When you buy a ticket on an eco-adventure cruise, you know your money is supporting Pacific Whale Foundation's work to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. Since 1980, we've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support marine research, education and conservation programs on behalf of the ocean.

Driven by Science, Based on Research
Early pioneers in non-invasive whale research, Pacific Whale Foundation is recognized today for our decades of marine research, including studies of coral reefs, wild dolphins, toothed whales and humpback whales. When you cruise with us, you'll get the latest facts and findings about marine life. We gather data about the wildlife we encounter on all of our trips. On some of our cruises, we have a researcher on board, gathering additional data for our studies.

Boats to Boast About
We have invested in the most modern and environmentally-sound catamarans on Maui. Our vessels feature SmoothCat technology for an ultra-comfortable ride and run on energy-efficient, low-emissions engines. Pacific Whale Foundation developed and outfitted all of our vessels with whale protection devices, the first devices in the world for commercial vessels that guide whales away from propellers and running gear.

Our People Make the Difference
Every Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventure cruise is led by a team of Certified Marine Naturalists, all of whom hold graduate or undergraduate degrees in marine biology, ecology or related sciences. In addition, our staff must complete our rigorous certification program, which includes testing their knowledge about Hawaii's marine environment, local geography and culture, their presentation skills and Red Cross CPR, First Aid and Lifesaving Certifications.

Protecting the Environment
Pacific Whale Foundation is recognized worldwide as an ecotourism leader. Whether it be using bio-compostable plates, cups and utensils; sourcing locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats for our trips to reduce our carbon footprint, or leading the charge by establishing a strict wildlife watching code, it is our mission to be advocates for marine life, the ocean, and the planet.

Ideal for Families and Beginners

If you've never been on a boat, or used a snorkel, don’t worry. Our will provide the equipment, instruction, support and encouragement to help you feel 100% comfortable with the ocean. For kids, we offer a FREE Junior Naturalist Program on our cruises.

Safety is Important to Us
When it comes to our guests’ safety, Pacific Whale Foundation prides itself on not only meeting, but exceeding all industry standards.  For example, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requires two to three crew per vessel and that half are CPR and First Aid certified. On our Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-adventures, you will see up to seven crew members per cruises, all of whom are certified in CPR at the professional level (for treating adults, infants and children). They are also certified in first aid and oxygen administration. Our first aid kits on each vessel are extremely well-stocked, with multiple oxygen set-ups, backboards, neck-braces, and complete AED (defibrillator) set-ups.

The State of Hawai’i has no specific standard when it comes to certified lifeguards on vessels, but at Pacific Whale Foundation, all crew members on snorkel trips are lifeguard certified. We also offer our guests multiple (free) options for flotation devices, and our crew offers a brief 'snorkel 101 class' for those who want a refresher or an introduction to snorkeling. Pacific Whale Foundation employs a USCG licensed Maritime Safety Coordinator who conducts in-house American Red Cross certifications, safety drills and  trainings and oversees all safety aspects to insure our guests receive the most safe and comfortable cruise as possible.

7:30 am from Lahaina Harbor
* Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure

Includes:
* Professionally fitted, premium snorkel gear (including optical masks for eyeglass wearers)
* Flotation devices
* Free learn-to-snorkel class
* Free fish i.d. class
* Free guided reef tour
* Free Jr. Naturalist program.
* Tropical-style continental breakfast (locally grown fruits, fresh-baked pastries, coffee and juices)
* Barbeque lunch: chicken, hot dogs and veggie burgers, plus pasta salad.
* Chocolate chip cookies and pretzels
* Refreshments: sodas, tropical juices and filtered water. (After snorkeling, adults age 21 and over with valid picture i.d. may enjoy one complimentary alcoholic beverage, including local micro-brew beer, wine or Mai Tai. Additional alcoholic drinks, blended cocktails or refills available for sale at a reasonable price.)
* Free marine wildlife poster.

* Continental breakfast
* Boxed lunch with a sandwich, fruit, chips and a little something sweet.
* Snacks and Ice-cold sodas, juices and filtered drinking water are available throughout the day.

Ocean Discovery

  • High tech rigid-hull inflatable raft with channeled fiberglass hull that cuts through the waves for a smooth ride
  • Choice of forward facing seats or pontoon seats
  • Overhead canopy provides shade
  • Freshwater shower; onboard bathroom
  • Dive ladder for snorkeling
  • Carries 30 guests
  • Length: 38 feet
     
Ocean Adventurer Ocean Raft Pacific Whale Foundation

Ocean Discovery

  • High-tech, ultra-smooth, eco-friendly catamaran with two levels 
  • Spacious cabin and sunbathing areas
  • Built for elegant at-sea dining
  • Galley bar, serving buffet and barbeque
  • Water slide and snorkel platform
  • Freshwater showers; his/hers bathrooms
  • Equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved Whale Protection Devices
  • Length: 65 feet
     
Ocean Discovery Catamaran Pacific Whale Foundation

Ocean Explorer

  • Modern, smooth-riding eco-friendly catamaran
  • Front stadium seating offers excellent wildlife viewing
  • Shaded galley and serving area
  • A favorite of photographers!
  • Freshwater showers; his/hers bathrooms 
  • Equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved Whale Protection Devices
  • Length: 54 feet
     

Ocean Freedom

  • Ultra-smooth state-of-the-art raft with rigid hull
  • Features SAM (Seakindly Anti-Slamming Monohull) design
  • Includes onboard bathroom (an amenity you won't find on virtually all other rafts operating off Maui).
  • Equipped with handrails for your safety.  
     

Ocean Intrigue

  • Double-deck, eco-friendly catamaran
  • Spacious shaded cabin
  • Bow and upper deck sunbathing areas
  • Easy access swim steps
  • Freshwater showers; his/hers bathrooms
  • Equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved Whale Protection Devices 
     
Ocean Intrigue Catamaran

Ocean Liberty

  • Smartly designed 65-foot eco-adventure yacht
  • Fast and fun! We provide ponchos for splashes that you might encounter, plus complimentary use of dry bags for cameras and valuables. Feel free to wear your swim suit. 
  • Snorkel platform, swim steps and freshwater shower
  • Air-conditioned men's and women's bathrooms
  • Equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved Whale Protection Devices
  • Length: 65 feet
     

Ocean Odyssey

  • Modern, eco-friendly, double-deck catamaran
  • Spacious cabin and sunbathing areas
  • Galley with bar and serving area
  • Stainless steel barbeque
  • Water slide and snorkel platform
  • Freshwater showers; his/hers bathrooms 
  • Equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved Whale Protection Devices 
  • Length: 65 feet
     

Ocean Quest

  • Double-deck eco-friendly catamaran
  • Offers smooth and relaxed ride
  • Spacious shaded cabin and rear deck
  • Sunbathing areas on bow and upper deck
  • Equipped with tables and comfortable armchair seats 
  • Galley bar, serving buffet and barbeque
  • Water slide and snorkel platform for easy access to the water
  • Freshwater showers; his/hers bathrooms 
  • Equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved Whale Protection Devices
  • Length: 65 feet
     

Ocean Voyager

  • High-tech, modern double-deck power catamaran delivers ultra-smooth ride
  • Spacious cabin and sunbathing areas
  • Galley with bar and serving area
  • Comfortable armchair seats
  • Water slide and snorkel platform
  • Freshwater showers; his/hers bathrooms 
  • Equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved Whale Protection Devices
  • Length: 65 feet
     
Ocean Adventurer
  • High tech rigid-hull inflatable raft with channeled
    fiberglass hull that cuts through the waves for
    a smooth ride
  • Choice of forward facing seats or pontoon seats
  • Overhead canopy provides shade
  • Freshwater shower; onboard bathroom
  • Dive ladder for snorkeling
  • Carries 30 guests
  • Length: 38 feet
Ocean Adventurer Catamaran Maalaea Harbor

Patrick Merrill
Vessel Programs Manager

Pacific Whale Foundation Naturalists

Blake Moore
Vessel Staff Manager


MEET PWF STAFF

Pacific Whale Foundation is proud to introduce you to the Certified Marine Naturalists, Biologists and U.S. Coast Guard certified Captains who staff our vessels. Our staff are known for their enthusiastic commitment to ensuring you have a safe, enjoyable, fun and educational ocean cruise with us.

Pacific Whale Naturalist

Jess Rickard, Naturalist, Ocean Voyager
Hometown: Cherry Tree, PA
Education: Saint Francis University, BS Biology/Marine Biology
Interests: SCUBA, Freediving, Photography, Painting, travel

Anna Lieding, Lead Naturalist, Ocean Odyssey
Hometown: Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Education: B.S. Marine Biology, Brown University
Interests: Spear fishing, Research

lead naturalist

Josh Wittmer, Lead Naturalist, Ocean Odyssey
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Education: BS Environmental Science, Allegheny College
Experience: Duke Marine Lab, Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Bermuda Aquarium collections and quarantine, Americorps Watershed Stewards Project, SeaCamp/NHMI Big Pine Key, FL, REEF Key Largo, FL, Maui Ocean Center curatorial department diver, Hawaii DLNR research diver.
Interests: Diving, Underwater Photography, Rebreathers, Hiking, Education, Conservation, Relaxation, Research, Travel, Fishing, Surfing, Cephalopods, and Fish.

Christy Kozama, Lead Naturalist, Ocean Quest
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Education: BS Marine Biology, College of Charleston, SC
Experience: Sea World San Diego, US Navy Marine Mammal Training Program,
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute, and various other aquarist and research internships/volunteer programs
Interests: surfing, hiking, diving, snowboarding, cooking, travel, and exploring Maui

Morgan M. Smith- Naturalist, Ocean Odyssey
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Education: Master of Science- Florida Atlantic University; B.A. Biology - University of Colorado at Boulder
Experience:  Extensive fieldwork in Colorado, Florida and Costa Rica on birds, bugs and turtles; Hawksbill Turtle monitoring project - Big Island, HI; Science Instructor - SeaCamp-Florida Keys; Teaching Assistant - Florida Atlantic University and Harbor Branch; Masters Thesis research on sea turtles in S. Florida; Various Volunteer projects at animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers; Primate Zoo Keeper - Palm Beach Zoo.
Interests:  Animals and the Ocean, SCUBA, snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, camping, relaxing, talking, learning, funny movies, good food, great friends.

Dav Yuan- Naturalist, Ocean Spirit
Hometown: Wez, Belgium
Education: B.A. St Mary's College of Maryland in Ecology and Environmental Studies
Research thesis on Tropical MOckingbirds in Belize. Research for Cornell University on Tropical Orioles in Mexico. Three years teaching high school marine biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, and general biology in Annapolis. Two years as a rock climbing guide/coach/instructor.
Interests: Photography, rock climbing, guitar, learning, change
Walking the talk: Childhood passion for animals has developed into a personal commitment to our natural world. Always eager to be at the forefront of conservation biology. Now on a mission to change the world for better through science and education. However small the change is...every little bit counts.

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