Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel Review
My husband and I are somewhat seasoned travelers on the Island of Maui. On our most recent vacation there, we booked an Ultimate Rafting Adventure tour with Ultimate Whale Watch and we found our experience among the best! We were pleased to know that they specialize in photographic, non-threatening, close encounters with dolphins, whales, and turtles and have been doing this since 1982. The fact that they’ve hosted film crews from National Geographic and BBC Wildlife was a huge plus! But the clincher was the guarantee that not only were we going to see Humpback Whales (December through May), but we were guaranteed to get as close as legally possible! Even eyeball to eyeball!
Departing from historic Lahaina Town, we boarded the “Wiki Wahine,” a 30 foot rigid hulled inflatable raft. The raft is certified for 24 passengers, but they only allow 18 passengers on the vessel to insure a quality experience. There was plenty of shade offered on the boat and there’s just no such thing as a “bad seat.” The expert narration by researchers that are currently studying the humpback whales, assured us the information was current and correct! Listening to live whale songs with your hydrophone is thrilling! We were truly touched by our experience amongst these intelligent giants. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Continental breakfast, as well as lunch, and drinks.
Ultimate Whale Watch also offers year round snorkeling in the pristine waters of Lanai, where you’ll see spinner dolphins, sea turtles, sea birds, and other marine life. In line with their whale watch tours, their Lanai snorkel trips never consist of more than 16 guests and their crew is some of the nicest and most experienced Hawaii has to offer. Why Lanai? Turns out, Lanai has the best snorkeling, most fish and the clearest water the Hawaiian Islands have to offer. Of course, the 1000 ft. sea cliffs, caves, blow holes, and ship wrecks are pretty incredible as well! If you want to experience what we experienced, then you’ll want to visit them online at UltimateWhaleWatch.com or you can reach them by phone 808-667-5678.