One of the best whale watching tours on Maui is by Captain Steve’s Rafting.
Coming to Maui during whale season, from early December to late April? If you’re looking for a top-notch, highly experienced whale watch tour operator, you can’t do better than Captain Steve’s Rafting.
Each year I go out with Captain Steve and I’ve never been disappointed with the two-hour outing. He has many years of experience in the water of Maui doing whale watching tours, and has a very loyal following of visitors to Maui that use him repeatedly each year.
Captain Steve uses a small, rubber “zodiac-style” of boat that is more maneuverable and a bit faster than the larger boats out of the harbor in Lahaina. It seats just 23 people, so you’re not part of a massive crowd on a large boat.
Captain Steve departs daily from Mala Harbor. It’s conveniently located on Front Street in the west Maui town of Lahaina. The harbor is almost directly behind the Lahaina Cannery Mall. There is plenty of free parking at the harbor.
A few things about Captain Steve’s Rafting:
- Mala Harbor is just off Front Street. The famous “Jesus Coming Soon” sign is next to the roadway leading to the harbor.
- Free parking is available, but don’t park near the boat ramp as those spaces are reserved for boat trailers.
- There are restroom facilities near the parking area, but none available on the boat.
- Bring water and snacks if you want, as you will not be able to purchase anything on the boat.
- Don’t expect a lot of non-stop talking by Captain Steve. But he’ll certainly answer any questions you might have.
- Get a discount by booking on line!
I’m always interested in the best whale pictures. I get them with Captain Steve.
Captain Steve’s Rafting – (808) 667-5567
Tripadvisor can provide you with great insight into why he’s so highly rated.
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
Beaches. Maui has some of the best beaches in the world. Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina. Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite. Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.
Top 10 Lists. Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants. There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.
Eating & Drinking. Oh, yea. You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui. Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café. For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.
In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and Makawao Steak House. Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
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