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Lanai Ocean Riders

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The only tour that circumnavigates the island of Lanai

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Ocean Riders offers a high-speed raft ... the 'Ferrari' of snorkel tours

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See the remarkable hulk of a shipwreck on Lanai's north shore

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This is no video game ... this is real adventure

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Lanai has miles of beaches with no one in sight anywhere!

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See remarkable rock formations near Manele Bay with Ocean Riders

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Sharkfin Rock - one of our favorite snorkel spots anywhere ...

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... because it is home to Pyramid Butterfly fish rarely seen elsewhere

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A Hawaiian green sea turtle at one of the three snorkel spots

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If the dolphins are there (and they usually are), Ocean Riders will find them

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Entering a sea cave carved by time and ocean swells

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The captain zooms in and out of every nook and cranny of the Lanai coast

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Ocean Riders zooms in and out of every nook and cranny of the Lanai coastline, sometimes at breathtaking speeds! Lanai has some unbelievable scenery and wild rock formations on the back side … places that very few people who live in Hawaii have ever seen … but with Ocean Riders you get to see it all! For thrill seekers, this is the trip for you! It also offers you the ultimate get-away adventure. They are going to snorkel at places where other snorkel boats just don’t go. On a normal day they will snorkel at three different spots … sometimes four. And if there are dolphins anywhere along the route … Ocean Riders will find them!

Ocean Riders features a deep-V rigid hull inflatable raft that is 30 feet in length and capacity is limited to 18 guests per tour. The boat is powered by twin 250hp engines … this boat is truly the Ferrari of snorkel tours on Maui!

Ocean Riders Full-day Lanai

Ocean Riders Full-day tour is the ultimate Lanai adventure, completely circling the island in a zodiac raft. They are the only tour operator that consistently circumnavigates the entire island of Lanai year-round. On a normal tour you will see shipwrecks strewn along the north shore of Lanai. They anchor in shallow water and you have the opportunity to swim in and walk around on an isolated, remote beach where there is no hotel or road in sight! Your captain will pull inside a sea cave carved out of the cliffs by giant storm swells over the centuries. Witness the cliffs of the Kona Coast of Lanai … and see Shark Fin, one of our favorite snorkel spots in Hawaii and one of the few places where pyramid butterfly fish can be seen.

Length: 7 – 8 Hours (depending on ocean conditions)

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Ocean Riders Half-day Lanai

Ocean Riders is now offering an equally-adventurous but slightly less demanding 4 to 5 hour Half-day Lanai tour option. This shorter tour doesn’t completely circle the island, but cruises the south and west shores of Lanai and still go places that VERY few other boats go.

Length: 4-5 Hours (depending on ocean conditions)

Schedule: By request when booked in advance. If they already have a full-day trip scheduled, the half-day trip is not possible.

General Information
Schedule: 7:00am departure for all tours. Full-day tour is 7-8 hours in length and operates daily. Half-day tour is 4-5 hours in length and operates based upon demand. If a full-day trip is already on the schedule, the half-day trip is not available as they only have one vessel.

Check In: Mala Boat Ramp just 1/2 mile north of downtown Lahaina (not Lahaina Harbor)

GPS: 71 Ala Moana St Lahaina, HI 96761 Click to view map

Tour includes: Continental breakfast, lunch, juice, soda, and water

Gear Provided: Snorkel gear (including prescription masks)

What to Bring & Wear: Swimsuit, towels, sunscreen, light jacket, sunglasses, and camera

Vessel: Hard bottom 30 foot deep-V rigid hull inflatable Raft

Capacity: 18

Restrictions: Children under 5 are not permitted. Not recommended for persons with severe back or neck injuries or pregnant women. This activity is not accessible by wheelchair or walker.  Rough ocean conditions are sometimes encountered.  Sound like the sign posted at the entrance of a roller coaster??? Maybe a little … but after all, this trip is the ADVENTURE of a lifetime. There are a few days per year that the winds don’t permit going all the way around, but circling the island of Lanai (or going to the north shore of Molokai) is always their goal.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours (72 hours for parties of 4 or more) before the start of the event.

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Ocean Rider’s high speed raft
See the remarkable hulk of a shipwreck

COcean Ridersruise Ship Passengers

NCL cruise ship passengers in Kahului are able to do any of these tours on the morning of your second day in port. Transportation is not included, and is most economically done by renting a car. We can arrange a rental car with shuttle pick-up at the harbor; rates vary throughout the year but start around $40 per day in low season; see our rental car page for more information. Drive time is approx. 60 minutes to Lahaina. You might also consider a Molokini snorkel tour as those trips depart from Maalaea Harbor, which is just 15 minutes away from your cruise ship’s dock.


Lahaina cruise ship passengers can do the Lanai Explorer with Landing as long as you are in port on the correct day of the week. This tour leaves from the same harbor where your ship’s tender arrives, so no transportation is necessary.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

A Lanai dolphin adventure is a must-do on my list of Maui activities. If you have time for two snorkel boat tours, go to Molokini and Lanai. If you only have time for one, go to Lanai!!! The reef there is just as good as Molokini (better in places) with lots of fish and turtles … and there are a lot less people.

Lanai trips are definitely a good way to go for people staying in the West Maui area (Kapalua, Kahana, Honokowai, Kaanapali, and Lahaina). Lanai trips leave from Lahaina, so much less driving is involved than most of the Molokini boats.

While none of the Lanai trips GUARANTEE dolphin sightings, it is unusual to not encounter dolphins along the south coast of Lanai. Your chances of seeing dolphins is in the 75-80% range on any given day.

Lots of people ask if they can swim with the dolphins. The honest answer is “probably not.” Snorkel tours have to be very cautious in approaching dolphins … they are protected marine mammals. Once in a while a boat will stop to snorkel and the dolphins will approach out of curiosity. If this happens, enjoy the moment … you are truly blessed. Don’t plan on it happening. You will likely see plenty of activity just watching them from the boat … the large pod of spinner dolphins at Lanai is very active. You will likely witness acrobatic behavior and dolphins will probably swim on both sides of the bow of the boat just a few feet away from you.

Finally … the trip for the die-hard adventurer. Ocean Riders is an awesome tour … if you are up to the challenge. When you leave the harbor at 7:00am be aware that it will be 7 or 8 hours before you will see another white porcelain seat with chrome handle on the side of it. This tour can be rough at times … but in terms of the amount and variety of snorkeling, the overall distance the tour covers, and the value you get for your dollar … this is the best itinerary in Hawaii for those of you die hards out there!

If you’re looking for an adventure, but with more comforts then Lanai Explorer would be a better choice for you!

One more Lanai ocean adventure worth mentioning … for CERTIFIED scuba divers, Extended Horizons operates an excellent scuba diving trip to Lanai … they typically visit the spectacular underwater grottos called “Cathedrals” as well as one other site. For more information about Lanai scuba diving see our Scuba Diving page.