PacWhale Eco-Adventures — a social enterprise and wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) – is offering visitors to experience its new Dolphin Watch Deluxe cruise — the island’s only dolphin-specific ecotour designed to inspire marine conservation while providing vital funds for PWF’s Research, Education and Conservation programs.
Along with learning fascinating facts from PacWhale Eco-Adventures’ Certified Marine Naturalists about acrobatic spinner dolphins, friendly bottlenose dolphins and inquisitive pantropical spotted dolphins — all of which are known to appear at times off the Lana‘i coastline — Dolphin Watch Deluxe guests enjoy refreshing libations capped off with a delicious lunch catered by Maui’s popular eatery and PacWhale Eco-Adventures partner, Three’s Bar & Grill.
Similar to the much-loved Whalewatch Deluxe cruise, a whale-watch season staple and longtime guest and staff favorite, the Dolphin Watch Deluxe three-hour ecotour sets sail from Lahaina Harbor on Ocean Spirit — a state-of-the-art luxury sailing vessel with a current maximum capacity of 35 passengers — at 1pm almost daily from now through November.
Given the length of travel time required to reach the island of Lana‘i, one of three populated islands that form Maui County, providing food and drink in concert with an engaging educational experience is a win-win for all involved, notes PacWhale Ecotour Manager Morgan Wittmer.
The Dolphin Watch Deluxe sails regularly throughout the summer and early fall depending on weather or other prohibitive conditions. In order to ensure safe and sustainable wildlife viewing, all PacWhale Eco-Adventures ecotours strictly adhere to PWF’s research-driven “Be Whale Aware” and “Dolphin Wise” policies. Per current CDC, state and local guidelines, masks are no longer required on the vessel’s outdoor decks and viewing areas.
Dolphin sightings are guaranteed on each trip. If no dolphins are sighted, guests may register for another PacWhale Eco-Adventures Dolphin Watch Deluxe free of charge within 12 months of the initial booking.
Go to www.PacificWhale.org/dolphin-watch-deluxe for more.