Ultimate Host NASA Research Project

Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel was stoked to support this month’s project that including conducting research on Maui’s reef using NASA’s state-of-the-art satellite sensors.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Tom Bell and his team of NASA scientist spent  week on our Ultimate Raft shooting photos  and documenting Maui’s reef. 

NASA’s goal was to use both underwater images and satellite sensors to test new ways of measuring and documenting various form of reef degradation, with the hopes it can be applied on a global scale to learn more about coral reef recovery.  

Want to help support this research and other projects? It’s easy just join us for a snorkel trip […]

Ultimate Helps Support Recent Endangered Species Research

Ultimate Whale Watch and Snorkel was honored to financially support this month’s research project focused on learning more about the endangered False Killer Whales aka Pseudorca.

With less than 150 of these animals left in Hawaii, learning how to better protect them is a research priority.

Lead researcher, Robin Baird, Ph.D, Research Biologist, Cascadia Research Collective and Affiliate Faculty, Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology determined their goal for this project was to learn more about false killer whales through tagging, photography documentation, and biopsy samples.

Their 3 week project based out of Manele Bay, Lanai was very successful, and included tagging more […]

Ultimate donates vessels to Whale Trust for research fundraiser

We are excited to take part in donating trips on our vessels to Whale Trust! All proceeds from the Photo Expedition Trips go to Whale Trust and promoting whale research!

Check out more info from Whale Trust themselves!


Maui Bottlenose, Spinner And Spotted Dolphins

Dolphins are amazing marine creatures, some of the most intelligent and well-balanced species of mammals. This is especially showcased in the rearing of their young.This video from National Geographic highlights some of the one-on-one training between mama and calf (baby dolphin). She communicates with her dolphin sounds and her calf follows her moves by imitating them. Learning how to swim special moves, finding food and play time are all very important to this mother, baby duo training time. Teaching the importance of using their special sonar system called echolocation, which helps them find the location of fish meals that hide […]