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M07660 is a small "Mom and Pop" owner-operated company. Armin and Tori Cullins collectively sailed the Hawaiian Islands, the South Pacific and the West Coast of North America. Seeking a way to share their passion for sailing, marine mammal research, and the natural beauty and culture of the islands to visitors, their business venture began back in 1996 (original boat to left).

Directly involved with the studies of behavior, ecology, and natural history of the whales,dolphins, turtles, coral reefs and other marine life in Hawai'i, they actively participate in conservation and resource management of marine habitats. Our crew is not only knowledgeable in wildlife and how to operate all snorkel and dive gear, but is familiar with local lore, legend and historical nuances of our coastline.
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Year round Whale Watching, Swim with Dolphins, Snorkel with Sea Turtles on Tropical Reefs with sensitive marine biologist crew.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Business began in 1996 and has been operating for 15 years.

2. What is your company's mission?

Passengers on our intimate journeys are considered our personal guests, who by the end of their journey should be joyful, enlightened, sensitive to the fragility of Hawaii’s marine environment, and have a true sense of place. We do not seek volume on our tours; we aim only to provide a quality, thought-provoking and potentially life-changing experience. M07660 is internationally recognized as a professional, innovative, and successful business conducting environmentally responsible marine interactions. We assertively participate in environmental protection through education and action, promote sustainable travel and to not just leave footprints as the only impression of our travels through sensitive lands, but to also leave a positive and impassioned impression on high-powered travelers and partners as well.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Marine wildlife interactions, safe-intimate cruising, obtaining a sense of place, sensitive to wildlife, habitat and community.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Tori Cullins - A USCG captain (who trained as crew for Polynesian Voyaging canoes), resident marine biologist, and environmental sciences grad. She has a prior background in veterinary medicine; has worked with marine mammal stranding teams; as Education and Outreach Specialist for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and has studied behaviors and documented abundance and distribution of whales and dolphins throughout Hawaii since the early 1990's. She is currently an advisor for the Hawaii Ecotourism Association, has or is working with Oahu, Maui and Big Island Marine Voluntary Standards working groups, and is a steering committee member of the Hawaii Recreational Impact to Reefs, Local Action Strategy task force.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

The Best of the West, a 1/2 day morning sail that packs in whale watching, dolphin encounters and snorkeling the reefs - luxury boating with a six passenger MAXimum and marine biologist crew.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

I want to help protect dolphins, what can I do?

Reviews and Comments
No. Rating By / Subject

 1  Suzette Donch / A Huge Thank You
Elizabeth, I can't even begin to find the words to thank you all for the wonderful time we had with Tori and Kara today (2007.08.25). It was so much more than any of us expected, and the kindness, information and sense of aloha that was extended to my family will not be forgotten. During our ride back to Waikiki, and all through our dinner this evening, our conversations were filled with praise and awe at what we experienced.

Everything from your assistance with our reservation to the trip ... view more itself was so professionally handled, and so thoughtfully taken care of...

Tori asked that I ask you to remind her and Kara to post the pictures they so kindly took on Shutter Fly when they have a chance. The access information can be sent to my email address.

And again, my sincere "mahalo nui loa" for all that you folks do and the experience you provided us today.

"Malama pono" to all,
Suzette Donch.

 2  Laura Quinn / Morning Wildlife Charter
I just wanted to let you know that we had an absolutely fabulous time with you and your crew. I really appreciate your respect for the wildlife while trying to get us to the dolphins. We had a wonderful experience and felt completely safe and well taken care of the entire trip.

Thanks again for making our trip to Hawaii something really special!

 3  Rich Shiffer / Morning Sail
Wow!!! This morning was great! Whales (even calves) all over, the Spinners were unbelievable and we even had green sea turtles pop up next to the boat. On behalf of my family, we thank you. Your staff was very courteous, professional and informative. They taught us the meaning of watching and observing the marine life vice influencing and even harassing them. Once they said that, one of your competitors sailed by us and dropped their snorkelers in right on top of the Spinners. The spinners moved on quickly. ... view more Your Captain knew exactly how and where to observe them and we had an experience of a life time. My family will be talking about this for years to come.

Thanks again!