By Wendy Osher
Maui’s Trilogy Excursions in Lahaina was ranked number 5 in a recent TripAdvisor list of the Top 10 Tours in the US.
The Maui company features tours of the island of Lānaʻi, whale watching excursions, snorkeling at Molokini Crater  and Kāʻanapali as well as diner cruises and sunset sails.
The list was based on both the quantity and quality of reviews on TripAdvisor, with more weight given to reviews submitted in the last year. According to the travel site, Trilogy Excursions was the subject of 3,294 reviews, and earned 5 out of 5 bubbles as part of the TripAdvisor ranking.
The travel site lists Trilogy behind: (1) Wild Horse Adventure Tours, Corolla, North Carolina; (2) Real New York Tours, New York City, New York; (3) Platypus Wine Tours, Napa, California; and (4) Pink Jeep Tours Sedona, Sedona, Arizona.
Trilogy was ranked ahead of five other tours that rounded out the top 10 list including: (6) Grand Adventures Tours, Las Vegas, Nevada; (7) Savor Seattle Food Tours, Seattle, Washington; (8) Electric Tour Company Segway Tours, San Francisco, California; (9) Chicago’s First Lady Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, Chicago, Illinois; and (10) Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours, Saint Cloud, Florida.
According to the publication, “Travelers can soak up the sun, surf, and a bit of history on this sailing tour of the Hawaiian isles.”
The list highlighted the “Discover Lānaʻi ” option, saying, “travelers will swim and snorkel at Hulopoʻe Marine Preserve and once onshore can tour the island’s expansive pineapple plantation.”
Pricing for the “Discover Lānaʻi” group tour is listed at $205 for adults $205, $154 for teens and $105 for kids 12 and under. Other island tours start at $109 for adults, with whale watching excursions also available starting at $49.
Trilogy’s Jim and Rand Coon were selected recently as the Lifetime Achievement winners during the Mayor’s 2014 Small Business Awards event. The 40-year-old company was recognized for its conservation efforts and support of local charities.
According to TripAdvisor, the list was narrowed to identify single-day, guided tour excursions that provide education and entertainment.