Whale watching is the most anticipated activity to do in Maui in December, January, February and March every winter!

While there are a ton of other great activities to plug into your vacation schedule, whale watching is assured to be a once in a lifetime opportunity that the whole family will enjoy.

There are some things that you need to know when booking your whale watching tour here in Maui to ensure that your tour is enjoyable, safe, and respectful to those creatures that have chosen to visit.

Where to See Whales on Maui

The best place to book a whale watching tour in Maui is from Lahaina’s harbor. Lahaina is the former capital of Hawaii located on the west side of Maui at the base of the West Maui Mountains.

Just off of the bustling Front Street (the go-to place for a bite to eat or some great shopping after your tour concludes) is the harbor. Leaving from Lahaina aboard one of the award winning tour boats means just a five minute journey to the waters where the mother and baby whales are working on the skills and strength to make their journey back to Alaska.

If you are looking for an immersive and all-encompassing whale watching experience make sure to leave from Lahaina harbor aboard an intimate boat like those we have at Hawaii Ocean Rafting— the most up close, eye level and personal experience you can get while still having a safe and respectful distance from the marine creatures.

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Where to Book Your Maui Whale Watching Tour

There are many ways to book your Maui whale watching tour this winter. If you are staying at one of the great resorts along the West and South coasts— you may be able to talk with your concierge who has recommendations and potentially partners with one of the many great tour companies.

If you are staying in an Air BnB or establishment that may not have one of these connections you can always quickly search “Maui Whale Watching Tour” or “Best Whale Watching Tour on Maui” and find some amazing options.

Many tour companies have online booking features that make the reservations and payment easy; all you have to do is read through the guidelines and show up!

But you better act fast!

Whale watching is the most popular thing to do for tourists visiting Maui from December to March, so make sure that you book ASAP to reserve a spot for this once in a lifetime event.

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What You’ll See on a Maui Whale Watching Tour

Whale watching tours on Maui are special because they can encompass much more than just seeing a couple whales tail slapping and breaching in the distance. If you have booked a tour with an expert like the captains we have staffed at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, you are in for an educational, and maybe even an up close experience that feels like you are almost in the water with those whales (the encounter is really up to the whales!). The low-to-water style rafting vessels put you right at the waters edge for an eye level whale experience.

More than that, if you are booking a whale watching tour in Maui you are almost guaranteed an extra show. Whether you are on the boat for two hours or six there is so much more to see in the tropical waters. You may encounter a pod of dolphins skimming alongside the boat or a honu (turtle) poking their head above water.

If you are looking for the most inclusive and immersive experience in Maui make sure to book your whale watching tor today!