Maui Whale Watching Tours

2 hours Small Group Whale Watch Sunrise to Sunset Tour Options

We guarantee whale sightings or go for free! Join us aboard our 27ft hard-bottom ocean raft for upclose Whale Watching in Maui! Avoid the crowds and enjoy com- fortable seating for up to 16 pas- sengers with spectacular views of Maui’s humpback whales! Choose from our award winning group Whale Watching Tours, 2in1 Whale Watch Snorkel Combo Tours or Private Whale Watch Charters!

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Ali'i Pass Details
How it Works!
• Purchase your pass!
• Book your tours on the phone or in person!
• Receive your pass card when you check in at Slip 8!
• Whale watch and enjoy the savings!
Pass Perks!
• Book multiple tours direct!
• No blackout dates or tour times!
• Save $ when you book!
• Priority Boarding for Ali’i Season Pass holders!
• Whale watch and enjoy the savings!
Pass Terms
• All Passes must have a pass holder’s name assigned to them at the time of purchase. Once Passes are purchased, they cannot be refunded or transferred to another person or season.
• Unused 21/22 Ali’i Pass Products may be deferred for pass holder credit toward a 22/23 Ali’i  Pass Product Purchase (pass holder is responsible to pay difference if future season pass price increases). An Ali’i pass is “unused” if it has not be used for any tours. Deferrals are final.
• Availability is first come first serve. Pass holder is responsible for booking tours.
• Pass holder must provide 24 hour cancellation notice for tour bookings. If a 24 hour notice is not given, the purchase price of that seat will be charged to the pass holder.
• Passes can be revoked for misconduct determined by staff and management of HIOR.
• Priority boarding requires the pass holder to check in at recommended time and only applies to Ali’i Season pass holders.
• Whale watch pass tours are valid to tours December 1, 2021-April 15th, 2022.

Discount Whale Watch Tour

Afternoon Maui Whale Watch

*WHALE GUARANTEE OR GO FOR FREE

2 hours
Small Group
Afternoon Tour

 

plus tax/fees
$45 adult

$35 kids

 

Whale Watch Adventure Tour

Maui’s Best Whale Watch

*WHALE GUARANTEE OR GO FOR FREE

2 hours
Small Group
Morning & Sunset

 

plus tax/fees
$64 adult

$49 kids

 

2in1 Whale Watch & Snorkel Tour

Seasonal COMBO Rafting Tour


4 hours
Small Group
Seaonal Dec-April

plus tax/fees
$129

 

Maui Private Charters

Private Whale Watch Boat Charters

*WHALE GUARANTEE OR GO FOR FREE

2-6 hours
Private Group
Choose your Tour

plus tax/fees
$400/hr

 

Whale Watch Tour Itinerary

We guarantee whale sighting or you get to go again for FREE!
Check in 20 minutes prior to your whale watching tour at Lahaina Harbor, Slip 8!
Our small group tours depart from Lahaina Harbor, Maui and venture 2-10 miles from the harbor for whale watching!
Because our tours are 16 guests or less, every seat has spectacular views of Maui’s gentle giants from the best seats in town!
Our Marine Naturalist onboard share humpback whale education and hydrophones are avail- able on every tour to listening to the humpback whale song!

What to Expect

What kind of whale encounters can we expect?
We guarantee whale sighting or you get to go again for FREE!
Although humpback whales are wild and we cannot predict their activity or behavior, our captains and marine naturalist have many years of experience observing whales and finding the most active whales to watch in Maui’s warm waters. Whale behavior you may observe includes whale tails (also called flukes), pec fin slaps, head lunges and the famous breach! Sometimes humpback whales even approach our boats closely and check us out! This is called a mugging! No matter the encounter, observing these 40 ton, 40 foot gentle giants is a once in a lifetime experience on your Maui’ vacation!

When do we whale watch?
Humpback whales migrate to Maui from Alaska every winter to mate and give birth. Their trickle migration begins in late fall and ends in the spring. We start to see enough whales to whale watch in Maui starting in December and continue tours into April! Whales can also be seen any time of day in Maui, and our sunrise to sunset whale watch tours give you any option that best fits your vacation schedule!

What kind of whales do we see whale watching?
Although we may see dolphins or other rare toothed whales like pseudo orcas, humpback whales are our primary focus for our Maui whale watching tours.

What to Bring
We recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, reef safe sunscreen and a light jacket for Maui’s tropical weather. Most important would be a camera or go-pro to Maui’s photograph humpback whales!
Purified water is available onboard for all tours, you are welcome to bring other beverages or snacks onboard as well, just no glass containers on our Maui whale watch tours.
Tour Restrictions and Policies

Because of our style of rafting vessels please no guests with back or neck injuries or pregnant. Children ages 3 year and older are welcome, no infants please.
We offer a flexible 24 hour cancellation policy for our group tours. Just notify us at least 24 hours prior to your tour and receive a full refund!

Directions
Maui Whale Watch tours depart from Lahaina Harbor, Slip 8! The harbor is located on the ocean side across from the Banyan Tree in downtown Lahaina, Maui. Parking is free for 3 hours or less near the harbor. Closest paid parking lots are located behind Paia Fish Market on Front Street, or off Dickenson Street in Lahaina, Maui.
FAQ
When is the Best Time of Day for Whale Watching in Maui?
The short answer is that any time of day is great for Whale Watching in Maui!
Because Humpback whales migrate to Maui to mate and give birth but are not feeding, they go through cycles of rest and activity 24 hours a day! Our Captains do their best to seek out the whales who appear to be active for the best whale watching experience!

What is the best weather for Whale Watching in Maui?
Obviously whales don’t mind getting wet, so the rain isn’t a bother! When it comes to weath- er there does not appear to be weather patterns that effect whale activity. West Maui is also located on the leeward side of the West Maui Mountains, creating the most consistent and driest weather on Maui. This means we have the most sunny days on the island, making it the the best place to whale watch in Maui! Because we are a tropical island, weather reports are rarely accurate more than 24 hours out and we use special NOAA and sailing weather reports to get the most accurate weather for our whale watching destinations With that in mind, we will reschedule or refund tours due to weather if it wil be unpleasant or unsafe for our guests.

Can we swim or snorkel with whales?
Whales are protected in Hawaii so we do not approach them closer than federal regulations allow, that includes no swimming or snorkeling with whales. But
because we are a small raft, whales are likely to swim up to us in the boat! When whales approach our boats closely, it’s called a mugging! The most concentrated population of whales is off the coast of Lahaina because of our reef systems and water depths. The more whales, the more chances of having unique encounters!

When is the best time of year for whale watching in Maui?
Humpback whales migrate from Alaska to Maui every year for the winter months. Although some may show up in October, there are not enough whales in Maui to officially start whale watch until December! Whale Watching in Maui continues through April, with January through March being the peak season for whale watching tours! Whales can also be seen any time of day off the coast of Lahaina, so select a tour time that best fits your vacation schedule!

What kind of whale encounters can we expect?
Although humpback whales are wild and we cannot predict their activity or behavior, our captains and marine naturalist have many years of experience observing whales and finding the most active whales to watch. Whale behavior you may observe includes whale tails (also called flukes), pec fin slaps, head lunges and the famous breach! Sometimes humpback whales even approach our boats closely and check us out! This is called a mugging! No matter the encounter, observing these 40 ton, 40 foot gentle giants is a once in a lifetime experience.

What kind of whales do we see whale watching?
Although we may see dolphins or other rare toothed whales like pseudo orcas, humpback whales are our primary focus for our Maui whale watching tours. Because they migrate here seasonally, we can only whale watch for a few months a year, making it even more special! Humpback whales are mammals and a species of baleen whales found in all oceans in the world!

Can I book more than one whale watch tour?
Yes! Guests that book repeat whale watching tours get a discount! The more whale watch tours you go on the more whale encounters you have!

Still have questions? Send us a message!
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Traveler from Sandy Springs, Georgia

Highlight of our trip!

We just finished our tour. It was amazing! Captain Sean and first mate Paul took us out to see a fantastic collection of ocean delights. We saw fish, a huge pod of over a hundred dolphins, sea turtles, and more. Our crew was really helpful and had great stories and knowledge of the sea and the area-like straight out of a Hemingway novel. We really liked the small boat setting where you got individual attention. The crew were fascinating, fun, and focused on safety. We have done a number of outings this trip but this was by far the best. We took our three kids ages 11-15 and they totally loved it. Have this be the first thing you book on your trip.

mybutler Des Moines, Washington

BEST Snorkeling EVER!!!

We were fortunate enough to take a ride with Sean and Stephanie on a chance of a lifetime snorkeling trip! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They took us to a coral reef that was the most BEAUTIFUL thing we have ever seen! Sooooo many fish and the reef was unexplainable…BEAUTIFUL! They took us to see the dolphins, hundreds of them surrounding our boat! You could reach out and pet them! They took us to whale watch, we saw a whale spout twice! The boat is fast and fun and takes the waves like butter! The breakfast and lunch were included and very yummy! We will never forget that trip! Thank you, Hawaii Ocean Rafting!