Whale Watching

What are the Best Whale Watching Tours Maui Has to Offer?

There’s nothing more magical than seeing the one of the largest mammals on earth jumping out of the water! Of course, we’re talking about Humpback whales, who migrate from the cold North to the warm South to mate in the romantic waters of Hawaii. The best whale watching Maui season is during the winter, which is a great time to escape the cold in most other areas of the world. While some say November to May is the best whale watching Maui season, you may see the most whales between January and February. If you come to Maui in the winter, getting on a boat to witness these majestic creatures is a must-do. For the best Maui Whale Watching, contact us now: (808) 468-9971

Top 10 Best Whale Watching Tours Maui Has Available

Blue Water Rafting
On this intimate 17-18 person rafting experience, you can see whales up close and personal. Blue water rafting offers seasonal whale watch-only tours that depart from slip 8 at Lahaina harbor. There are five departure times for this two-hour experience of seeing these beautiful whales up close and personal. Water provided, but please bring your own reef-safe sunscreen and your camera to capture the whale watching Maui season you’ll keep in your memories. If you’re interested in snorkeling, this company has lots of snorkeling options, as well.

Pacific Whale Foundation
One of the whale watching tours Maui is known for, the Pacific Whale Foundation leaves from Lahaina Harbor or Maalaea Harbor multiple times a day. The tour is led by a marine naturalist that will explain the actions of the whales and let you know who and what you’re looking at (couples, mothers and babies, males having territory issues…). This two hour cruise has an incredible 97% sighting success rate, but offers you a free ticket if you don’t see any whales on your expedition (to be used in the next year).

Aloha Blue
During peak whale watching Maui season, Aloha Blue is the number one choice for many reasons. Their boats don’t have propellers, keeping the creatures just under the surface safe. With 30 maximum passengers, crowds are small and intimate. Lower to the surface of the water, you’re at eye level with the whales. A marine naturalist is around to answer questions and explain whale behavior. Aloha Blue also offers a guaranteed whale sighting or your next trip is free! With smaller crowds and jet drive, the boats are faster, getting you to the whales for observation instead of cruising around looking for them. Want to hear the whales? A hydrophone is hooked up to the boat’s’ speakers to broadcast whale songs for all guests to hear. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, but bring your own sunscreen, snacks, and camera.

Hawaii Ocean Project
For one of the most comfortable whale watching tours Maui offers, the Hawaii Ocean Project is your best bet. An upper deck and enclosed main cabin can offer you a view from above or protect you from windy weather. Leaving from Lahaina Harbor, this two hour marine naturalist-guided tour leaves 4 times a day for a unique experience that you can’t do in many places but Maui. Each expedition has different highlights, so you never know what you’re going to get!

Maui Classic Charters
Looking for adventure and a way to get in the water to see the majestic world below? Join Maui Classic Charters to knock two things off your bucket list and go on a combined snorkeling and whale watch tour. You can’t get any closer to the whales than in the water nearby! Choose from a lengthy 3.5 hour or five hour tour to really see the Hawaiian sea life. You’ll get meals, drinks, and get to see through a glass bottomed viewing room, so you can see underwater even if you don’t want to get in it.

Maui Magic
If you’re on the island for the whale watching Maui season, joining a Maui Magic snorkel & whale-watching combo is a must-do! With availability from December through March, this is a great way to escape the cold and gain some everlasting memories. With a 45 person max capacity, you’ll be comfortable and have plenty of space to see breaches and tail slaps from our large Humpback friends. Listen to their communication as we blast the hydrophone over the speakers. The Maui Magic Crew is CPR and First Aid certified and are super knowledgeable about the islands and everything in the surrounding waters, so ask any questions you might have. If you’re interested in SNUBA, that’s an option as well. Meals and reef-safe sunscreen are included, but don’t forget your ID if you want an adult beverage!

Pride of Maui
This whale watching adventure is longer than most – a whopping 3.25 hours vs. two hours. As most tours, this one includes an onboard marine naturalist to explain what the whales are up to and answer any burning questions you have about the incredible Humpback whale. Come hungry, as this tour provides a full lunch, including Hotdogs, cheeseburgers, chicken breast, pasta salad, vegetables, and cookies. Forget your sunscreen? No problem, Pride of Maui will provide you with reef-safe sunscreen to protect your skin and our ocean. An onboard hydrophone is available to pick up the songs of the whales below the surface for all to hear. Want to relax with a drink? Just don’t forget your ID! 

Early morning to sunset whale watching tours offer you the experience you want to have. If you’re a morning person, we’d recommend the Early Bird or AM Whale Watch experience. If you’re more of a night owl, the Sunset and Dinner Sunset Whale Watch might be more your speed. With delicious food served during the Dinner Sunset Whale Watch, you might want to come hungry! Not only will you see the magnificent Humpbacks, but an onboard marine naturalist will be there to educate you on these awesome creatures (and answer your questions). If you’re 21 and over, bring your ID to take advantage of the bar.

No matter where you’re staying on Maui, Trilogy offers an unforgettable whale watching experience. From three locations, Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Maalaea, you can hop on one of their beautiful sailing catamarans to get up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures that visit our Hawaiian Islands—Humpback whales. With departures from 8am to 1pm, you can choose your preferred time to commune with the whales. A warm breakfast sandwich or deli lunch sandwich is provided, depending on the time of your tour. Be sure to pack your own reef-safe sunscreen and bring your camera to capture the moment.

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