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Each year, more than 4,000 migrating humpback whales journey from chilly Alaska to frolic, mate, and give birth in the shallow, warm waters off Hawaii. Here's what you need to know to see the breaching beasts on whale-watching tours in Maui.

When to Go
Whale-watching season in the Hawaiian islands runs from early November until May, but your best chance of spotting whales is during the peak months of January to March. Each February, the Pacific Whale Foundation hosts the week-long Maui Whale Festival with a run/walk, film festival, parades, whale counts, and more celebrating the islands' most popular annual visitors.

What You'll See
The 45-foot-long (14-meter) Pacific humpback whales congregate in large numbers in the shallow Auau Channel between Maui, Molokai, and Lanai—making Maui whale-watching tours some of the best in Hawaii. Whale watchers typically see spouting and almost always catch breaching belly-flops, tail smacks, and fin-flapping behaviors. If you're lucky, you could also spot new mothers with their calves or get "mugged" by a whale that chooses to come in close for a cameo.

How to Go
While sightings are possible from land during whale season, many whale-watching tours feature marine naturalists well-versed in Hawaii's marine life (and often, traditional Hawaiian lore surrounding the whales) and captains able to maneuver for up-close experiences. Whale-watching tours depart from Lahaina Harbor, Kaanapali, Kihei, and Wailea and typically last two to five hours. Most whale-watching cruises depart in the morning when the ocean is calmest and conditions make it easier to spot whales.
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Maui Whale Watch Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

Maui Whale Watch Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

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Catch an exciting peek at the underwater world on this whale-watching cruise in Maui. Your excursion includes narration from your captain and crew, as you learn more about these majestic creatures. Enjoy stunning views and photo opportunities while traveling along Maui’s exquisite coastline. Your family-friendly cruise comes with a guarantee that you spot a whale during your adventure.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.74
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Molokini Snorkeling Tour from Maalaea Harbor

Molokini Snorkeling Tour from Maalaea Harbor

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Snorkeling in Molokini Crater is undeniably one of the best parts about visiting Maui. Here in this crescent, submerged volcano off Maui’s southern coastline, over 250 species of fish inhabit a world-class reef. Experience water so exceptionally clear you can see down 75 feet, and swim with schools of tropical fish while cruising the vibrant reef. You can also just sit and suntan on the deck, with sweeping views of Haleakala set just off the back of the boat.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.52
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Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor

Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor

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Don’t miss one of the most popular whale-watching tours in Maui! This 2-hour catamaran cruise takes you from the historic Lahaina Harbor out to waters home to humpback whales. Using underwater hydrophones, listen to them sing, and watch males compete for mates or mother whales calving — you never know you might see on this adventure that guarantees whale sightings. Enjoy the views from the open upper deck or the shaded cabins below, and hear informative commentary from naturalist-guides on board. This family-friendly outing includes a Naturalist Program for kids.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Maui Snorkeling To Molokini Tour - All-Inclusive 5-Hour - Morning Session

Maui Snorkeling To Molokini Tour - All-Inclusive 5-Hour - Morning Session

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Breathtaking, Yet Relaxing is our goal.  Join us on our brand new 53-foot Lani Kai II, with 20-foot water slide. The Lani Kai II accommodates a maximum of 49 people per trip. Her ideal size makes it large enough to handle the seas, but small enough to provide a tranquil and relaxing experience for all. Our expert crew, veteran captains and our all-inclusive packaging, makes Maui Snorkeling one of the best experiences on Maui.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.13
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Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Experience the magic of whale watching off the coast of Maui with this incredible tour from Ma'alaea Harbor. Spend two-hours cruising the waters with a team of certified marine naturalists and listen in as they unlock the secretes of humpback whales. You'll have the chance to hear whale songs through underwater hydrophones and learn about interactions between these giant marine mammals. Travelers are guaranteed to see whales on this is a once-in-a-lifetime tour or the next trip is free.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Express Tour from Lahaina Harbor

Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Express Tour from Lahaina Harbor

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Skip the overcrowded boat tours and enjoy a more intimate experience of Hawaii. Travel to the island of Lanai in the company of no more than 22 passengers. Make snorkeling stops off the island to see tropical fish, turtles, octopus, manta rays, and dolphins. This tour includes breakfast and snacks and your ticket supports active marine research and the work of Maui’s whale entanglement response team.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.68
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Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina

Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina

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This tour departs from the historic Lahaina Harbor to find the majestic humpback whales that frequent the waters surrounding Maui in the winter months. Traveling in a small raft creates an intimate whale watching experience not found on the larger vessels commonly used on whale watching tours. Plus, the raft travels quickly, letting you spend more time whale watching and less time in transit.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.04
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Whalewatch Sail from Lahaina

Whalewatch Sail from Lahaina

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Maximize your chances of seeing humpback whales by embarking on a catamaran cruise from Lahaina Harbor. In the company of certified marine naturalists and marine biologists who provide insights into whale behavior, head out onto the water in search of the gentle giants. Snacks and drinks are available on board upon purchase.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.01
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Maui Whale-Watching Tour by Raft from Kihei

Maui Whale-Watching Tour by Raft from Kihei

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Spot humpbacks as they travel through Maui’s warm waters on this 1.5-hour whale-watching excursion. Hop aboard a sturdy raft in Kihei with an expert naturalist as your guide, and jet to the southern coastline, which hosts one of the highest whale populations in Hawaii. Your guide will provide commentary about these fascinating creatures as you see them spout and slap the water. To keep this whale-watching tour intimate, your group is limited to 24 people.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$53.98
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Small-Group Whale Watching Adventure

Small-Group Whale Watching Adventure

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Our small group experience takes place in a big boat atmosphere! A maximum of 12(!) guests onboard allow for as much social distancing as possible while giving our captain and crew the chance to focus on providing each guest with the very best experience possible. Our boat is really what sets us apart from other companies- we have a fast, fun, and very comfortable boat where everyone has a cushioned seat, large open platform for viewing the whales, and fast, quiet engines to help us spend the most possible time with the whales during your tour. Knowledgeable Captains who have worked amongst the whales for years will share what they know and answer your questions. Its a great photo opportunity and most people who do it come back for more!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.60
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Whalewatch Sail Deluxe Tour from Lahaina

Whalewatch Sail Deluxe Tour from Lahaina

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Get an up-close look at Hawaii’s Humpback whales during this 3-hour cruise run by a team of marine naturalists and biologists at the Pacific Whale Foundation. Each trip is different, but you’re likely to watch mothers interacting with their calves, observe mating behavior, and listen to whale songs through an underwater hydrophone. A buffet-style lunch and two complimentary drinks are also included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.59
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Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

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Leave the busy streets of Lahaina splashing behind in your wake, as you cross the channel to snorkel the crystal clear waters off of Lanai.  During this Maui snorkeling tour, spend 45 minutes motoring towards the isolated coast of Lanai, where sea turtles, fish, and occasionally dolphins swim circles above the reef. Once tied to a mooring off eastern Lanai, splash down the water slide that leads from the boat to the turquoise waters below, and enjoy a hot, BBQ lunch on the leisurely cruise back to Maui.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.50
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3-Hour Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina Harbor

3-Hour Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina Harbor

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Get a front-row spot on a whale watching tour by booking this small-group excursion off the coast of Lahaina. While larger whale watching boats are crowded and can make it difficult to get photos of whales, this inflatable raft-style boat gets all passengers close to the water’s surface for a prime vantage point. This makes the trip ideal for photographers and families with kids.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Whale Watch Experience from Lahaina Harbor

Small-Group Whale Watch Experience from Lahaina Harbor

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For the health and safety of our visitors, our tours will be operating at 50% vessel capacity to allow for social distancing this season. Only 11 guests maximum will be on this tour. Our small groups of guests make every seat a front row seat as you enjoy whale watching and educational talks from our marine naturalist onboard. Our inflatable rafting vessels are modeled after Coast Guard rescue rafts and are safe, travel quickly to find whales and a fun ride for the whole family. On our whale watch we could travel anywhere from 2 to 10 miles from Lahaina harbor, often encountering dolphins in addition to humpback whales. We are locally owned and operated since 1982 and every ticket supports our participation in marine research projects and our role as certified first responders to whale entanglements.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.02
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2 Hour Whale Watch

2 Hour Whale Watch

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Head out to sea for the chance to see migrating whales with this two-hour excursion from Lahaina. Your group will sail off to the waters of the Maui Nui whale sanctuary, a mating and birthing destination for humpback whales. Best of all, you're guaranteed to see the gargantuan sea mammals or you'll get to go on another trip for free.
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  • 2 hours
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$55.71
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Makena Whale Watching and Snorkel

Makena Whale Watching and Snorkel

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Hawaii is home to an underwater wonderland of diverse marine life including whales, green sea turtles, and tropical fish. Make sure you see the best of Maui’s nature on this 3-hour whale watching and snorkel tour from Makena. Paddle through the calm, clear water in a kayak and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of humpback whales. Then, don snorkeling equipment to plunge into the water and discover tropical fish that inhabit a protected reef. This small-group tour is limited to 10 to maintain an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 3 hours
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Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar from Ka'anapali Beach

Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar from Ka'anapali Beach

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Set sail into one of the world’s most active winter whale playgrounds on a whale-watching tour from Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach. Head offshore directly from the beach and, with the help of a naturalist guide, look for pods of humpback whales making their winter home in Maui’s warm waters. Get comfortable aboard a spacious catamaran with plenty of seating—including bean bags on open nets that get you close to the action—and enjoy unlimited drinks from an open bar as you cruise alongside spectacular marine mammals.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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6 Passenger Private Charter

6 Passenger Private Charter

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SIGHT-SEE , SNORKEL OR BOTTOM FISH OR TROLL ON A 29 FOOT STAMOS TARPON. THIS VESSEL HAD A TEAK SWIM DECK AND A FRESH WATER SHOWER AS WELL AS A BATHROOM.
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  • 1 day 4 hours
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Afternoon Adventure Snorkel from Ka'anapali

Afternoon Adventure Snorkel from Ka'anapali

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Hawaii is one of the most stunning locations for snorkeling in the world, but if you’re not familiar with the area, it can be hard to find where to go. During this afternoon snorkel adventure, your guide takes you to two or three local-favorite spots for you to catch sight of ocean wildlife. Plus, your guide follows you into the water, so you can feel confident even as a beginner.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.96
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Whale Watch on Explorer Super Raft in Lahaina

Whale Watch on Explorer Super Raft in Lahaina

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Maui Adventure Cruises Explorer Super Rafts Depart Lahaina Harbor Slip 11. Whale Watch Adventures available up to seven (7) times per day. Features More Viewing – Explorer Super Rafts get us to the whale watch areas for longer viewing opportunities, particularly important when active populations are further off-shore. Fast & Comfortable Vessels – spend more time whale watching, less time traveling. Every Seat is a Front Row Seat with great viewing opportunities. Our vessels give the opportunity for Ocean Level and Up Close & Personal viewing not 15 feet above the water. Avoid the crowds – view whales with a few friends rather than 100+ strangers on the big boats. Guaranteed sightings or your next whale watch adventure is on us (subject to availability). On-Board – Expert marine naturalists & hydrophone for great interaction. Plenty of padded seats, shaded areas, and even on-board marine restroom. Complimentary Beverages include sodas, juices & water.
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  • 2 hours
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3 hour Makena Kayak Snorkel Tour w/Free Photos

3 hour Makena Kayak Snorkel Tour w/Free Photos

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The Sustainable choice! 1% for the Planet, Hawaii Ecotourism Association and B Corp Certified. Our certified Marine Naturalist Guides will personally take you on a guided reef tour and also provide FREE Digital Photography. No more than 8 guests per guide on our small group tours.
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  • 3 hours
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$92.71
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West Maui Whale Watching and Snorkeling Excursion

West Maui Whale Watching and Snorkeling Excursion

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Get a different perspective on Maui's whales on this kayak and snorkel adventure tour. Aboard a kayak, paddle through the calm Pacific waters, following your guide to the spots you're most likely to find humpback whales. Afterward jump into the ocean and snorkel the clear water amongst variety of colorful tropical fish, green sea turtles, and more. Throughout the day, get insights into the flora and fauna of West Maui from your guide.
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  • 3 hours
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$80.24
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Lanai Dolphin Adventure

Lanai Dolphin Adventure

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Maui Adventure Cruises Explorer Super Rafts Depart Lahaina Harbor Slip 11. We head across the Au’au Channel to the Island of Lana’i where Two (2) Snorkel sites are selected by our experienced Captain and Crew to provide the clearest and calmest ocean conditions. Dolphins are often encountered off the island (85% of trips) with lots of tropical fish, green sea turtles and occasional manta rays at the snorkel sites. Snorkel gear, instructions and safety tips are provided. Lunch is served on-board at one of the snorkel sites, along with complimentary sodas, juices and waters throughout the trip. Vessels: Explorer Super Rafts – At 50 feet, they are the largest in the state. Fiberglass deep V-Hull powered by over 630 horse power inboard engines – for the CADILLAC RIDE. Certified to carry 42 passengers, limited to 36 for comfort. Plenty of shade and comfortable seating. Twin swim ladders for easy water entry and exit. Fresh water shower. Even an on-board marine head/restroom.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Dolphin, Snorkel, Shipwreck Tour around Lanai from Lahaina

Dolphin, Snorkel, Shipwreck Tour around Lanai from Lahaina

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Skip the crowded boat tours and enjoy a snorkeling excursion to Lanai aboard a smaller, and more environmentally friendly, vessel than is typical. Travel around the entire island, taking in views of the rugged landscape and diverse marine life, such as dolphins, colorful fish, coral, and sea turtles. Includes a continental breakfast and a full deli lunch, as well as water, juice, and soda.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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