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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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From Lahaina Harbor: Lanai Snorkeling & Dolphin Encounter Aboard Quicksilver

From Lahaina Harbor: Lanai Snorkeling & Dolphin Encounter Aboard Quicksilver

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Sail to one of Hawaii's less-frequented islands on this snorkeling tour form Lahaina to Lanai, or the Pineapple Island. Snorkel beneath 300-foot tall cliffs near Shark Fin and Manele Bay, and look out for sightings of Lanai's resident pod of Spinner dolphins. This tour also includes breakfast and lunch to fuel a full day of fun.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Four Winds II Molokini Snorkeling Tour from Maalaea Harbor
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Four Winds II 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
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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
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Kayak and Snorkel: Maui West Shore

Kayak and Snorkel: Maui West Shore

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Explore Maui’s beautiful West Shore on this snorkeling and kayaking tour. Led by a professional guide, you’ll paddle past scenic views of the Ukumehame Valley and snorkel over bright schools of fish. This family-friendly excursion includes all equipment, along with your choice of single or tandem kayaks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina
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Up-Close Maui Whale Watch 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
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Lanai Dolphin Adventure & 2 Snorkel Sites

Lanai Dolphin Adventure & 2 Snorkel Sites

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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
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From Ma'alaea Harbor, Maui: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso
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From Ma'alaea Harbor, Maui: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso

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Over 200 different species of fish inhabit Molokini Crater, and you have the chance to search for them all aboard this Maui snorkeling tour. Inside this ancient volcanic caldera that rises up out of the sea, you might also find manta rays, sea urchins, eels, or even a harmless shark. This tour also stops at a spot called Turtle Town along the Maui coastline, where you have the chance to swim alongside enormous Hawaiian Green sea turtles. Enjoy amenities like a glass-bottom viewing room and snorkeling equipment as well as a buffet lunch on the triple-decker catamaran.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo
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From Ma'alaea Harbor: Molokini & Turtle Town Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Malolo

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Imagine swimming in a sunken volcano that teems with thousands of fish, while splashing in crystal clear water. On this Molokini snorkeling tour, cruise out to the crater, before jumping in the crystalline waters and scouring the colorful reef. Make a second stop dependent upon conditions, and search for turtles at Turtle Town or a spot named Coral Gardens. This family-friendly Maui activity is one of the island's most popular, and an unforgettable day of exploring the underwater world.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Kayak and Snorkel - South Shore Turtle
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Kayak and Snorkel - South Shore Turtle

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Discover Maui’s South Shore on a 2.5- or 4.5-hour snorkel and kayak tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll paddle through the scenic Makena Bay on your choice of single or tandem kayaks. Then, take a dip in the water and explore the underwater world on a snorkel tour. Keep your eyes peeled for green sea turtles and other bright marine life. This family-friendly excursion is suitable for all skill levels, and your guide will provide paddling instructions as needed. Lunch is also included on the 4.5-hour option.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Lanai Deluxe Dolphin Adventure & 3 Snorkel Sites
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Lanai Deluxe Dolphin Adventure & 3 Snorkel Sites

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Escape the crowds of Maui and embark on a half-day snorkel tour to Lanai. Leave from Lahaina Harbor and stop at a few snorkel spots for possible sightings of sea turtles, manta rays, wild dolphins, tropical fish and much more. Your tour also includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks to keep you fueled up as well as snorkeling equipment.
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  • 6 hours
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Afternoon Adventure Snorkel from Ka'anapali
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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
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6 Hour Eco-Raft Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Tour from Lahaina, Maui to Lanai

6 Hour Eco-Raft Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Tour from Lahaina, Maui to Lanai

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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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Private Stand Up Paddling Lesson in Makena

Private Stand Up Paddling Lesson in Makena

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Stand up paddleboarding is an excellent and relaxing way to soak up the sights and atmosphere of Maui. If you've never done it before, test the waters by booking this private lesson on the calm waters of Makena Bay. Learn all the tips and tricks, spot sea turtles, and enjoy the flexibility of deciding when to paddle and when to take a break.
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  • 2 hours
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West Maui Snorkeling Experience by Boat from Ka'anapali

West Maui Snorkeling Experience by Boat from Ka'anapali

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Choose The Magic Merman with confidence. Aboard a comfortable, and private boat in the company of guides who have extensive knowledge of local wildlife. Stop at two snorkeling spots where you can swim with turtles, see beautiful reef fish, and look for dolphins. Includes breakfast and lunch.
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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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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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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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Champagne Sunset Sail from Lahaina Harbor

Champagne Sunset Sail from Lahaina Harbor

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Set sail into the sunset aboard a retired racing yacht with this cruise. You'll hop aboard the Sunset Mist in Lahaiana and sail out into the Pacific, where you'll have your choice of beer, wine, or soft drinks. Best of all, group sizes are capped at 22 people so you won't have to worry about crowds.
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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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From Lahaina Harbor: 2-Hour Whale Watch(s) Aboard Quicksilver

From Lahaina Harbor: 2-Hour Whale Watch(s) Aboard Quicksilver

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Observe humpback whales in their natural habitat during their return migration to Maui’s waters December–April. This whale watching adventure by high-speed catamaran provides a front row seat to fin slaps, flukes, and breaches. Underwater hydrophones help you hear whale songs, while the captain and crew provide the commentary. Juices and sodas are available on board to keep passengers hydrated.
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4 Hour Eco-Raft Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Tour from Lahaina, Maui to Lanai

4 Hour Eco-Raft Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Tour from Lahaina, Maui to Lanai

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Venture out to sea and discover the underwater world around Maui and Lanai on a half-day excursion. Join a small group on an ocean raft and sail along the coast, keeping an eye out for playful dolphins. Stop at a couple of snorkel spots and don your gear to get face-to-face with several aquatic species like fish and sea turtles.
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  • 4 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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Adventure Sail from Lahaina Harbor

Adventure Sail from Lahaina Harbor

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Enjoy stunning coastal views only available from the water during this sailing tour down Hawaii's Au'au Channel. Relax onboard a comfortable, well-equipped sailing yacht with a full captain and crew, enjoying complimentary beverages such as wine, local beer, or soft drinks. Hit the water during swiming and snorkeling stops, with the chance to spot local wildlife, including dolphins.
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  • 2 hours
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