Whale Watching Tours

Year after year, during the winter months, the majestic humpback whales make their way back to Maui`s warm waters. It is here that the whales breed, give birth, and raise their calves in the protective waters of our islands.

Whale season runs from December to May, so if you are planning a vacation during those months, you need to be sure to book a whale watching excursion. There is nothing more thrilling than watching these magnificent creatures jump clear out of the water and land in a giant splash!

These trips are not only the perfect way to get an intimate view of these marvelous creatures, but also, to learn from the educated crews.

There are a large variety of whale watching excursions available, everything from small rafts to larger boats, from short trips to longer day trips.

Pacific Whale Foundation

Pacific Whale Foundation

Our number one recommendation for whale watch cruises, is the Pacific Whale Foundation. Notwithstanding the competition, the Pacific Whale Foundation continues to be #1 in whale watching trips. No other company understand whales as they do. The Pacific Whale Foundation has been in existence for over thirty-five years; its main mission is to "protect our oceans through science and research."

The Pacific Whale Foundation knows the importance of having the public involved in their efforts; that is why they began to offer whale watching trips to the public many years ago. Each trip is led by a team of certified Marine Naturalists who are there to teach you about the whales and also read the whales behavior.

One of the most exciting parts of the cruise is when the staff lowers a microphone under the water, giving those onboard a chance to actually hear the whales singing!

During certain months of the season, if you do not spot a whale, you are guaranteed your money back.

Location: 612 Front Street Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 1-800-942-5311
Ultimate Whale Watch

Ultimate Whale Watch

One of the perks in booking with Ultimate Whale Watch, is that there are only eighteen people allowed on their whale watching cruises. Instead of an over-crowded boat, on which it can be difficult to get a good view, these smaller crafts offer guests the opportunity to have a more intimate and thrilling adventure!

All captains and crew members are certified marine specialists, and are just as passionate about the whales as they are their jobs.

Ultimate Whale Watch offers snorkeling and whale watch cruises, and their fast and safe vessels will get you where you need to be in no time!

Location: Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17 Lahaina, HI 96761
Phone: 1-808-667-5678


Trilogy offers guest the opportunity to watch our whales at play from the comfort and safety of a beautiful catamaran fleet.

Each tour is guided by marine experts who go the extra mile to ensure you have the best opportunities to view the whales up close, and to also learn as much as you can while sailing with them.

Trilogy limits the number of guests on their cruises, so you will not have to fight over the best views! Sit back and relax, as you take in some of the most stunning vistas of our islands, as well as the exciting show out in the open waters.

Each cruise includes light appetizers, drinks and alcoholic beverages for those 21 and over.

You have the option of taking a cruise from either their Lahaina Harbor location, or right on the beach in Ka`anapali. If you choose to book from their Ka`anapali location, know that the catamaran comes right on the beach; when boarding, plan on getting wet up to your knees (it is part of the fun).

Location: Lahaina
Phone: 1-808-874-5649
Toll Free: 1-888-225-6284