Sunrise Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina in Maui, HI

612 Front St.Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Available daily starting at 6:30 a.m., the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Sunrise Whale Watch from Lahaina offers a thrilling and scenic experience that’s considered to be Maui’s #1 choice for whale watching. Guests can enjoy two hours on a high-tech catamaran while listening to narration by certified marine naturalists, who explain in detail the social behaviors of humpback whales.


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Depart from Lahaina Harbor and enjoy the majestic sunrise/morning trip at 6:30 am daily, with a return time of 8:30 am. For the most thrilling adventure of your vacation, see the whales with the experts from the Pacific Whale Foundation! They are proud to be Maui's #1 whale watch choice.

We offer whale watch tours for your convenience at multiple times throughout the day. Informative and fun, this two-hour adventure is narrated by Pacific Whale Foundation's certified Marine Naturalists who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales for you based on our 33 years of whale research. Travel on high-tech, ultra-stable power catamarans for a thrilling adventure along the scenic Maui coastline. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact, see males compete for females. You never know what you will see!

Soda, juice, snacks, beer and wine are available for purchase. This intriguing adventure includes a complimentary "Watching Hawaii's Humpback Whales" color guide, a whale poster for your party, and a Jr. Naturalist Program for kids. Kids under 6 go FREE (one free child per paying adult).

As an added bonus, whale sightings are guaranteed (from December 17 through April 23). If you do not see whales, you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch.

Guests will need to check-in 45 minutes prior to departure and must sign a liability waiver upon check-in prior to your tour.

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Ivan B
Stoke On Trent, United Kingdom
"Excellent experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2019 NEW
This was my wife & I's first Hawaiian whale watching trip & it couldn't have been better. The trip left & returned on time & the crewe were very friendly, helpfull & knowledgeable. We managed to get some excellent photos that will be treasured for years to come. We wouldn't hesitate to go out again the next time we visit Maui or to recommend it to anyone else. On top of all of the above, the work PWF do is amazing, so what could be better than having an amazing experience & knowing you are helping a good cause - well done PWF!
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"Wonderful whale watchign"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
We had the best trip out to see whales over Thanksgiving week. While it was early in the season, so there weren't 100s of whales about, we did follow a mother and baby from a respectful distance. The baby was SO cute. The woman narrating our trip was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot. The boat was clean and as it was a sail boat, they even put the sail up for some of the time and turned off the motors. I also appreciated the fact that this company works to have a positive impact on the environment and provides outreach and education for tourists and locals. I would choose them again.
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Ashley H
Vancouver, Canada
"Amazing trip & service"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
I cannot say enough good things about pac whale! First they gave us a private small boat for our wedding guests with a 25% discount for everyone. The crew was fantastic! Friendly and knowledgeable. The service was perfect! They were very organized start to finish. We saw so much! And they allowed us to have a flexible itinerary on where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. We were lucky enough to see a massive pod of spinner dolphins, puffer fish, loads of turtles and all sorts of sea creatures. They really knocked it out of the park for us! And made it a bit more adventurous for us! Even serving us drinks and food. Top to bottom perfection! I highly suggest them, you will not be disappointed! Mahalo!
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Honolulu, Hawaii
"Knowledgeable staff but"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 10, 2019 NEW
The naturalist won’t stop yacking. Trying to enjoy quiet time watching whales but the naturalist is insistent on describing every single moment on a loud speaker.
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laura i
"Always a great time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2019 NEW
The team worked really hard and made sure everyone was comfortable and had a good time. The snorkel was pretty in a very calm bay. No dolphin sightings; we knew it was early for whales.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sunrise Whale Watch from Lahaina

How long is the whale watch cruise?
This whale watch experience is approximately 2 hours long.

When should I check-in?
Guests should arrive at check-in 45 minutes prior to the scheduled cruise departure. The tour departs daily at 6:30 am, please arrive accordingly.

Where do I check-in?
Please check-in at the Pacific Whale Foundation Booth, Slip #1, Lahaina Harbor.

Can I bring children?
Yes. Children ages 0-4 are free while children ages 5-12 are free per one paying adult.

What is included in the experience?
All passengers receive:

  • Underwater hydrophones to hear whale songs
  • Onboard Jr. Naturalist Program for kids
  • Reef-safe sunscreen and filtered water available onboard
  • Full-color marine wildlife poster
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or cruise again free

Do you have binoculars for passengers?
Passengers can rent cameras and binoculars for a small fee.

Are food and beverages available?
Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages from Maui Brewing Co. are available for purchase with proof of valid ID.