Whale Watching Tour from Maalaea in Maui, HI

300 Ma'alaea Rd, Ste 211Ma'alaea, Maui, HI 96793
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Presented by Pacific Whale Foundation, Whale Watching from Ma’alaea offers an exciting experience that departs from Ma’alaea Harbor. Cruising to Ma’alaea Bay, the excursion offers great views of humpback whales and the island’s beautiful scenery. Guests are guaranteed to see whales between November 26 and May 15 each year or they will receive a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation tour.


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For the most thrilling adventure of your vacation, see the whales -- with the experts, Pacific Whale Foundation! We are proud to be Maui's #1 whale watch choice. We offer whalewatch 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 28 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 whalewatch.

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

Tripster Customer Reviews

kimberley Stinson
Santa Rosa , CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"awesome crew with pacific Whale Foundation"
January 2015
We had a great time with the crew and got to see and hear a lot of whales. My favorite part was listening to the underwater microphone. The squeaks and noises from the ocean were amazing to hear from the boat.
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Tip: eat a small breakfast first, bring a light jacket and a camera

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Chris O
Modesto, California
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 22, 2020 NEW
We saw some whales, ate some food, had some drinks, enjoyed ocean air and waves, saw a sunset and island vistas. What more could you want!
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"first time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 08, 2020 NEW
Like the company never seen anything. the crew was out standing. the ride was great. love just riding on the ways of the ocean.
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Carmichael, California
"Not Handicapped Friendly"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 04, 2020
If I had known that the place to pick-up tickets was across the harbor from the boat I would not have booked with this company. Both my friend and I are dealing with back and recovering from broken leg. Parking was so bad, had to park almost to the gas station. Then stand and wait inside building to get tickets, the walk around harbor to stand for almost 30 minutes in hot sun before boarding. They do not have and shuttle service from building to boat slip. Then had to walk back to "mall" then across parking lot to car. Lots of whales, however, couldn't see them because people sitting outside left all the strollers and their stuff in the aisles and seats.
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Joseph B
New York City, New York
"Sunrise Whalewatch Ma'alaea"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2020
My wife and I went on the Sunrise Whalewatch out of Ma'alaea on the Ocean Guardian and it was wonderful. Prior to departure the staff takes time to provide details about the whalewatch and about the Pacific Whale Foundation. During the whalewatch we saw a bunch of whales including three sets of mom and calf pairs which we were told is very uncommon. We saw a couple breaches and a lot of tail slaps. Overall, our experience was excellent, the staff was super friendly, very knowledgeable, and provided a ton of educational information which was great!
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scott k
"awesome experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 16, 2020
Our family enjoyed the dinner sunset tour. The check-in process was easy and went smoothly. The captain and the staff on the boat were great. We were fortunate to see whales breaching for quite a long time! I think I heard one of the crew count 43 times that the male breached. The whales entertained us until the all of the sunlight had faded. Thank you for a lifetime memory!
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Whale Watching from Maalaea is located at 300 Ma'alaea Rd, Ste 211Ma'alaea, Maui, HI 96793
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