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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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Eye-Level Whale Watching 2 Hour Eco-Raft Tour from Lahaina, Maui

Eye-Level Whale Watching 2 Hour Eco-Raft Tour from Lahaina, Maui

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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-Hour Whale Watching Experience! (Lahaina Harbor, Maui)

2-Hour Whale Watching Experience! (Lahaina Harbor, Maui)

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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
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From Lahaina Harbor: Whale Watching Tours Aboard the Quicksilver
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From Lahaina Harbor: Whale Watching Tours Aboard the 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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  • 2 hours
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Ultimate 4 Hour Whale Watch & Snorkel from Lahaina Harbor
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Ultimate 4 Hour Whale Watch & Snorkel 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
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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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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
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Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar from Ka'anapali Beach
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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
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Small Group 2 hour Whale Watch from Raft (Mala, Lahaina)
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Small Group 2 hour Whale Watch from Raft (Mala, Lahaina)

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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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Champagne Sunset Sail from Lahaina Harbor
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Champagne Sunset Sail from Lahaina Harbor

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Set sail into the sunset aboard a sailing yacht with this cruise. You'll hop aboard the Scotch Mist in Lahaina and sail out into the Pacific, where you'll have your choice of champagne, local beers, white wine, soda, juices, and bottled water. Best of all, group sizes are capped at 22 people so you won't have to worry about crowds.
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From Ma'alaea Harbor, Maui: Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso

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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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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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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The offshore crater of Molokini has some of the best snorkeling spots in Maui—if you can reach them. Thankfully, this half-day snorkeling tour heads straight for Molokini and Turtle Town nearby on a 53-foot (16 meters) Lani Kai II boat with a 20-foot (6 meters) waterslide. Visit two snorkeling and Snuba locations, get the chance to spot blue whales, and enjoy onboard breakfast and lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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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.
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Four Winds II Molokini Snorkeling Tour from Maalaea Harbor

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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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
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Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater Uncrowded, Unhurried.

Maui Snorkeling Molokini Crater Uncrowded, Unhurried.

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This snorkeling tour of Molokini Crater offers more time on the water and fewer crowds. Depart in the morning and spend roughly half a day on the water with about two dozen fellow passengers maximum—the spacious 50-foot yacht (15 meters) travels at only 60 percent of the allowed capacity. What’s more, the tour features breakfast, lunch, an open bar, and snorkeling in more than one location.
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  • 5 hours
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Small Group 2-Hour Whale Watch on Explorer Super Raft (Maui/ Lahaina Harbor)

Small Group 2-Hour Whale Watch on Explorer Super Raft (Maui/ Lahaina Harbor)

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Skip crowded whale-watching trips for this small-group tour on a “Super Raft”—a smaller vessel positioned closer to the water for optimal viewing. Listen to onboard narration from a marine expert naturalist as you cruise out of Lahaina Harbor. Travel on a raft equipped with a restroom, padded seating, shaded viewing areas, and a hydrophone sound-system projecting live whale songs from underwater.
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  • 2 hours
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Small Group Lanai Island Snorkel & Dolphin Encounter (Maui/ Lahaina Harbor)

Small Group Lanai Island Snorkel & Dolphin Encounter (Maui/ Lahaina Harbor)

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Skip crowded boat tours for this small-group snorkeling excursion with a good chance to encounter dolphins. Cruise out from Lahaina Harbor across the Au’au channel to the Island of Lana’i. Snorkel among tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, and possibly dolphins—it’s estimated that dolphins are encountered near the island’s clear and calm waters around 85 percent of the time. Lunch is served onboard at one of the snorkel sites.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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4 Hour Eco-Raft Maui Snorkel Tour, Dolphins & Whales, Lahaina to Lanai

4 Hour Eco-Raft Maui Snorkel Tour, Dolphins & Whales, Lahaina 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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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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  • 5 hours
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Maui Whale Watching & Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor aboard Pride of Maui

Maui Whale Watching & Snorkeling Tour from Ma'alaea Harbor aboard Pride of Maui

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Enjoy a day on the water and combine two great Maui ocean experiences in one. This tour is an opportunity to snorkel at Molokini or another nearby coral reef before embarking on a whale watching cruise in search of humpbacks. As you sail, you can enjoy beverages from the open bar, as well as a delicious lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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Ultimate 2 Hour Exclusive VIP Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina Harbor

Ultimate 2 Hour Exclusive VIP 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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  • 2 hours
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Kayak and Snorkel - South Shore Turtle

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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