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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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Molokini Snorkel Adventure from Maalaea HarborSailing Trips

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Molokini Snorkel Adventure 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 Lahaina HarborDay Cruises

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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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Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Lahaina HarborSnorkeling

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Lanai Island Dolphin and Snorkel Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

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Leave the busy streets of Lahaina splashing behind in your wake, as you cross the channel to snorkel the crystal clear waters off of Lanai.  During this Maui snorkeling tour, spend 45 minutes motoring towards the isolated coast of Lanai, where sea turtles, fish, and occasionally dolphins swim circles above the reef. Once tied to a mooring off eastern Lanai, splash down the water slide that leads from the boat to the turquoise waters below, and enjoy a hot, BBQ lunch on the leisurely cruise back to Maui.
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Whalewatch Sail Deluxe Tour from LahainaOther Water Sports

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Whalewatch Sail Deluxe Tour from Lahaina

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Get an up-close look at Hawaii’s Humpback whales during this 3-hour cruise run by a team of marine naturalists and biologists at the Pacific Whale Foundation. Each trip is different, but you’re likely to watch mothers interacting with their calves, observe mating behavior, and listen to whale songs through an underwater hydrophone. A buffet-style lunch and two complimentary drinks are also included.
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Whale Watching from Ma'alaea HarborDay Cruises

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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Lanai Snorkeling and Dolphin Encounter from LahainaSnorkeling

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Lanai Snorkeling and Dolphin Encounter from Lahaina

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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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Small Group Whale Watching Adventure

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Our small group experience takes place in a big boat atmosphere! With a maximum of 20 guests onboard, our captain and crew can focus on providing each guest with the very best experience possible. Our boat is really what sets us apart from other companies- we have a fast, fun, and very comfortable boat where everyone has a cushioned seat, large open platform for viewing the whales, and fast, quiet engines to help us spend the most possible time with the whales during your tour. Knowledgeable Captains who have worked amongst the whales for years will share what they know and answer your questions. Its a great photo opportunity and most people who do it come back for more!
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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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Whalewatch Sail from Lahaina

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Maximize your chances of seeing humpback whales by embarking on a catamaran cruise from Lahaina Harbor. In the company of certified marine naturalists and marine biologists who provide insights into whale behavior, head out onto the water in search of the gentle giants. Snacks and drinks are available on board upon purchase.
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Kanaio Molokini AdventureSnorkeling

Kanaio Molokini Adventure

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Get off the beaten path and explore the beautiful Kanaio Coast and the islet of Molokini with this tour from the Kihei Boat Ramp. You'll start your day with an included continental breakfast before sailing up to the Kanaio Coastline, with its caves and lava arches. You'll then stop at La Perouse Bay for snorkeling, followed by additional snorkel stops at Molokini and another location. You'll be served lunch before returning to Kihei.
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Lanai Dolphin AdventureSnorkeling

Lanai Dolphin Adventure

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Maui Adventure Cruises Explorer Super Rafts Depart Lahaina Harbor Slip 11. We head across the Au’au Channel to the Island of Lana’i where Two (2) Snorkel sites are selected by our experienced Captain and Crew to provide the clearest and calmest ocean conditions. Dolphins are often encountered off the island (85% of trips) with lots of tropical fish, green sea turtles and occasional manta rays at the snorkel sites. Snorkel gear, instructions and safety tips are provided. Lunch is served on-board at one of the snorkel sites, along with complimentary sodas, juices and waters throughout the trip. Vessels: Explorer Super Rafts – At 50 feet, they are the largest in the state. Fiberglass deep V-Hull powered by over 630 horse power inboard engines – for the CADILLAC RIDE. Certified to carry 42 passengers, limited to 36 for comfort. Plenty of shade and comfortable seating. Twin swim ladders for easy water entry and exit. Fresh water shower. Even an on-board marine head/restroom.
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Whale Watch on Explorer Super Raft

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Maui Adventure Cruises Explorer Super Rafts Depart Lahaina Harbor Slip 11. Whale Watch Adventures available up to seven (7) times per day. Features More Viewing – Explorer Super Rafts get us to the whale watch areas for longer viewing opportunities, particularly important when active populations are further off-shore. Fast & Comfortable Vessels – spend more time whale watching, less time traveling. Every Seat is a Front Row Seat with great viewing opportunities. Our vessels give the opportunity for Ocean Level and Up Close & Personal viewing not 15 feet above the water. Avoid the crowds – view whales with a few friends rather than 100+ strangers on the big boats. Guaranteed sightings or your next whale watch adventure is on us (subject to availability). On-Board – Expert marine naturalists & hydrophone for great interaction. Plenty of padded seats, shaded areas, and even on-board marine restroom. Complimentary Beverages include sodas, juices & water.
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Kanaio Coast AdventureSnorkeling

Kanaio Coast Adventure

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Take a boat trip up the Kanaio Coast with a couple of stops for snorkeling along the way with this tour. You'll visit the sea caves and lava arches around Kanaio followed by snorkeling stops at both La Perouse Bay and a turtle spot, stopping for a included lunch before returning to shore.
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Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar from Ka'anapali BeachOther Water Sports

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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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Dolphin, Snorkel, Shipwreck Tour around Lanai from LahainaSnorkeling

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Dolphin, Snorkel, Shipwreck Tour around Lanai from Lahaina

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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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2 Tank Maui DiveSnorkeling

2 Tank Maui Dive

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The island of Maui is beautiful, but the world that lies underwater just off Maui's shore is even more inspiring! Maui's reef network is home to turtles, sharks, nudibranchs, frogfish, and schools of colorful reef fish. Explore Maui's breathtaking reefs on our Maui Deluxe charter. The Maui Deluxe 2 tank is an especially family friendly trip and snorkelers are welcome to join in on the fun as many of the sites are shallow.
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Snorkel Molokini/Whale WatchSnorkeling

Snorkel Molokini/Whale Watch

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Go snorkeling at Molokini--you may eve spot whales--with this combination boat tour that includes searching for whales and getting in the water. You'll depart later in the morning after the crowds have come and gone, making for a more intimate experience. You'll also get free use of snorkeling equipment provided by your expert guides.
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3-Hour Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina HarborOther Water Sports

3-Hour 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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Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Express Tour (4 hours) from Lahaina HarborSnorkeling

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Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Express Tour (4 hours) 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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Afternoon Adventure Snorkel from Ka'anapaliSnorkeling

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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Kayak - Snorkel - Whale WatchSnorkeling

Kayak - Snorkel - Whale Watch

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Paddle out from the Maui beaches for a guided, 3.5-hour, small-group kayak and snorkeling adventure. Travel the calm, clear waters along the beautiful Olowalu coastline and enjoy spectacular views of the majestic West Maui Mountains. Then hop into the water and snorkel with endangered green sea turtles and colorful tropical fish. Basic swimming skills are required. All snorkeling gear plus refreshments and snacks are included.
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Kayak & Whale Watch Private Tour (7am-10am)Other Water Sports

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Kayak & Whale Watch Private Tour (7am-10am)

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We love winter on Maui, with the return of the Humpbacks we get just as excited as you to have those close encounters. That's what makes our private tours so special, is the connection to the whales. Chris your private guide who has spent years on the water with the humpbacks examines their behavior a puts you in the best location for that once in a lifetime encounter as if he understands them. So if you are serious about whale watching while here on Maui this is the tour for YOU! December 15 - May 15 Free Photos!!!
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Ali i VIP Whale TourOther Water Sports

Ali i VIP Whale Tour

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The Whales Love Us! Maybe it’s our Aloha? One thing is for sure, you will love getting up close and personal with the magical giants! You're experience will not just viewing whales, but listening live to the majestic whale songs through the use of our high performance Hydrophone Audio System which mixes the whale songs over gentle island tunes. Ali'i VIP Whale Tour Get the Royal treatment on our Ali'i VIP Whale Tour! We limit this tour to a maximum of 11 guests, so you have more opportunities to view the Humpback whales, and other sea life, in the most comfort possible. Our vessels are USCG rated to carry 26 guests, but this tour is all about you and your experience and is limited to 11 guests. The Ali'i VIP Whale Tour is only offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
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