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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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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.24
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Lanai Snorkeling & Dolphin Encounter Aboard Quicksilver (MAUI / Lahaina Harbor)

Lanai Snorkeling & Dolphin Encounter Aboard Quicksilver (MAUI / Lahaina Harbor)

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$109.95
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4-Hour Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Express Tour from Lahaina Harbor

4-Hour Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Express Tour 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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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Breathtaking, Yet Relaxing is our goal.  Join us on our brand new 53-foot Lani Kai II, with 20-foot water slide. The Lani Kai II accommodates a maximum of 49 people per trip. Her ideal size makes it large enough to handle the seas, but small enough to provide a tranquil and relaxing experience for all. Our expert crew, veteran captains and our all-inclusive packaging, makes Maui Snorkeling one of the best experiences on Maui.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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Kayak and Snorkel: Maui West Shore

Kayak and Snorkel: Maui West Shore

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Explore Maui’s beautiful West Shore on this snorkeling and kayaking tour. Led by a professional guide, you’ll paddle past scenic views of the Ukumehame Valley and snorkel over bright schools of fish. This family-friendly excursion includes all equipment, along with your choice of single or tandem kayaks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Discount Afternoon Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina Harbor

Discount Afternoon 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
  • Free Cancellation
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6-Hour Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Tour from Lahaina

6-Hour Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Tour from Lahaina

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Skip the crowded boat tours and embark on a more personalized snorkeling adventure in the waters around Lahaina. Make multiple snorkel stops and explore the underwater world with your guide, as well as sea cliffs, blow holes, and offshore pinnacles. You may also encounter the resident pod of dolphins. Use of all snorkeling gear is included, as well as lunch onboard.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$195.59
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3 hour Makena Kayak Snorkel Tour w/Free Photos

3 hour Makena Kayak Snorkel Tour w/Free Photos

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The Sustainable choice! 1% for the Planet, Hawaii Ecotourism Association and B Corp Certified. Our certified Marine Naturalist Guides will personally take you on a guided reef tour and also provide FREE Digital Photography. No more than 8 guests per guide on our small group tours.
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  • 3 hours
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Kayak and Turtle Reef Snorkel at Olowalu

Kayak and Turtle Reef Snorkel at Olowalu

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.00
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Eco Sea Scooter Beach Entry

Eco Sea Scooter Beach Entry

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Explore the Amazing West Maui underwater world during your Eco- Friendly Yamaha 350LI Sea Scooter Guided Tour. Rated the 10 Top snorkel beaches on Maui with beautiful coral reefs and plenty of wild life and sea turtles. Breathtaking white sand beaches with long rocky points surroundinfg both sides of Kapalua Bay (weather permitting) A whole new wat to snorkel with little effort to see up close and personal our tropical sea life and sea turtles. This is the first Snorkel Educational tour to Make A Difference. We have teamed up with the Hawaii Coral Institute to Monitor the Reef for Bleaching. Cruise the coral reef and recognize coral disease, marine invasive speciesm fish diseases. Join our mission to "Leave Better than you Found it"
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  • 7 days 2 hours
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Afternoon Adventure Snorkel from Ka'anapali

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Maui Whale Watch Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

Maui Whale Watch Cruise from Lahaina Harbor

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina

Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina

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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 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Canoe Sailing Experience in Maui

Private Canoe Sailing Experience in Maui

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Sail, Snorkel, and Paddle the beautiful Wailea coast in a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe. The tour includes snorkeling with sea turtles, seasonal whale watching, and learning Hawaiian history and culture. Cold water and snorkel gear are provided. Our adventure starts on Polo Beach in beautiful Wailea, Maui, where you will learn first hand about ancient Hawaiian sailing canoe tradition, construction, and navigation. We then launch the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe 'Ke Anuenue' straight from the beach just like the Hawaiians did in ancient times and sail on the gentle Wailea breeze for a unique perspective on the island of Maui.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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Whalewatch Sail from Lahaina

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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Whalewatch Sail Deluxe Tour from Lahaina

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kayak & Whale Watch Private Tour (7am-10am)

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Whale Watch Boat Charters

Private Whale Watch Boat Charters

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Charter a private boat in Maui for just your friends and family! Make your Maui vacation memorable by planning a private boat charter where you can choose the time, during, adventures, vessel and food for your ohana! Whale watch during whale migration from December - April and snorkel Lahaina, Maui, and Lanai all year-round! Our marine naturalists make educational talks fun and also provide snorkel instruction! We have 3 vessels that offer charters for groups of 1-6 passengers, up to 11 passengers, or 16 passengers. Book your private boat charter for an exclusive small group experience!We are locally owned and operated since 1982 and every ticket supports our participation in marine research projects and our role as certified first responders to whale entanglements.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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6-Hour Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Extended Tour from Lahaina Harbor

6-Hour Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Extended Tour from Lahaina Harbor

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Escape the crowds of Maui and embark on a half-day snorkel tour to Lanai. Leave from Lahaina Harbor and stop at a few snorkel spots for possible sightings of sea turtles, manta rays, wild dolphins, tropical fish and much more. Your tour also includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks to keep you fueled up as well as snorkeling equipment.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Dolphin, Snorkel, Shipwreck Tour around Lanai from Lahaina

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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