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

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Guaranteed Whale Sightings or go again for free
  • Witness majestic humpback whales on Maui’s largest and most comfortable whale watching tour boats
  • Experienced naturalists share the story of our humpback whales and explain each of the whale actions you witness
  • With both an upper deck and an enclosed main cabin, you may choose to watch in the open air or protected from the elements down below
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What's Included

  • Guaranteed Whale Sightings or go again for free!
  • Expert Humpback Whale narration by an experienced Captain and Crew!
  • On-board gift shop - 100% proceeds go to research
  • On-board we have an underwater hydrophone to hear the whales sing while they're below the boat!
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Snacks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Lahaina Cruise Company
    675 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

    Harbor Address: 675 Wharf Street, Lahaina Maui Where At Harbor: Meet at HAWAII OCEAN PROJECT/LAHAINA CRUISE COMPANY (See booking confirmation ticket voucher for more information.)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Hop aboard your vessel in Lahaina and settle in on the upper observation deck or the enclosed main cabin with large viewing windows. Commentary is provided as you go, along with images from an under web cam and hydrophone (subject to water conditions) for additional visibility.

This tour operates during the whale migration period from December until May, when humpback whales come to Maui’s warm waters to breed, a 3,500-mile (5635 km) departure from their feeding waters in Alaska. Keep your eyes peeled as your captain and crew help to point out any marine life that pops up, and soak up the stunning backdrop of the island’s coastline.

This tour has multiple departures times to fit your travel schedule, and concludes at its original departure point.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress appropriately. Viewing whales is often best done outside on the viewing decks. Wear sunscreen, secure hats and belongings and dress for breezy "on the water" conditions
  • Maximum capacity is 145 passengers
  • Tour operator reserves the right to substitute vessels, routes and destinations based on vessel operations, weather and sea conditions without notice
  • Due to new Homeland Security Procedures all passengers may be subject to a random search of their personal effects (including carry ons) and all passengers must be able to provide identification upon the request of vessel personnel as proof of his/her identity. Due to these changes it is imperative that each guest have a valid ID with them at all times.
  • Check-in minimum 30 minutes prior to departure of tour at the Lahaina Cruise Company booth on the Main Loading Dock, next to construction site.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Secure your parking before check-in time as 3-hour free parking & pay parking lots are monitored for citations. All are within a few minutes walk to check-in point.
  • Tour boarding begins and closes 10 minutes before departure.
  • Departures leave promptly at designated times to avoid delays on return times.
  • Full refunds are eligible with 24-hr notice. Less than 24-hr notice due to medical circumstances a doctor visit note may be required for a full refund.
  • Motorized Wheelchairs are not accessible on our vessel for gangway crossing
  • Collapsible Wheelchairs 24" wide are accessible on our vessel for gangway crossing - must have companion for assistance
  • Some restrictions may apply for Wheelchair accessibility - call us for further details before booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 145 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


It was So less crowded than the cheaper cruises; well worth the price!
It was fairly inexpensive so I wasn’t sure if it would be good, but it was amazing!
Tables on top deck make it quite hard to get to other side when there is a whale
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Boat captain grumpy and too negative
Zhelin_Y, Jan 2023
We saw awesome whales 🐳. Wish our captain more positive and family friendly. He rolled too much of sharks separated mom and baby whales and eat baby whales; and how the different countries ways of killing whales. Not recommended family with little ones. Our captain last year was funny and informative and positive.
We saw many whales on the...
Qi_Z, Jan 2023
We saw many whales on the whole trip. The ship is good with nice and friendly crews. Good experience totally.
Awesome up-close views of mama & baby!
Lindsay_W, Jan 2023
Amazing last-minute whale watching experience for my fiancé & me! A mama & her baby came right up under our boat & kept circling around us, giving us amazing up-close views! Another adult pair also swam right under us, just below the surface. Saw numerous whales in the distance as they came up for air & then dove back under the water, showing us their tails. Awesome experience we won’t forget! Got great pics & videos of the close encounters!
A fantastic experience
Mark_H, Jan 2023
Maui has great opportunities to see whales and the captain sure knew where they were and could describe their behaviours and provided relevant background info. A fantastic experience.
Wonderful Tour
RICHARD_W, Jan 2023
It was a wonderful tour. The captain was informative and very entertaining and the crew was always helpful and right there when you needed them. Highly recommended. My one and only complaint is that it was a little tough to find the door where we check in. It is the last one on the right. :-)
A trip with the whale whisperer
Alan_E, Jan 2023
Excellent tour. Highly knowledgeable and experienced captain. Expectations well managed - great opportunities for photographs
Wonderful morning seeing the whales!
Michael_F, Jan 2023
So the only real problem was checking in. We were checking in when a big cruise ship had people coming on shore for other activities so Lahaina Harbor was hopping. The boarding area is on the far north side. After that, everything was easy and smooth. The Captain was clearly knowledgeable and we saw a many whales and two young calves during our two hours. In fact, one whale came within the 100 yard limit, and the captain stopped the boat. This is a wonderful time to go out and see the whales. I would recommend this trip.
Awesome!
mike_F, Jan 2023
Great boat. The captain was very knowledgeable and fun had a fantastic time saw tons of whales. My kids will never forget that experience. Thank you so much
Must do
Cody_B, Jan 2023
What a wonderful and reasonable trip. Well priced and perfect amount of time on the water. It felt as if we were surrounded by whales! They were everywhere and quite photogenic
Great Whale watching experience
Bert_R, Jan 2023
From boarding to landing, the experience was great. The weather was perfect and the whales were abundant. The captain was engaging and kept us informed
Amazing!!
Teri_H, Jan 2023
It was my first time and I’ll have to admit I didn’t expect to see what I saw. It was amazing. The team was great as well.
Great whale experience!!
Sharon_P, Jan 2023
They worked to get us near whales and we saw over 100. I got lots of great videos!!! We were promised to be taken out again if we didn’t see any but that certainly wasn’t needed! Lots of awe!!!
Great tour
Lizabeth_R, Jan 2023
Amazing! He was the best guide, so passionate and knowledgeable about whales and their history and conservation, it made the experience even better. We saw a few sets of moms and babies, which was wonderful and so unique. As well as several others
Fabulous!! We saw so many whales!
Jennifer_S, Jan 2023
This was truly the highlight of our visit to Maui. Capt Dave and his crew were simply outstanding! The ship was spotless and very comfortable. But most importantly, we saw tons of whales. Capt Dave knew exactly where to go and he kept up a running commentary of cool information about the whales, their history, and much more. We had the best time and definitely will be back! Highly recommended.
5 stars
Claire_T, Jan 2023
Amazing views of whales breaching the waters , would highly recommend . Knowledgable staff. Great value
Highly recommend
mmrzd4dsy2, Jan 2023
Wheelchair accessible, from the dock. No wading into the water and climbing a ladder. Friendly staff and they keep looking, until they find the whales. Right next to the Princess Cruise port.
Tons of whales!!
Beth_D, Jan 2023
Saw so many whales and lots were really close up. It was very cool. And the captain provided lots of interesting information throughout the trip.
Just okay.
Sara_D, Jan 2023
Very knowledgeable and friendly crew. We left late from the port as the boat was late returning from the previous trip. The Captain stayed with one set of whales who weren't doing anything for way too long (almost half of the tour) and thus we missed lots of other opportunities to watch whales breaching etc. Capt kept going on about how the trip before ours was a lot better. Also, too many political comments from the Captain that just weren't necessary. We have done this exact tour with the same company before and it was light-years better. Maui is still beautiful and the whales are amazing, but not the best experience today.
Really enjoyed all of the...
Lauren_K, Jan 2023
Really enjoyed all of the knowledge of the senior Captain dave! Enjoyed watching mama and Cass but would have enjoyed some more whales breaching or tail slapping. Beautiful weather and beautiful experience!
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Whale season!
Stephanie_R, Jan 2023
First time in Maui, and I saved the best part of the end of my trip. Pros -guarantee to see the whales -can see up close -enjoyable boat ride -All staff are helpful -Educational about the whale Cons -none Bring sunscreen, a hat, and light clothing to cover yourself. I advise booking the earliest tour because it gets quickly hot in the middle of the ocean. I recommend sitting on the front or side of the boat to get the best view of the whales.
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