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Our Certified Marine Naturalists provide the most innovative and educational whale watch ecotours in Hawaiʻi, drawing from nearly four decades of whale research and ocean conservation. We are proud to be Maui’s top-rated whale watch offering the most options from both Maʻalaea and Harbors.

Whalewatch Cruises Available November 2024 – April 2025. Book now for best availability!

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Classic Whale Watch with the experts on Maui's top-rated ecotour and see these amazing creatures in their natural wild habitat.

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  • timer-icon 2 Hours
$65.13 $93.05
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Whale watch Sail

Experience Maui's top-rated whale watch aboard our eco-friendly sailing vessel, Ocean Spirit.

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  • timer-icon 2 Hours
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$83.96 $119.95
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Whale Watch Sail Deluxe

Enjoy a deluxe 3-hour whale watch plus a delicious lunch onboard our state-of-the-art luxury sailing vessel, Ocean Spirit.

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  • timer-icon 3 Hours
  • meal-icon Lunch
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$122.45 $174.94
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Small group whale watching
Best Value

Experience Maui's top-rated whale watch aboard a small group vessel with an ideal format for viewing the whales.

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$90.96 $129.95
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Most Popular

This unique adventure includes a 3-hour whale watch with our Certified Marine Naturalist onboard and offers the perfect small group platform for whale watching and photography.

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  • timer-icon 3 Hours
  • meal-icon Breakfast
$125.96 $179.95
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Sunset Dinner & Whale Watch
FAVORITE

Savor the sunset while dining on delicious cuisine and watching for whales.

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  • timer-icon 3 Hours
  • meal-icon 4-Course
  • glass-icon 3 Cocktails
$146.96 $209.95
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Sunset Cocktail & Whale Watch Sail
AWARD-WINNING

A sunset cruise for all ages with tantalizing pupu (appetizers) while whale watching against the backdrop of a stunning sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

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  • timer-icon 2 hours
  • meal-icon Appetizers
  • glass-icon 3 cocktails
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$125.26 $178.95
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Frequently Asked Questions

When Is Maui Whale Watching Season?

Whale watching season in Maui is November-May with peak season typically running between mid-January and March.

At Pacific Whale Foundation, our whale watching season officially kicks off in early November with our Welcome Home the Whales cruise. But on occasion, we will have our first whale sighting as early as October or even late September. The beauty of whale watching in Maui is you can always expect the unexpected. On any given day, whether it’s in October or April, the Hawaiian Islands can surprise you with endangered false killer whale sightings, humpback whale sightings and everything in between.

Which Hawaiian Island Is the Best For Whale Watching?

Humpback whales tend to gravitate towards warm, temperate waters in the tropics and subtropics during the winter breeding season. These whales can be found in the open ocean and closer to shore throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Although humpback whales can be seen from all of the Hawaiian Islands, the shallow ‘Au‘au Channel between Maui, Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi is one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world.

Places such as  Maʻalaea and Honolua Bay are among Maui’s best spots for great whale watching.

What Kind of Whales are in Maui?

Humpback whales are by and large the most common type of whale you’ll see in Maui. However, there are also several other species found in the surrounding area, including melon-headed, short-finned pilot, pygmy, and endangered false killer whales. Our expert marine naturalists will help you identify exactly what kind of whales you come across during your cruise.

Based on our genetic and photographic research, there are three populations of false killer whales surrounding the Hawaiian Islands: the main Hawaiian Islands insular population, the northwestern Hawaiian Islands insular population, and an offshore/open-ocean population. The Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) insular population is endangered and in dire straits, with a population of less than 200, making the species a top research and education priority for Pacific Whale Foundation.

Explore our Live Whale & Dolphin Sightings Map to see what kinds of whales are in Maui as we speak.