Whale Photo Safari from Lahaina

West Maui
December to April
Breakfast Included
humpback whale jumping


  • Observe majestic humpback whales from a modern luxury catamaran
  • Learn & practice photography techniques for capturing marine life
  • For both novice and more advanced photographers
  • Hear whales sing with underwater hydrophone
  • Support a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting marine life and oceans
  • Whale sighting guarantee (97% success rate) or go again for free
$94 per adult
  • Sunday, 7:00am
  • Duration 3 hours
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In this unique on-the-water workshop on Sunday mornings, finetune your camera skills and come away with some amazing photos. A professional wildlife photographer will teach you expert techniques for photographing whales and other marine life, whether you are a novice or more advanced. Digital photos taken by staff during your trip and other favorites are provided afterwards. Continental breakfast is served, along with soda, juices, and water. Whale sightings are guaranteed (97% success rate) or go again for free within 1 year.

Since 1980, the non-profit Pacific Whale Foundation has focused on studying and protecting whales, and marine life and the oceans more broadly, through research and educating the public. PWF's passion and expertise is on full display as certified marine naturalists explain the whales’ social behavior and, when possible, let you listen to whale songs through an underwater hydrophone.

COVID-19 UPDATE: This cruise is currently operating, with passenger capacity reduced by 50% for the foreseeable future. For the safety of staff and guests, enhanced sanitation measures and onboard best practices to reduce contact and maintain social distancing have also been implemented.

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Whale watching is PWF's specialty, and you are learning from a prominent organization that has advanced whale research and conservation efforts for over 35 years
  • Profits from your tickets support PWF's important work
  • Modern luxury catamaran
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

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January 2020

Greg D wrote:

Great time on the catamaran! Excellent crew-the whales were not breaching at a high rate-but the crew did an outstanding job of making it interesting and seeing as much as possible. The captain strategically moved around with great judgment and respect for the whales-we got to see a lot by the time we wrapped up.

February 2019

Betsy F wrote:

Awesome time. Excellent venue. Easy and kind staff. Perfect boat. Perfect trip.

Guidebook Reviews

Maui Revealed Guidebook:

Maui is the undisputed whale watching capital of Hawaii.

For whale watching, Pacific Whale Foundation remains our top choice because of their knowledgeable crews. This is their passion.

Make sure you book a dedicated whale watching tour that focuses on that and nothing else.

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

Whale Watching: Top 10 Maui Highlight

The Pacific Whale Foundation whale watching cruises are immensely popular

Fodor's Guidebook:

Whale Watch: Top 15 Maui Attraction. The humpback whales’ attraction to Maui is legendary, and seeing them is a highlight for many visitors. It’s one of the most popular activities on Maui.

Moon Guidebook:

Whale Watching: Top 10 West Maui Highlight: The waters off Maui are home to the highest concentration of humpback whales on the planet


  • West Maui
Departure Point
Lahaina Harbor

15 min from Ka’anapali
30-45 min from Kihei / Wailea
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the oceans through science and advocacy. It conducts marine research, educates the public, and fights for marine life and ocean conservation.
  • Hawai'i Ecotourism Association Sustainable Tourism Certification
  • Holds annual Maui Whale Festival to raise awareness about conservation and raise funds to support its important programs
  • Boats use energy efficient, low emissions engines
  • Developed and outfitted all boats with whale protection devices, the first devices in the world for commercial vessels that guide whales away from propellers and running gear
  • Uses bio-compostable cups
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • Fully refundable until 48 hours prior to cruise
Taxes/fees added at checkout
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)
  • 3% Harbor Tax
  • $4.50 fuel surcharge per person