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Maui is the prime spot in Hawaii for viewing hundreds of humpback whales from November through May as thousands congregate in the warm waters off the coast to eat, mate, and raise their young. Witness these magnificent creatures in their natural environment with an educational and fun boat cruise from Maui’s whale watching experts.
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, if conditions are right, let you listen to whale songs through an underwater hydrophone.
All profits from your tickets go directly towards PWF's important work of protecting the oceans through science and advocacy. Whale sightings are guaranteed (97% success rate) or go again for free within 1 year. A free marine wildlife 8x10 glossy poster card is given per person, and a junior naturalist program teaches and inspires the younger ones.
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.
There are multiple cruise options to choose from. All are on a spacious double-decker 65 foot catamaran, designed for prime viewing and to minimize any seasickness. Please note check-in is 30-45 minutes prior, and all cruises are 2 hours long.
Option 1: Morning - Standard
9 am and 11:30 am
Option 2: Morning - Upgraded [no longer operating in April 2021]
8 am and 10:30 am
Max of 45 passengers (other options have 70 max), so everyone can get a prime spot at the rail
Option 3: Sunrise [no longer operating in April 2021]
Typically calmest conditions and best lighting for photos
Option 4: Afternoon
Includes 10% online discount
Age 13+: $39 ($59 for Option 2)
Ages 5-12: 1 Free per Adult (otherwise $25, or $35 for Option 2)
Ages 0-4: Free
The booking calendar above shows real-time availability. If the date/time is available (including for today), just select it and finish the booking process as soon as possible to claim your spots. The cruises can sell out, so don't wait too long!
Educational and awesome! Great ship and crew. Definitely a must do.
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Patricia D wrote:
Great early morning cruise. Lots of whale activity. Crew and naturalists were top notch! Super informative. Great for kids and adults alike.
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
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.
Whale Watching: Top 10 West Maui Highlight: The waters off Maui are home to the highest concentration of humpback whales on the planet
15 min from Ka’anapali
30-45 min from Kihei / Wailea