Whale Watching Sail from Lahaina

West Maui
December to April
Lunch & Drinks Available
People viewing whale from boat


  • Observe majestic humpback whales
  • Learn about their behavior from onboard marine naturalists
  • Hear whales sing with underwater hydrophone
  • Spacious modern luxury sailing catamaran
  • Support a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting marine life and oceans
  • Whale sighting guarantee (97% success rate) or go again for free
$53 per adult
  • Morning, Afternoon
  • Duration 2 - 3 hours
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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.

Booking Tip

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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
  • Multiple options to choose from to best fit your schedule and budget
  • Modern luxury sailing catamaran
Traveler Reviews
TravelShack Customer rating:

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February 2020

Great tour and very knowledgeable staff!

February 2020

The very best activity we’ve done on visits to Oahu, Kauai, and Maui! The lunch cruise on the SPIRIT was the very best choice. Wonderful lunch on this sailing catamaran, all drinks included, and time with sails up. They used a hydrophone in the water to let us hear the amazing whale songs! Sooo many! They taught us about the whales. We even happened upon a group of dolphins right on our side. They were “spinners” which meant when they leaped out of the water, they spun around. Recommend this precise tour to everyone who’s interested in the Pacific Whale Organization. Profits all go to protecting and studying our sea creatures. They have a great center right near the Banyan Tree in Lahaina.

February 2020

Debbie S wrote:

Our trip on the Ocean Spirit was beyond wonderful! Spectacular whale experience, and the crew was very knowledgeable and skilled.

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

Option 1
Option 2
Check-in 45 min prior
7:30 or 10 am 12:30 pm
Duration 2 hours 3 hours
Food & Drink Snacks & drinks available for purchase Gourmet lunch and drinks (including 3 alcoholic beverages) included
Max Passengers
Often less
65 (24 during COVID) 65 (24 during COVID)
with 10% online discount
Age 13+: $59 $53.10
Age 7-12: $30 $27
Age 6 & under: 1 Free per adult,
or $27
Age 13+: $85 $76.50
Age 7-12: $43 $38.70
Age 6 & under: 1 Free per adult,
or $38.70
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  • 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 plates, cups, and utensils
  • Sources locally grown fruits, vegetables, and meats to reduce carbon footprint
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