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You'll depart from Ma'alaea Harbor and go out in search of humpback whales who migrate every year from Alaska to Maui to mate and breed. Seeing the amazing ocean giants is an experience you'll never forget. Pectoral fin and tail slaps to full breaches, whales coming up to the boat - it can be an amazing show which never fails to bring a smile to one's face.

Throughout the tour our certified Marine Naturalists will provide educational talks and interpretation of the whale behaviors you are witnessing. There is even a free Jr. Naturalist Program for kids so that they can learn and enjoy their experience as well. Moreover, whale sightings are guaranteed or you will get a gift certificate to go again for free.

These cruises are offered on smooth riding, double-deck, eco-friendly catamarans built for comfort, stability and viewing. The upper deck provides excellent panoramic views and a higher viewing angle but there is also ample space to move around and shaded cabins below deck. Sodas, juices, alcohol and snacks are also available for purchase inside the bottom deck cabin, as well as two restrooms.

Hotel pick-up and drop off services are not available.
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Pacific Whale Foundation
Pacific Whale Foundation
Experience the magic of whale watching off the coast of Maui with this incredible tour from Ma'alaea Harbor. Spend two-hours cruising the waters with a team of certified marine naturalists and listen in as they unlock the secretes of humpback whales. You'll have the chance to hear whale songs through underwater hydrophones and learn about interactions between these giant marine mammals. Travelers are guaranteed to see whales on this is a once-in-a-lifetime tour or the next trip is free.
  • Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

  • See humpback whales in their natural habitat

  • Learn about animal behaviors from a trained marine naturalist

  • Guaranteed whale sightings or the next tour is free

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Reviewed 25 June 2018
Fabulous whale watching trip

I took the whale watching cruise in early February and it was fabulous. First we saw, from a distance, whales spouting water then breaching the surface. The boat captain rode toward the cluster of activity. We noted several areas with activity, getting close enough to...More

Thank Barbara H
Sierra-PWF, Guest Relations Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2018

Aloha Barbara. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your whalewatching ecotour with us. Mahalo for your review.

Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile
Late in the season but saw whales

We were late in the season for a whale watching tour but we were lucky enough to see them 10 mins out of the harbour. We booked on the 8:30am tour which we had to be there 45 mins before hand. That was fine as...More

Thank SOCK2018
Sierra-PWF, Guest Relations Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Aloha. We are so glad to hear that you had such an amazing time on your whalewatching ecotour with us. Our mission is to provide scientific education about the marine life and how we can all pitch in to preserve and protect our oceans. Mahalo...More

Reviewed 24 April 2018
Whale-less Whale Watch

We enjoyed seeing the island from the water, but we did not see any whales. Granted we did go towards the end of 'whale season' so I understand. We had an ambassador/volunteer on our cruise who said this was the 1st time in 6 months...More

Thank Audra M
Reviewed 21 April 2018

I would love to share a great review on my whale watching cruise but I have to be honest and say it was very disappointing. I came to Maui in March for the whales. I did spot a few in the distance on the cruise...More

Thank Donna G
Reviewed 20 April 2018
Great Tour

We went to PWF whale watching tour from Maalaea harbor on April 13 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The boat and the crew were excellent in every respect. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Although they said that its almost the end of the season...More

Thank sandyty2018
Sierra-PWF, Guest Relations Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Aloha Sandy. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your whalewatching ecotour with us. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your whalewatching ecotour with us. Mahalo for your review.

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Response from sahkazoo | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry, but I don’t know. We went in February. I would check with the Pacific Whale Foundation, which provided the tour.
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