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Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This tour departs from the historic Lahaina Harbor to find the majestic humpback whales that frequent the waters surrounding Maui in the winter months. Traveling in a small raft creates an intimate whale watching experience not found on the larger vessels commonly used on whale watching tours. Plus, the raft travels quickly, letting you spend more time whale watching and less time in transit.
  • Enjoy a small group whale watching tour off the coast of Maui
  • You can choose from a morning or afternoon tour so it doesn’t interfere with other plans
  • In the event of cancellation due to weather, you are offered an alternate outing or a full refund
  • Prepare for the chance to photograph whales in their natural habitat
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Marine Naturalist Narration
Hydrophone to listen to whale songs
Bottled water
Life jackets are provided for emergencies but are not required to be worn during the tour. 
BYOB ( Plastic or cans only)
No Spray Sunscreen Permitted - Reef Safe Sunscreen Only
Hawaii Ocean Rafting , 675 Wharf St Slip #8, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

CHECK IN at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, Lahaina Harbor Slip 8, 675 Wharf Street, Lahaina. Paid parking lots are located off Dickenson Street in Lahaina Town. Parking at corner of Prison and Front Street is free for 3 hours or less. PARKING may take 20 minutes to find and walk to Harbor.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No Infants
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No children under 3
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Ocean Rafting
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina.
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What is the social distancing policy during Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina.

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The assistant on the boat...
Gale_S
, Apr. 2022
The assistant on the boat was very good. The driver gave instruction about being seated but there were no safety issues addressed i.e. where life-vest were located.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
So glad the crew was great on your tour! We have a protocol at the intro of every tour we review where the life vest, raft are and fire extinguishers are located and other safety protocol. This is not something our Captains forget to do as it is required by the CG, in the future if you feel you did not get all the information that you need please speak up so we can address the concerns during the tour, mahalo!
star-5
Fun day on the boat
Denise_M
, Apr. 2022
Jill and Lexi were wonderful!!! We booked the 2 hour whale watching ride and it did not disappoint. We had a blast and saw a ton a humpback whales, including a baby and their mama. Jill and Lexi provided so much education around the whales and answered any/all questions we had. Because it’s a smaller boat, it just felt more intimate. We will definitely be booking again next time we are on the islands!!! Thank you for an amazing time! Mahalo!
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Mama and baby whales are so awesome to encounter! So glad you had a great whale watch tour with Jill and Lexi on our small group raft! Mahalo!
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2 HOURS OF TORTURE
Byung_S
, Apr. 2022
Finally getting off the raft and getting far away from Slip 8 as possible. Oh I think I saw a glimpse of a whale fin hundreds of yards away. Or it could just be my imagination.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Aloha, As mentioned in our response to your multiple duplicate reviews left on Yelp, Google and Tripadvisor, it is hard to believe your perception of the experience could be so different from the other hundreds of guests that go out with us daily, including those that were on the same boat with you. I am not sure what you are hoping to accomplish with your reviews, but if you would like to improve your experience it's best to share your concerns during the tour so we can try to resolve issues you have at that time as our goal is to make sure all our guests have an aloha experience. Wishing you the aloha you need right now to restore your peace and kindness.
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star-5
Amazing whale watch tour
Alexandra_J
, Apr. 2022
We all had an amazing time watching mama, baby and escort whales. The captain was very knowledgeable and took us to the right area to see the whales. I would definitively recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Mahalo for experiencing the magic of whales with us, we are so glad your tour was educational and you saw some whales!
star-5
Whales, FUN….let’s do it again!!!
Lenore_B
, Apr. 2022
Fabulous!!!! Early April, we went on the late afternoon watch. The expert, polite crew handled the boat with excellence. We saw many whale pods, including calves. It was a highlight to our vacation, and I HIGHLY recommend them. Worth every penny!!
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
So stoked you included whale watching on your Maui vacation and you had a great time! Mahalo for going out with us!
star-5
Fantastic excursion!
Scott_M
, Apr. 2022
Saw 5 whales on 4/8 so pretty late in the season. The RIB was very comfortable for my wife and two kids and I…CJ and Jill were very friendly and informative and did a great job!
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Stoked you saw so many whales end of whale season! Mahalo for whale watching with us and hanging with CJ and Jill!
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Whales memories
Cresencia_B
, Apr. 2022
Seeing the whales. Good timing for our group . Guides / captain provided a good experience , helpful .
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Mahalo for creating whale memories with us! So glad you had a great time adventuring on our raft!
star-5
Fantastic Late Season Tour
Kim_T
, Apr. 2022
Booked this end of the season tour for our first trip to Maui. CJ and Jane were fantastic! They were knowledgeable, helpful and welcoming. Much aloha for the guests and the whales. We were able to see a mother and calf, plus another whale. They dropped the hydrophone so we could hear the male singing. It was truly an awesome experience, made so much better being close to the water in a rigid hull inflatable boat. I wish we could do this every day of our trip! Mahalo, CJ and Jane!
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
Hearing whale songs and seeing a mom and baby whales make time on the water so special. So glad your whale watch with CJ and Jill was memorable! Mahao!
star-5
Loved this small boat experience!
Keith_D
, Apr. 2022
We went at the end of the season and our captain was able to find several mama whales with their calves and their big beautiful escorts. We were lucky enough to see a baby come up all the way out of the water directly in front of the boat. It was amazing! Loved the intimate experience of the small boat. Thanks!
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2022
We are stoked we got to share an awesome whale watch with you, so glad you some cool whale encounters! Mahalo!
star-5
Maui whale watching
Cameron_H
, Apr. 2022
This was a fun excursion for the family. Being up close to the whales was an experience. The captain and crew were fun and knowledgeable. I’d recommend this to any traveler
star-5
Fantastic
Rod_L
, Apr. 2022
We had a fantastic experience. We saw multiple whales, a sea turtle, bottlenose dolphins, and hundreds of spinner dolphins. Our captains were knowledgeable and informative. Very helpful very enjoyable. The smaller boat was great.
star-5
Highlight of our trip
Olivia_T
, Apr. 2022
We had a great experience with this. I've been whale watching before on Maui but wanted to try a smaller craft. There were only 16 people on the boat and we saw lots of whale action even though it was the last week of March and the end of the whale season. The guides were knowledgeable and nice, and this was the highlight of our trip. I would recommend bringing water (although they did offer us some) since you'll be there 2 hours, a hat that will not fly off with strong breezes if you need shade, and Dramamine if you tend to get motion sickness. I'm awful at pictures but we saw whales breach, mothers with playful calves, tail flips, etc. Not a dull moment!
star-5
Paul and will we’re...
Devon_D
, Apr. 2022
Paul and will we’re great. We saw many whales and enjoyed the knowledge they shared about the whales!
star-4
Great Time! Would recommend!
Jimena_S
, Apr. 2022
Very nice boat ride! We got very lucky and saw a couple of whales. Saw a mom and calf together, the little one breached and gave us a big splash.
star-5
Do it!
Cindy_A
, Apr. 2022
Awesome, once in a lifetime experience. Small boats are key for a tour like this. Our guides were entertaining and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this.
star-5
Raft tour is the way to go
Nicholas_P
, Apr. 2022
It was an amazing experience. We got to see a lot of whales, unfortunately none of them jumped out of the water and did tricks like in the pictures. What I liked about this close up tour on a raft is that you don't have to worry about a bunch of people obstructing your view on a bigger ship. Our tour guides did a fantastic job of explaining details about the whales and showing us where to look.
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We got to see a...
Emma_L
, Apr. 2022
We got to see a competition group of about 11 whales… it’s an experience we will never forget. Will and Aaron were very knowledgeable and friendly. Would HIGHLY recommend!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
11 whales wow!! So awesome to see these amazing creatures competing in the wild! Mahalo for joining us for a whale watch tour!
star-5
Best whale tour ever
Sue_G
, Apr. 2022
Fabulous experience! Loved the crew, narration and phenomenal whale display! The ability to maneuver in a smaller craft was of great help!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We're so glad you enjoy the small raft and had fun with the crew on your whale watch tour! Mahalo for going out with us!
star-5
Unforgettable experience
Melissa_M
, Mar. 2022
Such an amazing experience, I would recommend this to all friends and family. I chose this specifically for the small boat being able to experience the whales up close and boy did that payoff we saw five whales and plenty of action right up front. The captain and crew were amazing, I’m looking forward to doing this again.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Stoked to hear the whales were so active and curious on your whale watch with us! So glad you enjoy the rafting vessel and had a great time with the crew! Mahalo!
star-5
Whales on display!
Eric_H
, Mar. 2022
Our best experience of the trip! We saw many very active whales. One did a dozen tail slaps in a row! Multiple whales were fin slapping as well. We saw 3-4 full breaches, the last being about 50 yards (closer than you think) away as the whole ship was focused on one area and everyone saw it. An awesome trip, great crew, highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Yes! 50 yards feels really close when the animals are 50 tons and 45 feet! Stoked you had lots of whale action on your tour with us and the crew were great host! Mahalo!!

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