2-Hour Whale Watching Experience! (Lahaina Harbor, Maui)

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From $59.43

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Catch an exciting peek at the underwater world on this whale-watching cruise in Maui. Your excursion includes narration from your captain and crew, as you learn more about these majestic creatures. Enjoy stunning views and photo opportunities while traveling along Maui’s exquisite coastline. Your family-friendly cruise comes with a guarantee that you spot a whale during your adventure.
  • Guaranteed Whale Sightings or go again for free
  • Witness majestic humpback whales on Maui’s largest and most comfortable whale watching tour boats
  • Experienced naturalists share the story of our humpback whales and explain each of the whale actions you witness
  • With both an upper deck and an enclosed main cabin, you may choose to watch in the open air or protected from the elements down below

What's Included

  • Guaranteed Whale Sightings or go again for free!
  • Expert Humpback Whale narration by an experienced Captain and Crew!
  • On-board gift shop - 100% proceeds go to research
  • On-board we have an underwater hydrophone to hear the whales sing while they're below the boat!
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Snacks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Lahaina Cruise Company
    675 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

    Harbor Address: 675 Wharf Street, Lahaina Maui Where At Harbor: Meet at HAWAII OCEAN PROJECT/LAHAINA CRUISE COMPANY (See booking confirmation ticket voucher for more information.)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Hop aboard your vessel in Lahaina and settle in on the upper observation deck or the enclosed main cabin with large viewing windows. Commentary is provided as you go, along with images from an under web cam and hydrophone (subject to water conditions) for additional visibility.

This tour operates during the whale migration period from December until May, when humpback whales come to Maui’s warm waters to breed, a 3,500-mile (5635 km) departure from their feeding waters in Alaska. Keep your eyes peeled as your captain and crew help to point out any marine life that pops up, and soak up the stunning backdrop of the island’s coastline.

This tour has multiple departures times to fit your travel schedule, and concludes at its original departure point.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dress appropriately. Viewing whales is often best done outside on the viewing decks. Wear sunscreen, secure hats and belongings and dress for breezy "on the water" conditions
  • Maximum capacity is 145 passengers
  • Tour operator reserves the right to substitute vessels, routes and destinations based on vessel operations, weather and sea conditions without notice
  • Due to new Homeland Security Procedures all passengers may be subject to a random search of their personal effects (including carry ons) and all passengers must be able to provide identification upon the request of vessel personnel as proof of his/her identity. Due to these changes it is imperative that each guest have a valid ID with them at all times.
  • Check-in minimum 30 minutes prior to departure of tour at the Lahaina Cruise Company booth on the Main Loading Dock, next to construction site.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Secure your parking before check-in time as 3-hour free parking & pay parking lots are monitored for citations. All are within a few minutes walk to check-in point.
  • Tour boarding begins and closes 10 minutes before departure.
  • Departures leave promptly at designated times to avoid delays on return times.
  • Full refunds are eligible with 24-hr notice. Less than 24-hr notice due to medical circumstances a doctor visit note may be required for a full refund.
  • Motorized Wheelchairs are not accessible on our vessel for gangway crossing
  • Collapsible Wheelchairs 24" wide are accessible on our vessel for gangway crossing - must have companion for assistance
  • Some restrictions may apply for Wheelchair accessibility - call us for further details before booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 145 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

It was So less crowded than the cheaper cruises; well worth the price!
It was fairly inexpensive so I wasn’t sure if it would be good, but it was amazing!
Tables on top deck make it quite hard to get to other side when there is a whale
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Whale song
Meena_M, Mar 2023
We saw a lot of whales both thr mother and the calf. We saw multiple groups of them at one point. Really worth it
Majestic Mammals
Hank_H, Mar 2023
I loved this trip…definitely a bucket list experience. Saw an humpback whale come out of the water and a babe whale jump multiple times completely out of the water.
Vanessa_P, Mar 2023
Saw more whales than I have ever seen before ! Mammas/ babies and males and all very engaging. Crew was great
Jill_G, Mar 2023
Lots of whales and very informative captain. Live here and learned more about our whales Thank you thank you
Such a fun and exciting experience!
Katie_P, Mar 2023
We loved all the information the captain gave us about whale behavior! The captain’s helpers were fantastic and checked on everyone frequently to make sure we didn’t need anything and that we weren’t feeling sick. We got close up to the whales without getting too close and the captain was very respectful of their space! We absolutely LOVED IT! My four year old was on her first boat and she had a blast! She asked if we could go back out again tomorrow!
Whales, whales, and more whales
Karyn_H, Mar 2023
We saw many, many whales. It was exciting. Captain was very knowledgeable. Would take this tour again.
Amazing trip
Anke_S, Mar 2023
It was an amazing trip - we have seen a lot of whales - the whales were a little bit far away from the ship but still a great adventure
Amazing Tour!!
David_M, Mar 2023
This whale watching tour was great! From beginning to end with the narration of the crew. We saw so many whales and babies.
Whale experience is a must
Debra_W, Mar 2023
Whale watching experience was great. Great information about whales and we saw a lot of them. Add this to your list when in Maui.
Extraordinary Adventure
Roy_F, Mar 2023
We have been on many whale watching over the year. First time we ever saw calve breach and it did so multiple times. Adult breached right in front of the boat. Great and knowledgeable skipper who took care not to harass the family.
Loved see the calves so...
Dawn_B, Mar 2023
Loved see the calves so playful. We were near the end of the season so we might have seen more activity earlier. One mom and calf swam by fairly close to our boat. Very cool
Don't hesitate.
Brad_W, Mar 2023
Excellent trip. Captain brought the whales to you! Almost close enough to touch one as it swam under the boat.
Great whale watching expereince
William_B, Mar 2023
It was a great trip and we saw lots of whales. The captain got us close to several pods and we even observed 6 different whale breaches. The captain also had a wealth of knowledge about whales and shared that info as we were observing.
Save your money
Anonymous, Mar 2023
Maybe the whales just weren’t as active the day we went but we saw more whales off the shore from our hotel. Kind of. A disappointment.
Once in a lifetime experience
Ahuva_R, Mar 2023
We saw lot and lots of whales, and it was once in a life time experience! I guess we were lucky to see so many. Some were close to the boat and we could see their size, it was amazing.
Cheaper going thru...
Dan_M, Mar 2023
Cheaper going thru business Hour late Poor effort to get to see more whales unlike other boats we could see
Great experience.
Melissa_N, Mar 2023
Excellent whale watch. Staff was friendly, boat had plenty of seating, boarding was easy, and it was easy to find. This was worth the cost of the tickets. Definitely bring a hat and sunscreen, and wear shoes you feel secure and stable in, the boat rocks.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Mahalo for the time to leave a review! Thanks for joining us - aloha
Whale Whisper
Mark_G, Mar 2023
The Captain of the ship was like the "Whale Whisper ". He seemed to call the whales to us. Very friendly crew and we had an excellent time. 👍
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Epic! Thank you for joining us!
So worth it!
JANET_T, Mar 2023
There were 3 of us and we all loved our experience. We saw many whales and enjoyed hearing the facts that were being shared throughout the trip. We appreciated that there was so much effort into getting us safely into an area where most of the whales were hanging out.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
These are the experiences we strive to create! Thank you!
Not our best Whale watching experience
Diana_Z, Mar 2023
Only saw one whale up close. Staff was helpful. Speaker was monotone and uninteresting. He kept apologizing for whales not coming close.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience, we do try out beset however the whales are in their wild natural habitat so we ask for patience. Please contact our reservations team for an experience recovery. Aloha