Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

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From $82.65

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


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

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 192 Maalaea Rd
    192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

    Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure tour time at PWF retail store in Ma'alaea Harbor shops, shared parking with Maui Ocean Center Aquarium

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old.
  • Children ages 4 and under are free, but need to be accounted for in your booking for our manifest
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 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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268 reviews
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Relaxing and cool experience
Amy_D, Mar 2023
This was a very relaxing and educational experience. We saw some great whales. Highly recommend this tour. Plus you depart from a harbor that is less busy and congested than the one in Lahaina.
Family Get Together in Maui
Donna_P, Mar 2023
Our Naturalist, Matt, was great and very knowledgeable. We saw so many whales. It was a great experience and so much fun.
Whales and tales , Oh my
pete_c, Mar 2023
Great whale cruise - saw numerous whales and had an enjoyable 2 hours on the open water -the crew provided excellent information
It was a lovely...
Tasneem_A, Mar 2023
It was a lovely experience. We did see quite a few whales with calves although not lucky enough to see breaches.
A big highlight of my vacation
Leslie_K, Mar 2023
When we got to hear the whales sing. The crew were very helpful and friendly Thinking of going again
Just amazing.
Elaine_L, Mar 2023
We had a wonderful time seeing the many whales. We saw many whales on the surface and then some with their back tails. We saw a whale breach. We saw many whales. And the boat ride was wonderful. Definitely will tell others about this experience. It was amazing.
Very good whale watching experience
James_G, Mar 2023
Boat captain and naturalist guides were respectful of the whales' need for some space in the ocean waters, yet still managed to approach surfacing whales for decent views from the boat.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you so much for coming out with us to see the amazing humpback whales. We're go glad you enjoyed the experience and greatly appreciate the support. Mahalo!
Great trip
Daniel_S, Feb 2023
It was a great whale watching trip. Saw lots of whales, many babies. The only down side was the PA system. We were not able to her what the tour guide was saying
So many whales!
sharon_d, Feb 2023
We saw numerous whales. The crew members were wonderful! It was a wonderful experience! The best part was when the microphone was lowered into the ocean and we could actually hear the whales singing. We went on the early morning so we were watched a beautiful sunrise. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable and answered all the questions. It was a great learning experience. It was an experience I will never forget. If I ever come back to Maui I will go on this whale watch again. It was the highlight of our trip to Maui. Worth every penny!
Linda_V, Feb 2023
Wonderful experience. Highlight of our 2 week vacation in Hawaii. Whales everywhere and an intelligent and delightful narrator made the trip even more fascinating. I won't forget..."there's one at 2 o'clock!"
So Many Whale Sitings
DAUN_B, Feb 2023
We saw so many whales. It was awesome. We saw Males battling for the female, we saw babies, they were everywhere the day we were out.
This is my third trip...
Dana_N, Feb 2023
This is my third trip with pac whale foundation and its always great. The knowledge of the whales and their care and aloha for them. 💙💜
Whale Soup
Margaret_C, Feb 2023
We saw so many whales! We had two that came right up to us! Our guide Emily was wonderful. She gave us so much information in the trip and was so enthusiastic when the whales appeared. She also took our questions. She was delightful!
Jane_R, Feb 2023
We saw lots and lots of whales and their calves. Learned a lot from the naturalists .under water sound demonstration was new to me and very interesting.
Sunrise whale watching
Linda_L, Feb 2023
Memorable morning, watching the sunrise and seeing many whale spouts and breaches. I appreciate how the Pacific Whale Foundation conducts their cruises and respects all sealife. Hearing the whale "chorus" under water was amazing. Great way to start your day!
Whale watching
Karen_W, Feb 2023
We saw many whales, two whales got pretty close to our boat. It was amazing crew was excellent and knowledgeable.
Rauna_A, Feb 2023
We had the most amazing experience whale watching! We were able to see so many whales each displaying different behaviors from the beginning of the tour to the very end. We had a great time, the weather was beautiful and the whales were incredible! Thank you to the PWF staff who were so informative!
Whale watching
Susan_G, Feb 2023
Crew and experience was exceptional. We saw multiple whales in the trip. Great to support the whale Foundation.
Wonderful Day Whale Watch Tour!
Linda_W, Jan 2023
A huge whale came up right in front of the boat. Freaked out the captain. So exciting! Saw lots of whales, a lot of calves! Enjoyed it so much! Very well run tour with a great crew!
This was my favorite...
Katherine_S, Jan 2023
This was my favorite experience in Maui. We saw so many whales, and the crew was fantastic. Would highly recommend!