Kihei Whale Watching Tour

(6 customer reviews)


Looking for a more exciting whale watch than the large, slow boats?  Want to be as close to the water as you can when humpbacks cruise by you?  Then taking a whale watch with Redline Rafting is what you need.



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For those staying in or near Kihei, it’s a no-brainer to take advantage of the near proximity of the Kihei Boat Ramp and this great trip.  About the smallest group (23 passengers maximum) you can get on a Maui boat tour is on the Redline, so you enjoy a more intimate experience along with the excitement and speed you can only get on a high-powered raft.

Available from January 15 to April 1st, over half of the North Pacific Humpback population migrates from Alaska to Hawaii in order to mate and/or give birth in the safe waters of Maui County.

Redline Rafting guarantees whale sightings on their whale watch tours out of Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.  A marine naturalist guides you through humpback surface behaviors as you watch their activity up close.  Every tour is different due to the nature and moods of these magnificent ocean mammals.

Are you closer to Lahaina, or do you want a bigger catamaran out of Maalaea?



Nearby Areas:
Kihei • Makena • Maʻalaea


Kihei Whale Watch Video

Though having whales come right up to the boat is rare, it happens!  This video was shot on January 8th, 2023 on our first whale watch of the year. (GoPro and iPhone.)


Whale Watching Maui Photos

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6 reviews for Kihei Whale Watching Tour

  1. Benny Hackstedde

    I love doing whale watches when in Maui and this was probably our 9th time going out. Mostly we use the bigger boats cause they’re cheaper and we stay in Maalaea. This large raft leaves from Kihei at the boat ramp and is a far more exciting trip. We got to see whales up close thanks to being so close to the water. A whale swam right past our boat!!!! I could’ve probably touched the whale had I been a little taller (longer.) I have AMAZING PHOTOS! How do I share those on here?

    • Maui Hawaii

      You can send us photos through our contact. Congrats!

  2. Justin P.

    We loved rafting with you guys last year. I wonder what this year will look like in Maui waters during whale season? Less boats, but will that change whale behavior in any way? You think you’ll see more whales coming closer to shore, or do they like the boats. Whatever happens, I’ll bet the locals are gonna be stoked to have a whale season all to themselves!

    • Maui Hawaii

      That’s a really good question, Justin. I don’t know if their behavior will change, but it’s possible they’ll venture closer to shore if there are less people in the water. Don’t know really. So far, the island is open with about 1/2 as many arrivals as their were this time last year per day. It’s not too busy. Would be good to have this amount of people all the time. As far as whale watch tours, the more boats that are out, the more sightings and communication between captains to find pods. I don’t think additional boats in the water deters whale activity.

  3. Jeremy Stills

    I’ve been on 4 boats from 3 trips to Hawaii. This was my favorite. I love how fast we went and how low to the water we were. It’s nice not being crowded either. It was good to get to know the captain and mate and ask them questions about the marine environment in and around Molokini Island. Thanks again!

  4. J. Stein

    God bless these huge, impressive mammals. I want to ride one.

  5. Monty

    Thank you, Sean, for taking us on the best whale watch of our lives! My daughter won’t stop talking about it. My photos didn’t really come out but I got 1 video clip I’ll cherish forever!

  6. Denise

    OK, I’m ready to move to Maui! Our trip along the Makena coast has saturated my soul. I’m in 100%. I’ll see you soon.

    • Maui Hawaii

      Great to hear Maui had such an effect! Live with Aloha!

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