Maalaea Harbor Whale Watch

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Head to Maalaea Harbor for an unforgettable Maui whale watch. This two-hour tour heads into the whale-abundant waters off south and west Maui, where scores of humpback whales are sighted each winter. A marine naturalist is present on each tour to offer shocking insight into whale behavior and give you a better understanding of these massive marine mammals. And with five departures daily, you can enjoy this epic Maui whale watch on your own schedule.



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Step aboard this gleaming, 65-foot catamaran for a whale watch to remember. Grab a seat above deck and keep your eyes peeled for whale spouts and breaches, or relax in the shady main cabin and enjoy the view through the large tinted windows. This whale watch operates at 67% of its carrying capacity, meaning you can enjoy a little extra legroom – and fewer people jockeying for the same view – while onboard.



Two-hour tours depart out of Maalaea Harbor five times daily, from sunrise to late afternoon. You’ll spot unique whale behavior on each tour. And if you don’t, you’ll be invited aboard again free of charge. A marine naturalist is present on each excursion to narrate the ins and outs of what you see – from tail slaps to spyhopping. This tour also features a hydrophone (an underwater microphone), so you can listen to the reverberating songs of the whales beneath the surface.



Onboard purchases are cashless, so pack your credit or debit card if you plan on purchasing snacks or drinks. And speaking of drinks, this vessel boasts a well-stocked bar for those who wish to imbibe. Binoculars and cameras are also available for rent. It’s recommended that guests wear flat or low-soled shoes and bring along a light jacket, as it can get chilly on the water.


Are you closer to Lahaina, or do you want to go out on a more private tour? Check out small group rafting tours out of Kihei.



Nearby Areas:
Maalaea • Kihei • Wailuku


Epic Maalaea Whale Watching Photo

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This photo was shot by Natalie Brown on this exact whale watch cruise out of Maʻalaea harbor.  With the right camera, a steady hand, and a little luck, you can get this kind of photo too!


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5 reviews for Maalaea Harbor Whale Watch

  1. Thomas B.

    I had the best whale watch out of Maalaea with you guys! Thank you!!! Plenty of room on the boat, and I loved the upper deck viewing. You can see right down on the whales. We got “mugged” for 25 minutes, which I guess is pretty extraordinary. What a TRIP! I never though whale watching would be so exciting. We’ll do it again if we come back to Maui.

  2. Amy Woodruf

    My first of many whale watches to come. WOW. That was just beyond anything I could imagine. I really didn’t expect much from seeing whales in the water. A whale breached not far from our catamaran. It was so big! It’s hard to imagine their size until you see them up close. I won’t forget this ever

  3. Peggy Fields

    I want to do this everyday for the rest of my life! What an experience we had this last winter. We had to postpone our trip, but We’ll be back in 2021.

  4. W.W.Wilks

    WE GOT MUGGED RIGHT OUTSIDE OF THE HARBOR! It was life-changing! 2 whales, we think a mom and baby, were curious and swimming around our boat. It was the best! Mahalo for taking us out again!

  5. Joe Hoover

    I’ve lived on Maui for over 10 years, and my wife and I always go out on this tour. The views from the top deck are great. We also like being able to get shade below. The captains know where to go in order to see whales, and we always have a good time!

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