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Ultimate Whale Watch

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Address: Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Phone Number: +1 808-667-5678
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Ultimate Whale Watch specializes in photographic, non-threatening...

Ultimate Whale Watch specializes in photographic, non-threatening close-encounters with Dolphins, Whales & Turtles since 1982. We have hosted film crews from National Geographic to BBC Wildlife. Operating within the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, we depart from historic Lahaina Town, Maui. From December through May, Humpback Whale encounters are guaranteed and the crystalline offshore waters frequently provide a passing subsurface eye-to-eye view. Many people are truly touched by their experience amongst these intelligent giants.

Tour sizes are for small group whale encounters, 18 or less on a 24 passenger raft style rescue boat. Great maneuverability and speed get you to some of the closest whale action possible, in the world! To ensure current and competent information, the crew is involved with whale research and highly passionate about the whales.

We invite you to come and see for yourself, one of the last remaining great migrations of the Animal Kingdom. And as always, a portion of each ticket sold supports whale research on Maui. Thank you for helping make a difference.

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Amazing!

We actually did this trip twice in the same week. Plenty of time with the whales. We saw the whales within feet of the boat and 2 whales actually swam under it. The boat was fast... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Randy E
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Gloucester, Virginia

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Gloucester, Virginia
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We actually did this trip twice in the same week. Plenty of time with the whales. We saw the whales within feet of the boat and 2 whales actually swam under it. The boat was fast and got us near whales quickly and we stayed near them for a reasonable amount of time. We saw breaching(about 6), pectoral slaps(2-3), and... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Small boat with 13 passengers; "all-girl" crew of Amy the Captain and Lindsay (Naturist); terrific....friendly casual atmosphere; great sense of humor and did everything to make sure all were comfy and happy. And LOTS of whales.......up-close and personal...very exhilarating, informative and fun! I'll be back again! Highly recommended...and for just a few dollars more than those "mega-boats" with 120 people... More 

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Thank DesertDave57
Renton, Washington, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

VIP whale watching with Rachael was sooo amazing. She was knowledgable and really fun. We had a wonderful time. The whales came really close to the boat it was so cool. And we saw a mamma and baby. Baby was doing a lot of playing. Small boat is the only way to go! We had a great time!!

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Thank Antoinette K
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93 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went out on four whale watching trips while in Maui (all out of Lahaina). One with Pacific Whale Foundation Sail (their newest boat), one with Trilogy, and two with the Ultimate Whale Watch. What a huge difference. HUGE!!! With the two large organizations the boats were big, couldn't (or didn't) manuever quickly to get in the area of the... More 

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Thank dm49
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My boyfriend and I went out on the 6 person private boat on Friday Jan 29 (I wish I knew the name of the girl who took us - she was LOVELY). I cannot emphasize enough how much better it is to spend more money for the private boat. You get closer and can move around with absolutely no one... More 

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Sequim, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Small Zodiac (14-18) . Smooth and fast to move to new locations as sightings are spotted. Lindsey is very informative , so opportunity to learn more about those beautiful whales than the tourist magazines. Truly a worthwhile memorable 2 hours ....

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San Antonio, Texas
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went with Ultimate yesterday and had the best time. Capt. Ryan was awesome. I have been many times before but this trip was oustanding.

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Thank btramont
Lee J, Owner at Ultimate Whale Watch, responded to this review

I'll be sure Capt. Ryan sees this review! Glad you had a great time watching the whales. Let us know if you're ever headed back to Hawaii! Mahalo, Lee James, Owner More 

Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been coming here for 25 years and have tried different whale watching excursions. Five or six years ago we booked a trip with Captain Ryan and it was by far the best trip ever. Since then we have booked many times with Captain Ryan and it has been consistently a great experience. This trip out, we booked with... More 

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Lee J, Owner at Ultimate Whale Watch, responded to this review

Captain Ryan is going to smile when he reads this one! Thanks for sharing your support. Can't wait to have you back again! Mahalo, Lee James, Owner More 

Lahaina, Hawaii
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were with Captain Ryan yesterday and he is absolutely outstanding. Very knowledgeable and entertaining and really cares about giving everyone a great show. My wife and I have been on many whale watches out of Lahaina and the captain makes all the difference. Had a wonderful time.

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Thank luvmaui47
Lee J, Owner at Ultimate Whale Watch, responded to this review

Captain Ryan is getting all kinds of love today. Glad you were such a big fan! I'll be sure he has a chance to read this. Hope to see you again! Mahalo, Lee James, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Captain Amy was terrific! We booked the private tour that had our family of four (two residents and two family members from Canada) and a nice women from Australia on board a small and very comfortable boat. Amy, an expert at maneuvering the boat, took us out and right away we started watching breaching, spouting and fin flapping. She said... More 

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Lee J, Owner at Ultimate Whale Watch, responded to this review

I've always been a fan of the smaller boat, Carrie! It makes the experience even more personal and memorable. We can't wait to take you back out there again. Mahalo, Lee James, Owner More 

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