We had a port day in Lahaina, Maui. So we booked this tour online at www.mauiprincess.com for about $40 per person (Feb 2013). Luckily we had good weather. It turns out they have a kiosk right on the pier where the cruise ship tenders dock so we really did not have to pre-purchase. The boat was not full. This was a 2 hour tour. The boat goes out and when someone sees a whale the captain would head that way. We saw plenty of whales from a distance of 150 ft or more (mainly more). What we saw was the backs of the whales when they break the surface, flukes when they roll over, the tails when they dive, and puffs of spray when they breathe out hard. Our tour was just so-so. This is the same boat they do their Sunset Dinner Cruise on so there were tables and chairs that are bolted down onto the deck.Their "naturalist" sat on the dining tables while she talked to us, and soon the passengers also set their human butts on these tables with their feet on the chairs. The thought of people dining off these tables during the Dinner Cruises totally gross me out. Ewww, right?
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