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Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor provided by PacWhale Eco-Adventures

Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor

Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor
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About
See one of the ocean’s most majestic creatures up-close by taking a whale-watching excursion that offers a whale-sighting guarantee—if you don’t spot whales you can go again for free. Plus, throughout the tour, learn from a guide about the whales’ lives, ecosystems, and threats. Along the way, you can also enjoy the perks of a boat ride including panoramic views and additional marine life sightings.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
Embark on a whale-watching tour from the historic whaling village of Lahaina
A guide enhances the trip by sharing details and stories along the way
Get an opportunity to capture up-close photographs of whales
Enjoy a catamaran cruise through Maui’s picturesque waters
What to expect
You'll depart Lahaina Harbor and go out in search of humpback whales who migrate every year from Alaska to Maui to mate and breed. Seeing the amazing ocean giants is an experience you'll never forget. Pec and tail slaps to full breaches, whales coming up to the boat....it can be an amazing show which never fails to bring a smile to one's face. Throughout the tour, our certified Marine Naturalists will provide educational talks and interpretation of the whale behaviors you are witnessing. There is even a free Jr. Naturalist Program for kids so that they can learn and enjoy their experience as well. Moreover, whale sightings are guaranteed or you will get a gift certificate to go again for free. These cruises are offered on smooth riding, double-deck, eco-friendly catamarans built for comfort, stability and viewing. The upper deck provides excellent panoramic views and a higher viewing angle, but there is also ample space to move around and shaded cabins below deck. Sodas, juices, alcohol and snacks are also available for purchase inside the bottom deck cabin, as well as two restrooms.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Embark on a whale-watching tour from the historic whaling village of Lahaina
A guide enhances the trip by sharing details and stories along the way
Get an opportunity to capture up-close photographs of whales
Enjoy a catamaran cruise through Maui’s picturesque waters
What to expect
You'll depart Lahaina Harbor and go out in search of humpback whales who migrate every year from Alaska to Maui to mate and breed. Seeing the amazing ocean giants is an experience you'll never forget. Pec and tail slaps to full breaches, whales coming up to the boat....it can be an amazing show which never fails to bring a smile to one's face. Throughout the tour, our certified Marine Naturalists will provide educational talks and interpretation of the whale behaviors you are witnessing. There is even a free Jr. Naturalist Program for kids so that they can learn and enjoy their experience as well. Moreover, whale sightings are guaranteed or you will get a gift certificate to go again for free. These cruises are offered on smooth riding, double-deck, eco-friendly catamarans built for comfort, stability and viewing. The upper deck provides excellent panoramic views and a higher viewing angle, but there is also ample space to move around and shaded cabins below deck. Sodas, juices, alcohol and snacks are also available for purchase inside the bottom deck cabin, as well as two restrooms.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 15807P10
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Fuel surcharge
Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Gratuities
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
612 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA Across the street from Banyan Tree Park Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure tour time
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Children 4 and under are always free
For each paying adult, 1 child ages 5-12 goes free. They must be on the order/voucher as they account for a seat. Additional child admissions will be charged upon arrival
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
Please check in 45 minute prior to your departure
Collapsible wheelchairs may be accommodated if the passenger can walk onto or be assisted onto the vessel
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Fuel surcharge
Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Gratuities
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
612 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA Across the street from Banyan Tree Park Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure tour time
Duration
2h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Children 4 and under are always free
For each paying adult, 1 child ages 5-12 goes free. They must be on the order/voucher as they account for a seat. Additional child admissions will be charged upon arrival
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
Please check in 45 minute prior to your departure
Collapsible wheelchairs may be accommodated if the passenger can walk onto or be assisted onto the vessel
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Popular mentions

4.5
242 reviews
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Meagan S
Rock Hill, SC1 contribution
Didn’t see no animals
Jun 2021 • Family
The crew was very nice and the food was excellent.
But we did not see one whale or dolphin. We didn’t see any animals. They said we could go back out again another day but we was only in Maui for a week and had other things planned. Bummed we didn’t see anything so kind of a waste of money.
Written June 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for coming out with us on our Dolphin Watch tour. I’m so sorry to hear that no dolphins were spotted during your experience. Although we have an excellent record on finding dolphins, it is wild life and can be challenging. That’s expressly why we offer the opportunity to go out again for free on this tour within a year. So even though you couldn’t go out again on this trip, we’ll hope you have the opportunity to join us next year for free and hopefully have a more fruitful experience.
Written July 26, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

latoyaslindsey
Hamden, CT10 contributions
We saw many many whales!
Apr 2021 • Family
We moved along different points where whales were spotted. So we got to see many whales 🐳 They made sure service was excellent. Safe and worth the trip.
Written April 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John G
We're so happy to hear that you were able to see so many humpback whales this late in the season and truly appreciate that you chose to come out with us and support our mission. Mahalo!
Written April 28, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bill H
5 contributions
Excellent time on the water
Apr 2021 • Family
We visited in late April, so small chances of finding a whale. Kudos to the captain and team for working hard to find a few for us. Great time and excellent crew. I would recommend!
Written April 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John G
Thank you so much for coming out with us for a late season whale watch. We're so happy to hear that they were able ti find some whales for your viewing and that you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for your support.
Written April 26, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Danielle G
Phoenix, AZ11 contributions
Better to find a boat designed for whale watching
Apr 2021
$90 (plus tax) got me and my husband a seat on a bench in the back of the boat between the grill and the cleaning supplies!! I complained and was offered a seat in the middle of the boat with backs but no view. We went back to the bench in the back of the boat - thinking we could at least we could look over the grills. In the end, someone reseated us in the front of the boat and it was fine. Just a really annoying way to start a whale watching adventure in Maui. I would not do this tour again (though they do an AWESOME dinner cruise!). The boat is designed for the dinner cruise, not whale watching (we did the dinner cruise and LOVED it). Someone was able to reseat us, but I noted that many, many other couples/groups had awful seats for trying to view the whales from their seats.

As for the tour, friendly staff and knowledgeable guide. We were at the end of the whale watching season, but were lucky to find another whale watching tour in a yellow boat that tracked the whales - we basically followed the yellow boat. The yellow boat had seating with views for everyone on the boat and to do over, I wish we had taken a boat designed for whale watching, not a dinner cruise.
Written April 24, 2021
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John G
Thank you for your feedback about your disappointing experience whale watching after an enjoyable sunset dinner cruise with us. While we've tried to maintain enjoyable eco-tour experience with covid restrictions that require assigned seating, maintain social distancing and mask wearing to ensure the health and safety of our guests and crew, it has been challenging. We always want everyone to feel to that they received fair value for their experience. Feel free to reach out to me directly at johngaskins@pacwhale.com so we can discuss a resolution for your poor experience. Mahalo!
Written April 26, 2021
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Lori D
1 contribution
Amazing experience!
Apr 2021 • Couples
I chose Pacific Whale Foundation for our whale watching cruise because I support the work they do. We were a little concerned that because we were near the end of the whale watch season that we might not see any humpbacks, so we booked it for early in our trip in case we needed to use their guarantee - but within a very short time after leaving the harbor it was clear that would be unnecessary. We found a pod of whales that included 2 babies, moms, escorts, and other males. We saw 4 breaches as well as countless episodes of fin slapping, diving, and other behaviors. The folks on board from the foundation where very knowledgeable, letting us know what we were seeing and giving us additional information about humpbacks. This was definitely a highlight of our vacation, and I would highly recommend Pacific Whale Foundation’s whale watching tour!
Written April 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kim A
Riverside, CA2 contributions
Great trip!
Crew was very friendly, we saw whales and had a great ride!
I booked through TripAdvisor and they sent my verification to me to leave from Lahaina but when we got there we were booked to leave out of the other harbor 25 min away. Luckily they were able to reschedule us the next day but TripAdvisor screwed it up they said... not sure where the mistake happened.
Written April 17, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Abbey K
1 contribution
A whale if a good time!
Apr 2021
What a wonderful day. Beautiful weather, very nice informative staff and...whales, whales, whales!!
Our granddaughter loved it. Especially the underwater microphone with the singing whale.
Written April 17, 2021
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John G
We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your whale watch tour with us and truly appreciate that you chose to come out with us. It's truly a special time of year on Maui when the humpback whales are here and we thank you for sharing the experience with us.
Written April 20, 2021
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Cory P
Payson, UT3 contributions
Awesome trip!
Apr 2021 • Family
My family and I just got back from a whale watching adventure this week. Although it was the end of the whale season we were in whales the entire time. The staff was great and made sure we were all safe and had food information about the whales and the ecosystem that we were witnessing . I would highly recommend this tour!
Written April 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gototravelgal
Zionsville, IN53 contributions
Lots of fun whale and dolphin watching!
Apr 2021
We had a great experience whale-watching with PacWhale Eco-Adventures. As soon as we left the harbor, we saw a whale and the guide did a great job searching out other whales and providing interesting and entertaining information. We saw a mother and baby with a male accompanying them and got plenty of whale tail sightings. But the real show was the pod of spinner dolphins (about 100) our guide found, who were spinning and jumping and cruising by the boat, which you could see so clearly through the crystal clear water. There was plenty of space to social distance and our seat on the front of the boat was excellent. Highly recommend this adventure!
Written April 7, 2021
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John G
Thank you so much for choosing to come out with us to see the amazing humpback whales. We're so glad that you were not only treated to plenty of whale sightings, but also to a large pod of spinner dolphins. We thank you for sharing your experience with us.
Written April 8, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ames
Owings, MD5 contributions
Whale Watching
Mar 2021
By far my favorite part of our recent trip to Maui!! The staff was amazing, professional, educated, kind and funny. I would highly recommend this tour at any time of the day!.
Written April 1, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John G
We thank you so much for choosing to come out with us to see the amazing humpback whales that visit our waters every season. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the experience and thought is your favorite part of your stay. We will hope to have you out with us again.
Written April 2, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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