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Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor provided by PacWhale Eco-Adventures

Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor
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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
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
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
About
Experience the magic of humpback whales on a whale watching tour from Ma'alaea Harbor. In addition to sightings of the spectacular mammal, enjoy live commentary from a certified naturalists to learn about humpbacks and their behavior. Listen to whale songs, along with interactions between aggressive males, mothers, and their calves. In the unlikely event that you don’t see any whales, your next cruise is completely free.
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
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
Have the opportunity to photograph whales at close range
Learn about local sea life from a naturalist
Observe whales in their natural environment
Get a sighting guarantee or the next tour is free
What to expect
You'll depart from Ma'alaea 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. Pectoral fin 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. Hotel pick-up and drop off services are not available.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 15807P13
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • Fuel surcharge • Local taxes
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Drinks • Gratuities • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Duration
2h
Departure details
192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure tour time at PWF retail store in Ma'alaea Harbor shops, shared parking with Maui Ocean Center Aquarium
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • Fuel surcharge • Local taxes
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) • Drinks • Gratuities • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Departure details
192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure tour time at PWF retail store in Ma'alaea Harbor shops, shared parking with Maui Ocean Center Aquarium
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
Minimum drinking age is 21 years old.
For each paying adult, 1 child ages 12 and under 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
Service animals allowed
Most travelers can participate
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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
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Inspiration329690
Makawao, HI2 contributions
Great experience
May 2021 • Friends
Very professional staff, appetizers very good and enjoyed the mai Tais and blue Hawaii drinks. Definitely recommend.
Written May 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
John G
We so appreciate that you chose to come out with us to see the amazing humpback whales. We appreciate your wonderful feedback and are so happy you enjoyed the experience. We'll hoep to have you out wit us again.
Written May 5, 2021
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Mon T
9 contributions
Fun learning trip!
Apr 2021
Great staff who were knowledgeable about whales and the environment! Excellent practice of distancing during this COVID time.
Written April 9, 2021
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John G
We truly appreciate that you chose to come out with us whale watching and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience. You stay safe and healthy and come back and see us again.
Written April 12, 2021
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Picky Consumer
Fort Worth, TX59 contributions
Limited capacity on all boats, so reserve in advance
Mar 2021
I have been to Maui multiple times, and the highlight of my visits are usually the boat trips. Due to covid reduced capacity, the boats are filling up quickly, especially the smaller ones, which I prefer, so make reservations early. The only availability during our stay was on this boat. Known for being educational, this company does not disappoint on that score, as the boat went right to where the whales were, and the accompanying info, along with getting to hear the whales, was informative. Very cautious with sanitation, as no buffet so the food is doled out to you at your seat, drink orders are taken and delivered to your seat, all servers wear gloves, and boat is at half capacity, so everyone spread out. It would have been better if everyone was given a bento type box with each food offering, rather than having servers bring each item individually. Just a thought!

As far as the food, though, it was a disappointment. I could see the staff throwing away full plates of food when cleaning up because the quality was so poor that the food went uneaten. Cold, half cooked spring rolls and something that was labeled chicken, but was an unrecognizable mystery meat. The pulled pork sliders were good as was the fresh fruit. When I requested more fruit from the server, I was ignored, so in case you were wondering why you did not receive a $ tip, my tip to you is don't be chintzy and ignore requests. Have $20 cash ready at the end of the trip if you want to purchase a photo of your party boarding the boat. Pacific Whale is a nice foundation, but the least favorite boat trip of all the trips I have taken over the years.
Written April 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
John G
Thank you for coming out with us to see the amazing humpback whales. We appreciate your taking the time to provide your feedback about the experience. It's certainly been very challenging to operate at 50% capacity per Covid regulations to ensure proper social distancing and doing everything in our power to ensure the healthy and safe of both customers and staff during this time. We apologize if these regulations impacted your enjoyment of the experience, and that you were disappointed in the food quality during the whale watch. I welcome you to reach out to me directly at johngaskins@pacwhale.com if you feel that you didn't receive fair value for the experience.
Written April 9, 2021
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Nina Z
1 contribution
Why not go?!
Mar 2021
Favorite parts:
* They offered everyone a (compostable) cup of cold water right away.
* They had light snacks, sodas, and even beer for purchase.
* They dropped a mic into the ocean and we could hear the whales sing. MAGICAL!
* The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and even sprinkled in some humor.
* They insisted that people keep their masks on and keep their distance. Nice job, herding cats!
* the family photo as we were boarding. Purchase as we left for $20.
* We saw a lot of whales!

Wished was different:
* I was seated in the very front row on the outdoor deck. Prime seats! Until everyone and their mother got up and stood in front of us along the railing. Couldn't see anything but the sky.
* It was hard to hear the guide when the motors were running.
Written March 29, 2021
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John G
Thank you so much for coming out with us whale watching and providing your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed the whales and our naturalists' knowledge and passion for these amazing giants of the sea.
Written March 30, 2021
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Jim B
3 contributions
A Whale of a good time
Mar 2021
OMG this was so much fun. The crew were so knowledgeable and we learned so much about the whales. We were able to see a number of them and the captain made sure he positioned the boat so everyone got to see the whales. The service was exceptional and we were very impressed with the health and safety measures the crew took on the trip. This is SO worth it! thank you.
Written March 18, 2021
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John G
Thank you so much for choosing to come out with us to witness the amazing humpback whales. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the experience, learned a lot about these giants of the sea and appreciated the service. We appreciate the wonderful feedback and hope to have you out with us again on your next visit to Maui.
Written March 19, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Corinne D
Saratoga, CA89 contributions
Great day watching the whales
Our second time taking this tour, pre COVID-19 and during Covid-19 . It is the whale season so we saw a lot of them breaching and swimming . The boat cannot be too close but it was close enough. Masks mandatory of course. Pre reservations needed. Small amount of people on the boat (no more than 50). Strict rules of distancing highly respected. Great team on the boat, very informative . We got to listen to the whales singing around us with a special equipment the specialist put in water, awesome !
All in all it was again a great experience! If you register to be a member you will get a discount AND Priority boarding therefore choosing the best seat in the boat ( upper front desk).
Written March 17, 2021
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John G
Mahalo for coming out again to see the amazing humpback whales that visit our waters every season to mate and give birth. We so appreciate your support and feedback and we'll hope to see you out with us again.
Written March 18, 2021
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Tia B
4 contributions
One of a kind.
Mar 2021 • Family
It was amazing. Boat crew said it was the best experience they've seen. Absolute wonderment! Non stop action for 60+ minutes. No Joke!!! Momma whale and baby calf being pursued by two males who were showing off to get mo.'s attention. I can't explain it. It was amazing. Attached pictures were taken on my personal cell and personal Nikon camera.
Written March 13, 2021
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John G
I am so happy to hear that you had non-stop action during your whale watch. It truly is a special time of year on Maui and witnessing the wonder of these amazing giants of the sea is indeed a one-of-a-kind experience. Every trip is different. Thank you for choosing to come out with us. We'll hope to have you out with us again in the near future.
Written March 15, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Scott G
1 contribution
Maalaea whale watch
Mar 2021 • Couples
Joshua and T are great naturalists. Funny and informative. Saw plenty whales! If your visiting from the mainland this is a must. Awesome time. Best money you'll spend on your vacation. My wife and I are members and go 10 to 15 times a year. Never gets old, every trip is different.
Written March 7, 2021
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John G
We so appreciate the wonderful feedback about your whale watching experience with us and thank you for your continued support of our organization and mission to protect our oceans. We'll look forward to see you out with us on your next visit to Maui in 2022. In the meantime, you stay safe and healthy.
Written March 8, 2021
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Kyle H
1 contribution
Incredible, informative, and enjoyable!
Feb 2021 • Couples
Incredible experience!
First I’ll mention COVID precautions. The crew was extremely conscientious about COVID regulations. We were spread out, and sanitizing was explained and performed during our cruise. The total number of visitors were reduced by more than half. Masks were worn by everyone on board. Felt comfortable with all precautions in place.
Now the good stuff! The crew members were knowledgeable, informative and interesting. Captain Dan knew where to go and what behavior to watch for. Aila, our naturalist, was an expert of whale behaviors and explained everything we were seeing. She asked and answered all questions. We saw a great number of whales ranging from singles, to mom and calf, to competition pods. Even enjoyed a Bottlenose Dolphin.
Thank you! We’ll be back!
Written February 26, 2021
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John G
Thank you so much for coming out with us to see the amazing humpback whales and we're so happy to hear your truly enjoyed the experience. We appreciate your support and kind feedback. We'll look forward to your next visit.
Written February 28, 2021
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Stacy J
Menominee, MI112 contributions
Nice
Feb 2021 • Family
We paid $198 for 3 adults and one teen. The crew were great, boat comfy & clean. We didn't get to see any adult whale breeches but did see 10 mom/calf pairs playing with two calf breeches. We went in the morning. It us a walk thru shopping center, down some steps and around harbor to other side to get on boat, seats are assigned during boarding & decorating due to covid. Masks required at all times, rails ect repeatedly cleaned during trip, water free, other drinks and candy for sale.
Written February 15, 2021
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John G
Thank you for coming out with us to see the amazing humpback whales that grace our waters every season to mate and give birth. We're so glad you were to see so many mom and calf pairs through the experience, as it's truly so special to witness the moms teaching their calves. We're so glad you were able to share this experience with us and will hope to have you back out with us again on your next visit to Maui.
Written February 16, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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