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Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel

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Address: 675 Wharf St, Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1296
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+1 808-667-5678
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:30 pm

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 experience of a lifetime

My wife and I were on a Lanai tour with Captain Amy and Becca. They were very helpful, informative and had a laid back positive attitude. They serve you breakfast, snacks... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I were on a Lanai tour with Captain Amy and Becca. They were very helpful, informative and had a laid back positive attitude. They serve you breakfast, snacks, drinks and lunch. We snorkeled and saw the reefs, lots of fish, and turtles. Also while driving around on the boat, we saw a WW2 ship that was run... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a great VIP late afternoon trip out to see the beautiful Humpback Whales. We found a mother and calf along with a companion who did an amazing breach/jump out of the water right in front of us and found anoth group of about seven whales that we stayed most of the time. Great small boats that get you... More 

Thank Bel01
Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group consisted of 30 people we were all exited about seeing whales. Our guides Hannah and Amy were on a mission to make that dream come true. Luckily we did see two sets of whales. It was amazing the activity that we witnessed. Our bonus was that our guides explained the whales behavior and what and why they were... More 

Thank llambright2017
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us! So glad this was fun, educational and included multiple whale encounters! See you next season! More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Let's just say it is worth every penny. When we looked into a snorkeling adventure, we were overwhelmed with the options. We debated between which islands and the size of the boat. We are so glad we chose Ultimate! The small size gives more one-on-one time and a bond that gives you lasting memories. The caption Ryan gave us a... More 

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_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for choosing us to snorkel with! We are so glad you enjoy the adventure and the food (we could eat the banana bread and lilikoi cream cheese every day too!) Hope to see you guys out with us in the future! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hubby and I booked two hour whale watching tour in advance of our trip to Maui. The boats are smaller which didn't bother us and provided for a great experience with a smaller number of people (the boats are safe so don't stress). We were lucky enough to find a female with several males in pursuit. Being late in the... More 

Thank pghgirl1077
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out whale watching with us! So glad you support the locally owned and operated businesses like us! Hope to see you next season! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this tour on the ground when we got there. It was a great tour and we were very lucky to see whales in a number of locations. Unfortunately we had to go back when we were tracking along with some whales and dolphins. Great trip.

Thank Aussietravelgirls
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for coming out with us! Longer whale watching are always better and its always tough to head for shore when marine life is hanging out with us! More 

Manhattan Beach CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went whale watching on a large inflatable yellow raft. Crew were very nice and professional. We saw several whales and it was a beautiful day. There were two main problems: the seating and lack of a bathroom. We weren't told ahead of time that good seating was limited. In fact they advertised that the boat was permitted for more than... More 

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_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Mahalo for your feedback- apologize for the restroom not being available! We do always recommend using the restroom before boarding with us for the 2 hour trip, it is located only a few steps away from our slip and boarding area. The seating on all rafting vessels is a combination of pontoon seating and bench seating, this is all regulated... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The two hour whale watching experience was definitely not a disappointment! Our captain was great and Sergio, our guide, was really well informed and did a great job answering questions. It is a small raft boat, so you don't have to worry about crowds and everyone can easily see. The trip was amazing- we saw a few different whales and... More 

Thank Kimberly Y
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Yay for competition pods, they are super entertaining and educational to watch! Mahalo for coming out with us! More 

Kirkland, Washington
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amy and M.J. did a great job of whale finding, educating, and captaining. Great experience for our family. M.J. can spot a whale from a long distance, and Amy knew right where to go. Thank you! We saw 6 or 7 whales, listened to a singing whale, and watched a baby jump out of the water.

Thank ghilarducci2017
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Stoked you had a great and educational experience! Thank you for coming out with us! More 

Limassol, Cyprus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a whale watching adventure with Gabe and Hanna and they truly did not disappoint. The experience was amazing and something I am sure will not be matched in the future. The experience and professionalism of both Gabe and Hanna made the trip that much more enjoyable. Their knowledge of the whales and the passion in which they... More 

Thank CraigVan
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

So glad you had a fun and educational trip! Mahalo for coming out with us! More 

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