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Address: 675 Wharf St., Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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+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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Great experience

Captain Ben and Sergio were great and very informative. Saw lots of whales. Highly recommend this up close experience to everyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Captain Ben and Sergio were great and very informative. Saw lots of whales. Highly recommend this up close experience to everyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have done several trips with this company and every time has been great. By far the best whale watching trips we have been on and we have done about 20! All our trips have been great but on Thursday we had the experience of a lifetime. We had a whale "mugging", 2 whales circled our boat and we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fourth whale watch in five years; two with Ultimate Whale Watch firm. Outstanding service and experience from booking through docking. Captain Ryan was actively engaged and informative...and as passionate towards his job as could be expected. Go here, you won't be disappointed.

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

Mahalo for coming out with us so many times! We are pleased you had a great experience! Hope to have you out with us for a 3rd trip sometime! More 

Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice, comfortable boat, small group to watch the humpbacks. Would definitely recommend. Sergio answers any and all your questions.

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Thank Justducky235
_Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel, responded to this review

Stoked you find our vessels a good fit for the whale watch! Mahalo for coming out with us! More 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I went on a sunset cruise with Ryan and Hannah. Fun small group whale watch -- we loved the fact that there were only 15 of us and we were on a small boat so everyone on board had a great view. And we were close to the water so when a whale approached our boat, we... More 

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

Both whales and dolphins, sounds like a great trip! Mahalo for joining us! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Ultimate Whalewatch offers good and valuable trips in rip boats for small groups. Thet have several tours during the day but I would recommend the early morning trips going out with the sunrise. Trips last for 2 hrs and start at Lahaina pier. We saw a lot of humperback whales and captain and guide did a great job. Only missed... More 

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

Mahalo for your feedback and thank you for joining us! We typically offer the hydrophone on every trip, it would be great to correct this, if you have the opportunity to email us and let us know what boat/trip you were on so we could fix this it would be very helpful- info@ultimatewhalewatch.com, Mahalo! More 

ST LOUIS, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went out with Amy and Ben and had breathtaking encounters with the humpbacks. Beautiful mammals and Amy and Ben kept us well informed about the goings on. We will go with this company again. We have gone on many whale watches before, but in these calm waters the zodiac raft is the way to go. 🐳🐳🐳🌴🌈🏄🏾🐋

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

Mahalo for loving on our zodiacs! It's fun to get so close to the water and humpbacks! Thanks for coming out with us! More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

After Whale Watching in Vancouver, our expectation of seeing anything other than a couple of spouts and a few humps and tails. We were pleased to see alot of whales almost the entire time out. We saw mom and baby, alot of flukes and fins, and a couple of breaches. Loved the small raft-like boat and the capt. was able... More 

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

Mahalo for taking the time during your vacation to come out with us! Glad you had an enjoyable time! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the 8:45 trip and it was amazing! Smaller boat makes for great seats and speed while searching for whales. We saw lots and had one swim under our boat! Along with a special surprise of seeing spotted dolphins. Captain Ryan was great

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

Stoked you got to encounter both whales and dolphins! Mahalo for coming out with us! More 

Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Saw many whales including a mama and baby whale. The captain knew where to go and made this 2 hour tour go fast. First time in the islands. This was a special highlight. Wish I had a better camera as my photos were taken with my phone. They jump so quickly it was hard to catch really good photos. I... More 

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

So stoked you joined us and enjoyed your time in Hawaii! If you want a few photos- we post them daily on our instagram and Facebook or would be happy to email them to you! Just send us an email at info@ultimatewhalewatch.com! Mahalo! More 

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