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Address: 675 Wharf St., Lahaina Harbor, Slip #17, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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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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Best whale watch in the Islands

We took our 9th and 10th whale watch with the Ultimate Whale Watch this trip. They're one of the main reasons we keep coming back to Maui. The crew is always great and the whales... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
michael k
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took our 9th and 10th whale watch with the Ultimate Whale Watch this trip. They're one of the main reasons we keep coming back to Maui. The crew is always great and the whales and scenery is not to be missed. Best part of our vacation. Prices are also reasonable.

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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did the two hour standard version, had tried to do a VIP, but all booked up. No issue with seeing or viewing with the normal tour (save yourself the money). We had Amy and Ben as our crew. Ben did the deckhand and narration/ Q&A. Amy drove. A word or two about Amy... I have spent quite a bit... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ultimate Whale Watch is the only way to go! Crews are personable, gracious and careful of the whales, the naturalists have great information delivered in terrific style, and Lisa in the booking booth is a gem! Patient and so efficient! I would never go whale watching with anyone other than Ultimate. They take only 16 passengers on the small boats,... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We joined Captains Scott and Rachel for a 3 hour photo op whale watch excursion. To say that we were totally amazed would be an understatement as we were mugged by 2 humpbacks for over an hour. The excursion left right on time, and was managed perfectly by the captains who did everything possible to make sure that each guest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our first whale watch and Becca and Amy were fantastic! We did a VIP whale watch with a maximum of 10 people in the boat and it was the best. Not even 10 minutes out of Lahaina Harbour and we had spotted a mother whale and her calf, and later on were joined by a male whale. We... More 

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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been on other whale watching experiences before and this was by far and away THE BEST! First of all, I loved the smaller boat that allowed you to be "up close and personal" with the whales. Secondly, Ryan and Hannah were outstanding - not only in their information, but also understanding whale behavior so well that they could get... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Oh my !!! Wow the highlight of our trip was this whale watch and thanks to trip adviser I chose this company as it is a small boat and you feel so close to the whales. We were fortunate enough to get a whale mugging and thanks to being on a small boat we could almost put our hands in... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We went out in a group of 18, which was a perfect amount of whale watchers. Our raft and crew were great. They even put a microphone in the water to hear the whale "songs". We saw a lot of 2-3 whales swimming together and "performing". It was amazing. Highly recommend!

Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We chose this company primarily because they have smaller boats, less people on each boat. The boats were comfortable for active people, great views for everybody. The crew was excellent, provided a safe and informative tour. Highly recommend if you want to avoid the large groups on the big boats.

Thank Sheryl T
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first trip to Maui and it was truly a magical experience. We had such a great time on this tour from beginning, middle and end. A friend from NYC suggested this tour specifically so we checked it out and decided to commit to the plan. Turned out to be a major highlight of our time in Maui.... More 

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Mahalo for coming out with us, we are so stoked you had a great time!! More 

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