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Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel

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Lahaina, HI, USA
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About Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel
Maui's BEST small group ocean rafting tours since 1982, Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel invites you to share encounters with whales, dolphins and turtles and snorkel the island of Lanai! Our rafting vessels host less than 26 guests per trip, creating a fun and uncrowded experience! The low to water style vessel offers eye-level encounters and a fun boating experience! We're stoked to have been featured on National Geographic, the Travel Channel, HGTV, Hawaii Magazine and ABC’s Good Morning America and thanks to our ohana’s feedback we have been recognized for Tripadvisor Hall of Fame for the past 4 years! Every ticket supports our volunteer efforts as NOAA first responders to entangled whales as well as our research partners at U.H. Cascadia, SCRIPPS, HAMER, Whale Trust, Keiki Kohola, NOAA, CETOS, NASA and more. We can't wait to share Maui's ocean with you!
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Tours and Tickets by Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel

Ultimate 2-Hour Small Group Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina Harbor

Maui is one of the best spots in the Pacific to spot whales in the wild. With this small group tour from Lahaina, you'll head out to sea, where you'll likely not only spot whales, but also dolphins. There's also a hydrophone on board if you want to listen to whale songs. And if for some reason you don't see any whales on the day of your adventure, you'll be invited to take another trip at no extra charge.
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2 hours
from $57.87

VIP 12 Passenger Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina Harbor

The VIP tour is our most exclusive whale watch with only 12 passengers and tropical refreshments!

Come see Humpback Whales that have traveled over 3000 miles from Alaska to give birth and mate in a the protected Maui Nui sanctuary off Lahaina where the waters are known for being warm and calm.

Our small groups of guests make every seat a front row seat as you enjoy whale watching and educational talks from our marine naturalist onboard.

Our inflatable rafting vessels are modeled after Coast Guard rescue rafts and are safe, travel quickly to find whales and a fun ride for the whole family.

On our whale watch we could travel anywhere from 2 to 10 miles from Lahaina harbor, often encountering dolphins in addition to humpback whales.

We are locally owned and operated since 1982 and every ticket supports our participation in marine research projects and our role as certified first responders to whale entanglements.
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2 hours
from $85.73

Lanai Snorkel Dolphin Express Tour (4 hours) from Lahaina Harbor

Skip the overcrowded boat tours and enjoy a more intimate experience of Hawaii. Travel to the island of Lanai in the company of no more than 22 passengers. Make snorkeling stops off the island to see tropical fish, turtles, octopus, manta rays, and dolphins. This tour includes breakfast and snacks and your ticket supports active marine research and the work of Maui’s whale entanglement response team.
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4 hours
from $106.10

3-Hour Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina Harbor

Get a front-row spot on a whale watching tour by booking this small-group excursion off the coast of Lahaina. While larger whale watching boats are crowded and can make it difficult to get photos of whales, this inflatable raft-style boat gets all passengers close to the water’s surface for a prime vantage point. This makes the trip ideal for photographers and families with kids.
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3 hours
from $84.66

1.5 Hour Early Bird Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina Harbor

Our early bird discount whale watch is 1.5 hours of small group whale watching!

Come see Humpback Whales that have traveled over 3000 miles from Alaska to give birth and mate in a the protected Maui Nui sanctuary off Lahaina where the waters are known for being warm and calm.

Our small groups of guests make every seat a front row seat as you enjoy whale watching and educational talks from our marine naturalist onboard.

Our inflatable rafting vessels are modeled after Coast Guard rescue rafts and are safe, travel quickly to find whales and a fun ride for the whole family.

On our whale watch we could travel anywhere from 2 to 10 miles from Lahaina harbor, often encountering dolphins in addition to humpback whales. All trips from December – April are guaranteed to see whales or you go again for FREE!

We are locally owned and operated since 1982 and every ticket supports our participation in marine research projects and our role as certified first responders to whale entanglements.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $37.51
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Wow! What a day! One we will never forget... we saw SO many whales. A group of 20+, a mom & a baby, and some that got super close to the boat and even swam underneath of us. The crew was very knowledgeable and caring of the whales. Great tour, 10/10 would recommend!
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Response from _Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel
Responded 1 week ago
10/10! Mahalo! You picked a great time of year to whale watch, there are so many in Maui in February and great whale encounters! Stoked our crew was fun and respectful!
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We went to Maui in Hawaii in February 2020, and stayed with friends, they took us out everday, and people told us at home, there is nothing to see in Maui, well we proved them wrong. We found the whale watch tour magnificent, we saw at least a dozen whales showing off for us.
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Response from _Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel
Responded 1 week ago
Nothing to see in Maui? lol Shoots love that you were adventures and found out for yourself that Maui whale watching is the best! (snorkeling, dolphin watching and beach time aren't bad either!) lol So glad you had a a great time! Mahalo!
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My family and I took a VIP trip in February and had a wonderful time!! The smaller VIP group size is PERFECT! Our guides, Gabe and Clint, were both very friendly and knowledgeable. As soon as we got out of the harbor, a whale breached right next to the boat! As the trip
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Response from _Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel
Responded 1 week ago
VIP small group whale watch is awesome, and Gabe and Clint are great guides! February is prime time to whale watch, sounds like you had some pretty epic whale encounters! Mahalo for whale watching with us!
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This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! We saw more whales than I can remember to count. While we could see whales from the shore (which was amazing!) it was so worth it to take a tour to see the whales up close. Toward the beginning of the tour, we came
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Response from _Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel
Responded 1 week ago
You guys picked the right time of year to come see the most whale encounters, and we're stoked our whale friends showed off for you! The VIP trips are awesome and Emma and Tiff are so much fun, glad you went out with us! Mahalo for hope to see you next seasons!
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Incredible!! We went the last week in February and saw so many amazing whales! The boats let you get super close (without breaking any rules, only if the whales approach you). Seriously one of the most amazing experiences we have ever had!
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Response from _Team_Ultimate_, Manager at Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel
Responded 1 week ago
So glad you had an awesome whale watch with us, and yes we care so much about protecting our humpback friends, mahalo for caring too!
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