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Maui Whale Watching Tours

Maui Whale Watching Tours

Hawaii’s whale watching season runs from December through May. One of the most popular and fun things to do during this time is to go on a whale watching cruise. The island of Maui is the best Hawaiian island to watch these majestic mammals. It is in the shallow and protected Auau Channel where most of the Pacific humpback whales like to hang out.

During whale season literally thousands of Pacific humpback whales migrate from the cold Alaskan waters to Hawaii’s warm waters to mate, breed and raise their young. There are so many whales in the waters off Maui during whale watch season that the whale watching tour operators guarantee whale sightings. A Maui whale watch tour is not only fun, but educational as well. The whale watching tours are led by marine naturalists who will share interesting facts about whales. Many whale watch vessels are also equipped with whale cams and hydrophones for listening to the whales as they communicate. The humpback song is sung by the males. It is made up of repeated themes and can last for up to 30 minutes.

Pacific humpback whales travel approximately 3,000 miles from their summer home in Alaska. While in Hawaii they rely on their stored energy and do not eat. They spend most of their time mating and giving birth. When born, calves weigh an average of 3,000 pounds and range from 10-16 feet in length. Adult whales weigh between 25 to 40 tons. Don't miss your opportunity to experience a Maui whale watch. Get your tickets on Hawaii Discount and save money!

Popular Maui Whale Watching Tours


Aloha Blue Charters - Afternoon Whale Watch
From: $40.00
You save: $4.80
Duration: 2 hours


Hop on board the Hokua for an exciting Maui whale watch cruise. You will be able to view the whales on both port and starboard sides comfortably from your seat.

Pacific Whale Foundation - Ultimate Whale Watch
From: $71.60
You save: $21.30
Duration: 3 hours


Spend time with a whale researcher on this personally-guided, small group tour of Pacific Whale Foundation's research center. Learn about whales and their behaviors, and enjoy a workshop on how to photograph whales in the wild.

Pacific Whale Foundation - Whale Watch Lahaina Raft
From: $43.37
You save: $8.80
Duration: 2 hours


Come aboard the high-tech raft Ocean Freedom for a fun Maui whale watching tour that combines the thrill of whale watching and ocean rafting.

Maui Adventure Cruises - Whale Watch Adventure
From: $41.00
You save: $7.22
Duration: 2 hours


This is an exciting Maui whale watch tour aboard an Explorer super raft, the largest raft in Hawaii! It is equipped with a hydrophone to listen to the whales communicating with each other.

Lahaina Cruise Company - Whale Watch Excursion
From: $37.00
You save: $5.40
Duration: 2 hours


Join the crew of Lahaina Cruise Company for a whale watching cruise in the waters off Maui. The tour includes expert narration, an underwater whale-cam and hydrophone.

Pacific Whale Foundation - Ocean Liberty Whale Watch
From: $28.25
You save: $12.08
Duration: 2 hours


The Ocean Liberty is a 65-foot eco adventure vessel featuring a wrap-around railing on the entire bow for excellent whale watching opportunities.

Pacific Whale Foundation - Sunrise Whale Watch
From: $23.07
You save: $8.74
Duration: 2 hours


The golden hours of dawn at sea offer some amazing Maui whale watching! Enjoy a sunrise whale watch tour and capture the first whale sighting of the day as the sun rises over Mt. Haleakala.

Pacific Whale Foundation - Whale Watch Tour
From: $29.62
You save: $12.91
Duration: 2 hours


Enjoy this narrated Maui whale watch led by certified marine naturalists. Learn more about these majestic mammals and watch them frolic in the Hawaiian waters.

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