Whale watching Maui tours are made great by knowing important whale migration facts. Facts like migration dates, behaviors, and most importantly the best place to see whales in Maui.
Where’s the Best Place to See Whales in Maui?
The best place to see whales in Maui is the Maui Nui Basin. It’s estimated that more than half of the humpback whale population migrates to the Maui Nui Basin for breeding every winter. The Maui Nui Basin refers to the waters between Maui, Lanai, and Kaho’olawe and is a protected sanctuary for the whales. These waters are directly in front of Lahaina and Kaanapali, Maui, which means whale watching from Lahaina Harbor is the best place to whale watch.
Pack binoculars because you can often see whales breaching from shore along the south and west coast of Maui, but for closer encounters, booking a whale watching tour on boats is the way to go (You can book a tour with us here). There are a variety of boating options- large sailor catamaran-style vessels with larger groups of guests or small group charters which is what we offer at Ultimate Whale Watch.
Our small group tours mean every seat is a front-row seat on our best whale watching Maui vessels and our boats are quick, getting to the whales faster so we can spend more time observing these amazing marine mammals.
How Do You Get to The Best best place for whale watching?
Departing from Lahaina Harbor, Maui, Ultimate Whale Watch takes guests right into the waters of the Maui Nui Basin, observing humpback whales exhibiting a variety of behavior reflecting courting, breeding, teaching, learning, and playing. Lahaina, Maui is also on the leeward side of the West Maui mountains which often provides shelter from wind and rain, creating an ideal weather environment for boating and whale watching in Maui.
If you are staying in Kihei, Maui, or Wailea, Maui, make a day of it and drive to Lahaina, Maui for a whale watching tour, have lunch and explore and shop in Historic Lahaina town. Maui whale watching tours start at sunrise and end at sunset so you can plan your tour around your schedule.
Don’t Miss an Encounter!
Where to see whales in Maui?
If you don’t know where to see whales Maui. Among Maui’s best places to see whales is the Maui Nui Basin. Every winter, over half of the world’s humpback whale population migrates to the Maui Nui Basin to breed. This protected area for whales is located between Maui, Lanai, and Kaho’olawe.
What are the best binoculars for whale watching?
For whale watching, we recommend 7×35 or 8×32 binoculars. Their magnification is ideal, but their compact design makes them more convenient to handle.