MAUI WHALE WATCHING
Ultimate Whale Watch has been rated #1 best whale watch tour on Maui for any level of whale watchers. Our fast and safe rafting vessels are low to the water and perfect for close whale watching encounters and small groups making every seat a front row seat!
2HR Whale Watch Tour
1.5HR Whale Watch Tour
26 Guests or Less | Guaranteed Whale Encounters | Ticket Supports Research | Marine Naturalist Guides
3HR Whale Watch Tour
14 Guests Max | Guaranteed Whale Encounters | Ticket Supports Research | Marine Naturalist Guides
VIP Whale Watch Tour
12 Guests Max
Guaranteed Whale Encounters | Ticket Supports Research | Marine Naturalist Guides
What’s That Move?
The whales we’ll encounter have their own way of communicating with each other. The moves below are some of the most common we see. Get familiar with them and you’ll know what the whales are trying to say on your tour!
When a humpback whale lifts its giant fluke or tail out of the water and throws it back into the ocean its called a Tail Throw. This is performed many times by female humpback whales that may be attempting to attract the attention of male humpbacks interested in mating.
The female humpback whale will raise her giant pectoral fin or arm fin out of the water and repeatedly slap it back down on the surface of the water. This is also believed to draw in the adult male humpback whales that are in the area for
possible interest in mating.
The humpback whale floating vertically in the water and lifting its whole rostrum or head out of the water is a Spy Hop. This allows the whale to see out of water and view their surroundings. Watching a 45 ton 45 foot humpback whale poke its head out of the water is epic!
Mugging is when a humpback whale approaches your boat closer then 100 yards on its own. Our boats are small and non-threatening, which encourages these curious, gentle giants to swim right up to our boat and check us out!
“One of the coolest experiences I have ever had. We got great encounters with whales.They crew was very knowledgeable, friendly, and very fun. If you want a great experience on the water choose Ultimate!!!!”
“We had a close encounter with a 30-ton Humpback Whale…We also saw
about a dozen breaches by whales, a giant school of spinner dolphins and a gigantic turtle all on the same 2 hour tour. I highly recommend these guys”Marposp
“We have been on many whale watch trips, but have never experienced what we saw on this one. The large humpback male whale noticed us and came over to our boat to show off. He swam around and under our boat!