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MAUI WHALE WATCHING TOURS

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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 watch- ing encounters and small groups making every seat a front row seat! Every ticket supports active marine research and the whale entanglement response team! If you live on the West Coast in Seattle, San Francisco, or any of the surrounding areas, consider taking a trip to our harbor!

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$49

$35 Kids 3-12
(plus tax/fees)

DISCOUNT TOUR

1.5HR EARLY BIRD & 2HR AFTERNOON

Whale Watch Tours

Small Group Tour (26 guests or less)
Guaranteed Sightings
Marine Naturalist Guides & Hydrophone Onboard!
Same Sightings and Amenities

24HR Cancellation Policy. No children under 3 years

$65

$45 Kids 3-12
(plus tax/fees)

SMALL GROUP

MOST POPULAR 2 HOUR

Whale Watch Tours

Small Group Tour (26 guests or less)
Sunrise to Sunset Tours
Guaranteed Sightings
Marine Naturalist Guides & Hydrophone Onboard!

24HR Cancellation Policy. No children under 3 years

$85

All Ages
(plus tax/fees)

VIP TOUR

2 HOUR VIP EXCLUSIVE

Whale Watch Tours

Only 12 Guests
Banana Bread + Beverages
Guaranteed Sightings
Marine Naturalist Guides & Hydrophone Onboard!

24HR Cancellation Policy. No children under 3 years

$139

$99 Kids 4-12
(plus tax/fees)

COMBO TOUR

SNORKEL + WHALE WATCH

Small Group Combo Tour

4 Hour Small Group Tour
1 Snorkel Stop / Whale & Dolphin Watch Tour
Marine Naturalist Guides and Hydrophone Onboard!
Breakfast & Snacks & Snorkel Gear included!

24HR Cancellation Policy. No children under 4 years

$300/HR+

2 Hour Minimum
(plus tax/fees)

PRIVATE TOUR

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PRIVATE BOAT CHARTER TOURS

Whale Watch and/or Snorkel Tour

Minimum 2 Hour Charter
3 Vessel options
Choose your tour duration! Catering Available
Add snorkeling to your tour!

48HR Cancellation Policy. No children under 3 years

Whales are protected in Hawaii so we do not approach humpback whales closer than federal regulations.
Swimming and/or touching whales is not permitted. Whales may choose to come to our vessels on their own.

Maui Whale Watching

Tour Details

Our marine naturalist guides will be onboard sharing whale educational info and all vessels are equipped with a hydrophone onboard for listening to whale songs!

Bring a hat, sunglasses and a camera! There is dry storage onboard for backpacks and purses. We provide purified water with paper cups and complimentary reef safe sunscreen on all tours.

What’s the best time and weather for whale watching? Whales are active 24 hours a day and the weather does not impact their activity so you can book a tour any time, on any day!

This trip does not permit participation for guests with back injuries, neck injuries, or pregnant ladies. Must be 3yrs+. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy for all group charters.

Our Maui Whale Watching Tours depart from Lahaina Harbor, Slip 17! Meet us there 20 minutes prior to your whale watch tour departure time!

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Whale Sightings!

We guarnatee you will see a whale or you get to go again for free!

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Whale Watch
FAQs

Learn best time for whale watching, whale facts and more about our whale watch tours!

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Book a Private
Boat Charter

Special occasion or just want more time with family? Book your whale watch or snorkel as a private boat charter!

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Support
Whale Research

Support active marine research every time you buy a ticket to whale watch!

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Reviews

  • “I've had the luxury of going on all types of snorkel trips. This is by far the best of the best! From the time you leave the harbor, it is a nonstop adventure.” Will B. Mexico
  • “They did an excellent job of finding great snorkeling sites including one where we were visited by a large pod of dolphins. Amazing!!!!” MTsapphire Big Sky, Montana
  • I highly recommend Ultimate Snorkel as the best Snorkel trip on Maui. Awesome stops off of Lanai island, all of them full of marine life!” Briana H. Hawaii

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!

  • Tail Throw

    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.

  • Pectoral Slap

    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.

  • Spyhop

    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

    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!

Frequently Asked Questions

Humpback Whales from Alaska. On our trips occasionally we encounter dolphins.