Whale Research in Maui

Marine Research and Whale Disentanglement

Our very own, Captain Lee, assisting NOAA with their whale disentanglement efforts. Captain Lee is a commercial diver, recreational diving instructor, has a B.S in Marine Biology from Santa Barbara and a former Navy Officer with a passion for whale conservation efforts.
It takes a village.
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Vessel Support

Since 1982, Ultimate Whale Watch & Snorkel has been sharing ocean adventures with Maui’s visitors. Through Ultimate, your ticket fare helps support education and research around the world! Ocean-based researchers need boats to get them to their research locations. That’s where we come in! We donate our vessels, captains and crew to transport whale researchers where they need to go.


We are first responders and regularly participate in the Rescue Entanglement Network to disentangle humpback whales during their migration on Maui. We are trained specifically for these volunteer rescue calls.

Monetary Funding

We donate monetary resources to humpback and other marine research performed by permitted and publishing researchers. These research partners need funding for equipment, maintenance, supplies and more!
Video: Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary & Ultimate Whale Watch
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Ultimate whale research Updates

Latest stories from our research in the field.

Once again, Ultimate partnered with Mark Deakos of HAMER research group this past week to support Manta Ray research! Marks said that with 90% decline in manta ray sighting rates in Maui, HAMER’s manta ray tagging program is a crucial effort to better understand what habitats are important for their survival and how they use that habitat for feeding, mating and pupping.

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