Maui Whale Watching Tours DirectoryBest Whale Watch Tours

Choose from the following whale watching tours. (Dec. 15th - May.15)

Maui SailingKai Kanani
Keep crowds down and enjoy an intimate whale watch on the Kai Kanani out of South Maui.
Call (808) 879-7218 to reserve your seats.

Alii Nui SailingAlii Nui Sailing
One of the nicest catamarans in Maui waters, the Alii Nui leaves out of Maalaea Harbor.
Call (808) 892-3177 to get the best price.

Redline RaftingRedline Rafting
Enjoy whale watching with Redline Rafting, which provides an exciting, up close and personal experience on a one-of-a-kind boat that will get you close to the water and whales!
Call (808) 757-9211 for an intimate, thrilling whale watch.

Pride of MauiPride of Maui
Pride of Maui has over 30 years of experience navigating Hawaiian waters. Enjoy their expertise in finding whales around our island.
Call (877) 867-7433 for experienced whale watch tours.

Four Winds IIFour Winds II
Enjoy a vessel specifically designed for Maui waters. Not only will their experienced crew & captain find you whales from the deck, but if you're lucky enough to have them swim to you, there's glass-bottom viewing!
Call 1-800-736-5740 for a great snorkel sail!

Maui MagicMaui Magic
Maui Magic will take you to the whales, but why stop there? Why not enjoy a fantastic trip to snorkel at Molokini Crater or Coral Gardens.
Call (800) 736-5740 for a great power catamaran.

Leilani MauiLeilani
Leilani is unique in that they leave 20% of their capacity open to allow guests much more room to enjoy this 50 ft whale watch yacht. Ask about inexpensive private charters!
Call (877) 867-7433 for a more intimate whale watch.

Trilogy ExcursionsTrilogy Excursions
Trilogy has been hosting Maui visitors for nearly 40 years, and the knowledgeable crew and spacious catamarans make for an informative and comfortable day on the water.
Call (808) 874-5649 for unbeatable customer service.

Hawaiian Paddle SPortsHawaiian Paddle Sports
Nothing beats seeing humpback whale surface behavior from close to the water. By Outrigger Canoe, Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board, it doesn't get more intimate and exciting!
Call (808) 442-6436 for an upclose and personal ocean experience.

So close to
From epic sunset whale watch sessions to small group excursions, you can learn a ton about whales from their professional crew and naturalists.
Call 1-877-867-7433 for different whale watch options.

frogman snorkel tourMalolo Charters
Malolo offers excellent budget whale watching from Maalaea Harbor. Hop aboard the 55 foot catamaran and see Maui's humpback whales up close!
Call 1-808-856-4274 for experienced whale watch tours.

Hawaii Ocean ProjectHawaii Ocean Project
With three large boats, you can go either snorkeling, dinner cruising or visiting Lanai while whale watching off the west coast of Maui.
Call 1-808-667-6165 for Lahaina Harbor departures.


Maui Whale Watching Tips

• If you have small children, choose a larger boat with railings.

• Bring a jacket. Winds over the water can sometimes be chilly, especially if ocean spray is coming up.

• Bring a camera with a long lens and fast shutter speed. See Whale Photography Tips.

• Arrive early to make sure the boat leaves on time in order to get the most time on the water.

• Keep your eye out for other marine life, such as dolphins and manta ray.

• Choose the best Maui Whale Watch Tour for you and your friends and family. It's important to take a boat that meets all of your needs. Review the tours above to get an idea.

• Listen to where your captain or naturalist points out whales by observing the navigation in the image below. (Direction is directed like the numbers of a clock. 12 o'clock is straight in front of the boat.)

Learn more about what to watch for when whale watching by visiting our page on
How to Recognize Humpback Whale Surface Behavior.

Maui Ocean Center