Our Favorite Whale Watching Tours in Maui

For thousands of years, kohola, humpback whales, have made the long journey from Alaska to the warm, gentle waters around the Hawaiian Islands to rest, mate, and give birth to their young. The kohola are a huge part of Hawaii’s culture and even our ancient myths.

Today, this same ancient journey continues. Through the months of November through May, you can see these huge, graceful animals glide through Maui’s waters before they once again migrate to Alaska. Whale watching is a great option for the entire family. Here are some of our favorite whale watching tours in Maui:

Whalewatch Lahaina – Pacwhale Eco-Adventures

This two-hour group tour takes off from the Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store in Lahaina. While you cruise the waters looking for whale activity, you’ll get lots of great information from the boat’s certified Marine Naturalists. You’ll learn things like fun humpback whale facts, whale behaviors, and more. Take a listen on the underwater hydrophones to hear whale songs or encourage your kiddos to try the onboard Jr. Naturalist Program. Whale sightings are guaranteed on each trip, or you can take another trip for free! Multiple trips happen each day during whale watching season.

Price: $39 per adult*

First child 5 – 12 is free with paying adult. All other children 5 years+ are $20

Children 4 and under are free

*All prices are subject to change

Whale Watch/Molokini Snorkel – Blue Water Rafting

Can’t decide if you want to go whale watching or snorkeling? Why not combine them for double the adventure? Blue Water Rafting offers this 2.5-hour trip on its maneuverable rigid hulled inflatable, which includes 1.5 hours for whale watching and one hour for snorkeling at Molokini. The trip to Molokini usually includes multiple sightings of humpback whales, including mothers and their calves. All snorkeling gear and beverages are included.

Price: $62 per adult*

$57 per child*

*All prices are subject to change

Private Whale Watching Kayak Tour – Hawaiian Paddle Sports

Skip the crowds and the loud hum of a boat’s engine. Instead, feel the sun dapple your shoulders as you paddle out into the gentle waters surrounding our island in search of humpback whales. This private tour means that our expert guide is fully dedicated to you and your group. Wait patiently in the water and watch the whales surface, shooting water 15 feet in the air from their blow holes. You may also get to see pec slaps, breaches, fluke slaps, spy hops, and tail up dives. Your tour guide will explain all of these terms. Kayaking is fun, safe, and connects you directly with the water. Almost anyone can kayak, including children and seniors. Hawaiian Paddle Sports offers this 3-hour tour out of South Maui, Makena, or West Maui. You can also combine whale watching with snorkeling for even more fun and adventure.

Pricing (whale watching only): $249 per adult*

2- 4 people: $149 per person

Group of 5+ : $129 per person

*All prices are subject to change