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Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina

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Lahaina, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

This tour departs from the historic Lahaina Harbor to find the majestic humpback whales that frequent the waters surrounding Maui in the winter months. Traveling in a small raft creates an intimate whale watching experience not found on the larger vessels commonly used on whale watching tours. Plus, the raft travels quickly, letting you spend more time whale watching and less time in transit.
  • Enjoy a small group whale watching tour off the coast of Maui
  • You can choose from a morning or afternoon tour so it doesn’t interfere with other plans
  • In the event of cancellation due to weather, you are offered an alternate outing or a full refund
  • Prepare for the chance to photograph whales in their natural habitat
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Departure Point

Lahaina Harbor, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No Infants
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Ocean Rafting

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Whale Watch Boat Tour from Lahaina.

Reviews

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182 Reviews
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Very fun, private experience
Sara_M
, Mar 2021
Loved our knowledgeable tour guides, really enjoyed the little boat that allowed us to head in any direction that had whale activity. Lots of respect showed toward whales, the ocean and COVID safe.
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Unique experience!
Jen
, Feb 2021
We weren't sure about raft vs a larger boat, but raft is definitely the way to go! We got close to the whales and the captain has a lot of experience in Maui and with the whales. 3 people in our group even got to dip their heads in for a quick look at the whales under the water. Pretty cool!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Aloha Jen, this is an amazing review! Thank you for joining us on our raft tour. Rafts are a lot more intimate compared to larger boats. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your tour so much. Mahalo for the kind words and 5 star review!
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Excellent in all ways
Jeremy_A
, Feb 2021
Excellent in all respects. Small fast boat. Many whales at 7:00 am. Wonderful captain. Wonderful naturalist.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Aloha Jeremy_A, thank you for joining us on our whale watching tour! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and appreciated our captain and crew. We look forward to seeing you again when you return. Mahalo!
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Worth it!
Laurie_F
, Feb 2021
Loved the smaller boat. Ride was less rocky and the people captaining were knowledgeable and funny. Got way closer to the whales than in the big boats
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha Laurie_F and thank you for taking the time to write this review. We really appreciate the kind words and 5 star rating. We are delighted to hear that you had an amazing time on your whale watch! Thank you for joining us at Hawaii Ocean Rafting!
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You really are up close!
Eric
, Feb 2021
Fun trip. Got to see the whales up close. Crew had a lot of interesting stories. One of our group got a little seasick, and an employee called after the tour to see how they were doing, which was a nice touch.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha Eric, mahalo for joining us on our whale watching tour! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your trip and appreciated the service that our crew provides. Thank you for joining us and the 5 star review/rating!
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Do it!
DrewAllen
, Feb 2021
Lots of whales, many up close and personal just off the boat. Great crew-friendly and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha DrewAllen, thank you for writing this amazing review! We are so happy to hear that you saw so many whales. Mahalo for joining us at Hawaii Ocean Rafting and we look forward to seeing you when you return!
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Amazing experience!
Karen_W
, Feb 2021
We had the most amazing time on our whale watching trip! The guides were so knowledgeable and positive. They gave us a personalized experience, and it was definitely COVID safe! We would highly recommend taking this tour to people of any age.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha Karen_W, so happy to hear that you had an amazing experience with us! Mahalo for calling attention to our personalized service and how safe you felt on our boat. We hope to welcome you back soon!
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WoW!
Ell_R
, Feb 2021
It was the best experience we could have imagined! We were worried about less whales in the afternoon but that wasn’t true! We got to see a stunning sunset, lots of whales, and our tour guides were so SO great!!! 100% would book this same tour again tomorrow if I could!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha Ell_R, and thank you for taking the time to write this review. Yes, I agree - there is no better time of the day to see whales. Especially when we are in peak season! We are delighted to hear that you had the best experience. Mahalo for joining us!
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Excellent experience
Julie_M
, Feb 2021
This tour was amazing! The staff was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The whales were very active on our tour and we saw breeches, pectoral fin slapping and some baby whales. I loved it being a small group and close to the water. I felt so up and close with the whales.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha Julie_M, thank you for joining us for our Up-Close Whale Watching Tour. We are so happy to know that you had a great time with us. Mahalo for the kind words and we look forward to see you again when you return!
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star-2
Had to cancel last minute
Stephanie_H
, Feb 2021
My daughter ended up not feeling well just before we boarded so we had to cancel last minute. The operator made to attempt to help us find another option for the following days. A little disappointed, but maybe we’ll try again on our next trip.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha Stephaine, would you mind contacting me directly? My sincerest apologies but I have some confusion with this review. I am so sorry that your daughter could not attend because she was not feeling well. Please send me a note at ocnraftn@maui.net. Mahalo
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Product code: 104420P2

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