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Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor

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Lahaina, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Don’t miss one of the most popular whale-watching tours in Maui! This 2-hour catamaran cruise takes you from the historic Lahaina Harbor out to waters home to humpback whales. Using underwater hydrophones, listen to them sing, and watch males compete for mates or mother whales calving — you never know you might see on this adventure that guarantees whale sightings. Enjoy the views from the open upper deck or the shaded cabins below, and hear informative commentary from naturalist-guides on board. This family-friendly outing includes a Naturalist Program for kids.
  • 2-hour whale-watching double-decker catamaran cruise from Lahaina
  • Observe humpback whales interact with one another
  • Learn about the physiology and behavior of whales from naturalist-guides
  • Children will enjoy participating in the Junior Naturalist Program
  • Choose from a variety of departure times to suit your schedule
  • Whale sightings are guaranteed or you can take the tour again for free!
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

612 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children 4 and under are always free
  • For each paying adult, 1 child ages 5-12 goes free. They must be on the order/voucher as they account for a seat. Additional child admissions will be charged upon arrival
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please check in 45 minute prior to your departure
  • Collapsible wheelchairs may be accommodated if the passenger can walk onto or be assisted onto the vessel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pacific Whale Foundation

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.

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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 Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor?
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 Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 65 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Lahaina Harbor.

Traveler Tips


  • "We went out at 9 a.m. on a cloudy, rainy morning, which worked to our advantage." See review

Reviews

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Awesome time!
Rafunzel_F
, Feb 2021
Great staff! Very safe. Informative guide. Cool experience listening to whale song. Lots of whales everywhere!
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Good, not great
Bryan_A
, Feb 2021
Second tome with Pacific Whale Foundation, and a better experience than the first time but still a little lacking. While supporting the foundation and the whales is important to our family, it is hard to be on a boat watching whales from a distance seeing other boats right up by the whales. While there are rules for approaching the whales, it seems Pacific Whale goes to the extreme and stays two or three times further away. In the future, I’d rather make a donation to the foundation and then book on a better tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you so much for your support and coming out with us whale watching. We're glad to hear that your second trip with us proved more exciting. We do understand that everyone wants to see these amazing giants of the sea and get as close as possible. Our mission though is to protect the humpback whales and our ocean environment and promote responsible eco-tourism that tries not to affect the natural behaviors of the marine life. These whales are in protected waters and no vessel may legally approach within 100 yards of the humpback whales and can't take approach paths designed to intersect the direction in which they are swimming. These regulations are in place to protect against possible whale strikes by vessels which can kill or seriously injure the whales, as well as to not interfere with their natural behaviors. That's why we helped to develop and strictly follow "Be Whale Aware" guidelines. If the whales approach within the 100 yard limit, you have to cut your engines and wait until they're outside that distance limit. And as many of our customers can attest to each and every season, the whales are curious and do often come up to the vessel to check us out which is called "mugging" and is truly a special experience. But it has to be of their own accord and can't be a forced interaction. Once the whales have gone outside of that 100 yard limit, the vessel then has to move away and continue to maintain that distance. The humpback whale population has made a miraculous recovery over the last 40 years and we want to protect that recovery and ensure that they can be enjoyed responsibly for generations to come. Mahalo for your understanding.
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Outstanding
JOSEPH_B
, Feb 2021
The crew is amazing very helpful and kind. The experience was unforgettable and completely spectacular.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
We're so glad you come out with us whale watching and that you enjoyed the experience, as witnessing the wonder of these giants of the sea is truly special. We appreciate your support and will hoep to have you out with us again in the future.
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Once in a lifetime
KellyD
, Feb 2021
One of the best tours I’ve ever booked and definitely a once in a lifetime experience we had. We were on the 2pm whale watching charter yesterday and I was initially a little nervous since it seemed pretty choppy. Within 10 minutes of departure, we had found a mother and calf. From that point, we probably had a sighting every 10 minutes. One even breached in front of the boat. That being said, they can’t guarantee that you’ll have a similar experience. These are wild animals and the guides and captain have no control over them. But the guides (both marine biologists) answered every question we had and explained things we didn’t even know to question. The captain did an amazing job spotting the whales and driving us over, making sure that the boat was positioned so everyone could see. The water was even still enough that we were able to listen to the underwater microphone (forgot the real name) and listen to them. This tour is a steal of a deal and you will not regret booking it.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Thank you so much for choosing to come out with us to see the amazing humpback whales. Witnessing these giants of the sea is truly an unforgettable experience and we're so glad you shared it with us.
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star-5
A lot of fun and interesting
Kevin_R
, Feb 2021
The crew ehere very professional, informative and friendly. Whales where everywhere. Felt very safe even with the covid crap going on.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Mahalo Kevin for coming out with us to see the amazing humpback whales that visit our waters every year. We so glad you enjoyed the experience. Seeing these amazing giants of the sea is always special, and knwoing that you felt safe with health and safety protocols during this pandemic means a lot.
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Wonderful experience!
Lisa_C
, Feb 2021
I loved seeing the momma whale with her baby flapping their tales. I'm also loved hearing them live with the sonar equipment that the crew provided. Something I will never forget.
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Whale of a great day!
Tami_A
, Feb 2021
What a great ride. The crew was fun and professional. We saw some great whales. The boat was really nice and comfortable. They had a bar, but we just took advantage of their free ice water they brought around. I would definitely use this company again. Awesome day!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha Tami and thank you so much for your kind feedback. We so appreciate that you chose to come out with us to see the amazing humpback whales. See these giants of the sea is truly an amazing experience and we're so glad you enjoyed the experience. You stay safe and healthy and we'll hope to see you out with us again.
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Not the tour for me...
tresbellecakes
, Jan 2021
This tour is on a big boat and we had assigned seating (because of COVID) The few whales we saw were predominately on the other side of the boat. The captain made no effort to turn the boat so everyone would have a view without running over and piling on top of other people to see. It wasn’t terrible but we’ve been on whale watching tours on smaller boats which were MUCH more fun. When I booked the tour, the picture on the booking was a much smaller boat so that’s what I was expecting. Also, I hate tours that force you to take a contrived picture when you board and try to sell it to you after you get off the boat. No thank you.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Aloha and thank you for coming out whale watching with us. I'm so sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the experience. We do offer smaller group whale watching experience such as our Whalewatch Sail, Whalewatch Plus, Whalewatch Deluxe and Ultimate Whalewatch for those wanting fewer people. Maybe we'll have the opportunity to earn back your trust in the future on one of these tours. But we want everyone to fee that they received fair value and try to make it right when expectations aren't met. Feel free to reach out to me directly at johngaskins@pacwhale.com to discus a partial refund. Mahalo.
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Great staff, great initiative, great experience!
Arun_C
, Jan 2021
Great knowledgeable staff, great whale watching! Wish we could’ve seen a full breach of a whale, but I’m glad we spent almost all of the two hours watching some whale or the other. No downtime!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you so much for choosing to come out with us to see the amazing humpback whales that visit our waters every season. It's truly a magical time of year and we're so pleased you decided to share it with us. We'll hiope to have you back out with us again soon.
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Great
Joseph_S
, Jan 2021
We were able to see rear whales and they were very active. The crew was great! I had the time of my life
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Aloha Joseph and thank you so much for coming out with us to see the amazing humpback whales that visit our waters every season to mate and give birth. It's truly a magical time of year and we appreciate you sharing it with us.
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