We are a proud member of the Hawaii Ecotourism Association and are a Certified Sustainable Tour Operator. From following strict wildlife viewing guidelines to using recycled and biodegradable products — we work to ensure that all our operations are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Whale Protection Devices on all our vessels guide whales away from propellers and running gear
Our Certified Waste Management Policy far exceeds federal requirements: We Don’t Dump, We Pump
Vessels use established moorings to protect Maui’s reefs
Reef safe sunscreen available for free at boarding, and for purchase in our Ocean Stores and on our vessels (at cost)
Ocean Stores only carry sunscreen products that are reef safe
Only sustainably harvested seafood served on our Dinner Cruises and Cocktail Cruises
Laser Range Finders are used by our captains to ensure accurate compliance with Federal and State laws regarding approaches to whales and other marine wildlife
We strictly follow our “Be Whale Aware” and “Be Dolphin Wise” guidelines which include limits on vessel speed, time spent viewing, and other steps to prevent disturbances to whales and dolphins
Our “Be Whale Aware” and “Be Dolphin Wise” guidelines are available for download and are used to educate and encourage responsible wildlife watching by other boat operators and ocean users
We follow NOAA Guidelines for Wildlife Photography and Video
Pacific Whale Foundation adheres to NOAA’s Dolphin SMART program guidelines when viewing marine mammals in the wild.
We view wild marine mammals (including dolphins and whales) from a responsible distance to avoid any harassment or disturbance to their natural behaviors. Our photos/videos that show dolphins, whales or other marine mammals near the boat were taken after they approached the boat with the engines in neutral or off. Our photos/videos that show dolphins, whales or other marine mammals bow-riding were taken after they approached the boat of their own accord.
All photos and videos of dolphins and whales taken by Pacific Whale Foundation’s Research team were done so during the course of permitted scientific research. Permit numbers are provided below.
Humpback Whales: NOAA/NMFS 16479
Odontocetes: NOAA/NMFS LOC#13427-05
False Killer Whales: NOAA/NMFS LOC#16479
All underwater photos/videos were taken during the course of permitted scientific research (see above) and/or with a remote device while following guidelines for responsible viewing.
All photos/videos taken outside of the United States were done so in accordance with that country’s regulations and guidelines for marine mammal viewing or protection, or under a research permit as provided below.
NSW Government, Office of Environment and Heritage: Permit # SL100195
QLD Government, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation: Permit Number 307
QLD Government, Department of Environment and Resource Management: Permit # QS2011/GS040
QLD Government, Environmental Protection Agency: Permit # WISP07811910
QLD Government, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority: Permit # G11/34324.1
Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Environment and Water Resources: Permit # C2011-0003
Ministerio de Ambiente, Parque Nacional Machalilla: Permiso # 002-RM-DPM-MA
We offer a series of Wildlife Watching Guides available for download