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Lahaina | Maʻalaea
Whalewatch with the experts on Maui's top-rated ecotour and see these amazing creatures in their natural wild habitat.
Experience Maui's top-rated whalewatch aboard Maui’s newest eco-friendly sailing vessel, Ocean Spirit.
Lahaina | Maʻalaea
This ecotour is the same as our classic whalewatch, only even more affordable!
Enjoy a deluxe 3-hour whalewatch plus a delicious lunch onboard while out viewing humpback whales.
Whalewatch Sail Deluxe
Enjoy a deluxe 3-hour whalewatch plus a delicious lunch onboard our state-of-the-art luxury sailing vessel, Ocean Spirit.
Lahaina | Maʻalaea
Capture the first whale sighting of the day as the sun rises over Haleakala.
Whale Photo Safari
Join us for a Whale Photography Workshop at Sea, led by a professional wildlife photographer.
Ultimate Whalewatch with the Experts
Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher during this special offering with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists.
Whalewatch Sail Discount
Our Whalewatch Special is exactly the same as our Classic Whalewatch, except even more affordable.
Welcome Home The Whales
Celebrate the return of humpback whales to Maui on a special ecotour.
Whalewatch Plus Lahaina
Whalewatch with the experts on Maui's top-rated ecotour and see these amazing creatures in their natural wild habitat. The “Plus” in this exclusive offering, however, means less people.
Keiki Concert Cruise
Keiki Concert Cruise with the Banana Slug String Band out of historic Ma'alaea Harbor on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Maui Whale Festival Concert Cruises
Lahaina & Ma'alaea
Music, cocktails and dancing at sea with live performances by one of Hawaii's top recording artists John Cruz (Feb 16 & 24).
Whale watching season in Maui is November-May with peak season typically running between mid-January and March.
At Pacific Whale Foundation, our whale watching season officially kicks off in early November with our Welcome Home the Whales cruise. But on occasion, we will have our first whale sighting as early as October or even late September. The beauty of whale watching in Maui is you can always expect the unexpected. On any given day, whether it’s in October or April, the Hawaiian Islands can surprise you with endangered false killer whale sightings, humpback whale sightings and everything in between.
Humpback whales tend to gravitate towards warm, temperate waters in the tropics and subtropics during the winter breeding season. These whales can be found in the open ocean and closer to shore throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Although humpback whales can be seen from all of the Hawaiian Islands, the shallow ‘Au‘au Channel between Maui, Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi is one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world.
Humpback whales are by and large the most common type of whale you’ll see in Maui. However, there are also several other species found in the surrounding area, including melon-headed, short-finned pilot, pygmy, and endangered false killer whales. Our expert marine naturalists will help you identify exactly what kind of whales you come across during your cruise.
Based on our genetic and photographic research, there are three populations of false killer whales surrounding the Hawaiian Islands: the main Hawaiian Islands insular population, the northwestern Hawaiian Islands insular population, and an offshore/open-ocean population. The Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) insular population is endangered and in dire straits, with a population of less than 200, making the species a top research and education priority for Pacific Whale Foundation.
Explore our Live Whale & Dolphin Sightings Map to see what kinds of whales are in Maui as we speak.