Sunrise Whalewatch

Lahaina | Ma'alaea

Capture the first whale sighting of the day as the sun rises over Haleakala.

2 Hours
Morning
Classic, Discount
Become a member BUY A SEASON PASS
Regular
Member
Adult (Age 13+)
$38
$30.40
Child (Ages 5-12)
$25
$20.00
Child (Ages 0-4)
Free
Free

The golden light of dawn is a spectacular backdrop for whalewatching and a favorite of photographers. Typically this is also the calmest time of day on the ocean. Sunrise Whalewatch is led by certified Marine Naturalists for fun and informative interpretation of humpback whale behaviors and characteristics. Departs from Historic Lahaina Harbor.

Whale sightings are guaranteed or go again free on another whalewatch of equal or lesser value within one year. We are proud of our 97% sighting success rate.

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Children 12 and under are free (one child per paying adult).

Departs: Daily at 6:30 a.m. [December 1 to April 30]

Lahaina – Daily at 6:30 a.m. [December 1 to April 30]

Maʻalaea – Daily at 6:30 a.m. [December 1 to April 15]

Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

Check-in Time: 45 minutes prior to departure

Check-in Location:

Lahaina – Pacific Whale Foundation Booth, Slip #4, Lahaina Harbor

Maʻalaea – Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store, Maʻalaea Harbor Shops, next to Maui Ocean Center

  • Your Trip Includes

    • Underwater hydrophones to hear whale songs
    • Onboard Jr. Naturalist Program for kids
    • Reef Safe Sunscreen – 4 oz. sunscreen in a fully sustainable tube made from sugarcane available for $13 onboard (25% discount).
    • Filtered water
    • Free Marine Wildlife oversize postcards
    • Whale sightings guaranteed or go again free
  • Also Available

    • Affordable rentals of cameras and binoculars
    • Snacks and beverages for purchase, including soda and juice.
  • Membership Benefits

    • Save 20%* on all PacWhale Eco-Adventures cruises (+ VIP boarding)
    • Save 20%* on Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store merchandise
    • Save 20%* on Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp enrollment
    • Save 10%* on admission to Maui Ocean Center
    • Save 10%* at Maui Sports Unlimited (offering surfing, windsurfing and kite boarding lessons and rentals)
    • Get $20 off tickets* at NorthShore Zipline
    • Beyond the Breach quarterly publication
    • Exclusive invitations to Pacific Whale Foundation online events
    • Subscription to monthly Members-only emails
    • Priority boarding

    * Savings apply directly to Members only

  • Join Today And Choose A Welcome Gift

    • PacWhale Eco-Adventures Whalewatch or Dolphin Watch
    • Reusable canvas tote
    • Member T-shirt
    • No gift needed – give 100% to Pacific Whale Foundation
Become a member BUY A SEASON PASS
Regular
Member
Adult (Age 13+)
$38
$30.40
Child (Ages 5-12)
$25
$20.00
Child (Ages 0-4)
Free
Free

COVID-19 UPDATE

Our thoughts go out to all that are being impacted by COVID-19. With a team dedicated to our response to this pandemic, we are meeting regularly to ensure the continuation of programs and services that allow our mission work to continue.

Pacific Whale Foundation’s leadership team is closely monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

The role that our organization plays in keeping people connected for the sake of the environment is incredibly important in times like these. If we all take the proper precautions and continue to treat each other with kindness and care, we’ll get through this together.

How is PacWhale Eco-Adventures addressing COVID-19?

-Following guidance from Hawaii State and County officials, PacWhale is suspending Eco Tours and our Retail Store operations from March 20th – April 30th. 

- To support our employees, we are offering paid, temporary emergency sick leave, restricting all non-essential business travel, deep cleaning work areas, offering teleworking and flexible work schedules, and continuing to communicate updates and reinforce good hygiene practices.

How is Pacific Whale Foundation addressing COVID-19?

-Spring Break Ocean Camp has been cancelled.

-Keiki Whalewatches are being cancelled for the remainder of the season.

- Our marine research and conservation programs will continue to run without disruption.