The map below tracks all dolphin and whale sightings in Maui logged by our official Whale & Dolphin Tracker app within the last 7 days. You can use the species and date filters to see changes throughout the year.
Pacific Whale Foundation’s Whale & Dolphin Tracker app collects scientific data about marine wildlife in the four-island region of Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Lanaʻi and Molokaʻi.
Since 2001, our certified marine naturalists have been recording marine wildlife sightings through PacWhale Eco-Adventures. Our Whale & Dolphin Tracker is the latest iteration of this long-term monitoring program. We can now log GPS location, group dynamics, observed behaviors and other data in real time, which is uploaded instantly to our research database.
Members of the public can participate in our research as citizen scientists by using the Whale & Dolphin Tracker to submit marine wildlife sightings from locations worldwide. Whale & Dolphin Tracker allows you to log sightings in real time, create a full GPS track and upload photos from your mobile device. Your contributions are added to a global database that helps researchers track and monitor cetaceans, determine patterns of species distribution and study marine animal interactions with their environment.
Whale sightings in Maui typically occur between November and May. The best months to see whales is usually between mid-January and March as this is considered peak whalewatching season.
On occasion, we will have our first whale sighting as early as October or late September. That’s why we monitor our live-whale tracker closely and always tell guests to expect the unexpected.
As our whale tracker illustrates, the ‘Au‘au Channel between Maui, Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi is one of the best spots to see whales.
That said, whales can often be seen throughout Hawaiian waters, including from places such as Lahaina, Maʻalaea and Honolua Bay.
UPDATED 9/24/20 -- We eagerly welcome visitors back to the islands as quarantine restrictions lift Oct. 15 for those following the state’s pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements.