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.
Marine wildlife sightings have been recorded by our certified Marine Naturalists onboard PacWhale Eco-Adventures since 2001 and Whale & Dolphin Tracker is the latest iteration of this long-term monitoring program. We can now log GPS location, group dynamics, observed behaviours, and other data in real time which is uploaded instantly to our research database.
Members of the public can use Whale & Dolphin Tracker to participate in our research as citizen scientists by submitting marine wildlife sightings from any location around the world. 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 will add to a global database that will help 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 whale watching season.
On occasion, we will have our first whale sighting as early as October or late September. That’s why we always tell guests to expect the unexpected and monitor our live whale tracker closely.
As our whale tracker illustrates, the ‘Au‘au Channel between Maui, Moloka‘i and Lānaʻi is one of the best spots on Island to see whales.
That said, whales can often be seen from all of the Hawaiian Islands, including places such as Lahaina, Maʻalaea and Honolua Bay.