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Maui Whale Watching


 

It is common to see people standing on a hillside overlooking the ocean and watching the signs of distant whale activity through binoculars. You can often SEE whales from shore ... but you can't EXPERIENCE them from that distance. There is nothing like the thrill of looking over the edge of the boat and having one of these gentle giants swim directly underneath you. If you are here during peak season from December 15th to April 15th, do yourself a favor and go on a whale watch.


 

Whale Explorer

Adults $39, Children (5-12) $30, under 5 free but minimum age is 3

Our favorite whale watch ... it's F-A-S-T which means you spend more time watching whales and less time looking for them. The Explorer is a hard-shelled boat with an inflatable edge (like a large zodiac) which gives a fast, smooth ride and a front row seat for every passenger. The speed of these boats adds another 15-30 minutes of actual whale watching during a two hour whale watch compared to larger boats. This boat leaves from Lahaina harbor, and they have trips daily at 8am, 10am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm.  Please note that the size of this vessel means that the ride is more adventurous than larger boats. Tours offered daily at 8am, 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm.


 

Teralani Sailing Catamaran

10am Breakfast Whale Watch: Adults $62, Teens (13-20) $52, Children (3-12) $42, under 3 free. Departing at 10am Monday and Wednesday only from Kaanapali Beach, the Teralani offers a two-hour whale watch with a continental breakfast, kona coffee, tropical juices, and Teralani Mimosas. The Teralani is a beautiful sailing catamaran that pulls right up to Kaanapali Beach and you take off your shoes and walk across the sand to get on board. Note:Teralani also charges a $5pp fuel surcharge on all tours.

12:30pm Whale Watch: Adults $52, Teens (13-20) $42, Children (3-12) $32, under 3 free. Departing at 12:30pm every day except for Saturday from Kaanapali Beach, the Teralani also offers a two-hour early afternoon whale watch which includes dry snacks, beer, wine, soda, and juice. Note:Teralani also charges a $5pp fuel surcharge on all tours.


 

Blue Water Rafting

Adults $39, Children (5-12) $34

Departing from Kihei Boat Ramp, Blue Water Rafting offers 90 minute tours on their high-speed RHIBs. (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat). The speed of these rafts gets you to the whales quickly, and the waters off Kihei are shallow and many whale calves are born in this area. This is a great option for those who don't want to drive to the west side of the island. Dedicated whale watches are held daily at 8am, 10am, and 12pm. (They also offer a whale watch / Molokini Express combo found on our Molokini page.) Note: No one with neck or back injuries, no one pregnant, and minimum age is 5.