Top 5 Maui Whale Watching Tours
From Hula Girl to Pacific Whale Foundation
#1 Pacific Whale Foundation
With thirty-five years of whale research and conservation experience, Pacific Whale Foundation is Maui’s #1 whale watching choice. The crew at Pacific Whale Foundation are certified Marine Naturalists that will ensure an innovative and educational whale watching adventure. The foundation provides ocean friendly eco cruises on their double-deck catamaran from Maui’s Ma’alea and Lahaina Harbors. The certified team at Pacific Whale Foundation will also interpret the social behavior of the humpback whales on the tour. Guests are given the opportunity to listen to whale songs through the foundation’s underwater hydrophones.
#2 Hula Girl
Maui’s Hula Girl whale watching tour is a two hour whale watching expedition on their custom charter catamaran. The restaurant and bar style catamaran has been built to provide seating for 49 guests at cushioned seats, room for musicians, a dance floor, and roll down vinyl windows for unexpected inclement weather. Hula Girl’s galley also offers an Ala Carte menu and a wide selection of tropical cocktails, wines, and beer. The Maui whale watching company also comes with informal narration about the humpback whales for the ultimate whale watching experience.
#3 Pride of Maui
Pride of Maui’s whale watching tour provides an exceptional value for visitors. The Pride of Maui tour combines a two hour whale watching expedition and snorkeling among beautiful coral gardens. The Maui whale watching tour has the most stable and spacious boat on the island with amenities like restrooms, glass bottom floors, submerging boarding ladders, warm showers, and a water slide. The tour has a fully stocked open bar and offers complimentary BBQ lunch. During whale season, visitors say that they can spot a humpback whale after ten minutes. Pride of Maui guarantees that you a whale will be present during your tour.
#4 Kai Kanani
Kai Kanani whale tours offer guaranteed whale sightings and onboard hydrophones so guests can listen to the ethereal songs and conversations of humpback whales. The whale watching tour comes with light snacks, refreshing beverages, two premium bar drink tickets, and experienced marine naturalists on board. The Kai Kanani whale watching tour offers amazing views of South Maui and Molokini as you witness the migration of endangered humpback whales from Alaska. If you are staying in Wailea, Kai Kanani provides free Mercedes shuttle services from select Wailea Resorts to their launching point at Maluaka Beach.
#5 Trilogy Excursions
Trilogy Excursions is one of the oldest family-owned Maui sailing operations. The boats at Trilogy Excursions can carry an average of 40 to 50 guests on board. Maui’s Trilogy offers whale watching tours from Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Maalaea. The Kaanapali whale watch tour comes with snorkeling equipment, breakfast, BBQ chicken lunch, drinks, and adult beverages. For guests who are 21 years and older, they will be provided two complimentary adult beverages on the return sail. Maui’s Trilogy Excursions say that their tours mean more than just saying Aloha but also living Aloha.