Ultimate Whale Watching
675 Wharf St, Lahaina, HI 96761(808) 667-5678
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Denise Hardy · May 04, 2017
We went on this excursion hoping to get a glimpse of a whale during their migration. What we got was so much more!
First of all, they have pontoon boats that holds a maximum of 30 people, unlike the large boats that have 100+ people on them. So when they spot a whale in the distance, they can get there much faster than the larger ships. We saw so many whales. Many of them totally breached out of the water.
Out 2 guides were very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. I highly recommend this company. If the whales are out there, they will definitely find them and you'll get a great show. Worth every penny!
Janette Duran · May 29, 2017
Saw plenty of whales. Felt a little unwelcomed when I first arrived but came to realize staff was just mellow and easy going. If you enjoy staff that is loud, over the top friendly, and talkative then this is not your crew. This crew is nice, and provides you with some interesting facts but they don't spend the time asking you typical "tourist" question (where are you from? Why are you here? Etc) to fill the silence. That is, unless you engage them first or the conversation naturally moves to that direction. For example, at the beginning, when we took off the crew ( two women who's names I don't remember) spent more time catching up with each other than talking to us. I didn't mind this, because they spoke to us when it mattered - and provided use interesting whale facts. They were open to answering any questions too. I'm mentioning this only because it might put people off at the beginning.
Once you get to their location (it is easy to spot), they will give you a number. Its first come, first to enter. However I found there was plenty of space so no need to worry about getting there super early. After, you wait until the crew is ready and they call you up by your number. You will need to remove your shoes. You'll then walk to the boat and take off. I went in late March, the end of whale season, and still saw plenty of whales. Overall, I thought the price was fair and I enjoyed my time with them.
David Shutan · April 03, 2017
This was the highlight of our trip. The experience shattered our expectations.
Rachel and Eden were wonderful guides, sharing their deep knowledge and passion for these creatures in a manner that was highly contagious. I swear they must even speak humpback, as they were able to lure a few whales away from a larger boat.
We got nearly everything you hope to get on one of these tours: whales bobbing up next to the boat, under the boat, displaying genuine curiosity and gentleness, waving their fins and rolling over. The only thing they didn't do was fully breach.
Two hour excursion, and we were up close with the whales for at least half of it, able to see whales further away for another third. All for $50/person. Incredible value.
Note, these are small boats, smaller than a lot of other operators. It's occasionally very bouncy. You'll get a little or a lot wet, depending on conditions and where you sit. A waterproof bag/sack isn't totally necessary (there's dry storage on the boat) but one does come in handy. Might also want to put a water resistant case or bag over your phone or camera, and get a lanyard to keep your phone connected to you so it doesn't fall into the ocean (I didn't see that happen, but I bet it happens a lot).
Honestly, this was the best hundred bucks we spent on our week-long vacation on Maui. Utterly amazing. We will be back, without question.
R H · April 01, 2017
We are a family with 3 kids, we screwed up and showed up one day late by mistake, they were very accomodating to reschedule us without extra fees. This is not an encouragement for you to miss your scheduled trip but it showed that they care about your satisfaction. We saw humpback whales breaching and doing pectoral flips, we had an awesome time. Our crew, Gabe and Rachel, were friendly, knowledgeable and environment-minded, as they did not hesitate to stop on the way to remove trash from the ocean.
We would highly recommend Ultimate Whale Watch.
Mackenzie Tarrant · January 08, 2017
We had a wonderful time with Bo and Amy! Captain Amy knew exactly where to go and how to position the boat for the the best viewings. Bo was extremely knowledgeable about whales and ready to answer any questions. You could tell that both Bo and Amy loved their jobs and most importantly loved whales! The boat was also great. It was smaller, so less people and more front row seating. Highly recommended!
Nora H. · March 16, 2017
My husband and I were not expecting much from a whale watch tour but since this was our first time in Maui we had to check one out.
Our guides were Gabe...