Maui's Ultimate Visitor Guide


Pacific Whale Foundation

300 Maalaea Rd #100, Wailuku, HI 96793

(808) 249-8811

06:00 am - 6:00pm
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06:00 am - 6:00pm
* All Times in HST

Pacific Whale Foundation Reviews Around the Web

  • Jennifer Spice · February 16, 2020

    The staff on the ship were wonderful. We were served a light breakfast, and offered coffee or water while driving to our destination. We had the incredible experience of several sightings of mother and baby humpback whales. They told us February was a great time for this as that is when the whales come from Alaska to breed and birth their young.
    We were able to snorkel for an hour and a half, instructions were given to the beginners. We were provided lunch and drinks, which included Maui brewery beer. On the way back to port, we again spotted mother and baby whales. No dolphins or sea turtles, as our snorkel location was changed due to very choppy water conditions. Overall, a great experience, and the money spent is for a good cause.

  • Arjun Dutt · December 27, 2019

    We saw at least half a dozen humpback whales breaching, slapping their pectoral fins and singing to each other on an afternoon whale watching tour with Pacific Whale Foundation. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Maui. Parking is easy (and free) in the aquarium parking lot. Their boats hold up to 149 people and we were at capacity but I never struggled to get a view. Narrators are friendly and knowledgeable. The tour operator is a non-profit to boot and your money supports a good cause. Great for families.

  • John Y. · February 17, 2020

    Enjoying the whales while also knowing you paid toward helping conserve them feels pretty good. I was a little disappointed we didn't see any up close but it was amazing to see so many whales just swimming about. You will probably be traveling on a boat with many other people so try and get a good seat so you won't have to keep moving around. We had the best success at the front of the boat; many of the whale sightings were directly in front of us. Crew was young and passionate about the conservation of whales, it was heartwarming to see. Friendly and answered any questions too. Don't forget to put on sunblock; you will be out there for an hour or two.

    Overall, was fun to see whales. Was it like in the movies or tv shows where the whales do some cool jumping spin move right in front of your face? No. But you do get to see whales which doesn't happen very much in ones lifetime.

    Getting there was simple, its located in the same area as an aquarium so parking is adequate and free if you're doing the whale watching.

    All in all, had a fun time. Friendly crew, nice cause, saw whales..just don't expect a National Geographic viewing of them. Also never got to try this "whale soup" they kept talking about, so bummed out about that. Nice to do once but prob not again.

  • Tyler Callsen · January 24, 2020

    Super cool group these guys. Smaller boat than some whale watching tour. Very professional but fun crew. Was pleasantly surprised that beer was served. Crew was very accommodating to family member who didn't handle the sea very well. Food served was abundant and delicious, if not very Hawaiian...
    My girls were excited to see an all female crew.

    Gift shop was wonderfully curated with items you would need on your whale watching or just to buy. Great brands for hats, shirts and sandals.
    Binoculars available for rent from 3rd party, $10

  • Heidi Fogle · February 06, 2020

    I cannot recommend this snorkeling tour highly enough. Tons of fun with an informative and beyond friendly crew, with lunch and a free drink at the end...what more could you want? Well, the fact that it’s all a nonprofit for which your contributions go toward saving the whales (Of which we saw a TON, and this wasn’t even the whale watching tour!) can’t hurt. We would gladly return for another trip!