Whale Watching in Paradise

How to get up close and personal in Maui with the annual whale migration

With whale-watching season at a peak the next few months off the coast of Maui, it’s time to grab the binoculars and hit the open seas. To see these majestic and gigantic mammals 100-200 yards away is awe-inspiring, especially if you’re fortunate enough to see one breach. And to think that they play in our backyard every winter. Well, let’s just say, “Lucky we live Hawaii.” These are the places to go for boat tours and excursions to see whales in Maui:

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A boat tour can give you front-row seats to breaching whales. (Courtesy Pacific Whale Foundation)

Whale-Watching Trips and Tours in Maui

The Pacific Whale Foundation operates several whale-watching ecotours from different parts of the island with highly trained and passionate members as hosts making the trips as fun as they are educational. Its latest offering is aboard a high-tech raft, which provides water-level encounters with the humpback whale. The two-hour ocean-rafting whale watch cruises depart four times daily, with the first raft leaving at 6:45 am. 800.942.5311 ext. 1

With over 2,500 feet of open deck space and a glass bottom, the Pride of Maui offers ample room for whale watchers. Enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view from the sprawling upper deck where whales can easily be spotted. 877.867.7433

Departing at 10 a.m. every day, except for Saturday, from Kaanapali Beach, the Teralani offers a two-hour whale watch with a continental breakfast, which includes Kona coffee, tropical juices and Teralani “Pogmosas.” 808.876.7777