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Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina

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Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina

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Safety measures
icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This tour departs from the historic Lahaina Harbor to find the majestic humpback whales that frequent the waters surrounding Maui in the winter months. Traveling in a small raft creates an intimate whale watching experience not found on the larger vessels commonly used on whale watching tours. Plus, the raft travels quickly, letting you spend more time whale watching and less time in transit.
  • Enjoy a small group whale watching tour off the coast of Maui
  • You can choose from a morning or afternoon tour so it doesn’t interfere with other plans
  • In the event of cancellation due to weather, you are offered an alternate outing or a full refund
  • Prepare for the chance to photograph whales in their natural habitat
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Marine Naturalist Narration
Hydrophone to listen to whale songs
Bottled water
BYOB ( Plastic or cans only)
No Spray Sunscreen Permitted - Reef Safe Sunscreen Only

Departure Point

675 Wharf Street, Slip #8, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

CHECK IN at Hawaii Ocean Rafting, Lahaina Harbor Slip 8, 675 Wharf Street, Lahaina. Paid parking lots are located off Dickenson Street in Lahaina Town. Parking at corner of Prison and Front Street is free for 3 hours or less. PARKING may take 20 minutes to find and walk to Harbor.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No Infants
  • Most travelers can participate
  • No children under 3
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hawaii Ocean Rafting
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Up-Close Maui Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina.

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star-5
WHALES WHALES WHALES!!!
stynes10
, Jan 2022
Amazing trip -Captain Jamie and Meg were terrific guides! The whales were breaching and tail slapping all around us! Not sure how I got a picture of the double breach in the distance....but I did! Thank you for memories that will last forever !
star-5
Maui fun
JOHN_C
, Jan 2022
Had some motor issues with the boat..15 min. Into the tour...they were gracious enough to give us the option to schedule on another vendors boat and gave us a full refund...class act...would definitely use these folks again.
star-5
Great tour, with Great guides!
Kimberly_G
, Jan 2022
I've been whale watching before, but this was my first time out in a raft. It was great being so close to the water. Saw whales in every direction! I think that I'll go again before leaving the island!
star-5
Truly a great experience, highly recommended
Emily_I
, Jan 2022
Honestly, this is one of those things where you might think "meh, how cool can it really be?". Well, let me tell you, it's *so cool!* We did the 7am trip, and it was such a good call. The day was already warming up, but wasn't too hot yet. We saw whales doing tail slaps, pectoral fin "waves" and breaches! We also heard them singing and communicating.
star-5
Great whale watch
Steve_G
, Jan 2022
There was a lot of activity the day we went out. Incredible, knowledgeable, fun crew Incredible whale pics!
star-5
Amazing activity while in Maui
Wendy_K
, Jan 2022
An amazing experience with knowledgeable guides Jamie and Paul! Side by side double breaches at the end of the tour- fantastic! Would highly recommend booking!
star-5
A Whale of a Tale!
Marge_P
, Jan 2022
The tail slaps did not stop!!! But Eve more fun was the excitement Captain Darrell shared with us. His enthusiasm was contagious! Small group. Excellent rafting experience!
star-5
Humpback season!
Barbara_P
, Jan 2022
Humpbacks were in season, whales were everywhere. Some came right up to the boat and a couple breached. Up close is no exaggeration! Amazing experience and knowledgeable crew.
star-5
Lots of whales
dndouglas
, Jan 2022
We saw lots of whales. Daryl was an excellent boat captain and found lots of whales and provided a lot of information. Will be going again.
star-5
Whales swam right up to us!
Dustin_L
, Jan 2022
Great experience and company. Checking in was easy. We saw whales come up to our boat and swim under us! CJ and Zach were amazing guides.

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