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Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

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Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Experience the magic of whale watching off the coast of Maui with this incredible tour from Ma'alaea Harbor. Spend two-hours cruising the waters with a team of certified marine naturalists and listen in as they unlock the secretes of humpback whales. You'll have the chance to hear whale songs through underwater hydrophones and learn about interactions between these giant marine mammals. Travelers are guaranteed to see whales on this is a once-in-a-lifetime tour or the next trip is free.
  • Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor
  • See humpback whales in their natural habitat
  • Learn about animal behaviors from a trained marine naturalist
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or the next tour is free
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192 Maalaea Rd , 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA

Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure tour time at PWF retail store in Ma'alaea Harbor shops, shared parking with Maui Ocean Center Aquarium

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old.
  • Children ages 4 and under are free, but need to be accounted for in your booking for our manifest
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Pacific Whale Foundation
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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor.
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor.
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What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor.

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star-5
Pickles and fins
Susan_B
, Mar. 2022
This is our 5th of 6th annual whale watching excursion with Pac Whale Eco-adventures in Maui and always a treat. While the whales where not as close up or prevalent as we saw a couple ago, we did see several ‘pickles’ (calf’s jumping) and lots of pectoral fin waves. Cat was a wonderful guide sharing lots of interesting information about whales.
star-5
Great crew. Knowledgeable...
Howard_F
, Mar. 2022
Great crew. Knowledgeable and fun to be with. Saw lots of action in the water. Highly recommend this experience even if the chance for whale sightings is limited. Just great to be out in the Pacific Ocean for a few hours.
star-5
Do ittttt!
Amanda_V
, Mar. 2022
Great excursion!! We did the 9am tour. We saw tons of whales before even leaving the harbour. We admired a calf and her mom for a bit and then went off to see some other whales. Before our excursion end, we came back to mom and her calf and they did what we’ve all be waiting for!! They both one after the other hopped out of the water for us. It was incredible to watch. Definitely recommend.
star-5
We had our best watch ever!
James_G
, Mar. 2022
You know you are having a good day when the captain is at the rail taking pictures and "wowing" like the rest of us!
star-4
Whales could have been a little closer but still ok.
Kirk_A
, Feb. 2022
Whales tend to surface same area for 15-20 seconds so it’s easy to see them when they start showing at the surface.
star-4
Amazing
Melissa_G
, Apr. 2021
The knowledge the ladies a shared from the pacific whale foundation was phenomenal. The experience was one of a kind. This was my sons first whale watching experience and he will be forever spoiled. Cannot count how many whales, mom and calves, new saw. Very friendly a knowledgeable . My 7 yr old son had questions for days , and they had answers lol
icon Response from Host , May 2021
It's so wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your whale watching experience with us and appreciated the passion and knowledge of our certified Marine Naturalist staff. We truly appreciate the support.
star-5
Saw whales. Wish they would have come out of the water more, but at least we saw them.
Terri_E
, Apr. 2021
Actually seeing the whales. I had my doubts that we would see them this late in the season. Liked that the boat was not crowded.
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2021
Thank you for deciding to come out whale watching with us. We're so glad that at least you were able to see some, even though no breaches occured. We'll hope to see you again with us maybe earlier in the season.
star-5
Awesomeness
Susan_M
, Apr. 2021
Got to see mama and baby and a few others. Narrator was very informative as was the rest of the crew. Great time
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2021
Thank you so much for choosing to come out with us to witness the amazing humpback whales that visit our waters every season. It's truly a special time of the year and we're so glad you enjoyed the experience. Aloha and come back and see us again on your next visit to the island.
star-5
Lots of whale sightings
Catherine_R
, Apr. 2021
We watched a mother whale giving breaching lessons to her calf. So fun Staff was knowledgeable and helpful. Because of COVID restrictions boat was not crowded. Might of been able to find a cheaper options but I like that some of the profits supports their non profit whale research
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2021
We thank you for your support of our organization and truly appreciate that you chose to experience the humpback whales with us. It's wonderful to hear that you were able to witness a mother training her calf on how to breach. It's truly a special sight.
star-5
Well done!
Joe_G
, Mar. 2021
Nonstop whales in view starting ten minutes into the 1130am trip. Very affordable run by a non profit great crew. Small harbor with plenty of places to eat and shop.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2021
Thank you so much for choosing tocome out with us to see the amazing humpbac whales that visit our waters every season. It's truly aa special time of year on Maui and we thank you for choosing to share it with us.
star-5
Awesome people! My...
Tammy_N
, Mar. 2021
Awesome people! My husband's first time in Hawaii and this made it fantastic, we will be back and book with them again
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2021
Mahalo Tammy for choosing to come out with your husband humpback whale watching with us. It's truly a magical time of the year when these amazing giants of the sea visit our waters to mate and give birth. We are so glad to hear that both of you enjoyed the experience and thank you for sharing it with us. We will look forward to having you out with us again on your next visit to Maui.
star-5
Great experience with lots of Whale sightings
Michael_K
, Feb. 2021
This was a great experience. The crew and captain were very attentive, bringing drinks, sanitizing and sharing their knowledge. Within 10 minutes of leaving the dock we started seeing whales. There were several groupings with babies and males showing off for the females. We saw breaching, tail slaps and even a pectoral wave. All in all a great trip. We highly recommend this trip.
star-5
Loved it.
Susan_J
, Feb. 2021
Jake was well Informed and answered all our questions. Saw lots of whales and felt so good to be out on the water with quality people.
icon Response from Host , Feb. 2021
We so appreciate your feedback and glad you enjoyed your whale watching experience with us. It's a mgical time of year on Maui and the ability to witness these amazing giantys of the sea is an incredable experience. Thank you for sharing it with us.
star-5
Great experience - Safe, Great Crew, Fun!
Laura_M
, Jan. 2021
Great tour. The guides were well informed, very fun and engaging. We felt totally safe with COVID protocols - you can tell the whole crew cares deeply about our safety as well as the whales! 10/10 would recommend this tour to anyone interested.
icon Response from Host , Feb. 2021
We so appreciate that you chose to come out with us whale watching. It truly is a magical time of year and so glad you were able to share these amazing giants of the sea with us. We're so glad you enjoyed the experience and thank you for your wonderful feedback. You stay safe and healthy and come back us and see us on your next visit to Maui.
star-4
Mahalo Pacific Whale
Kimi_E
, Jan. 2021
Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. They made sure everyone felt like they were a part of the experience.
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2021
Mahalo for choosing to come out with us to witness the wonder of the amazing humpback whales that visit our waters every year. We're so glad you enjoyed the experience and hope to have you back out with us again in the future.
star-5
Beyond Words!
Annabelle_P
, Jan. 2021
Staff--Fabulous, knowledgeable, friendly and communicative Boat (yacht) -- very clean! comfortable, plenty of sitting with great 360 degree view
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2021
Mahalo for choosing to come out us whale watching to wtiness the amazing humpback whales that visit our shores every year to mate and give birth. We so glad you enjoyed the experience and appreciate the wonderful feedback. You stay safe and healthy, and we'll hope to see you out with us again in the future.
star-5
Keep the whales safe
Linda_S
, Dec. 2020
I really enjoyed hearing about the humpback whales and how they survive. Good stories!! The crew was friendly and helpful. Appreciated the precautions the company took to keep everyone safe.
icon Response from Host , Dec. 2020
We so appreciate that you chose to come out with us to see the amazing humpback and help support our mission to save the whales and our ocean environment. We thank you for your feedback and hope to have the opportunity of having you out with us again in the future. In the meantime, you stay safe and healthy...and Happy Holidays!
star-5
Whale watching at its best!
Julie_H
, Dec. 2020
This was a great experience! We were barely on the boat, only 15 minutes from pulling away from the dock, when the first whales were spotted. A momma and her baby. We saw several pairs. And one little one was really putting on a show for us as he/she was learning to jump and tail flip. Also they put a mike in the water and we heard them! Great fun!
star-5
Great whale tour!
Ron_F
, Dec. 2020
We got to see whales shortly after we left the harbor area. It was amazing! The tour guides were informative and very helpful too.
star-5
Great trip!
Susan_J
, Mar. 2020
Great crew, great time! Amazing siting of 3 whales altogether! Such a knowledgeable crew. I highly recommend this trip.

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