Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor

4.8 (381)
Wailuku, US
4.8 (381)
Wailuku, US
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Experience Maui's top-rated whale watch with the experts departing from Ma'alaea Harbor. These informative and fun two-hour whale watches are led by a team of certified Marine Naturalists who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones and watch a variety of whale behaviors between mothers, calves or aggressive males competing for females. Every trip is different and you never know what what you'll experience. Moreover, whale sightings are guaranteed on all whale watches or you go again for free. Don't miss out on this unforgettable opportunity to witness these majestic creatures up close!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Not Included
  • 2 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Guaranteed whale sightings
  • Certified Marine Naturalists providing informative commentary
  • Opportunity to listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones
  • Observe a variety of whale behaviors, including mothers and calves
  • Two-hour tour led by experts in whale watching
  • Fuel surcharge
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

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Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in Maui? Get ready to witness the majestic humpback whales in their natural habitat with the thrilling Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor tour! Led by certified Marine Naturalists, this top-rated whale watch takes you on a two-hour journey filled with knowledge, excitement, and breathtaking moments.

What to expect?

During this exciting tour, you can anticipate a close encounter with these magnificent creatures as you listen to their mesmerizing songs through underwater hydrophones. Watch in awe as humpback whales demonstrate a variety of behaviors, including mothers caring for their calves and aggressive males competing for females. Each trip is unique, offering a truly immersive experience in the world of these gentle giants. Plus, rest assured that whale sightings are guaranteed on every tour, ensuring you won't miss out on these incredible moments of nature's wonder.

Who is this for?

This captivating whale-watching experience is for anyone who seeks to be mesmerized by the wonders of nature. Whether you're an avid nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or simply curious about these fascinating creatures, this tour is sure to captivate your senses. Bring your family along for an educational and fun-filled adventure or surprise your loved ones with a truly memorable experience in Maui.

Why book this?

By choosing this tour, you'll indulge in a truly unique and awe-inspiring encounter with the humpback whales of Maui. With certified Marine Naturalists as your guides, you'll gain a deep understanding of the whales' behavior and social dynamics. The opportunity to listen to the enchanting whale songs through underwater hydrophones adds an extra layer of fascination to this experience. Furthermore, the guarantee of whale sightings ensures your investment is worthwhile, promising an unforgettable journey amidst the beauty of the ocean.

Good to know

As you prepare for this extraordinary adventure, keep in mind that the total duration of the tour is 120 minutes. You'll meet at the PWF retail store in Ma'alaea Harbor shops, shared parking with the renowned Maui Ocean Center Aquarium. Before the tour, take the chance to explore the aquarium, known for its exceptional educational exhibits on Maui's marine life. Additionally, the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops offer a variety of retail shops and dining establishments, perfect for grabbing a quick bite or souvenir before or after your whale-watching adventure. Remember to check-in 45 minutes prior to departure to ensure ample time for preparations.


Past participants heaped praise on the Whale Watching from Ma'alaea Harbor tour, highlighting the expertise and enthusiasm of the certified Marine Naturalists. Visitors were thrilled by the up-close encounters with humpback whales and their calves, as well as the opportunities to witness unique behaviors. Overall, customers expressed their satisfaction with the tour, appreciating the guarantee of whale sightings, informative narration, and the lifelong memories created during this extraordinary experience. Don't miss your chance to be among those who rave about this captivating whale-watching adventure!

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Maui Ocean Center

Maui Ocean Center Aquarium is one of the highest rated aquariums in the world, educating you about our Maui waters and the marine life that lives within.

Admission Not Included

Maalaea Harbor

Above the harbor is the Maui Harbor Shops which contain a varity of retail shops and food establishments



4.8 (381)


Seeing the whales and also the guide was very informative very friendly staff and made sure everyone could see the whales


The crew did an excellent job taking care of and educating us! It was toward the end of the season and we weren't expecting to see any whales and were blessed with multiple sightings!


We were more towards the end of the season, but we still got to see many whales! We saw their backs, tales, fin 'wave' and even saw a breach!! Listening to their unwater singing was special too. The guide (forgot her name!) was super informative, clearly passionate about whales (she was as excited as we were ! :D) - we were on the smaller excursion (I think we were 24 people) and were happy with our choice. Would recommend!


We had an amazing time on our whale watching tour. The weather was beautiful. We saw 2 humpback whales, a mom and baby. The mother breached a couple of times and the baby kept slapping its tail on the surface of the water. The staff was nice & knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour, I’ve gone on whale watching tours 3 times prior to this, but this was by far the best one. We would absolutely go again.


We're so glad we chose Pacific Whale Foundation for our whale watching experience. They were knowledgeable and kept us hydrated during the tour. Best of all, we bit only saw whale, but got to witness a "competition".


Great trip and educational. Great viewings of mom whales and babies swimming together. Don’t expect to get too close, however. It is against the law.


The whale watch itself was fine. Lots of whales. But very Disappointed in service. it was early morning cruise. Not sure if due to economy, but We were greeted with small glasses of water and food that was small Costco bags of chips and candy bars for $2 and Coffee for $2. I assume drinks as well. But i am not drinker so don't know. But i have been on many a whale watches and part of the trip is the food. Not sure if was my fault for booking this one. But have been on this exact boat in the past that fts 140 passengers and was less that half filled. So, the food for purchases was junk. So if only going to serve that, it should at least be free. Will not be doing this one again unless i clarify in advance food provided. Insult to injury, the boat in front of us was preparing a feast for their passengers (before leaving the harbor). Just found myself apologizing to my wife and kids as we were all expecting good food/drinks (for my wife). And as all boats do, they asked for tips for services. But as stated, other than water being given walking on, there was nothing to tip. And i am a good tipper and have enjoyed supporting PWF for years as a Maui Resident but this just disappointed. It was 2 hour trip, so wasn't necessarily expecting feast, but better than this. Continental breakfast etc. If this is standard for the 2 hour tour, my fault i guess. Maybe i have just always booked 3 hour. But have just never had to pay for weak snacks.


When your experienced guide (Michaela) tells you this tour was "epic" you know you saw something special. Multiple breaches from female whales and their calf. A large shark tracking our whales. Captain Joe saving the day by getting a little blushish with the shark made such for a great adventure! Thank you to PacWhale Tours!


We were fortunate that a Momma Whale and baby put on quite a show for us for several minutes. The boat was not crowded where you couldn’t see what was happening in the water. We saw other whales as well. Fun for all of us!


This was a fantastic whale watching adventure. The crew was knowledgeable and friendly and we saw a large number of whales. I would highly recommend this company. Plus, it is a non-profit.
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