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Pacific Whale Foundation – Maui Whale Watching Tours

Want to not only feel great that you are doing your part to support important environmental marine efforts while taking in the gorgeous sights and sounds of the clear blue waters surrounding Maui?

Want to embark on an exciting educational experience while you relax on a stunning catamaran, cruising the warm waters of Hawaii?

If the answer is yes, be happy to know that the Pacific Whale Foundation has the right whale watching tour for you and your family! Not only is the Pacific Whale Foundation Maui’s top-rated ecotour, it is also a leader in environmental advocacy and education, bringing imperative awareness concerning climate change and how it directly affects Hawaii and Hawaii’s vital ecosystems.

Guests taking the Pacific Whale Foundation’s whale watching tours are guaranteed to leave the islands with a once-in-a-lifetime experience of observing the local Humpback Whale migration throughout the months of November through April. Departing on one of their catamarans, there is lots of space to move around and the vessel is extremely stable and calm-sailing.

Seating on the catamaran are tiered, so everyone has a great view of the ocean expanse surrounding them. The Pacific Whale Foundation hosts the highest number of tours per day in Maui and departs from Ma’alaea Harbor. Lahaina Harbor is temporarily closed.

Ma’alaea harbor is easily accessible from Kihei, Wailea, Lahaina, Paia, Wailuku, Makena, Upcountry, and Kahului. In fact Ma’alaea is one of Maui’s best places to spot the gentle sea giants and the channel between Maui, Moloka’i, and Lana’i is the one of the best spots in the world for whale watching.

A certified marine naturalist accompanies you on board who will explain every aspect of the Humpback Whales’ life cycle and most importantly, he or she will go into depth about the time the whales spend along the Hawaiian Islands. Our guides on board even use hydrophones so you can hear the soothing and beautiful songs that the whales are signing right below your catamaran.

Being able to observe mothers and calves interacting, males competing for females, and even calves learning how to breach for the first time, every whale watching trip is fun, unique, and is an informative interpretation of whale characteristics.

Just a few examples of how the Pacific Whale Foundation’s whale watching proceeds support research:

  • Each year, the Foundation works diligently monitoring the Humpback Whale populations during their tours and they even sponsor the great whale count each year in the waters surrounding Maui.
  • The Pacific Whale Foundation has a trove of volunteers that work hard to steadily increase the population size of the whale population and they’ve been seeing a dramatic increase since the 1990’s. In the 1990s there were less than 1,000 total whales that migrated near Maui and now there are over 7,000!
  • The Foundation runs a conservation program with international and local organizations to provide interactive ways the community can help combat current environmental threats.
  • The Pacific Whale Foundation monitors and collects marine debris and proactively tries to initiate ways to reduce our carbon footprint.

Departure times: Maalaea

  • 9:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 2pm

Other Details:

  • Tours seven days a week.
  • 72 hour cancellation policy.
  • No handicap access.
  • There are two restrooms on board.
  • Be prepared for your tour and remember to charge your camera battery, bring a hat, light jacket, and apply sunscreen.
  • Free Marine Wildlife postcards.
  • Underwater hydrophones to listen to the whales.
  • Filtered water is included.
  • Snacks and beverages are available for purchase.
  • Cameras and binoculars are available to rent.
  • 4 oz. eco-friendly, “reef safe” sunscreen is available for purchase.

Location: Pacific Whale Foundation at Ma’alaea

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