Ultimate whale watch with the experts

Ultimate whale watch with the experts

Adults (ages 13+) $82.95 Children (ages 12 and under) $82.95  
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.

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Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher during this special offering with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists.


Learn firsthand what it is like to be a whale researcher during this special offering with Pacific Whale Foundation’s researchers and marine biologists out of Ma’alaea Harbor. This unique adventure includes a 3 hour whalewatch with one of our whale Researchers and our certified Marine Naturalist onboard Ocean Explorer, a 54 ft. single deck catamaran. This vessel used to be our whale research vessel in years past, and offers the perfect small group platform for whalewatching and photography.

With only 38 aboard and open air seating, you’ll have unobstructed viewing of the humpback whales and the opportunity to interact with our naturalists and researcher onboard to gain a better understanding about these giants of the sea, as well as how and what data collection our researchers are gathering. Our naturalists will provide you with expert commentary about humpback whales and the various behaviors being exhibited by these amazing giants during your tour. Every tour is different and amazing, so come out with us on this unique adventure.


Live interaction with onboard whale Researcher on certified Marine Naturalists.
Underwater hydrophones to hear live whale songs
Whale sightings guaranteed or go again free
Unlimited sodas, juices, filtered water and 2 complimentary alcoholic drinks (Maui Brewery Company beer and wine)
A downloadable selection of 30 of our research department’s favorite whale photos.

Lunch: Fresh island fruit, grilled chicken or vegetable wraps, potato salad, Maui style chips, chocolate chips cookies.
Free Marine Wildlife oversize postcards
Affordable rental of cameras and binoculars

Departs: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (January 3 to April 11)

Duration: 3 hours

Check-in Time: 30 minutes prior to departure

Check-in Location: Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Store located in the Shops of Ma’alaea (across from the Maui Ocean Center)



Reviewed March 05, 2019

Great Whale watching

Great experience with seeing lots of whales. I loved having a naturalist on board for teaching. I learned a lot. I would definitely go again. I was pleased to support a group that studies and helps us preserve these amazing creatures!
I wish the staff wasn't talking as much when the whales were close by. I did several videos and hoped to tape their sounds and splashes. However, all I hear is the voice of the staff offering folks to come to the front of the boat. A few minutes of quiet would have been nice.
I did the "Ultimate" whale watching trip which included snacks, lunch, cookies and beverages. However, I never read in the online description that this was offered. We had packed snacks and brought water! The food was good and a hit.