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Sunrise Whale Watch Tour from Lahaina in Maui, HI

Pacific Whale Foundation612 Front St.Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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Available daily starting at 6:30 a.m., the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Sunrise Whale Watch from Lahaina offers a thrilling and scenic experience that’s considered to be Maui’s #1 choice for whale watching. Guests can enjoy two hours on a high-tech catamaran while listening to narration by certified marine naturalists, who explain in detail the social behaviors of humpback whales.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lahaina, Maui Travel Experts
  • Learn about humpback whales from certified Marine Naturalists who lead the tour.
  • Camera and binocular rentals are available for a small fee.
  • Check-in 45 minutes prior to tour departure.
  • Tour is approximately 2 hours long.
  • Snacks and beverages are available for purchase onboard.


from Sunrise Whale Watch from Lahaina
Depart from Lahaina Harbor and enjoy the majestic sunrise/morning trip at 6:30 am daily, with a return time of 8:30 am. For the most thrilling adventure of your vacation, see the whales with the experts from the Pacific Whale Foundation! They are proud to be Maui's #1 whale watch choice.

We offer whale watch tours for your convenience at multiple times throughout the day. Informative and fun, this two-hour adventure is narrated by Pacific Whale Foundation's certified Marine Naturalists who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales for you based on our 33 years of whale research. Travel on high-tech, ultra-stable power catamarans for a thrilling adventure along the scenic Maui coastline. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact, see males compete for females. You never know what you will see!

Soda, juice, snacks, beer and wine are available for purchase. This intriguing adventure includes a complimentary "Watching Hawaii's Humpback Whales" color guide, a whale poster for your party, and a Jr. Naturalist Program for kids. Kids under 6 go FREE (one free child per paying adult).

As an added bonus, whale sightings are guaranteed (from December 17 through April 23). If you do not see whales, you get a free ticket for a regular Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch.

Guests will need to check-in 45 minutes prior to departure and must sign a liability waiver upon check-in prior to your tour.

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Kula, Hawaii
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2017 NEW
Wow! That pretty much summarizes our dolphin excursion to Lanai yesterday. We arrived early in Lahaina for check-in and were greeted by Mr. Kevin Wheatley who was most helpful in assisting our non-English speaking family friends from Italy. The staff professionalism, their expertise and knowledge of the marine areas with an eye single to preserving our ocean habitat always makes trips with the Pacific Whale Foundation a wonderful experience. We boarded an extremely comfortable catamaran, the Ocean Quest for our trip to Lanai. The boats are certified to 149 passengers by the USCG, yet PWF maintains a capacity of 110 to provide optimum comfort and ocean viewing. As we approached Lanai, we encountered a massive pod of Spinner Dolphins which I'd estimate at approximately 300. I was shocked; I'd never seen so many dolphins in the wild in one place. Our captain expertly swung the boat into a 180 degree turn and, as we began to follow the pod, the dolphins instinctively began to play with the boat, following, diving and jumping as we crept along. It was a sight to behold, even the baby dolphins were jumping and flipping. Unfortunately, we had to break off the dolphin pursuit for our snorkel adventure. I'd done this trip previously; most of the excursions take you in the vicinity of Maniele Bay for snorkeling but, due to potential windy conditions, our skipper took us out an additional 10 miles around the leeward side of Lanai to an area called "Shark Fin". I was shocked; here we were moored in approximately 80ft of crystal clear blue water where you could easily see the coral reef laden bottom. As we entered the ocean to snorkel, we encountered school after school after school of fish, honestly, I'd never seen anything like it and far better than the dives/snorkel trips I've taken in the past to Molokini. After the snorkel, we were treated to a terrific and essentially all you can eat lunch, all supported by the outstanding crew and staff of PWF. We live on Maui, have often used the Pacific Whale Foundation for excursions when friends visit us from out of town and have had many wonderful trips throughout the years, but this particular trip seemed to top them all which is amazing considering the outstanding whale watching season we just completed this year. My complements to the PWF for continuing to provide outstanding whale/dolphin/snorkeling excursions at very affordable prices, much mahalos!
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Westminster, Colorado
"Turtle Snorkel Sail"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 15, 2017 NEW
We booked a tour for 6 adults and 1 child. The boat was not over crowded. The first snorkel site was nice at Honolua bay with lots of turtles and other fish. The second site was Cliff House which was sheltered given the winds but did not have the same quality/quantity of fish/animal life that was seen at the 1st stop. Most people were back on the boat in less than 20 minutes for the second stop. Food was decent, Mai Tai's ingredient's were questionable which gave it a sour taste.
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Cheshire, Connecticut
"Dolphin watch, Rip off"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2017 NEW
Dear Tourists, Do not pay for this trip. It is not worth it. We paid over $200 for two people to see dolphins, it was just a boat ride in the ocean. We could not even see a single dolphin forget dolphins, not even a single fish. When we asked the staff at the Lahaina Harbor to refund our money or to give us another tour she simply refused. She was very rude, even though on their brochure its written Dolphins Sightings Guaranteed or go again free. Do not trust on their words.
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Anders F
Taby, Sweden
"Amazing snorkling"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 11, 2017 NEW
Marvoules snorkling with Pacificeras Whalewatch Foundation on there small vessel. It tok us to places we have never been before. We world very much recommend this trip. Wonderful crew and so much fun. Since it only takes 38 passagers it's not crowded at all. Don't miss it🐠
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"great snorkelling and great crew"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2017 NEW
crew was fantastic, snorkelling was great and the boat is very comfortable and can take a large number of people. best value for money in Maui.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sunrise Whale Watch from Lahaina

How long is the whale watch cruise?
This whale watch experience is approximately 2 hours long.

When should I check-in?
Guests should arrive at check-in 45 minutes prior to the scheduled cruise departure. The tour departs daily at 6:30 am, please arrive accordingly.

Where do I check-in?
Please check-in at the Pacific Whale Foundation Booth, Slip #1, Lahaina Harbor.

Can I bring children?
Yes. Children ages 0-4 are free while children ages 5-12 are free per one paying adult.

What is included in the experience?
All passengers receive:

  • Underwater hydrophones to hear whale songs
  • Onboard Jr. Naturalist Program for kids
  • Reef-safe sunscreen and filtered water available onboard
  • Full-color marine wildlife poster
  • Guaranteed whale sightings or cruise again free

Do you have binoculars for passengers?
Passengers can rent cameras and binoculars for a small fee.

Are food and beverages available?
Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Alcoholic beverages from Maui Brewing Co. are available for purchase with proof of valid ID.