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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.

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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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Appleton, Wisconsin
"Morning Whale Watch"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2017 NEW
I get sea sick so I need to be on a large boat. This boat has an upper and lower deck, so the upper worked great. The staff are great and funny. We saw lots of action with the whales. Definitely a good time. I also feel that the waters seem to be more calm in the morning.
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Newman Lake, Washington
"Awesome! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2017 NEW
Everything was so awesome about this cruise! The crew was fantastic, the route and itinerary was fantastic! I would recommend this to everyone to try at least once because you'll want to go again!
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San Rafael, ca
"Always interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2017 NEW
My husband and I went on the 2 hour Sunset Cruise on the Ocean Spirit catamaran. Puu-puus and drinks.The staff was wonderful and answered all our questions about whales, etc. We did see some whales, very exciting to see a mother and calf near us. Great food and so beautiful sailing on the ocean out of Lahaina. We take this cruise every time we go to Maui.
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Calgary, Canada
"Watch out for extra "surcharges" over the advertised price"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2017 NEW
We saw three whales - quite close but not much activity. The guide said that many of the whales had already left for the season, but we had seen a lot of whale activity from the shore in the last few days. We were late leaving the berth, and early back, then we had to wait 15-20 minutes outside the harbour until the other PWF boat vacated the berth. PWF sneak in an extra $5 over the advertised rate at time of booking, for "fuel surcharge" for their sailing catamaran. It is a scummy practice which earns an automatic one-star rating from me.
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Winona, Minnesota
"Very nice whale watching expedition "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2017 NEW
Good value for your money. The boat ride was comfortable (the sea was calm) and our on board naturalist knew his stuff and communicated it well. We saw lots of whales doing lots of whale things (breaching, tail slapping and etc.). We got fairly close to them at times (less than 30 yards). My only complaint was that the boat was full and viewing the whales from the vantage point of the ships railing was sometimes frustrating because of all the passengers vying for the coveted vantage points. Despite this, I would go again. I also think that two hours is more than enough time to spend on this venue.

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.