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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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"Special treat with super active whale!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 27, 2017 NEW
2nd time on PWF...we knew it was end of season and took our chances..about an hour in we were skeptical of a whale encounter and were happy to be on water on beautiful day with 2 companion dolphins for about 15 minutes of cruise..nice ship and crew..headed back our cruise director was probably getting ready to tell us about our free make up Cruise when we encounter young super active whale who breached at least 4 times and then continued to flap it's fins as if saying super aloha...so worth it!!
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Mike B
London, United Kingdom
"Professional Whale Watch tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 26, 2017 NEW
Did this trip the other day. Booked online & collected tickets from the shop - no problems. They do rent binoculars but personal opinion not worth it, my wife had some and hardly used them. They know where to go to have the best chance of seeing a whale and we saw two plus we had a dolphin pod playing around the boat for twenty mins. Crew know there stuff so overall a good trip. Definite value for money.
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Gayle W
"Fun & Informative Whale Watch Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2017 NEW
We went to Maui at the end of April, so we weren't sure how much whale activity we'd see. However, our crew for the Whale Watch Cruise went out and found us some whales. We saw a few dorsal fins, some spray and one tail fluke. No spectacular breachings, but who can control whales? The boat was large with comfortable seating. The crew were friendly and knowledgeable. It was nice to be able to patronize an organization whose main reason for operation is to benefit marine life!
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"Great Experience with an almost 2 year old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2017 NEW
We totally lucked out on our whale watching adventure and got to see dolphins and a whale in late April. The crew was friendly and super knowledgeable. My little guy (while he slept in his carrier about half the time) did great. There was plenty of seats and shade.
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Larry S
"Not Much to See"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2017 NEW
Probably spoilt having snorkelled in Thailand and Fiji so Molokini was a little disappointing. The fish were few and we only saw about 6 types. The coral was pretty in the shallows but unfortunately there was signs of bleaching. We moved to try see turtles but they were scarce due to the choppy waters. Nobody could predict the weather. We were lucky enough to see a couple of whales, mother and calf which was special. The crew were all very helpful and knowledgeable.

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.