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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Jared R
"Wonderful morning"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2017 NEW
We did the Sail whale watch and it was wonderful. We saw around 5 whales that were very active. The crew was very friendly and the education and passion they have for whales definitely comes through. Would highly recommend!
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Seattle, Washington
"Fun Whale Watching "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2017 NEW
Really enjoyed the two hours out as we saw quite a few whales. Some were right under the boat which you could actually see them. The water and weather were perfect. The crew was very friendly and accommodating. And remember, no paper in the toilet!
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Los Angeles, California
"Top-notch tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2017 NEW
We booked the two hour whale watch trip and can't say enough about it. The price ($33) was very reasonable, the boat was comfortable, being out on the water was wonderful, and we saw several Humpback whales which was very exciting. I have been on several water tours of various types in these islands and these were by far the most educated, knowledgeable, and interesting hosts I've had. They are careful to hire guides that are university educated on marine wildlife so you know that they live and breathe this topic and it shows. Glad to see that it's a non-profit organization and that my money is going to a good cause as well.
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Tucson, Arizona
"Fun afternoon at sea!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2017 NEW
Even thought it was a little early for whale watching, we still managed to see 5-6 whales and dozens of dolphins racing our boat! Outstanding service & cultural lessons form the top notch team of Dan, Chris & Hannah. Highly recommend!!
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"5 trips in 4 days!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2017 NEW
2 whale raft trips, dinner cruise, dolphin snorkel & sunrise whale watch! Well looked after by the team on each trip (special thanks to Paul for taking care of me on the dinner & snorkel trips). Generous refund & rebook policies when mother nature doesn't quite do things to plan. Absolutely recommend taking a trip with these guys.
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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.