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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"Great Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed this excursion very much. Our guide was very knowledgable about this area and the whales. It was mid-April and near the end of the whale migration so we were very lucky to see three adults and one baby. Amazing!
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Mel B
Hanoi, Vietnam
"The Best for Whale Watching and Snorkeling"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 21, 2017 NEW
We first went on a whale watching trip and was so impressed we decided to do the snorkeling trip as well. Both were very well organised and well led by knowledgeable guides and we had good weather on both occasions. The open boat for the whale watching trip was hot in the sun, so cover up. we saw many whales and had a great time. The large boat for the snorkeling has all the amenities and even the lunch and snacks were good. The snorkeling was great with good coral and many fish species. The highlight was following a giant turtle as it swam lazily below us, rising past us now and again to take some air.- magical. The foundation shop is worth a visit -I spent a lot. The whole enterprise is worthwhile as all profits go to studying and saving whales and if I lived anywhere closer than half way across the world I would have considered membership.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
"Ocean Spirit Sailboat Day Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 15, 2017 NEW
Our 3rd time on the Ocean Spirit and it only gets better. Fabulous sailboat, fabulous crew and you don't get any better then this trip! I look forward to this one every time. The crew is so helpful and knowledgeable. Super breakfast and lunch served. Honolua Bay snorkeling is so pretty and the 2nd snorkel wonderful too. Got to swim with sea turtles. See hundreds of fish and coral reefs. We love the PWF and we are members. I suggest you join too!
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"Lana'i snorkel and dolphin watch - great time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2017 NEW
We took this trip on the first Monday in June. It was fantastic. We got to see the dolphins! The island was amazing. The crew was super friendly and informative. Our snorkel spot was great. The ride back to Lahaina was long. We stayed outside, so we did get some burn, but thankfully we were mostly covered with long sleeves and hats. I wanted to be in the shade, but also wanted the fresh air. I bought a waterproof camera before leaving for Maui. But Pac Whale did offer an underwater camera rental for $40 that included you getting to take home the memory card. I only noticed two people getting sick on the trip. I experience motion sickness often, so I took 1 pill that morning. On the boat, we stayed out on the deck to and from Lana'i. I avoided eating much as both breakfast and lunch are served on board. I did have my included drink, a blue Hawaiian. I would suggest not having any alcohol while taking motion sickness pills! They serve water on board, as well as ginger ale and ginger candy to help with motion sickness. I haven't been on the trip to Molokini Crater, so I can't compare. But since we were staying on the west side, I chose the trip to Lana'i.
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Eastvale, California
"Excellent Sunset Cruise!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 09, 2017 NEW
First of all, after reading several other reviews I'm a bit dumbfounded as to why people would leave a negative review and complain about the weather??? PWF or any other company cannot control the weather so here is my review of the trip I experienced. We booked our trip (June 5, 2017) on the advice of our concierge over another competitor (Trilogy) and I am so glad we did for several reasons. The boat for this adventure is just about as brand new as you can get. Very clean! We had about half of a full boat which made moving around super easy. The staff was also extremely friendly. The area around Lahaina was very windy and we were actually able to "Sail" with the power off which was very cool. The boat was super stable even in windy conditions. The cocktails were great and the staff never stopped making us feel at home. I will say the "pupus" were not the best as some seemed a bit stale. Most of them were good but a few were so-so. When speaking to the crew, I was told that the Pacific Whale Foundation was actually a Non-Profit. That really cemented my belief that we made the right decision to go with the PWF. The price was significantly less than the #1 rated company, however, the PWF for the Sunset Cruise is #1 in my opinion. The boat is new, the crew is super friendly, and it's a non-profit operation. I would recommend this sunset cruise to everyone. The cherry on top was was that the sunset we were privileged to watch was absolutely stunning.

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.