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Pacific Whale Foundation

Pacific Whale Foundation is Maui's #1 whale watching choice. But they also offer a ton of other cruises to choose from like sunset dinner cruises, dolphin watching, and snorkel cruises around Hawaii. Book a Pacific Whale Foundation cruise on your next trip to Hawaii for an unforgettable experience.

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Sunrise Whale Watch from Lahaina

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Pacific Whale Foundation • 612 Front St. • Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761

Whale Watching

Sunrise Whale Watch from Lahaina in Lahaina, Maui HI

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

We offer whalewatch 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 whalewatch.

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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Island Rhythms Sunset Cocktail Cruise Ma'alaea

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Pacific Whale Foundation • 300 Ma'alaea Rd • Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793

Cocktail Cruises

Island Rhythms  Sunset Cocktail Cruise Ma'alaea in Maalaea, Maui HI

Embark on a fun-filled musical adventure at sea, complete with dancing on our open-air dance floor to reggae and other island rhythms, along with a variety of hot and cold appetizers and cocktails!

This unique and popular sunset cocktail cruise is hosted by Marty Dread, one of Maui's top reggae stars, whose charisma and enthusiasm gets everyone up dancing and having fun. It's an ideal multigenerational cruise; kids love dancing as much as the adults!

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.

Your ticket includes: sumptuous hot and cold appetizers of BBQ pulled pork, meatballs with homemade marinara sauce, taro rolls to build your own hot sandwich, artichoke dip with crackers, a locally grown vegetable crudite platter with ranch dip and locally grown assorted fresh island fruit platter. We also include all-you-can-drink chilled soda, juice, filtered water and up to three cocktails per adult, with a choice of local Maui microbrewery (Maui Brewing Co.) beer, plus wine and tropical well drinks including our famous Mai Tais. And we offer a free full color marine life poster!

What to Bring: Camera, light jacket or cover up, comfortable attire (low heeled shoes recommended), sunglasses, money for optional souvenirs. A picture ID is required to show proof of age if consuming alcoholic beverages.

Check in at Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma'alaea (next to the Maui Ocean Center) off Route 30, the Honoapiilani Highway. Remember, this cruise departs from Ma'alaea Harbor. Book early, as this cruise fills up quickly!

This cruise is available on Fridays only.

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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Sunset Cocktail Cruise Ma'alaea

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Pacific Whale Foundation • 300 Ma'alaea Rd, Ste 211 • Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793

Cocktail Cruises

Sunset Cocktail Cruise Ma'alaea in Maalaea, Maui HI

Come enjoy the magical beauty of a tropical sunset at sea! This fun-filled cruise departs from convenient Ma'alaea Harbor (an easy drive from Kihei, Wailea and Upcountry Maui) and glides along the scenic south or west Maui coastline as you enjoy a generous array of hot and cold pupus. Ma'alaea Cocktail Cruise is offered Sundays and Wednesdays only.

Your ticket price includes appetizers of BBQ pulled pork, meatballs with homemade marinara sauce, taro rolls to build your own hot sandwich, artichoke dip with crackers, locally grown vegetable crudite platter with ranch dip and locally grown assorted fresh island fruit platter.

We include all-you-can-drink chilled soda, juice, filtered water and up to three cocktails per adult, with a choice of local Maui microbrewery (Maui Brewing Co.) beer, plus wine and tropical well drinks including our famous Mai Tais. Kids under age 2 go FREE (one per each paying adult).

Whale sightings are guaranteed from December 17 through April 23, or you get a free ticket for a Pacific Whale Foundation whale watch (regular whalew atches only; not Ultimate Whalewatches or VIP Whalewatches).

Departing from conveniently located Ma'alaea Harbor; there's lots of free parking in the spacious lot by Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store and the Maui Ocean Center. Don't miss this romantic and relaxing cruise; it is truly an evening to remember!

Duration of Cruise: 2 hours

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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Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Cruise

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Pacific Whale Foundation • 612 Front St. • Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761

Snorkel Cruises

Lanai Snorkel & Dolphin Watch Cruise in Lahaina, Maui HI

Discover the world of wild dolphins on the Lanai Wild Dolphin and Snorkel Eco-Adventure offered by Pacific Whale Foundation! As pioneers in wild dolphin research and experts in the field, we take you to areas in the ocean that are known habitats of many different species of wild dolphins and toothed whales. Our team of certified marine naturalists give live narrations throughout the day to provide you insight about wild dolphins and the marine life in Hawaii.

This eco-adventure cruise also combines snorkeling off the coast of Lanai where you will connect with the vibrant marine life at a bustling coral reef. We supply all of the snorkel gear (including optical masks, available at no extra charge), flotation devices, and reef-safe sunscreen, plus a "learn to snorkel" class for beginners, a guided reef tour led by our naturalists, and a Jr. Naturalist Program for kids.

Departing from Lahaina Harbor each day our stable 65' eco-friendly catamaran lets you relax in comfort. This catamaran features a water slide, hot freshwater showers, two bathrooms, and easy-access swim platforms for snorkeling.

The original and best Lana‘i wild dolphin tour, based on Pacific Whale Foundation’s pioneering dolphin research. Cruise scenic shorelines frequented by wild dolphins. Includes snorkeling at one of Lanai’s famed reefs and a naturalist-guided reef tour!

Check in Location: Check in at Pacific Whale Foundation Store at 612 Front Street in Lahaina (across from the Banyan Tree).

Includes: Reef safe sunscreen, snorkel gear (with optical masks for eyeglass wearers) and flotation devices, free "learn to snorkel" class for beginners, free guided reef tour led by naturalists, free Jr. Naturalist program for kids, plus free color marine life poster.

What to Bring: Towel, cover up, hat, sunglasses, extra cash for souvenirs, recreational life jacket for kids 30 lbs and less.

Menu: Continental breakfast: bagels with cream cheese, fresh tropical fruit, a variety of homemade muffins, fruit juices (pineapple, passion orange guava, cranberry), and freshly brewed premium Maui or Kona Coffee. Barbecue Lunch: onboard grilled chicken breasts, veggie burgers, or hot dogs with all the fixings, homemade rolls, fresh pasta salad, ice cold soda, juice, and filtered water. After your snorkel site, we offer beer, wine, and tropical drinks with proper photo ID.

Duration of Tour: 5.5 hours.

NOTE: Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver upon check-in prior to your tour.

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Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise

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Pacific Whale Foundation • 300 Ma'alaea Rd • Maalaea, Maui, HI 96793

Snorkel Cruises

Molokini & Turtle Arches Snorkel Cruise in Maalaea, Maui HI

This 'double the fun' excursion includes snorkeling at Molokini Marine Preserve plus a second snorkel stop at Turtle Arches, a dazzling reef off Maui’s south coast known for its underwater lava arches and large resident population of green sea turtles. Pacific Whale Foundation’s certified marine naturalists give a free guided reef tour to point out sights you could easily miss on your own! We also include all of the snorkel gear, reef safe sunscreen, "learn to snorkel" class for beginners, and a Jr. naturalist program for kids. Each party receives a complimentary color guide, "Enjoying Maui's Unique Ocean Environment" and free dolphin or sea turtle poster. Rash guards are also available for rent (cash only).

Molokini is a world class snorkeling environment inside the protective ring of an ancient volcanic crater, where over 250 marine species thrive in crystal-clear Hawaii waters. The islet's arc shape, the fact that there is little or no soil to run off into the sea, and the relatively shallow, protected waters combine to offer an incredible Maui snorkel experience with excellent visibility. Located just 2.5 miles off the coast of Maui's south shore, Molokini's shallow inner cove provides a unique habitat for fish and coral species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world but Hawaii.

Check in Location: Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Store at the Harbor Shops at Ma’alaea (next door to the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium)

What to bring: Towel, cover up, hat, sunglasses, extra cash for souvenirs, recreational lifejacket for kids 30lbs and less.

Includes: Reef safe sunscreen, snorkel gear (with optical masks for eyeglass wearers) and flotation devices, free "learn to snorkel" class for beginners, free guided reef tour led by naturalists, free Jr. Naturalist program for kids, plus free color marine life poster.

Menu: Continental breakfast: bagels with cream cheese, fresh tropical fruit, a variety of homemade muffins, fruit juices (pineapple, passion orange guava, cranberry), and freshly brewed premium Maui or Kona Coffee. Barbeque Lunch: onboard grilled chicken breasts, veggie burgers, or hot dogs with all the fixings, homemade rolls, fresh pasta salad, ice cold soda, juice, and filtered water. After 2nd snorkel site, we offer beer, wine, and tropical drinks with proper photo ID.

Schedule: 7:00 am departure. Check-In 45 minutes prior to departure.

Tour Duration: 5 hours

NOTE: Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver upon check-in prior to your tour.

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Lahaina Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Pacific Whale Foundation • 612 Front Street • Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761

Dinner Cruises

Lahaina Sunset Dinner Cruise in Lahaina, Maui HI

For Maui's premier on-ocean dining experience, embark with us on a relaxing sunset dinner cruise along the beautiful coast of west Maui! Departing nightly from historic Lahaina Harbor, this cruise features guaranteed outdoor seating for all (as well as indoor seating for those who prefer it). There's no better setting for savoring fine drink, fabulous food, and lively conversation. This cruise takes place aboard the ultra-stable catamaran Ocean Discovery, custom-designed to provide an ultra-smooth ride and the finest at-sea dining in Hawaii.

As you cruise, you'll enjoy the stirring sunset over the Pacific, along with the 360-degree views of the dramatic verdant West Maui mountains and neighboring islands, some of the loveliest vistas on earth.

You can upgrade your Sunset Dinner Cruise ticket to enjoy premium seating on the bow or on the upper deck. You'll get a private table for your party, with wonderful seascape views. Our Premium Sunset Dinner Cruise option also includes an upgraded menu of complimentary beverages, including all-you-can-drink chilled soda, juice, filtered water and up to three cocktails per adult, with a choice of premium Maui microbrewery beer (from Maui Brewing Co.), wine, tropical well drinks including our famous Mai Tais, and frozen blended cocktails.

Our menu includes:

Appetizer:

  • Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  • Served with Fresh Baked Foccacia Bread

Salad:
  • Ocean Salad

Entrées
Choose an entrée from the list below. All entrees are grilled onboard by our professional chef.
  • Lemon-Grass and Curry Marinated Fresh Kauai Shrimp with Lilikoi Butter Sauce

  • Teriyaki Marinated Boneless Chicken Breast with Big Island Papaya Salsa

  • Chimichurri Marinated Flat Iron Steak with Wild Mushroom Demi Glaze

  • Char-Grilled Honey-Miso Glazed Tofu (vegetarian) with Big Island Papaya Salsa

All entrees are served with coconut whipped Molokai purple potatoes with butter and macadamia nut pesto char-grilled vegetables. Dessert is triple chocolate brownies accompanied by fresh Kula strawberries.

The premium option includes all-you-can-drink chilled soda, juice, filtered water and up to three 3 cocktails per adult, with a choice of Maui micro-brewed beer, wine and tropical well drinks including our famous Mai Tais.

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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Whalewatch Sail Deluxe

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Pacific Whale Foundation • 612 Front Street • Lahaina, HI 96761

Whale Watching

Whalewatch Sail Deluxe  in Lahaina HI

Ocean Spirit is a high-tech co-friendly catamaran with a maximum capacity of 65 passengers. Whalewatch Sail Deluxe is lead by certified Marine Naturalists for fun and informative interpretation of humpback whale behaviors and characteristics. Lunch onboard makes this three hour eco-tour a deluxe whale watching experience.

- Underwater hydrophones to hear whale songs
- Onboard Jr. Naturalist Program for kids
- Reef-safe sunscreen and filtered water available
- Full-color marine wildlife poster
- Whale sightings guaranteed or go again for free on a Standard Whalewatch

Lunch:
Fresh island fruit, house made chips and salsa, kiawe-smoked pork and chicken sliders, zesty bean salad, roasted garlic hummus and crostini, tomato and basil bruschetta, and house made brownies.

Complimentary alcoholic beverages including Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine and tropical cocktails for adults 21 years and older with valid picture ID. (Limit: 3 alcoholic beverages per adult). Unlimited soda and juice.

Departs: Lahaina Harbor
Departure Time: 12:30pm
Operation: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

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Ocean Spirit Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail

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Pacific Whale Foundation • Lahaina Harbor • Lahaina, HI 96761

Sailing

Ocean Spirit Honolua Bay Snorkel Sail in Lahaina HI

Come aboard Ocean Spirit, Maui's luxury sailing catamaran, as we cruise along the beautiful Ka’anapali Coastline to the breathtaking waters of Honolua Bay, one of Maui’s most popular snorkel spots. Enjoy a leisurely snorkel and take in the beauty of the island’s vibrant coral and plentiful marine life including green sea turtles and colorful tropical fish.

From here, Ocean Spirit will head to another stunning reef where you can participate in a free guided reef tour with our certified marine naturalists. Then climb onboard and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch and ice cold drinks. We’ll then head out to sea where you can sit back, relax, and take in the scenery as we ride Maui’s trade winds for an exciting sail back to Lahaina Harbor. Keep your eyes peeled on this cruise, as we are often treated with visits by Maui's wild spinner, spotted and bottlenose dolphins.

Includes:
- Continental Breakfast: Bagels and cream cheese, assorted pastries and fresh island fruit.
- BBQ Lunch: grilled chicken breasts, Kiawe smoked pork with guava BBQ sauce, hot dogs, garden burgers and all of the fixings, potato salad, Maui-style potato chips and dessert.
- Two complimentary alcoholic beverages per adult (Ice-cold tropical cocktails, champagne, wine, assorted Maui Brewery brand beer, well drinks), plus unlimited sodas, juices, and filtered water.
- Free full-color marine life poster

Departs: 7:00 am from Lahaina Harbor
Duration: Approximately 5 hours
Check-in time: 6:15 am
Check-in location: Pacific Whale Foundation booth at Slip #1, Lahaina Harbor

NOTE: Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver upon check-in prior to your tour.

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Molokini Wild Side Snorkel

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Pacific Whale Foundation • 300 Ma'alaea Rd, Ste 211 • Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793

Snorkel Cruises

Molokini Wild Side Snorkel in Wailuku, Maui HI

Pacific Whale Foundation has been offering quality ocean eco-adventures to Molokini for more than 30 years. We are pleased to offer a new small group Molokini eco-adventure that travels off the beaten path. It includes an opportunity to visit one or more reefs where sea turtles are plentiful and learn about these fascinating marine reptiles. There's no trip like it on Maui.

As with all of our Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures, this new trip is led by our team of knowledgeable Certified Marine Naturalists and a professional U.S. Coast Guard certified captain. It's based on our decades of marine research, including an extensive study of Molokini's fish, corals, and wildlife.

We depart in the morning from Ma'alaea Harbor and head for Molokini. After snorkeling this remarkable mid-ocean reef, we'll cruise around Molokini's rugged red rock back wall. Birdwatchers, be ready. We often sight seabirds such as Wedge-tailed shearwaters and Great frigate birds that roost here!

And then we'll set off to explore, stopping to view wildlife at sea turtle and dolphin habitats. We'll also choose a reef that offers the clearest and calmest conditions for our second snorkel site. Explore on your own or take part in a guided reef tour led by our knowledgeable naturalist.

Our Molokini Wild Side Eco-Adventure is offered on our 54-foot single deck catamaran, Ocean Explorer. With comfortable armchair seats arranged grandstand style on the bow, plus a shaded back deck, shower, and onboard bathrooms, Ocean Explorer combines comfort with the thrill of being closer to the water and ocean wildlife. It's U.S. Coast Guard certified for just 49 passengers, but we'll carry just 38 people, so there's plenty of room for everyone.

Includes:

  • Expert narration by our Certified Marine Naturalists

  • Opportunity to learn about sea turtle research

  • Snorkeling at Molokini and a second site

  • Professionally fitted, premium snorkel gear (including optical masks for eyeglass wearers)

  • Flotation devices

  • Wetsuit tops available for rental

  • Free learn-to-snorkel class

  • Free fish ID class

  • Free guided reef tour

  • Free Jr. Naturalist program

  • Continental breakfast: bagels and cream cheese, assorted pastries, and a fruit platter

  • Lunch: Grilled Chicken Wrap with spinach, tomato, carrots and cucumber (with condiments), Potato Mac Salad, Corn and Bean Salad and chocolate chip cookies

  • Refreshments: sodas, tropical juices and filtered water. (After snorkeling, adults age 21 and over with valid ID may enjoy 1 complimentary alcoholic beverage, including local micro-brew beer or wine or Mai Tai. Refills available for sale at a reasonable price.)

  • Free marine wildlife poster

  • Free downloadable Hawaii Wildlife Guides:

    • Hawaii's Coral Reefs
    • Hawaiian Monk Seals
    • Hawaii's Sea Turtles
    • Hawaii's Humpback Whales
    • Hawaii's Wild Dolphins

Also Available:
  • Affordable rentals of underwater cameras and binoculars
  • Rental of wetsuit tops

  • Love the snorkel gear? You can arrange to rent it for the week for a small additional fee.


Departs: Daily at 7:30 am (except Wednesdays)
Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Check-in: 6:30 am (1 hour prior to departure) Breakfast is served in their Discovery classroom prior to departure.
Check-in Location: Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Store at Ma'alaea Harbor Shops (next to Maui Ocean Center)

For ages 8 and over only. This eco-adventure is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with back problems.

Destinations subject to change due to sea or weather conditions.

NOTE: Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver upon check-in prior to your tour.

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