Whale watching season will officially begin in four days, on Tuesday, December 1st. That means you can go ahead and book your Maui whale watch trip with us on that date, and beyond. Whale watching is probably the most popular Maui activity during our warm winter months, so you won’t want to miss it!

The humpbacks that migrate here every winter to breed and give birth are lively, playful, and a whole lot of fun to watch. Given their extraordinary size, there’s no wildlife experience quite like whale watching. As if the whales themselves weren’t exciting enough to inspire you to take a tour of the beautiful sapphire waters off Maui’s shorelines, we like to enhance your experience in many ways.

First, we are currently offering a money back guarantee that you will see whales on your tour. We also offer 10% off your booking when you book online. On our tours, you’ll get an expert whale narration from our wonderful Captain and crew. Depending on water conditions and our proximity to the whales, we can also use our on-board hydrophone so you can listen to these rather vocal marine mammals. Of course we also provide binoculars at no charge. Then there’s our on-board gift shop, where every penny you spend goes directly to cutting edge marine scientists whose priceless efforts help educate the whole world on the countless nuances of the lives of the ocean’s fascinating inhabitants.

Check our Maui Whale Watch Tours page for price details and the most up to date information on what we’re offering. Currently, we have four time slots to choose from: 7:30am (Early Bird), 9:45am, 12:00pm and 2:15pm. The tours are two hours in duration, and we ask that you arrive a half-hour before departure time so we can head out right on time. We’ll be departing from the north end of the scenic Lahaina Harbor. Since the tour is two hours, we have snacks and beverages available for you to purchase.

We hope to see you soon as the excitement of whale season kicks off on Tuesday! If you can’t make it then, check our Maui Whale Watch availability calendar for your preferred dates. Whale season continues all the way through May of next year.

Here at Hawaii Ocean Project, we strive to make your Maui ocean tour an unforgettable adventure, and we’re also always looking for ways to make your booking experience more convenient. That’s why we’re encouraging our guests to book their excursions through our user friendly website.

Not only is the online booking process streamlined and easy, but we’re also offering a nice 10% discount if you book with it. Since our offers are subject to change in the future, we recommend that you take advantage of it now, while it’s available. Especially if you’re planning a future vacation to Maui and you know the dates that you’ll be on the island.

The 10% discount currently applies to all our activities, so whatever it is that piques your interest, whether it’s a Molokini Snorkel or a Maui Dinner Cruise, or even some top rated Maui Whale Watching you can get the online booking discount. A 10% discount really adds up, especially if you are booking activities for your family or another big group.

All our tours are conveniently listed right on the home page, including the Dinner Cruise, Whale Watch, Molokini Snorkel, Lanai Snorkel and Molokai Day Tour. We’ve even recently added our newest adventure on Molokai, the Kalaupapa Hike. Click each Maui activity on our home page for plenty of helpful details on what your trip with us will entail. This info can help you decide which option will be the most fun for you and your group!

Our main page also provides information on our fleet and our mission here at Hawaii Ocean Project, as we work to provide exciting ocean tours while furthering the work of extraordinary marine scientists. Their work is instrumental in education, conservation efforts and policy decisions, to help keep Maui’s underwater world vibrant and healthy for generations to come.

We look forward to seeing you out on one of our cruises! Mahalo!

Humpback whales tend to get all the attention, especially considering their tremendous size, how aerial they are, and the sheer number that migrate to Hawaii in the winter months. They really know how to steal the show. They also tend to be at their thickest number in the shallower waters around Maui, Lanai and Molokai as they breed and give birth to their calves. We get countless humpback sightings as we continue to provide our exciting Maui whale watch tours, but it may be surprising to know how many other kinds of whales (and dolphins) can be spotted in Hawaii, particularly odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins).

Here are the fascinating odontocetes you might see here in Hawaii, starting with the most common and descending to the least common.

  1. Short-finned pilot whale
  2. Pantropical spotted dolphin
  3. Rough-toothed dolphin
  4. Common bottlenose dolphin
  5. Spinner dolphin
  6. Dwarf sperm whale
  7. Cuvier’s beaked whale
  8. Melon-headed whale
  9. False killer whale
  10. Blainville’s beaked whale
  11. Sperm whale
  12. Striped dolphin
  13. Pygmy killer whale
  14. Risso’s dolphin
  15. Pygmy sperm whale
  16. Killer whale
  17. Longman’s beaked whale
  18. Fraser’s dolphin

We’re guessing you didn’t expect such a long and impressive list! We can thank the Cascadia Research Collective for their exhaustive efforts to study these whales, and we are proud to say that our Maui ocean tours help fund their work. Out of all the species we’ve talked about, Hawaiian spinner dolphins and North Pacific Humpback whales are protected within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. That’s because Hawaiian waters provide vital habitat for those two species in particular.

If you’re aboard one of our whale watch tours and you spot something, but you’re not sure what it is, our expert crew can help identify what it is that you saw. It’s a tricky process if the sighting is brief, but that’s half the fun! You never know which of the species on the list might show up. Every outing is unique. We look forward to sharing one with you! Mahalo!

We'd like to share some exciting information with our avid whale watching guests, and those who are interested taking a tour with us to see these majestic creatures in person. The first humpback whale of the season was recently spotted from the tiny crescent island of Molokini, which is located off Maui's South Shore.

The whale was cruising around two nautical miles north of Molokini in the early morning hours. We can expect more and more of these gentle giants to arrive until the season peaks in the winter. Kauai had their first sighting at the end of September, so it's likely that several have arrived already, although their numbers are still thin.

While the season doesn't officially start until December, we want to share a friendly reminder that you can pre-book your Maui whale watch, which may be wise because of how popular this activity is. Our vessels are stable and very spacious, so you and your family and friends can enjoy unobstructed views of these dynamic marine mammals as they wow you with their above-water antics. Being the most acrobatic of the baleen whales makes them a lot of fun to watch.

Another thing you should know about our Maui whale watching tours is that we guarantee whale sightings, or you'll get your money back. That's how confident we are that you can get a look at them, and we provide binoculars in case they happen to be at a distance.

Our tours are two hours in duration, but we're not allowed to maneuver when the whales are within a certain distance of the boat, which is a situation known as "mugging." You never know if the trip will be a bit extended because of this circumstance, but one thing is for sure. If they're that close, you'll get the most amazing up-close view that you could hope for. There really is nothing quite like seeing a 45-foot animal in person. We hope you'll come out with us for that unforgettable experience. Mahalo!