Whale Watching off the Coast of Maui

Whale Watching Cruise with Open Bar from Ka'anapali Beach

Maui, USA
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Set sail into one of the world’s most active winter whale playgrounds on a whale-watching tour from Maui’s Ka’anapali Beach. Head offshore directly from the beach and, with the help of a naturalist guide, look for pods of humpback whales making their winter home in Maui’s warm waters. Get comfortable aboard a spacious catamaran with plenty of seating—including bean bags on open nets that get you close to the action—and enjoy unlimited drinks from an open bar as you cruise alongside spectacular marine mammals.
  • 2-hour whale-watching cruise from Maui's Ka’anapali Beach
  • Head into the open ocean to see humpback whales off the coast of Maui
  • Take advantage of one of the world's best winter whale-sighting locations
  • Learn about whales and their migratory patterns from a naturalist guide
  • Enjoy unlimited drinks from an open bar onboard
  • Cruise departs directly from Ka’anapali Beach
  • Family-friendly adventure

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Unlimited drinks (open bar)
  • Live commentary by trained naturalists on board
  • Free parking validation for up to 4 hours
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Sea Maui
    2435 Kaanapali Pkwy RMU #5520, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

    Please check in at the Sea Maui kiosk located between Leilani's & Hula Grill along the beach walk at Whaler's Village. We validate 4 free hours of parking for the Whaler's Village parking structure. Please bring your ticket with you and present it at CHECK IN, before we depart. Mahalo!

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Check in 1/2 hour before departure time
  • Not recommended for travelers with mobility issues as we do load from the beach
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 42 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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507 reviews
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Great trip from Ka’anapli beach
Dave_S, Apr 2024
End of the season, but the crew found us several whales including at least two different Mom and calf pairs within minutes of leaving the beach
The crew was terrific...
Heidi_W, Apr 2024
The crew was terrific with knowledge of the whales and things to do in Maui. Very friendly and we got to see whales which was exciting!
Saw a whale’s tail wave hello to us
Carol_P, Apr 2024
We sat in the front of the catamaran in very comfortable bean bag chairs. Best experience ever! Got splashed like we were on a carnival ride. Perfect viewing of whales. Plastic bag for camera recommended. Wonderful crew!
What an amazing experience!
Kristin_B, Apr 2024
Breaching whales! An amazing trip worth way more than the price. Plus an open bar with personal service included. Thanks for an awesome experience!
Great Excursion
oliviavining, Apr 2024
Great experience! Saw lots of whales. Our 10 year old said it was the best day of his life. Provided snacks and drinks along with knowledge about the whales.
Best part of our entire trip!
Mariah_D, Apr 2024
My family went on at 11 a.m. cruise. The staff was super cool and knowledgeable about the whales. Our daughter actually fell asleep on the boat and a staff member gave us his jacket to cover her up. We didn't see any breaches but we saw a lot of tail and fin activity. Just being out on the boat, meeting new people, and enjoying the vibe was amazing. We highly recommend this cruise and we can't wait to do it again ourselves!
Great crew and we got to...
Austin_S, Apr 2024
Great crew and we got to see a lot of whales. Crew was able to answer all my whale related questions as well which was great!
An adventure of a life time 🐋
Anne_I, Apr 2024
This was such an amazing experience for my son and I! We had an amazing crew that were attentive and knowledgeable! We saw whales, dolphins and a turtle! Memories were made and will last a lifetime!
Awesome Experience
Tiffany_W, Apr 2024
Great Experience! Saw whales the entire trip. Crew was Awesome & Personable! A must do - the whales are Amazing to see!
Great!!! Highly recommend if you never seen whales before.
Gabriel_R, Apr 2024
This was an amazing experience for us you can see a lot of whales and the open bar is amazing too. Thank you
Family trip
Alexandra_G, Mar 2024
Me my daughter and 3 grandkids love our trip. We were very lucky saw several whales and dolphins too. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had great time . Absolutely recommend
Good experience
John_A, Mar 2024
We had a good time two hours out on the boat and got to see a couple wails. The open bar was a plus and the crew was very social.
Irene_D, Mar 2024
We saw a large number of whales! We had Captain Nelson and crew who were friendly, welcoming, did the safety talk at the beginning of the whale watch prior to leaving shore. The music and atmosphere were awesome and we will do this again next year!
Great trip
Mark_N, Mar 2024
Great trip. Lots of Whales and friendly staff! Would highly recommend. If you are on Maui- you should book this trip.
Whale tour
Tina_C, Mar 2024
As always a wonderful experience on my well watching tour! Never disappoints! Thanks again for another wonderful tour!
Great whale watching tour!
Donna_H, Mar 2024
I highly recommend this activity. Ronnie, Travis and our captain took very good care of us. We were able to see many whales playing in the waves and had a pleasant catamaran ride. The crew was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable.
"Spectacular Maui Whale Watching Adventure
Mark_W, Mar 2024
Whale watching in Maui exceeded all expectations! The experience was fun and exciting as we spotted the whales in their natural habitat. The crew was knowledgeable and interacted with everyone on board. Witnessing the whales in the waters of Maui was an unforgettable sight. It's an experience I'll treasure forever and highly recommend to anyone visiting the island.
Brian_W, Mar 2024
The whales themselves were the most memorable part! Oh my gosh it was incredible! The whales were jumping and tossing, at length! Both the full-grown mama whale and the baby whale were jumping repeatedly! And the captain and crew were awesome!
Great Experience! Book it!
Michael_B, Mar 2024
This was our second whale watching experience in Maui. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The crew was knowledgable about the whales and marine life, sailing/boating, history of Maui and Lahaina. They were fantastic at creating conversation with everyone on the boat.
Great Experience
Jill_E, Mar 2024
We had an awesome experience! Great to be on the water first thing in the morning. The boat was just the right size, fun crew and we saw lots of whales. Would highly recommend!

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