Get front row seats to Maui's best winter show: the annual return of the humpback whales. The Lahaina Coast offers great views of this spectacular migration.
Witness the beauty and grace of Pacific humpback whales on an educational adventure that is fun for the entire family. Cast off from Lahaina Harbor together with a fantastic captain and crew and embark on a memorable outing that will leave you inspired. See the migratory Pacific humpbacks as they search the warm waters of the Hawaiian Islands for the perfect place to breed and birth their calves. The waters off of Maui offer one of the best places in all of Hawaii to see this display—whale sightings are guaranteed on this tour!
Free use of binoculars
Hydrophone (subject to water conditions and whale proximity)
Great crew, a lot of good information and got a good look at the final Mom and her calf of the season
Stevens FamilyRead our 70 review(s)
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Price & Options
Wheelchair Accessibility: Manual wheelchairs can be brought aboard any of the vessels used for whale watching. Electric wheelchairs and power scooters are not permitted. Guests must be able to momentarily get into and out of their wheelchair with limited assistance. Bathrooms are located on the lower deck, making them inaccessible by wheelchair.
Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
If you are prone to motion sickness, you may want to consider taking an over-the-counter motion sickness preventative before the cruise.
You may want to bring warm clothing, such as a sweater or light jacket, as it can get cool out on the water.
Your cruise may be conducted on one of three boats: The Kaulana, the Maui Princess or the Lahaina Princess. Alcoholic beverages are only available for purchase on the Kaulana.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of boat will be used?
Several boats will remain in operation during whale watch season, each of which offers a smooth ride and great views of the water.
Lahaina Cruise Company's fleet includes:
- The Kaulana, a 70' catamaran (Note: Alcoholic beverages only available for purchase on the Kaulana.)
- The Lahaina Princess, a 65' double-decker yacht
- The Maui Princess, a 120' stabilized yacht
Are there any snacks provided?
Snacks and beverages are available for purchase.
Is the activity provider doing their part to help protect the ocean?
A portion of all proceeds goes toward the Hawaii Ocean Project's continuing efforts to supply direct funding to accredited researchers whose work revolves around understanding and protecting our oceans and their inhabitants.
Great crew, a lot of good information and got a good look at the final Mom and her calf of the season
So exciting, very knowledgeable crew, and tons of whales. We had a super great time! Thanks again!
My kids could not stop screaming when they saw the impressive breaching. My 5-year-old twins fell in love with the whales. I...9;m so glad that we took this excursion. Thanks for the good time. Great value! more
Staff was very informative and kept us interested with facts about the Humpback until we saw the escort breach for the 1st time. ...Then it was very exciting as this escort breached several more times, did flukes slaps and sky hopping to the oohs and aahs of everyone on board. My wife and I have been whale watching numerous tmes but this was the best trip we have been on. more
The activity was great. We seen many sets of moms and babies. One of the babies was putting on a show for about 30 minutes. We wer...e all very entertained. Would highly recommend this activity. more
Tour was great - staff was very knowledgeable and super friendly - interacted well with all age groups on the tour. Had a fantast...ic time - saw lots of whales. Boat felt very safe. Would definitely repeat this tour with this company. more
Me and my wife are here for our first time and loved seeing the whales so close and the friendly staff that helped point things ou...t before they happened. more
Great trip and great staff. The crew was very knowledgeable and answered all of my whale questions and they were so quick to point... out the whales as well. Early Bird Special is a great deal too! more
We went with 4 kids, 2 grandmas and an aunt- hoping to see whales. What we had was a humorous and informative host, as well, amaz...ing videos and pictures of a full 90 min whale adventure. The captain took us to a few spots, but we were lucky enough to see everything from tail splashing, diving under our boat, fin waving and blow hole splashing. We all had a great time! more
Fun activity. Saw a multitude of humpback whales. Crew was friendly, very helpful. Great photos to keep as souvenirs.
Dan and Diana
Our 7:30 a.m. Kaulana Whale Watching Cruise from Lahaina Harbor well exceeded our expectations. The whales were so plentiful the d...ay we went out, swimming and breaching in every direction. So much so, we never really knew where to look. It was, by far, one of the best activities we partook in while in Hawaii. It was one of the most incredible events all of us had a privilege of witnessing Thank you Veltra Tours for an incredible morning! :) more
We had an amazing encounter with this one whale that came under our boat. It happens but it's very rare, and this male whale... did it twice! We could really see how huge this animal was up-close. I'd highly recommend doing a whale watching cruise in Maui. It's AWESOME! more
My wife and I had a great time and would highly recommend it to anyone considering doing a whale tour.
What an experience to be so close to these huge, beautiful creatures. The guides were friendly and a wealth of information. I le...arned so much that I was the expert when I returned to the cruise ship we were on and was able to share some impressive information about the hump back whales behaviors. Not to be missed if you are visiting during the winter. more
It was a great cruise and saw many whales, had the chance to listen to them and the crew did a great job explaining much about the... humpback whale, the travels to Alaska and back, and made the trip fun. Thanks to them! This was something my wife has wanted to do for a long time and she thoroughly enjoyed it! more
We took the 7:30 am cruise and had a great time. We saw numerous "Mom and baby" pairs and got to take great pictures. ... The crew was friendly and entertaining. Highly recommended! more
We saw whales immediately. Whales were everywhere. Beyond my expectations.
Exceeded my expectations for so late in the season. Saw more whales than expected and learned a lot about their behaviors. Excel...lent photo opportunities too. more
I know every whale watch is a different experience but this was the best whale watch cruise ever. The crew was extremely knowledg...eable and the captain seem to have a knack to know where they were going to be and how to move into the best position. The boat was two decks and you could move freely between them. It's a bigger boat which some say is worse for fighting for rail space when whales are spotted but I saw a smaller boat next to us and the waves were rocking them almost out of the water while our boat was barely rocking. We got lucky enough to spot two sets of whales and some bottle-nose dolphins even though it was the end of the season. The second set of whales came right up next to our boat and hung around for a while for us to get a really, really close look. more
This was a great adventure! The staff was quite fun to be around. One of the crew-- Alex (I believe) was especially great in provi...ding information and he had great energy and an awesome attitude! We would definitely recommend this cruise! more
This cruise was awesome, the staff were very knowledgable, fun and professional all at the same time. We had a lot of fun. Saw a... few whales as well more
It was a great whale watching tour for family. The crews are friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the time a lot...
Excellent! Hoped to see one whale and saw several through the whole trip!
Too many to count. Excellent boat crew. The crew had extreme knowledge on all aspects of whales.
We hat a very nice boat trip and saw about 20 whales. The Crew gave us some interesting Information about whales. I would book the... trip again. more
Had a blast on the whale watching trip - nice boat, great crew and lots of whales. Perfect for small children, too. Thanks!
this was a great value for money tour, nice people running trip with loads of knowledge, reasonably priced snacks.... All ages lov...ed it. more
Saw more whales than we had ever seen before. Our guide was very informative and knew his stuff.
OMG had a great time. the boat was half full and was a gorgous out. we we're surrounded by whales. first we had mama and baby... then another pair then even another pair.wow. then as we we're going back to harbor because time was up and i think the whales were bord of us. we had a treat a female was being corted 7 males.OMG they went under the boat then around the boat. the crew said this was treat and we stayed out extra longer till the whales left us. that was very nice of the crew to that for us. thanks crew for making the day special more
I'm so happy i did the early morning whale watching. The whales came right up to our boat and we saw so many. Best tour I...9;ve done! more
The tour started great. The captain of the boat was taking us as close as she can near the whales. The whale expert was giving mor...e details about the whales. Watched a lot of breaches towards the end of the tour. Am amazing unforgettable experience . more
we went in the morning, and was a beatiful experience.
The captain and crew were excellent. We saw many mom's with there baby's. We also got to hear a male singing.
Loved this! We learned so much about whales and so many whales. Definitely would recommend and do it again!
We were hopeful to see whales but knew we were in late so expectations were hopeful at best. However, once we got to the area ther...e were 3 whales (mom, baby & male hopeful) and what a great show they gave. Tons of pictures and memories. more
I will definitely recommend to my friends. It's great!
I have seriously never seen so much activity, everything from breaches, fin slapping, female-calf-male escort trio, it was a smorg...asbord of whale viewing, best whale watch ever! more
Although our whale watching was actually before the normal season, we still sighted three different whales! The staff was very fr...iendly and helpful and their formation they provided was very informative. I would certainly recommend their whale watching boat trip as it was both fun and productive. The captain was very good at getting us as close as possible to the whales more
Friendly and informative crew. Saw several whales, which was exceptional this early in migration season. Got great pics- using... just a plain old iPhone! more
very informative cruise! saw a lot and the captain stayed out longer due to some very interesting activity with a mother whale and... 2 male whales that were creating a lot of activity above the water as well as under. more
Amazing tour. Saw ten whales, the crew took the least busiest path and respected the whales and kept their distance. Very informat...ive. Good bartender on staff. Will definitely go again more
Olivia Marie Jarman
crew on the tour were professional and courteous right from the start. We were all anxious to see whales and our boat got right ou...t there and we started seeing whale spouts. The boat was always on top of where the whales were. Through out the entire ride, the captain was incredibly knowledgeable and answered all questions. The boat itself was well stocked and very clean. There were plenty of tables inside and on top, as well as seats on the front and back. Everyone had a place to sit and could see the action from anywhere on the boat. The end of the tour was the most incredible. Two whales swam literally under the boat and came out in front of the bow. Seeing how big these amazing creatures were so close was a once in a life time experience. Both whales came up for air at the front of the boat. The whales seemed as curious about us as we were about them, and hung out around our boat for a good fifteen minutes. I highly recommend this tour and their company for an incredible whale watching tour!! The experience is excellent for couples and families with children of all ages. My one bit of advice would be to show up twenty five minutes before check in as it was very busy and took some time to find a parking spot. more
My little family of 3, husband and my 3 month old, went on this whale watching excursion and it was the highlight of our trip! I w...as very excited to find out that infants are welcome aboard. The entire crew was very informative, fun, and did everything they could to help the everyone spot some whales. We were so lucky to cruise with hundreds of spinner dolphins right below us. We even got close enough to spot a whale even though we were told it was early in the season. O would recommend bringing binoculars if you have some and a jacket because it definitely gets chilly and windy out there. Thank you to the entire crew for making my dream of seeing the whales come true! more
The crew on the tour were professional and courteous right from the start. We were all anxious to see whales and our boat got rig...ht out there and we started seeing whale spouts. The boat was always on top of where the whales were. Through out the entire ride, the captain was incredibly knowledgeable and answered all questions. The boat itself was well stocked and very clean. There were plenty of tabkrs inside and on top, as well as seats on the front and back. Everyone had a place to sit and could see the action from anywhere on the boat. The end of the tour was the most incredible. Two whales swam literally under the boat and came out in front of the bow. Seeing how big these amazing creatures were so close was a once in a life time experience. Both whales came up for air at the front of the boat. The whales seemed as curious about us as we were about them, and hung out around our boat for a good fifteen minutes. I highly recommend this tour and their company for an incredible whale watching tour!! The experience is excellent for couples and families with children of all ages. My one bit of advice would be to show up twenty five minutes before check in as it was very busy and took some time to find a parking spot. more
The staff was courteous, on time, knowledgeable, and fun. We had a blast and were closer to whales than ever before. A fantastic v...alue. more
Al & Kathy Rossi
I didnt really know what to expect... What we got was a large, clean, well equipped vessel. A very friendly and knowledgeable sta...ff. Great weather and phenomenal views of several different pods of humpback whales. We could not have asked for a better experience! more
Friendly and knowledgeable crew, really well organized expedition. We were told we were particularly lucky as we saw many whales a...nd at least 6 breaching. Beautiful animals. We learned a lot and left the boat excited and happy. more
The whale watching experience was the best. The crew was patient answering questions from our granddaughters. We learned great inf...ormation about why the whales come to Hawaii and the times best to see interaction between males and females. more
The crew was amazing. They went out of their way to answer any questions we had. They made the experience interactive and tried th...eir best to make sure all sides of the boats had equal viewing time for the whales. more
We were totally impressed with the professionalism of the research staff on the whale watch of Dec 8. The pilot was extremely expe...rienced and could pick up the behavior of the whales from afar to make an educated guess as to if they might come up more often than not. The attendants were knowledgeable as well providing much information as to the life cycles of the hump back whales. Many questions were answered to our satisfaction. They put a sort of a microphone to attempt to detect whale sounds although not successful they were willing to try all the technology to help us have the best experience ever. I really think luck played a big part in our amazing morning of whale watching but that being said it's worth taking a chance and we most appreciated the staffs attention to safety and providing all the education they did. The juvenile whales came right up to our boat and we're curious and playing around the boat so long the pilot had to call a sailboat over to distract them away so we could start our engine and return to shore. It was just amazing. more
Carol and Jim
We had an incredible time on this trip. The boat was clean and the staff was courteous, friendly, and knowledgeable. Our captain... was great at locating whales and she was extremely skilled at maneuvering the boat so we always had the best view. Originally I had bought my ticket for 3 days earlier however, upon arriving in Maui my husband got sick and we were unable to go. I expected to have to just eat the cost of our tickets but I called the company and Sylvia was great and rescheduled us for later in the week with no penalty. I highly recommend this company and I would use them again. more
We did this tour during the whale mating season so we expected to see a whale or two but what we saw was amazing. At first the wha...les kept their distance but after awhile they began approaching the boat. Soon dozens of whales were surrounding the boat and showing off their dives, breaches and spouting. They were close enough to spout whale 'snot' on us!! The skipper said their nearness was very unusual and he prolonged the tour by 1/2 hour. more
Saw plenty of whales with the closest ones coming within 70ft of the boat. The boat was comfortable and viewing was not a problem.... The Captain's banter helped make it a very enjoyable trip. more
Although our trip was near the end of the whale watching season, it actually worked out well for us, as we saw two males fighting ...over a female in desperation, before they began the trek back up north more
The Whale Watching was fun. The only problem was that we could not hear what was being said over the speakers. Too noisey.
You can't go to Maui during whale season and not go on a whale watching cruise. Would do this again the next time we go to M...aui. more
The whale experience was good and the boat met the needs of all. The whales weren't real "active" but that is natur...e! The only issue I had was printing off the ticket voucher. We were in a condo with no print access so I had to ask a neighbour to print it after emailing it to them. Not sure how you fix this but it was a minor inconvenience. more
We saw whales doing different things. We saw the tails and back of the whales as they swam and they were completely oblivious to... us. I was hoping to see whales up close. But the state law does not allow the boat to get close. So they were not really that impressive from that far away. more
newbie to scuba
Excellent tour with very friendly & informative guide (Bob). Wish we would have seen more of upcountry Maui, but other than t...hat was great! Fabulous views, comfortable bus, great experience. Would recommend to anyone, so nice not to have to drive that windy road, could enjoy the ride in comfort and safety! more
Like most things on maui, they are expensive for what they are, especially the tourist items. We found a discount early bird pac...kage and I think w paid just under $50 for two of us. We also tipped the crew $5 and paid for our picture $20...like real tourists do. Both the top and particularly the picture were optional but I got roped into it. It was early in the season also, just the start of the whale season. We did spot a few whales but they were a bit far away and hard to see. We were able to see a few from shore as well, but of course, even farther away. the weather was flawless and there is no reason that I saw not to take the early morning package for the reduced price. I would definitely try to sit up front in the future, but we sat in the back. The issue being best view, but there is enough to look at with the sides and rear that even the back is more than tolerable. We took some photos, which only included little blips of whales off in the distance. I think I would target this venue for prime season to be sure to see more. My understanding is about 4000-8000 whales will congregate.. We saw maybe 5. more
Had a fantastic time! Lots of whales to see. Can't wait to do this again the next time we're in Maui.
The crew was knowledgeable and the captain found some great whale locations. We saw quite a few breaches and other amazing whale a...ctivities. However, the boat we went out with was their dinner boat and did not include the advertised hydrophones or binoculars. Had we known this, we might have booked a less expensive excursion that also didn't have these items. more
For an April end of season whale cruise it was great to see whales and cruise the harbour in sunshine! saw a whale breaching out o...n the horizon,a mother and calf quite close to our boat,an escort flapping his tail, a lovely wave from a whale and lots of water spouts!! Fun afternoon more
The cruise started off at the harbor where we checked-in, waiting to board. Once we were seated, the boat undocked and we were on ...our way to watch some whales. The narration was the best part of the trip. The narrators were very informative and would tell us stories. They were always on the lookout for whales and try their best to take the boat as close them as possible but it was our mis-fortune that around that time we could only spot a few whales that too for just a couple of seconds. On the other hand, the views were surreal from the middle of the ocean. They guarantee a sighting and that's exactly what we got but I wish it was for longer. more
It was my daughter’s first time whale watching and I felt it was a great experience for my little one. We were able to see a coup...le of whales from far away, but since it was not during the peak whale watching season, we couldn’t get the full whale watching experience. I would love to come again during the peak season around February, which is what I heard is when there is the most whale activity. Other than that the view was great and I would recommend whale watching to anyone who haven’t experienced it yet. The water may be a little choppy at times so I would recommend people taking motion sickness medication for people who might be sensitive to motion sickness. more
It is hard not to recommend whale watching. Had a great time with the family. Seen a few whales up close but most activity was fro...m a distance. A few awesome whale tails. The crew was great. If you never went whale watching this should be on the bucket list. What to expect? A great view from either side of the boat and a relaxing day with sun. Crew members explaining whale behaviors and pointing them out so you can follow and hopefully get some great photos. more
The boat was late coming into the dock mainly because a cruise ship had shuttles in the dock space for our ship. We didn't bo...ard the boat until at least 15-20 minutes after it was supposed to have left. I felt the harbor was overly accomadating to the cruise ship. The young man narrating did a pretty good job though it was difficult to hear him at times. We did see some whales which was nice. more
The boat was decent, the ride itself was lovely and very sunny. We did see whales despite it being the end of the season. Howev...er, our guide was not very knowledgeable when it came to the actual whales. Wikipedia could have done a better job informing us. Lots of "um, and stuff" and had no answers to people's questions. Maybe a brush up on information and some note cards would help? more
Heads up: both parking and the stand for the whale watch tour was difficult to find. Luckily we were able to get ourselves on the ...next tour after missing the originally scheduled one due to the variables above. Tour guide was professional, but for a whale watching tour, and given our expections for the season, it was not up to par. Maybe next time. more
Although we did see many whales, nothing was comparable to the impressive photo's shown in add brochures. You well need a ni...ce set of binoculars to see the detail in sales brochures. All we saw were distance tail and fin flops although some say they saw a baby come out of the water. We enjoyed just setting on the beach watching the whales in the evening as the actual tour....An underwhelmed Okie! more
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