Best Maui Whale Watching Tours And Cruises

Every year between December and April, humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii to breed and raise their young. If you want to go whale watching Maui is one of the best spots as the humpback whales can often be seen swimming up the Auau channel between Maui and Moloaki. When picking a whale watching tour, there are plenty of options for kids, adults, and couples. Check out these top whale watching tours on Maui!

#1 – Molokini snorkel with whale sightings in season
Maalaea, Central Maui

Combine whale watching with this luxury Molokini snorkeling cruise. Off the Maui coast, the Molokini crater is one of the best places to snorkel—and during whale watching season it’s a convenient place to spot humpback whales as they swim toward the Auau Channel. At the crater, you’ll see colorful fish, sea stars, and sea turtles—and once you’re done snorkeling you can soak up the sun on the deck of the luxurious Paragon II sailboat. This is a good option during whale season’s shoulder months when sightings are more rare—you’ll enjoy snorkeling so much that if you do happen to see a whale as well, it’s a nice bonus.

Departs from: Maalaea, Central Maui

Choose this for: Molokini snorkeling and whale watching

whale watching maui#2 – Lahaina Champagne Sunset Sail

Who doesn’t want to watch whales with a flute of bubbly in hand? Sail Maui’s Champagne Sunset Sail takes you on a two-hour cruise along Maui’s west coast as the sun slips beneath the horizon. This is a high-traffic area for humpback whales in season, so you’re very likely to have a handful of sightings during the journey. Champagne, cocktails, and light snacks are served throughout, making this a classy way to spend an evening with your sweetheart.

Departs from Lahaina

Choose this for: romantic whale watching

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