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South Maui Whale Watching Tour

The Humpback Whales visit Hawaii every winter and delight our Hawaiian Island vacationing visitors with their presence. Taking a boat tour off Maui is one of the most popular tours and the best Maui water activity of the season!

The first whales begin arriving in November and the last whales check out in early May. The Alii Nui Whale Watch presents an exceptional whale-watching experience out of Maalaea Harbor. If you are staying in South Maui you should consider the Alii Nui Whale Watch for a Whale Watching tour.

Alii Nui Whale Watching is done from a custom-built luxury sailing catamaran designed specifically for sailing off the shores of Maui. The catamaran is 65 feet long and 36 feet wide. There is a large main cabin with table seating, two restrooms, and a unique close-up viewing room on either the back or front decks.

Humpback Whales swim through the waters of all the islands in Hawaii. The main concentration of whales is between Maui, Lana’i, and Moloka’i. Here the Pacific Ocean waters are the warmest and are well protected from strong open ocean currents.

Environmentalists have introduced and passed laws that require whale watching tours on Maui to stay at least 100 yards away from any whale they encounter during their tours. This law was passed to protect the whales from being struck and injured by tour boats. Every whale-watching tour on Maui observes this rule. To provide the best Maui whale watches, the charter boat usually plots its course ahead of the whales, then cuts its engines. This practice of heading the whale off at the pass has produced some of the most exciting whale watches in Maui as in many cases whales cruise by the boat, creating an exceptional and most-memorable whale-watching experience.

Each year the research organizations on Maui count the Humpback Whales. Once seriously in jeopardy of becoming extinct, the population has increased quite a bit since they were added to the endangered species list. Today they thrive as a wonderful Maui attraction which boatloads of visitors enjoying their beauty, grace, and show. Humpback Whales are quite active. They breach the water, flap their tails, and demonstrate a variety of other behaviors that thrill visitors on Maui watch watching tours daily.

Today the Alii Nui is probably the best charter boat on Maui. There are several other activities that you can experience aboard the Alii Nui, such as Molokini Snorkeling, a sunset sail, and the Royal Sunset Sail. We promote all of Alii Nui’s Maui activities we are the only company where you can find Maui discounts on their trips. You can find them in the Molokini Maui section and the Maui dinner cruise page on our website.

What to Bring on the Day of Whale Watch

  • Bring sunscreen
  • Wear a hat
  • Dress to get wet
  • Camera or Phone for Photos (waterproof bag comes in handy)

Boat Tour Food Menu

  • Appetizers
  • Kiawe, Guava Smoked Baby Back Ribs
  • Meatballs in a Marinara Sauce with Parmesan Cheese
  • Corn Meal Dusted Kaiser Buns
  • Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Vinaigrette Drizzle
  • Vegetarian Tortellini with Vegetables
  • Vegetable Crudités
  • Fresh Island Fruits
  • Multi-Grain Gluten Free Cracker with Spinach Artichoke Parmesan Cheese Spread
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Assorted Cookies
  • Beverages
  • Cash Only Premium Open Bar
  • Soda, Juice, Filtered Water

Gluten-Free Items

Please note that our kitchen is not gluten-free and any gluten-free items may be subject to cross-contamination.

Sail Boat Tour Restrictions

No handicap access

Whale watching on Maui is seasonal from December 15th through April 15th. There are no whale-watching tours in the Summer because the whales have swum across the Pacific Ocean to Alaska to feed.

Other Activity Options by Alii NuiAlii Nui Maui – Luxury Molokini Snorkel ToursAlii Nui – Royal Sunset Sail, Alii Nui – Champagne Sunset Sail

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Alii Nui Whale Watch

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per Adult $132.51

Ages 13 and Up (6.52 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout).

Ages 4-12 (6.52 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout).

Ages 0-3

Total $0.00

Meet Location: Maalaea Harbor, slip 56.
GPS: 101 Maalaea Boat Harbor Road Wailuku Hi. 96793

Includes Complimentary Transportation!

Days Available:
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday

Times:
Check-in at 1:30 pm. Charter departs at 2:00 pm
Returns at 3:45 pm

Check in 30 minutes prior to activity start time.

Total Duration: 2 hours

Maui Tickets For Less Cancelation Policy:
A 72 hours notice is required for a refund. Only exception is a note from a local doctor.
No-shows” will be charged full.

Whale Watching in Maui is seasonal and only available from December 15th through April 15th.

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Alii Nui - Luxury Whale Watching
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The best boating and sailing experience we've had!! This crew is so amazing. We were also pleasantly surprised about the variety and quality of food and...
Kristina S.
Kristina S.
Amazing service! Delicious food and drink. Absolutely love these coozies! We will only book with Alii Nui. Thank you for the hospitality.
Susie Q.
Susie Q.
The entire crew was attentive, polite, and super friendly. This was an amazing adventure. And the food was delicious.
Kate M.
Kate M.
We did the Sunset Dinner Cruise, the crew was amazing from beginning to end!! Smooth sails on the seas, dinner & drinks were delicious! But seriously the...
Sandy C.
Sandy C.
We had a wonderful time with Alii Nui! I only had one free day in Maui, so my husband and I chose a whale watching trip. It was amazing! We saw so many...
Colleen C.
Colleen C.
Great Excellent snorkel whale, watching in the food is very good. Been on this excursion four times. I'm thinking about taking a sunset cruise.
Sonny B.
Sonny B.
I called Alii Nui to book a dive (which went through Dive Maui) and whale watching tour and I had a great time. Josh was the divemaster and was super...
Alex L.
Alex L.
I had the privilege of taking the Sunset Dinner Sail on this elegant catamaran. Wow! From the check-in to disembarking the vessel at the end of the evening,...
Margaret P.
Margaret P.
We've snorkeled quite a few times in Maui over the years and this was our first experience with Alii Nui but won't be our last. Pros:1. Complimentary,...
Linda M.
Linda M.
As a resident of Maui, the Alii Nui is my most favorite boat of all time to go out on and I've been on many. The actual boat is very very comfortable, the...
Laura K.
Laura K.
A charming crew and a beautiful, sunny morning of snorkeling! Impressive selection of drinks and food, too. We even got to snorkel with a sea turtle!
Claire H.
Claire H.
The deluxe snorkeling tour was by far our favorite excursion on our honeymoon! I researched all of the catamaran snorkeling tours, Alii Nui was a little...
Nicole P.
Nicole P.
Highly recommended! The crew is amazing, food was great, everything about the experience was perfect. We will definitely book again next time we are on Maui.
Alec H.
Alec H.
Absolutely amazing experience. The captain and his crew were so nice, friendly and accommodating!
Jeff S.
Jeff S.
INCREDIBLE experience!!First and foremost, even before the stunning ocean views/air, I have to give a shout out to the wonderful captain, crew, and divers. Professional, friendly, and there to make sure you're safe, comfortable, and having the time of your life. Seriously could not have been nicer!!Food and drinks were ample and everything was delicious.The boat was comfortable and oh so luxurious. It definitely set the bar as this was my first excursion experience.Super kid-friendly. Captain Jamey let both of my kids (5&6) steer the boat. They're still talking about it!Would 100% recommend. My husband and I took dramamin even though we've never experienced motion sickness, but I was glad we did, as there were others who got a bit uncomfortable when waters got choppier.
Ai N.
Ai N.
While on our honeymoon in Maui, my wife and I attended the snorkeling excursion AND the sunset cruise on the Alii Nui. We had an AMAZING time on both excursions, and cannot recommend them highly enough. The boat was beautiful and well maintained. The staff were all so helpful, friendly, and went over the top to ensure that each and every person had an amazing experience. The food and beverage service was top notch. We did the snorkeling along with huka diving, which was one of coolest things we have ever done. It was a unique combination of snorkeling and scuba diving. We highly recommend doing it! Overall, we had a very special and memorable experience on both excursions and highly recommend the Alii Nui!
Dante D.
Dante D.
Sunset Dinner Cruise was very enjoyable. Not good sunset that evening but lovely crew and blessed to have a low wind time.We only wish they had sailed...
Susan S.
Susan S.
A must-do for the sunset dinner cruise! The captain and crew were first class and made our experience wonderful! We set out from the harbor at 515 after boarding the large Alii Nui catamaran and were catered to for appetizers and drinks before the crew raised the sails and cut off the engine. It was a wonderful sail out into the ocean toward the crater. Around 6pm we were served a delicious dinner with more food than you imagine and it was all delicious. The fact it feels half-booked made it even better but they do this on purpose for the comfort of the guests. Can’t say enough about the crew as they were extremely attentive to anything we wanted. We sailed back around 7 and enjoyed a cloud-hidden but still beautiful sunset before getting back to the harbor. This is a must do!
cjensn
cjensn
What a day! We arrived at pier 56 around 6:30 am ourselves. Pier 56 is to the left (even number piers) and the right are the odd number piers. We walked...
Sha G.
Sha G.
It was an absolute fabulous experience, the entire crew or extremely professional, courteous and enthusiastic about what they do
Steve G.
Steve G.
When you see all of the options for snorkel tours... you automatically think that they are all the same. Nope... not so. Alii Nui Molikinj & Turtle town...
S W.
S W.
I have taken many snorkel catamaran charters in Maui since 2006 - one out of Wailea, several out of Lāhainā, and then a friend discovered the Alii Nui last...
Nancy R.
Nancy R.
We went on the whale watching trip and then the 6 hour extended snorkel cruise. Amazing trips, and I highly recommend these folks. The crew was...
Greg C.
Greg C.
Excellent experience with sunset cruise! The service was very good! They had quality food & drinks. The harbor was VERY windy, I’m sure that changes w/weather but it is one of the windiest harbors in the world. We saw several whales (we went in whale season, late February). The sunset was beautiful as well. Highly recommend!!
Anastasia P.
Anastasia P.
Fantastic trip! Worth the cost! Very attentive staff, amazing food, and an incredible view. The captain even completely turned the boat so that we could get...
Krishna P.
Krishna P.
This is the best snorkeling trip we have ever taken. This is a once in a lifetime trip. It is a 5 star experience. The Ali Nui is a gorgeous boat with 5...
Joan Grimes O.
Joan Grimes O.
The best Sunset Dinner Cruise My wife and I have ever taken, and we have been on many throughout the Hawaiian Islands! From the moment we got on the boat to...
Sam G.
Sam G.
My husband, brother-in-law, his girlfriend, and I took the Royal Sunset Dinner cruise. The trip was wonderful. The food was delicious. I do wish they would...
Amanda A.
Amanda A.
Amazing. My sister, brother in law and I booked a sunset cruise with Alii Nui in January 2022. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly by the captain and...
Kate L.
Kate L.
We booked an afternoon whale watch and were super impressed. I'm not always comfortable doing classic tourist gigs when traveling despite being exactly...
Jason S.
Jason S.
Had a GREAT Sunset Cruise! Dinner was top notch. Prime Rib, BBQ Ribs, Crab Cakes, Chicken and lots of other items. We saw many whales and enjoyed just sailing around. The Captain even got the sonar out and let us listen to the whales singing. They even picked us up at our resort and returned us afterwards so that open bar was safe too! We enjoyed this tremendously and highly recommend the Alii Nui for cruises or whale watching or snorkeling trips. Beautiful ship.
Kent A.
Kent A.
An absolute must-do trip!! Amazing crew, great amenities, and fantastic snorkeling. Don't hesitate, book this trip!!
Corey B.
Corey B.
Highly recommend Alii Nui sunset dinner cruise. $199 per person when we booked, free condo/hotel pickup. I can't come close to describe the wonderful time...
Guy B.
Guy B.
We knew it was worth every penny within the first ten minutes of being on board. It was one of my very favorite life experiences to date honestly. If...
Christina R.
Christina R.
I have done numerous sailings during my 21 years visiting Maui. mu experience on Alii Nui is hands down the best time we have ever had. Everything was...
James C.
James C.
The absolute best staff and vessel in the area. Everyone was so considerate and made sure that everyone aboard was well looked after. I would definitely...
Shawn T.
Shawn T.
Friend and I booked our morning snorkeling excursion to turte town and Molokini crater here online. They do pickup at certain locations so call them for...
Jessica N.
Jessica N.
We have been to Maui a few times and have been on many snorkeling charters and the Alli Nui catamaran is by far the nicest boat we have been on. Had an...
Matt S.
Matt S.
Our large group did a morning snorkel excursion and had a wonderful time, primarily because the staff was amazing! They really go out of their way to take...
Stephanie C.
Stephanie C.
Amazing services. My husband and I did deluxe snorkeling trip (6 hours, two stops) and royal sunset cruise. The foods are amazing and beyond expectation...
Jaewon Iris C.
Jaewon Iris C.
**Vegetarian Friendly**Activity: Morning Snorkel Sail Deluxe (6 Hours) - takes you to 2 snorkel locationsThe website description lives up to hype. They...
Neeketa S.
Neeketa S.
The sunset cruise from Alii Nii Sailing Charters was a well chose "splurge" during our recent trip to Maui. We heard about it from some friends who raved...
Eric B.
Eric B.
Service was amazing. We did the Sunset Cruise. Thank you for such a memorable night! We will see you again.
Stacey B.
Stacey B.
Without a doubt, the best excursion for my money. I was able to scuba dive, my kids were able to "snuba"/ "hula" dive and my wife was able to snorkel. We...
Russ C.
Russ C.
WOW! This made the trip to Hawaii spectacular! We went huka diving, snorkeling, and whale watching. The whole staff was friendly (you could tell they loved...
Christiana S.
Christiana S.
We booked and took the Sunset Yacht cruise. It was an amazing experience and great value, which included an open bar, delicious multi-course dinner, and...
Edward S.
Edward S.
Our experience on this boat was amazing! Everyone was so kind, helpful, and professional. The captain, Jamey, was great and it was a very smooth sail. The...
Al S.
Al S.
Great customer service. Worked with my wife and I during COVID to give us the best experience possible. Couldn't recommend them more.
Zach F.
Zach F.
MUST READ THIS TIP!!! Get on the boat early and get a table at the front of the boat on the top area so you can eat dinner and watch the sunset. Here is my...
Molly S.
Molly S.
This is a review from last year prior to the Kung flu fever. Staff was excellent, charter was on time, and the destination was beautiful. My only critique...
Matt S.
Matt S.
Wow! What an unforgettable day! What a fun, professional crew! What amazing food! Today we had the privilege of sailing the ocean for a snorkeling tour...
Chris K.
Chris K.
Whales, whales and more whales! February is the perfect month to go on a whale-watching cruise on Maui before they start to migrate toward Alaska as the...
Al M.
Al M.
Alii Nui will always be a special boat for my wife and I as it is where I proposed to her a few years ago. The following year, we chose to attend the sunset...
Brian L.
Brian L.
EPIC Whale Watching Trip! We recently did a whale watching trip and it was truly and amazing day out on the water. Upon arrival everyone got checked in quickly and they had an awesome lunch spread available in the cabin to enjoy before departing including ribs, cheese platter, light pasta dish, and refreshments - totally worth spending a little more for the better quality, less packed, less hassle trip!. The crew was always available during the trip to assist with taking any drink orders, answering questions about the whales, and made sure everyone was comfortable. Prior to departing the captain noted that he will always do his best to position the boat for good lighting while still remaining a respectful distance away from the whales. We took some amazing photos thanks to the captain... It was an exception day out on the water and one of the best action packed days I have seen all season and was so thankful for that! Mahalo nui Alii Nui for having us out and we can not wait until the next trip out with you guys!
Matt M.
Matt M.
Absolutely amazing! We went on the Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkel Tour Feb 15th. It was a little challenging to figure out how to find the slip mainly because our travel agent booked it for us and we didn’t realize they are many tour companies at the harbor. Give yourself extra time to find parking and to locate the slip. On board every single crew member was focused on making our experience the best possible. There was breakfast already out when you get on board, snacks throughout the day and lunch. The bar is always open and someone is always offering you a drink. They have towels to your hearts content. Want a new, dry towel? Already taken two, no worries there are plenty more. They have a lovely warm sprayer on deck to rinse off, rash guards in every size, noodles, everything. I forgot to tie my hair back, they had a hair tie for me. They had sun block, lotion, leave in conditioner, they think of everything. Meals are served on real plates and there is a yummy variety of fresh foods. They want you to have a great time. The snorkeling was beautiful. They have lifeguards out on the water and a photographer in scuba gear to take your photo. They include many fine touches to really make you feel pampered. If you go in February you will get the added bonus of see many whales. We got beautiful pictures and videos of the whales. I can’t think of a finer experience or a time I have ever been more impressed with service. Bring cash for a tip, believe you will want to express your appreciation. We took our 7 year old and they had the size gear for him and took extra care to make sure he had a great first snorkeling experience. You won’t regret taking this trip, once in a lifetime!!
Anna V.
Anna V.
One of the best on the island! Whale watch excursions come in three varieties here: big educational boats, small speedy no-frills rafts, and high-frill catamarans. Alii Nui excels in that latter category, and is a top choice on the south side of the island. Come hungry! The food is delicious, there's all you can drink, the service is great, they even clean your dirty sunglasses for you! Those small touches make a huge difference. My one request - please add iced tea to your drink menu! If you're a photographer, note that you can't use a GoPro from this type of boat because the catamaran is too high up from the water (versus a raft), but you'll have great views to shoot DSLR and iPhone images from the top decks!
Steve A.
Steve A.
My wife and I opted for the VIP cruise and were not disappointed. This was best dinner cruise I have experienced. The service was impeccable, the crew was supremely attentive and friendly!
C. R.
C. R.
By far the very best.Our forth year in a row and counting. Great food and all you can drink and the best thing is that they pick you up and drop you off from wherever you're staying so you don't have to drink and drive. Just have fun and enjoy the most magnificent scenery and whales up close. That your only job.
Edo S.
Edo S.
It has been a long while since I've signed up for a sunset cruise, but something about the air in Maui told me it was time. Our hotel selected Alii Nui...
Melissa L.
Melissa L.
Worth every penny. The staff is outstanding. Professional and friendly. They fed us the yummiest lunch and made me the best rum and coke I have ever had. The snorkeling spot they took us to was incredible. Sea turtles everywhere. I gotta give a special shout out to Pam. Such a sweetheart. The Aloha spirit just radiated off her. Mahalo for the best day of our vacation.
Suzy N.
Suzy N.
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