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Pacific Whale Foundation – Maui Whale Watches

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Pacific Whale Foundation is the environmental leader of the activity industry in Hawaii. Each year they work tirelessly monitoring the Humpback Whales through their whale watching tours and scientific research to find a common balance between man and whales. They are the ones who sponsor the great whale count every year in the waters off Maui. With an army of volunteers, the count has seen a dramatic increase in the whale population since the 1990’s. The environmental work this Pacific Whale Foundation Whale Watch does has brought awareness to the public regarding climate change and the effects of it to Hawaii and around the globe. Climate change has already affected the beaches in Hawaii.

Educational whale watching tours with Pacific Whale Foundation are the norm. With tours departing from either Maalaea or Lahaina Harbors, they have your bases covered. Each whale watching tour in Maui has a marine biologist onboard that will share every aspect of the Humpback Whales. They also use a hydrophone that will bring you the songs of the whales.

Operating a large fleet of power catamarans, Pacific Whale Foundation Whale Watch has more whale watches per day than any other company. Each catamaran is comfortable, equipped with two restrooms and plenty of viewing room on the upper and front decks. They sell out every day.

Visitors always ask what is the best time of day to schedule a whale watching tour in Maui. Whales have to come up for air about every 30 minutes, so as far as the whale goes, it doesn’t really matter. You, on the other hand, is a different story altogether. Most visitors aren’t used to the tropical heat in Maui. As the day lengthens, it gets warmer and the trade winds pick up. The morning times


Fun Fact:
Did you know that the Humpback Whale does not eat while in Hawaiian waters? There is no food source for them. Off the coast of Alaska, the Humpback Whale thrives on Plankton. Plankton is found in cooler waters than in the tropics. In Hawaii, the Humpback Whale births their calves from their visit the year before. They also find their mates in Hawaii. On a few occasions, the Humpback whale has been observed in mating rituals by Pacific Whale Foundation during their research tours. What an interesting whale watching tour that must have been.


Bring a light jacket
Your camera should be charged and have room for all your photos
Wear a hat
You may want to apply some sunscreen before leaving your resort
Free Robert Lynn Nelson poster with every booking.

Food:
There is no food or beverage included with your tickets. Beverage and snack are available for purchase.

Restrictions:
No handicap access

Sunrise

The Sunrise Pacific Whale Foundation Whale Watch is 2 hours in length and departs from either Maalaea or Lahaina. Pacific Whale Foundation Whale Watch affords a great Maui whale watching cruise for families as their fleet of catamarans are large and stable with plenty of room for movement. They will take you to the Maui whales in comfort and provide a whale watch tour that will keep you returning to Maui every winter. The early bird catches the worm. In this case, the early bird catches the whale. As whale watches evolved on Maui, different charter companies were looking for ways to separate themselves from the competition. Pacific Whale Foundation had a solution that created the most successful whale watching tour of them all, the Maui sunrise whale watching tour.

Hawaii doesn’t participate in daylight saving, Maui is two hours behind the west coast of the mainland during the winter. As you move further east, the time difference increases to five hours. Most visitors who arrive from the mainland find themselves waking up a couple of hours before they normally would at home. The further away you live from Hawaii, the earlier you will wake up on your first couple days on the island. There is nothing to do in the middle of the night on Maui, except for perhaps a stroll along a deserted beach. The sunrise whale watching tour was created to provide some form of entertainment for early risers. Sunrise is one of the best times on Maui to go whale watching. It’s cooler, the trades are light and the roads are all but deserted. The sunrise whale watch is the perfect choice during your first few days on the island because your biological clock is still on mainland time.

Watch watching at sunrise is special. Mother nature lights up the sky with the colors of dawn and against the sunrise, your whale watching photos are priceless. The unique images from whale watching come from this time of day. As the island is waking up, so are the Humpback Whales.

There are two departure locations for the sunrise whale watch with Pacific Whale Foundation. If you are staying on the south side of Maui, Maalaea Harbor would be your departure point. For visitors staying on the west side, Lahaina departure point. Pacific Whale Foundation

For families, Pacific Whale Foundation Whale Watch is the perfect solution if you have younger children. They have the largest fleet of catamarans on Maui. They are large with plenty of viewing room outside the main cabin. In some cases, the boat was designed for whale watching with tiered seating on the bow like a theatre. There are two restrooms aboard and tables both on the upper deck and main cabin.

Fun Fact:
Pacific Whale Foundation is the environmental company of our time on Maui. They are the leaders. Each year they sponsor numerous activities on Maui associated with the Humpback Whale and eco-environmental awareness. It was their efforts that changed the laws regarding whale watching on Maui in the 1990’s. Each year Pacific Whale Foundation sponsors the great whale count. Volunteers from all over Maui join the ranks with Pacific Whale Foundation to help count the whales. In the 1990’s there were less than 1000 whales that came to Maui, today there are over 7000. Their number have increased dramatically since being added to the endangered species list, which is a good thing.


Tip of the Day:
Bring a light jacket
Your camera should be charged and have room for all your photos
Wear a hat
You may want to apply some sunscreen before leaving your resort

Food:
There is no food or beverage included with your tickets. Beverage and snack are available for purchase.

Restrictions:
No handicap access

Other Activity Options by Pacific Whale FoundationPacific Whale Foundation – Molokini And Turtle Arches SnorkelPacific Whale Foundation – Lanai Dolphin Snorkel, Pacific Whale Foundation – Sunset Dinner Cruise

 

 

 

Booking

Sunrise Whale Watch

  • E-Ticket Delivery
  • Free Cancellation
  • No Booking or Credit Card Fees
per Adult $28.95

Ages 12 and Up (4.50 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Ages 0-6 (1 Free Per Adult)

Ages 7-12 (4.50 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Total $0.00

Regular Whale Watches - Lahaina Departures

  • E-Ticket Delivery
  • Free Cancellation
  • No Booking or Credit Card Fees
per Adult $36.95

13 and Up (4.50 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Ages 0-6 (1 Free Per Adult)

Ages 7-12 (4.50 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Total $0.00

Regular Whale Watches - Maalaea Departures

  • E-Ticket Delivery
  • Free Cancellation
  • No Booking or Credit Card Fees
per Adult $36.95

Ages 13 and Up (4.50 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Ages 0-6 (1 Free Per Adult)

Ages 7-12 (4.50 Fuel Surcharge Applied in Checkout)

Total $0.00

Location: Lahaina: Front Street Shops Logo Store
Lahaina: GPS: 612 Front Street, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

Location: Maalaea: Village Shops Logo Store
Maalaea: GPS: 300 Maalaea Road, Wailuku Hawaii 96793

48 Hour Cancellation Policy

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

Times: Lahaina
9:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm, 2:30pm

Times: Maalaea
8:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm

Check-in 45 minutes prior to event time.

Total Duration: 2 hours

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Reviews

Review Summary

Rated 4.6 out of 5
(4.6)
Pacific Whale Foundation
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4.6 out of 5 stars

george knight
george knight

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 day ago

We took two boats out into the harbor. One day for snorkeling the crew took safety very seriously as they should. The next day we went out for deep sea fishing. The crew was awesome made sure we all caught fish ( aloha blue charters). This is a great place to visit with family solo or in a group.

Dave Chen
Dave Chen

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff and foundation is for a good cause. I guess whale activity is luck of the draw but we had good luck today even with high winds. The part where they lower a mic into the water so you can hear whale sounds was particularly cool. Highly recommended and be sure to get there on time.

Nita Brueggeman
Nita Brueggeman

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 day ago

Great day on the water with many whales and sunny skies. This is a non profit that does research to save the whales. Really nice ship and crew. You need reservations, but it is worth the money. The season runs Dec. through April with the most sightings during January.

Justin Li
Justin Li

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Good guide Ti. We saw many whales blow and dive. Loved that they also have a free poster as a gift. Wish they had better setting for photo shooting especially in the morning. Holding a life saver with nothing in background doesn't make me want to buy.

Christopher Douglas
Christopher Douglas

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

Great staff in the foundation's store and onboard the whale watching vessels. Can reserve and provide a tour waiver online or at the desk. The vessels are all fully certified with bar service once out of the harbor. Technically these vessels are handicapped accessible, but it would be difficult to get a wheelchair aboard and then deal with the water wave motion. Very kid friendly and accessible. A very professional picture is available of you after the cruise. Cruises are two hours. Figure $45-55 per adult. Some discounted cruises are available.
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