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Whalewatch Sail from Lahaina provided by PacWhale Eco-Adventures

Whalewatch Sail from Lahaina

Whalewatch Sail from Lahaina
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About
Experience Maui's top-rated whalewatch with the experts on Maui's newest, eco-friendly sailing catamaran, that offers maximum space and comfort with optimum viewing. Each informative and fun two-hour whalewatch is led by a team of certified Marine Naturalists and marine biologists, who explain and interpret the social behavior of humpback whales. Listen to whale songs through underwater hydrophones, watch mothers and calves interact, and male compete for females. Whale sightings are guaranteed on all whalewatches or you go again free at your convenience within one year of your cruise. Hotel pick-up or drop-off services are not available.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Depart from historic Lahaina Harbor on Maui's newest, luxury sailing catamaran to view Maui's yearly migration of humpback whales that visit these waters every year to mate and breed. Every tour is different and you never know what you might see, be it pectoral slaps, tail slaps, full breaches, or as often is the case, whales coming to "mug" the boat and check you out. It's an unforgettable experience that brings a smile to everyone's face. You'll enjoy two-hour on the water viewing these majestic giants, as well as enjoying the beautiful sights of Maui and our other surrounding islands. Feel free to roam around the boat, as there is ample room to move about for optimum viewing. Two bathrooms are below deck. Sodas, juices, water and snacks are complimentary and alcoholic drinks are available to adults for purchase. Hotel pick-up and drop off services are not available.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Depart from historic Lahaina Harbor on Maui's newest, luxury sailing catamaran to view Maui's yearly migration of humpback whales that visit these waters every year to mate and breed. Every tour is different and you never know what you might see, be it pectoral slaps, tail slaps, full breaches, or as often is the case, whales coming to "mug" the boat and check you out. It's an unforgettable experience that brings a smile to everyone's face. You'll enjoy two-hour on the water viewing these majestic giants, as well as enjoying the beautiful sights of Maui and our other surrounding islands. Feel free to roam around the boat, as there is ample room to move about for optimum viewing. Two bathrooms are below deck. Sodas, juices, water and snacks are complimentary and alcoholic drinks are available to adults for purchase. Hotel pick-up and drop off services are not available.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 15807P11
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off services are not available.
  • (available for purchase)
  • (available for purchase)
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 612 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA Across from Banyan Tree Park Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure time
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop off services are not available.
  • (available for purchase)
  • (available for purchase)
Departure details
  • 612 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA Across from Banyan Tree Park Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure time
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Popular mentions

5.0
43 reviews
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Hsteinmiller
Yorktown, VA395 contributions
Unforgettable!
Amazing trip - whales all around, including a mother and her calf. Towards the end we were surrounded by a large pod of spinner dolphins. Knowledgeable, passionate crew. Absolutely unforgettable.
Written 24 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John G
We're so glad to hear that you had an unforgettable late season whale watch us that included witnessing a large pods of spiiner dolphins. Thank you so much for choosing to come out with us and support our mission.
Written 26 April 2021
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mwbudd
Alameda, CA201 contributions
Whales & Dolphins, Oh My
Apr 2021
This was our second trip on the Ocean Spirit. The first was two years ago with a stunning visit to Honolua Bay for a snorkeling trip. This one was for a whale watching trip. Captain Dan was at the controls and Michelle handled the narration, while Nicole did about everything else onboard. We were treated with multiple whale sightings as well as sighting hundreds of Spinner Dolphins. This trip was one for the memories. Can't wait to go again.
Written 22 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John G
Thank you so much for your continued support and coming out with us again on Ocean Spirit. We're so happy to hear that you had another memorable experience with the added bonus of spinner dolphins. We can't wait for you to cme out with us again.
Written 23 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tedeverell
San Diego, CA5 contributions
Great way to spend a morning in Maui
Apr 2021 • Family
It was a lovely day we did see some whales even though it is late in the season. Staff was excellent.
Written 13 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Emily P
Windsor, CO23 contributions
Whale watch sail trip
Such a nice whale watching trip and an even better non profit. I love this organization’s mission and commitment to conservation. We saw multiple calf cow pairs and even breaches! Incredible. The sail boat was smooth and close to the water, but still has conveniences for small children like shade and a bathroom. The naturalists were extremely knowledgeable and we loved that our trip had an all female captain and crew!
Written 11 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John G
Thank you for your support of our organization and mission. We're so happy to hear to you enjoyed you whale watching experience on our sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit. Mahalo for sharing your feedback.
Written 12 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Weldon Price
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Super experience
Feb 2021 • Couples
Plenty of whale activity during early February. Highly recommend if you want to get up close and personal with these magnificent animals.

Crew could not be any better... very knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about the whales and preserving the natural habitat for their continued existence.

A bit rude at check in but everyone has bad days at times.

The experience was worth the aggravation

Fourth venture with the Foundation & will certainly do it again. Money well spent!

Ginger & Weldon Price
Written 11 February 2021
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John G
Thank you for your kind review and we're so glad you enjoyed the experience, as witnessing these giants of the sea is truly an amazing experience. We appreciate your continued support and will look forward to haivng you out with us again.
Written 12 February 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tdh42
Redmond, WA261 contributions
Request a Seat in the Bow
Dec 2020
The sailboat trip is two hours. Took about 35 minutes to get out to where the whales were, and about the same time to return. So, roughly 50 minutes viewing whales. I think I would give this experience a higher rating if the trip was longer - maybe 2.5 to 3 hours. Would happily have paid more for a longer excursion.

Early in the season, so wasn't expecting tons of whales. We did see quite a few blows is the distance. A highlight was a new calf that was splashing around. These are wild animals, so can't expect them to swim up and breach on demand. We also saw a pod of spinner dolphins on the way back to the harbor, which was a bonus.

The sailboat normally (non Covid times) takes 50 guests. Under Covid limited to 24. There is assigned seating, and you want to be in the bow. We must have purchased the last two tickets, because we were assigned to a seat near the bar down below. When the naturalist started speaking, we couldn't hear a thing as we were right above the engines. After 10 minutes, I finally asked if we could move, and was told yes, so we stood near the stairs on the starboard side. But even there it was hard to hear, especially when he was turned to the other side.

The problem was that every time we saw whales, the captain would point the bow towards the whales. I spotted a whale on the starboard side, and I'm thinking great, I will be in a perfect spot for pictures/video. Nope, captain turned the boat. It was impossible to walk up to the front, because we were supposed to keep the six feet of social distance, and there was no place to stand without blocking someone's view and keeping that distance.

I like supporting the Pacific Whale Foundation. I think they do a good job of respecting the marine life and keeping the appropriate distance from them, setting a good example.

Just wish we had more time with the whales, and that the captain would have made an attempt to allow the whales to be seen by guests in the back on the rails, not just those in the front. But, in all fairness, my friend had a great time. She had been on several whale watch trips and come up empty. So she thought this was a great experience.

Later that afternoon sitting on Polo Beach we saw a humpback off in the distance breach 15 times in a row. What a treat!
Written 16 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John G
Thank you so much for coming out with us to see the whales. I'm sorry you were able to get the show you hoped for, but it still is early in the season. We appreciate you understanding about the social distancing requirements, as we have tried to institute policies that provide a safe environment amidst this pandemic while providing an enjoyable experience. We try our best, but it can be a little difficult with the social distancing requirements, even running at 50% capacity. Just so you know, we do offer a 3 hour whalewatch on the same vessel. The schedule for it was reduced to start the season due to lower demand, but we have ramped that up to an every day offering as we enter our busy season. Thank you for your feedback and your support. You stay safe and healthy, have the Happiest of Hollidays! We'll hope to have you out with us again when this pandemic has hopefully passed.
Written 18 December 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Robin S
1 contribution
Amazing Whale Watching!
Mar 2020
We saw lots of whales, several breaching. It was an amazing trip.The crew were knowledgeable, and pleasant. The catamaran was beautiful. Would definitely recommend.
Written 8 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We so appreciate you joining us whale watching and witnessing the wonder that is humpback whale season. We’re so happy that you enjoyed the experience and hope we’ll see you out with us again in the future. Mahalo for your kind review.
Written 9 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

surfersue2016
Kapolei, Hawaii4 contributions
Whale Watch in Comfort
Feb 2020
Ocean Spirit is a beautiful, big catamaran, with ample railing space for all passengers to get great views and photos of whales. Comfortable cruising with little or no heeling or splashing. Looking forward to another cruise.
Written 23 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Aloha Sue. We love to hear that you enjoyed your whalewatching ecotour with us. Mahalo for your review.
Written 24 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Matt S
1 contribution
Best Trip Highly Recommend
Feb 2020
We had such an amazing time on this boat. The crew was very knowledgeable. The boat itself was very stable and roomy, they do a good job not packing the people in. Plenty of railing room to see whales from all sides. And wow did we see whales?! We had three breaching simultaneously multiple times coming straight at us! Not to mention multiple 360 breaches as well. Too many whales to count. What a great day. I would recommend this outfit to anyone. The proceeds of the trip go to whale conservation and study. Excellent.
Written 22 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Aloha. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your whalewatching ecotour with us. Mahalo!
Written 24 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Michele M
Fort Lauderdale, FL97 contributions
Maui sunset
Feb 2020 • Friends
Friendly service as we sailed on our way to the sunset .Live music, good food, cocktails and Whales!
Written 21 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Aloha Michele. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your evening cruise with us. Mahalo!
Written 24 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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