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Maui Whale-Watching Tour by Raft

  • 1.5-hour Maui whale-watching cruise from Kihei
  • Travel on a sturdy, rigid-hulled raft designed to cruise quickly and efficiently through ocean waters
  • Observe humpback whales as they breach, spout and slap the water with their massive flukes
Maui Whale-Watching Tour by Raft
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Spot humpbacks as they travel through Maui’s warm waters on this 1.5-hour whale-watching excursion. Hop aboard a sturdy raft in Kihei with an expert naturalist as your guide, and jet to the southern coastline, which hosts one of the highest whale populations in Hawaii. Your guide will provide commentary about these fascinating creatures as you see them spout and slap the water. To keep this whale-watching tour intimate, your group is limited to 24 people.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the Kihei dock to board your whale-watching vessel.

Your captain welcomes you aboard the rigid-hulled raft, which is designed to cruise with ease through ocean waters. This allows your captain to locate whales quickly so that you have more time to observe the mighty mammals. You’ll be heading into the most heavily populated waters for whale activity in the Hawaiian Islands, giving you optimum chances for sightings.

Hear informative commentary by your onboard marine naturalist, who explains the humpbacks’ behavior, biology and territory. Learn why populations have rebounded from a low of just 1,400 whales in 1966 to approximately 21,000 whales in 2014. The adults can weigh anywhere from 25-40 tons (22-37 metric tons), while newborns start out weighing around one ton (900 kilograms).

You might also see spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins or spotted dolphins dancing around the raft during your cruise. The playful creatures sometimes leap out of the water near the boat or ride in its wake.

Keep cool under the sunshade, and be prepared for a misting of ocean spray from time to time during your 90-minute cruise. Nonalcoholic drinks are provided.

At the end of your tour, your captain returns you to the dock in Kihei.
Reviews (25)
1 - 5 of 19 reviews
Reviewed 3 July 2018
Decent trip

We tried 2 different whale watches and this one was ok. It was their first trip of the day. The trip itself was fine and the views were beautiful. We did get to see a few whales and the crew was willing to keep trying...More

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank kbdy
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile
fabulous experience!

we went out on the redline raft first thing in the morning with Captain Seth and his crew Kelly. they were fun and knowledgeable and the experience was money well spent. even though it is at the end of the whale season, we got to...More

Thank gassinggirl
Reviewed 17 March 2018
wonderful experience, terrific staff, gorgeous sites

Really nice folks, saw lots of.whales, very knowledgeable crew about where the whales were located and about the species, local geography. Recommended.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank volkanpdx
Reviewed 5 March 2018
good viewing, right size boat

The Red Line zodiacs fit about 14 people and are just right for seeing whales from water level. The captain is careful about speed and keeps the legal distance but also scoped out likely places to find whales. We saw a group of males and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank BJaneH
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile
Successful whale watching trip

This was our first time taking a boat trip out of Kihei so we were a bit confused at first by the sight of the public boat ramp as the departure point. But once we got to the raft, we were warmly greeted by staff...More

Thank Jen01Phx
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